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Which Lens?

Sun May 30, 2010 4:31 pm

I was thinking about buying a Tamron 70-300mm but wile browsing i found a Sony 75-300 with a 50 pound cash back from sony, both lenses are the same price (excluding the cash back) so is much of a differances between them?

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RE: Which Lens?

Sun May 30, 2010 6:19 pm

Hi Tom,

What camera do you have? A300?

I'd suggest skipping both of those lenses and instead try to find an old Minolta 70-210 f/4 Beercan or Minolta 75-300 "Big Beercan." Both are from the same first era of AF glass and are quite good. Though they are used, you will be happy with their quality of build and optical quality too. Going prices for a used beercan are around $175 USD and a big beercan about $250. Not sure how that'd translate into pounds on eBay.

The el cheapo Sony 75-300 is actually the same lens as the Tamron 75-300. I'd avoid both.
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RE: Which Lens?

Sun May 30, 2010 9:53 pm

I would just save up and fond a good deal on eBay or something for the Sony 70-300 G. I had it before upgrading to the 70-400 and it was a great lens. The 75-300 just isn't the best in quality.
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RE: Which Lens?

Mon May 31, 2010 9:02 am

Hi Tom,
I have a Minolta 75-300, had it for years but even though I found it ok for slides it seemed to produce very soft digital images at 300mm. Even at f7-8. Ihave just replaced it with a 150-500. It was better at around 150-250mm.
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RE: Which Lens?

Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:40 am

hi Tom

I think you should go for Nikon. It has great features and not very costly.
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RE: Which Lens?

Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:50 pm

Quoting tomhunk (Reply 4):

it's costly when he already has a sony
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RE: Which Lens?

Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:54 pm

I have a Sigma 75-300, and had the Sony SAL75300. I was very disappointed with the Sony lens, by the way. It had worse CA than the Sigma lens, especially at the high end of zoom. The Sigma has a problem with the focus gear stripping when used with the Sony alpha cameras. It's happened to me, and the photo forums have several similar stories.

I just found a Minolta APO lens, 100-300 on EBAY for $177. By the way, thanks for the lens advice, DVINCENT. Now I am testing it out.
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RE: Which Lens?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:48 pm

I bought the Sony 70-300 and returned it. I bought the Tamron built Promaster 70-300 on E-Bay (70.00 dls) and am very happy with it. My DSLR is a Sony A200. Another option for you!

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