I know the Sony E 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount has been around for a while, but I recently picked one up and thought I’d share some samples taken with it. I don’t mind that it’s not very fast since I intend to use it outdoors in the Florida sun. I usually shoot with primes, but sometimes zooming with your feet will only get you so far - especially once you hit the waters edge or the end of the pier. These photos show more of the longer end of the lens since I have the Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 or Sony 28mm f2 on my a7 most of the time. This combo of the a7 and a6000 works well for me.
The Optical Steady Shot, or image stabilization, works well and if you are shooting video, the lens is nice and quiet. I took this lens out before sunrise to test it in different lighting and was really pleased. This is not a low light lens. You can increase your ISO to help, but don’t expect to use this lens in a indoor low light situation or at night without a tripod; this lens works best in daylight.
The bokeh can be a little busy, and I did notice some lens flare, but nothing to complain about. The 55-210mm kind of soft wide open, but stopping down sharpens it up. The build quality is similar to the Sony 50mm 1.8, the Sony 35mm 1.8, and the original kit lens for the NEX 7. It’s light and pretty small for this focal range.
Are there better options out there? Won't there always be? If you need a longer zoom, and more importantly if it's in the budget and going to make you money the Sony FE 70-200mm G f4 may serve you better. Keep in mind that you can always rent one when needed. If you have the cash to buy a lens or take a trip, I'd say take the trip every time. That does not mean that this is a bad lens - it means appreciate this lens for what it is rather than what it isn’t. It’s a solid, affordable, variable aperture, kit zoom that preformed better than I expected and in the right conditions is capable of making some great images.