Summary: The combination of features produce a one-of-a-kind experience, that a few years back would have not been affordable. Compact, efficient and powerful. The 50mm tells it with punched contrast and confident timing. Works perfectly with the NEX, where it was designed to come to life. You have the technical stuff here, so I'll just end with this, the image stabilization is worth the cost of the glass alone.
Summary: I just bought this kit. The lens box I received seems to be good and original, but it's not sealed by any tape or band at the opening place. I'm not sure whether it is what it's supposed to be. I hope the lens I bought is not a used or refurbished one. I hope Focus camera or anyone can clarify it for me. Except the lens box is not sealed, everything (lens, hood, front and back caps) is in the box. The lens looks very nice and gives sharp pictures.
Summary: I bought this lens and have used it on a trip to China and elsewhere. It is small but very sharp. I have a very extensive Nikon D800 that is superb, but heavy and carrying all the ancillary gear takes a lot of space. I bought the Nex 7 and this lens for simple travel and around town. This lens does what you would expect for a lens of this range. It is smaller than an equivalent lens for a typical SLR.
Summary: This lens is truly a study in compromise. At 210mm the magnification is very good and it produces a solidly clear image, albeit not what you achieve with a longer lens. The 55mm end is the farthest reach of the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my NEX-7 and can be used as a "closeup" lens simply by standing back a bit. That has the added benefit of not shoving the camera into someone's face.
Summary: If you have a Sony NEX camera or other camera that takes E mount lenses, unfortunately there is little to choose from when it comes to native lenses. For a decent sized zoom lens you have a choice of the 18-200 or this one, the 55-210, with a big difference in the price. I think most people will be interested in this 55-210 lens since the camera comes with a 18-55 lens, so this is a natural extension to the lens that is supplied.
Excellent zoom lens for Nex series. Definitely recommended.
10 May 2013
Summary: Bought this lens to accompany my 16 mm and 50 mm prime lenses. A very nice addition. No too big, zoom and manual focus adjustments feel good and image quality is good. I would probably say that the image quality is excellent if I did not own the 50 mm prime. Sometimes (at lowish light) cannot focus or it takes too long but this has more to do with the camera (Nex-5) than the lens.
Summary: I find the weight and balance on the nex7 very easy to use. Picture quality seems good. The only coomplaint is that the auto focus is a bit slow sometimes and difficult with moving targets. Overall a great lens.