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A superb all purpose telephoto zoom lens you can afford. The Sony Alpha SAL55300 55300mm f4.55.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens is an excellent allaround value, covering the medium to longdistance telephoto range family photographers will use most often. It also provides close minimum focusing distance of about 4 1/2 feet (1.4m), for tight shots of people, natural subjects and closeup details. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to carry as your standard or accessory lens and all your shots will benefit from the Sony Super SteadyShot image stabilization system built into every Sony DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 82.5450mm).
Compact Design, AllAround Versatility
This highvalue 55300mm zoom lens covers a wide range of medium to longdistance telephoto applications and its lightweight design lets you leave it oncamera or carry it easily as an accessory lens for special purposes (35mm equivalent: 82.5450mm).
DT Lens Design
The SALDT55300 is specially designed for the APSsize CCD imager used in Sony (Alpha) DSLR cameras. APSsize sensors are smaller than a 35mmformat film frame, so the focal distance to cover the same field of view can be about 2/3 shorter allowing a more compact lens design.
Short Minimum Focusing Distance
With the ability to focus as closely as 4.5 feet (1.4m), this telephoto lens also lets you move in for dramatic shots of people, natural subjects and closeup details.
InCamera Image Stabilization
A major reason for its compact, lightweight design is the benefit of Super SteadyShot incamera image stabilization, built into every Sony system DSLR and enabling accessory lenses to eliminate the extra weight and expense of inlens stabilization mechanisms.
The SALDT55300 is designed with 12 lens elements in 9 groups, with precision focusing performance and smooth zoom operation.
ED (Extralow Dispersion) Glass
Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extralow Dispersion) Glass is used to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.
Advisory when using DT lenses with fullframe (35mm equivalent) DSLR cameras.
Sony (alpha) lenses with the Digital Technology (DT) designation are ideal for use on APSC size DSLR cameras and are not recommended for use with full frame DSLR camera bodies (such as the DSLRA900). Although DT lenses can be used with full frame cameras, they can only realize a maximum of 11MP image size (when using the DSLRA900), and are not guaranteed to provide accurate Auto Exposure performance.
Lens Type: Telephoto & Telephoto Zoom
Aperture (Max.): f/4 5.6
Aperture (Min.): f/22 29
Filter Diameter: 62 mm
Lens GroupsElements: 12 elements 9 groups including 1 ED glass element
Minimum Focus Distance: 4' 6? (1.4 m)
Aspheric Elements: No aspheric
Distance Encoder: Yes
Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APSC: 55300mm (35mm Equivalent: 82.5450 mm)
Lens Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz. (460g)
Magnification: x 0.27
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): 3 1/8 x 4 5/8" (77 x 116.5 mm)
Weight (Approx.): 1 lb. 3 oz. (460g)