Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 SAM (SAL-55200-2). The lens makes a good companion to the Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL-1855) “kit” lens offered by Sony. With a 3.6x zoom and focal length equivalent of 82.5-300mm, I can bring subjects up pretty close, though this isn’t the only telephoto lens offered in this price range, I also got the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6, more on this later (Take 8).
My final thoughts on this short telephoto lens. The lens is sharp, even at maximum apertures, and the corners look fine about one stop down. This lens will give good results when used wide open, contrary to the Sony super zooms, which need to be stopped down hard at the long end to look sharp. Overall, I like this lens.
This set was taken from the same location as for the other takes, however because of the long focal length, focusing on the same center Y-branch. does mot bring in to focus the twigs. Therefore, for this lens and all other zoom lenses to still be tested, I am focusing on the twigs to the left of the Y-branch.
All photos were taken with my Sony SLT α77 and Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 lens, at 82mm (55mm FF), 105mm (70mm FF), 150mm (100mm FF), 202mm (135mm FF) & 300mm (200mm FF), using Aperture mode, with a setting of f/8 and f/16, White Balance set to daylight, ISO to 200.