Sony's New 55-300mm Lens Zooms Closer Without a Magnified Price

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Sony's New SAL55300 zoom lens is an all-purpose telephoto lens for Sony's line of A-Mount cameras. It zooms considerably further than the existing 200mm SAL55200 for just $100 more. For a $300 lens, 5.5 times magnification is impressive zoom. As for other specs, the lens opens all the way up to f/4.5 when it's zoomed out or to f/5.6 when it's zoomed in. The lens will mount directly onto both Sony's DSLRs and its recent, excellent SLT cameras. To get it onto NEX cameras like the awesome F3 you'll need to use an adapter. This budget beast will be available in September. [Sony]

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RainyDayInterns

The ability to bringing things closer does not mean it will also be captured sharply. This is why there such huge ranges in price ($200 to $6500) for lens with seemingly similar zoom specs

Unless there is some significant improvement to glass technology, lens design, or optics theory...the price of a zoom lens is pretty directly proportional to its abilities (aperture, sharpness, size, etc).

With zoom lenses, buyers will get exactly what they pay for...