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Looking For New Lens For My Sony Alpha

Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:41 pm

Hi All,

I am looking for a new lens for my Sony Alpha 100, i want a Tele Zoom lens with a top of minimally 300mm, i have a budget of around the 300-350 Euros.

i saw a nice Sigma lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro (ø58mm)

has anybody got experience with this lens or does anybody know any other good lenses for my camera, i would prefer to have a higher zoom range then 300mm but i don't know if thats reachable with my budget.

Greetings Léon
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RE: Looking For New Lens For My Sony Alpha

Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:21 pm


glad to see another Sony/Minolta user here.

Well, problem with inexpensive lenses is that you don't get the picture quality you would desire. To tell you the truth, you will not find a very sharp and fast lens in your price range and focal length. My bread and butter lens is an old 80-200mm f2.8 internal focus produces very satisfactory results. It was a replacement for a 70-210mm F4.0 lens which was OK, but no match for the F2.8 version. I also have a 75-300mm "Beercan" from Minolta. Tried it a few times, but wasn't satisfied enough to keep using it. So, bottom line is "you get what you pay for".

These are the lenses I use in order of focusing range.

16mm Fisheye f2.8 Minolta
28-80mm f2.8 Tokina
80-200mm f2.8 Minolta
300mm f2.8 Prime Minolta

....all the other 12 lenses I have were an expensive learning experience in what not to buy.

If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to help.
I'd rather be flying.
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RE: Looking For New Lens For My Sony Alpha

Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:27 pm

Look on have great info on the lenses you want.

By the way...don't get a Macro lens, that is good for bugs and flowers, not for airplanes (usually very slow focus).
I'd rather be flying.

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