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Old 03-09-2013, 07:22 AM   #16
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First - I'm a lens addict and have tried lots and lots of them!

My top pick for length - the Sony 70-300mm SSM f/4.5-5.6 G lens. I've loved that lens from the start and have owned it for 4+ years. It has gotten fairly pricey though from when I picked it up but I guess many of the lenses have. This lens will get you looks though. The hood is almost as big as the lens! If budgeting less then I'd second starting with the lower priced 75-300, one of the Minolta lenses like the 100-300 APO or maybe the newer Sony 55-300mm. The high ISO capabilities of the current cameras really allow for slower lenses unless you're positive you want to spend the money and carry the weight of the 2.8's. I do have a 70-200mm 2.8 and use it frequently but rarely for wildlife. I almost always go for the length of the 70-300mm for that.
The Tamron 70-300 usd is often reviewed as comparable to the Sony G lens, at half the price. I haven't compared them side by side.. But I got the Tamron for $300 and it is a fantastic lens. Extremely sharp, ultra quiet motor, well built, great colors.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:26 AM   #17
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The Tamron 70-300 usd is often reviewed as comparable to the Sony G lens, at half the price. I haven't compared them side by side.. But I got the Tamron for $300 and it is a fantastic lens. Extremely sharp, ultra quiet motor, well built, great colors.
Sounds like a nice option. I'll never trade my Sony though. It truly is the only lens I've never questioned and am guaranteed to keep.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #18
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If one of the needs you want to meet is shooting lowlight situations like dark rides at Disney, then you need to find one of those Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lenses with a great price right now. I also spent over $400 on mine a few years ago. It's only cheaper right now because they are closing out that model and bringing out a more expensive newer model. It's an awesome deal you will miss if you blink or hesitate long to think about. You WILL kick yourself later if you miss this deal.

2.8 is ok, but not really fast enough for many of the dark rides at Disney. It's a very sharp lens. You will love it for many reasons, not the least of which is its lowlight performance.
B&H still has the Sony mount in-stock. I ordered it today.
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B&H still has the Sony mount in-stock. I ordered it today.
Congrats! You'll love it!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #20
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Would this be a good lens for my a57,
Tamron SP A016 17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II XR AF IF
or should I get this one instead,
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM.

One of them will be mine!
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:50 PM   #21
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Would this be a good lens for my a57,
Tamron SP A016 17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II XR AF IF
or should I get this one instead,
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM.

One of them will be mine!
I use the Tamron. Don't know about the Sigma. The Tamron is a very good kit lens replacement. Nice constant aperture lens, it's sharp and it's a good value. (I actually bought a used copy for $290).

I use it as my indoor lens and landscape lens. It's always in my camera bag or on my camera. (My bag is usually the Tamron 17-50, my 50/2.8 macro, and then either my 50/1.7 (for low light), or something with more reach (minolta 35-105, a great outdoor general use lens, my 70-210/4-- outdoor portraits, and semi-lowlight telephoto, or my Tamron 70-300 for outdoor reach).
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:36 AM   #22
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Count me in for another vote for the Tamron I have that lens and love it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:54 PM   #23
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Do you think the the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical compares to the Tamron 18-50 f/2.8-4.5?
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:43 AM   #24
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Do you think the the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical compares to the Tamron 18-50 f/2.8-4.5?
HPS3 might know, I think Harry has used both lenses. Ive only used the Tamron so can't really say either way.
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Do you think the the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical compares to the Tamron 18-50 f/2.8-4.5?
I've never heard of the Tamron 18-50/2.8-4... Not on dyxum either. Is it new?
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My bad havoc315, the Tamron is a 17-50.
You have to keep me straight, I will read something and then forget what I just read.
Right now I'm torn between lens that are variable 17-50 f/2.8 and those that are Prime 30mm, 35mm, 20mm, 14mm you get the picture.
I want a lens that I can use indoors and out and will not have to chase the shot like you would with a 50mm Prime (use to have one). This makes me lean towards a variable like the 17-50 f/2.8. On the other hand a good wide Prime at f/1.7 or 1.8 would take away my worries about low-light indoor shots.
On a variable I like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 but I can not find one I can afford (under $300). I have found the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 for $200.
You guys help make it easy for me by answering my questions no matter how many times I might ask the same ones or keep me straight when I mis-type (or in my case not know what I'm talking about. What can I say It's just old age.
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My bad havoc315, the Tamron is a 17-50.
You have to keep me straight, I will read something and then forget what I just read.
Right now I'm torn between lens that are variable 17-50 f/2.8 and those that are Prime 30mm, 35mm, 20mm, 14mm you get the picture.
I want a lens that I can use indoors and out and will not have to chase the shot like you would with a 50mm Prime (use to have one). This makes me lean towards a variable like the 17-50 f/2.8. On the other hand a good wide Prime at f/1.7 or 1.8 would take away my worries about low-light indoor shots.
On a variable I like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 but I can not find one I can afford (under $300). I have found the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 for $200.
You guys help make it easy for me by answering my questions no matter how many times I might ask the same ones or keep me straight when I mis-type (or in my case not know what I'm talking about. What can I say It's just old age.
My first lens was the Sony kit lens followed by a Sony 50mm f1.8 and then a 35mm f1.8. I bought them with taking low light pictures in mind but found I only used them sporadically. That is when I bought my Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and ended up using that and my fisheye almost 3/4 of the time. I sold my 50mm and now have the 35mm and really only break it out on dark rides lol.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:28 AM   #28
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My bad havoc315, the Tamron is a 17-50.
You have to keep me straight, I will read something and then forget what I just read.
Right now I'm torn between lens that are variable 17-50 f/2.8 and those that are Prime 30mm, 35mm, 20mm, 14mm you get the picture.
I want a lens that I can use indoors and out and will not have to chase the shot like you would with a 50mm Prime (use to have one). This makes me lean towards a variable like the 17-50 f/2.8. On the other hand a good wide Prime at f/1.7 or 1.8 would take away my worries about low-light indoor shots.
On a variable I like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 but I can not find one I can afford (under $300). I have found the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 for $200.
You guys help make it easy for me by answering my questions no matter how many times I might ask the same ones or keep me straight when I mis-type (or in my case not know what I'm talking about. What can I say It's just old age.
You can get the Tamron on eBay for right around $300. Maybe a little less. There are a few copies there now in that range.

The extra stop will make a big difference indoors, compared to the Sigma. That's why the sigma is cheaper.

You can add a Minolta 50/1.7 from eBay for under $70 for low light needs. Such a small lens, easy to carry without adding bulk.
That lens is one of the best values you will find.
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