Zoom Range of the Sony E 55-210mm ƒ/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens

Here are some quick practical examples of the zoom range of the Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 lens, a cost-effective and versatile telephoto zoom for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

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This isn’t a full review of the Sony E 55-210 ƒ/4.5-6.3 OSS lens–I’ll get to that separately. My aim here is to just provide some quick visual examples that show the lens’s zoom range.

This lens is a good cost-effective option if you’re looking for a versatile long telephoto zoom to put on something like the Sony a6500 or a6000. It’s not especially compact–it does protrude out quite far from the camera body. And with a maximum aperture of ƒ/4.5 when zoomed out and ƒ/6.3 when zoomed in, it’s not blindingly fast. But it is light, versatile, priced competitively, and has built-in optical stabilization, all of which help it be a good travel photography lens, as well as a capable lens for wildlife or sports photography.

Getting technical, it features 13 elements in 9 groups, which includes two ED elements and two aspherical elements. It has a seven-blade circular diaphragm that helps with a nice smooth bokeh on the out-of-focus parts of the frame, has a minimum distance of 3.3 feet (1 meter), and has an internal focus, which means that the exterior of the lens barrel doesn’t rotate, which helps with faster, smoother focus and is also useful when using a circular polarizer filter. And if you’re adding a filter, it takes 49mm screw-on filters.

Sony Alpha a6000 with 55-210mm f.4.5-6.3 Lens
Mounted on a Sony a6000. This is zoomed out to 55mm. When zooming in, the lens barrel extends. This is also with the lens hood attached (it comes with the lens hood). The wider ring at left is the zoom ring. The narrower ring at right is the manual focus ring.

Here are a couple of side-by-side examples of it zoomed out to 55mm and zoomed in to 210mm. On the APS-C sized sensor, that becomes effectively an 82.5mm to 215mm zoom range when converted to full-frame 35mm equivalent.

I shot these with the lens mounted on an a6000.

Sony 55-210mm zoom lens
Zoomed out at 55mm.
Sony 55-210mm zoom lens
Zoomed in at 210mm.

Sony 55-210mm zoom lens
Zoomed out at 55mm.
Sony 55-210mm zoom lens
Zoomed in at 210mm.

Where to Find Them

You can find the Sony E 55-210mm lens at Amazon and B&H Photo. You can also find it as a part of a bundle kit with the Sony a6000.

It’s available in black and silver.

Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras (Black)
  • Wide zoom range (82 - 315mm 35mm equivalent) ideal for sports or nature;Aperture blades : 7
  • Internal focusing for smooth, quiet operation - perfect for video capture.Direct manual focus with...
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses Bundle...
  • BUNDLES INCLUDES: Sony Alpha a6000 24.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm OSS Lens, 55-210mm...
  • FEATURES: High resolution with 24MP APS-C sensor and the world's fastest auto focus with 179 AF points...

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by David Coleman

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4 thoughts on “Zoom Range of the Sony E 55-210mm ƒ/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens”

  1. I am so happy to have found this page! I have a Sony hx400v bridge camera. I love it but the photo clarity is not as good now after 3 years of hundreds of thousands of picture taking, and I’m wanting to upgrade with a longer zoom for bird watching. I was looking at DSLR’s but don’t know the first thing about them. Today I was looking at the a6000 bundle with a Sony E 55-210mm lens, but no matter how I ask google/bing/yahoo. I can’t find what the zoom equivalent is on a removable lens/ telephoto lens compared to my camera which is 50x zoom. Your page here doesn’t tell me but the photos certainly show me what the lens will do. Thank you! And I’ve read the a6000 is a little complicated with the menu buttons. Do you find that to be the case? Thank you so much for your advice you can give.

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