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 lens......it 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.