Sony NEX 5N with Sony SEL 55-210 f/4.5-6.3 e-mount lens

My Sony NEX 5N is now composed from the 16mm, 18-55 zoom, and 55-210 zoom. I have also added the 50mm f/1.8 recently, so it’s a full system. All these gear fits in a medium size camera bag and it practically weighs nothing !! When I lift this bag, I often check if everything is in there, since the weight is so light !!

The 55-210, is a great 82-315 equivalent which means you get a long telephoto lens with a wide range. It’s a slow lens (f/4.5-6.3), but the NEX is a very portable system, and a faster lens would greatly enlarge the size of an already long lens.


I usually shoot this lens at its longer length, like the image above which almost looks like a macro photo. Image quality is good (for its price), focus is on the slow side and due to the slow aperture the camera many times raises ISO values. Thankfully, the NEX 5N has good ISO performance.



A narrow depth of field at its long end can be achieved as you can see from the images despite the f/6.3 aperture. Bokeh looks quite harsh to me (although is some situations is OK). Of course, when you shoot lenses like the Nikkor 135mm f/2, you get quite pesky, so I sometimes I am very strict,which is a mistake, since there’s nothing in common between the Sony Zoom and the Nikkor prime.



As you can see from my photos, I am still in vacations, and my garden is the prime subject for my tests, so please bare with me, until I return !

Overall, I am very happy with this lens. It does exactly what is supposed to do, at a good price, and it’s a great add-on to the NEX system.





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2 Responses to Sony NEX 5N with Sony SEL 55-210 f/4.5-6.3 e-mount lens

  1. Rod says:

    Hi thanks for the article. I am what I call a hobbyist photographer and have the NEX-5D kit. I have been disappointed with the macro and zoom shots (in Auto) I have taken but have been trying to get to grips with the manual modes to improve this. Additionally I also considered the purchase of a super zoom camera eg. Sony DSC HX200v or Fuji HS30EXR, to fill the gap so to speak. However reading the reviews of these proved to me that my Sony had the edge and seeing your photo’s has made my mind up:- a 55-210 lens and getting to know the NEX-5 better is the answer. Thanks again!!

    • kbesios says:

      Thank you Rod.

      The 55-210 is indeed a good addition to the NEX. I have enjoyed using it a lot since I purchased it, and I hope you will too !!

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