I have four lenses I use with my sony A65 (2 sonys, 1 sigma, 1 rokinon) and this is my favorite. I got it for $150 when I bought my camera and I feel like THAT was a good deal. So this is a great deal. I almost want to get another just to have a back up. Its a plastic build, but its withheld some severe drops and is pretty sharp lens. Definitely recommend!
Sears dropped the price on several cameras and accessories a few days ago, I posted a Sony SLR compact flash while it was still available for shipping, but it didn't last long and it now has about the same pickup availability as this lens (basically none, although someone in Hawaii found one for $20 ). If anyone is interested, this Sony Alpha Mount Lens Adapter is still available for shipping, the price drops to $79 at checkout.
The "Slickdeals effect" is pretty clear here. With so many people using Slickdeals, any good deal sells out quickly. Everyone is complaining because they weren't quick enough to grab one. I almost was in the same boat since the first store that had one sold before I paid for it. Fortunately, there was another store nearby that had one in stock. I just returned from picking it up. Thanks GoodDay!
The good news is the 55-200 lens is starting to show up on eBay for sub $100 new.
I'd imagine that you're not going to do much better for a new 55-200 lens.
For someone who is a photography noob what is this lens best suited for? My Sony kit came with a 18-55 which is perfect for photographing objects around the house and some indoor portraits but I'm looking for something I can use to take pictures of objects more far away or at my younger relatives sporting events.
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