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One of the first things that struck me about the Sony SAL55200 was how lightweight it is for something of this calibre. It weighs under 300g, so is ideal if you are going out to do some field work and want to create some great images without lugging around a lot of kit.
At 17 x 11 x 10 cm and with a smooth black outer casing, the appearance of the telephoto zoom lens will not bowl you over, but then neither will the price. Indeed, for a product of this kind it is equipped with more features than you might expect in this price range. It has an optical zoom of x 3.6, a minimum focus range of just under one metre, and a focal range of 55 mm - 200 mm. It also comes with a lens hood to minimise glare. Additionally, focus adjustment is both automatic and manual, to suit your needs and the scene you're faced with. Another very useful feature in my opinion is the lens hood. It does not eliminate glare completely, but the effects are noticeable and I was able to take significantly better shots with it.
Image quality is superb too, and I found that when I viewed shots they were extremely crisp and well defined. When using the lens to shoot action scenes auto focus is smooth and will provide images that are very well balanced. I would definitely recommend this lens, particularly to those who are looking to improve their skills and do not want to spend an enormous amount on a high quality piece. It is ideal for trips too, considering its lightweight, compact nature.