Sony Unveils Affordable Telephoto Zoom Lens for Their A-Mount Cameras

sony_SAL55300.jpgEarly this morning Sony launched an all new Telephoto Zoom lens, the DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM (Model SAL55300). This affordable lens sports an appealing price tag of just $300 USD, however it still offers high-quality features and build materials. These include Sony's Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for "whisper-quiet" AF during still and video capture and ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass for improved image quality with less aberrations. 

The lens is designed specifically for use with APS-C cameras. The SAL55300 will be available sometime in September, 2012. For more details, read the press release below.

Note: At the time of this post, Sony's USA website was not showing the SAL55300 under their A-mount lens offerings.


Sony Introduces Versatile, High-Quality Telephoto Zoom Lens for Alpha A-Mount Camera Line


High-Speed, Quiet DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens to hit Retail in September


SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2012 - From flattering portraits to faraway wildlife and fast-action sports, nearly every subject can be captured beautifully with the new SAL55300 telephoto zoom lens, the latest addition to Sony's A-mount lens lineup.

Optimized for use with α A-mount camera models with APS-C sensors, the compact, stylishly-designed interchangeable lens is an ideal addition to the camera bag for any Sony photographer.

            "The new SAL55300 lens is a perfect complement to our acclaimed line of alpha A-mount cameras with Translucent Mirror Technology, allowing consumers to capture distant, faraway subjects with razor-sharp focused images and Full HD videos," said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha business at Sony Electronics.  "With a versatile 55-300mm, 5.5x magnification range, fast, quiet performance and an attractive price tag, it's a welcome addition to our alpha A-mount system."

The new SAL55300 lens features a whisper-quiet Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) and an advanced optical design to get the best from the high-speed performance and high resolution sensors common to Sony's A-mount camera lineup.  Additionally, it contains an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element, commonly featured on premium Sony G Lens models, that reduces color aberrations, improves image quality and provides excellent contrast and corner-to-corner sharpness.

Pricing and Availability

The new SAL55300 A-mount interchangeable lens for A-mount cameras will be available in September for about $300 at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.