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Old 03-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Sony SAL-70200G. Looking for some guidance.

My fellow photography enthusiasts, I need some advice--actually I need a lot of advice.

I have the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 and I've always found it be a pretty decent lens for the money. But I'm considering an upgrade to the Sony 70-200G. I shoot mostly sports--basketball, soccer, equestrian, and track. While the Tamron is a solid lens, I'm frustrated by how slow the focus is without the SSM motor.

However, the Sony is significantly more than what I paid for the Tamron. So, before I make such a monumental decision, I thought I'd toss it out there to my fellow Sony lovers.

1. If you have the SAL-70200G do you love it? Is it worth the rather hefty price tag?

2. If you've sold a lens through eBay, were you happy with the experience? If I upgrade I'll sell my old one, but I'm not sure if I want to trade it in or sell it on my own. Dodd Camera and B and H have offered me a trade-in value of $300.00 on my Tamron (pending inspection). Adorama has said that they "may" give up to $500.00 (pending inspection), but I'm wondering if that isn't a little bit of a lead on to get me to send my lens in and buy the new one.

3. Do you use filters on your lenses? I have always put filters on my lenses but I recently enrolled in NYIP and they are very much against the use of filters for protection. However, I'm slowly upgrading the quality of my lenses and it gives me a lot of heartburn to not protect them as much as possible. What are your thoughts on the subject?

My apologies if I have rambled on.
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eddy-4 I'm going to be facing the same problems as you are now. I am looking at a 17-50 or going with a 17-70 both f/2.8. Then I will be going after a 70-200 f/2.8 or a 70-300 f/4.-5.6
So I'm going to tag along with you and the advice you receive.
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All I can suggest is check dyxum.com
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I have had the Sony 70-200G for almost 5 years now and yes, I do love it. But I haven't tried either of the Tamron or Sigma versions so I can not do a comparison to them. I have been happy with the focus speed unless I was trying to shoot a bird - but I blame that on my technique - totally.

Here are a couple of my equestrian related shots with it. All shots are wide open, relatively slow shutter speed while panning to allow for lower ISO or to show motion, have been cropped from the original and were taken in a covered arena with poor lighting:

Local Barrel Racing:













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Not fast action but it has a horse and is a favorite of mine!

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Have you thought about the Sigma 70-200 f2.8? I shot with one on a D5100 a while ago and loved it. It was really sharp and had the HSM focus motor which focuses much faster than the Tamron which I currently have. It was pretty close to the Nikon 70-200 that I tested.
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Regarding selling a lens. I've sold a few to KEH when they were out at a local shop buying and was ok with the prices although if I had been willing to take the time I probably could have done a little better. But I could walk in with the lens and walk out if I didn't agree to the price. If making the switch I'd sell the Tamron on my own either thru ebay or maybe Fred Miranda or Dyxum if they still have a selling forum. If in good condition I'd have no doubt you could easily top the one quote and probably what Adorama would pay as well.

And I do not use filters on my lenses. Maybe I live dangerously but I'm fine with the protection a hood gives.
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I also strongly recommend Fredmiranda.com and Dyxum for sales. I have sold on both with great experiences.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #8
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Have you thought about the Sigma 70-200 f2.8? I shot with one on a D5100 a while ago and loved it. It was really sharp and had the HSM focus motor which focuses much faster than the Tamron which I currently have. It was pretty close to the Nikon 70-200 that I tested.
I had thought about it and also the new Tamron that is being released in the next few weeks, but the price is so close to the Sony that I wonder if I'm not better off going with the Sony. Plus, I'm ashamed to admit, the Sony is dang beautiful! Something about that beautiful white lens!

Geez, I'm so shallow!
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Regarding selling a lens. I've sold a few to KEH when they were out at a local shop buying and was ok with the prices although if I had been willing to take the time I probably could have done a little better. But I could walk in with the lens and walk out if I didn't agree to the price. If making the switch I'd sell the Tamron on my own either thru ebay or maybe Fred Miranda or Dyxum if they still have a selling forum. If in good condition I'd have no doubt you could easily top the one quote and probably what Adorama would pay as well.

And I do not use filters on my lenses. Maybe I live dangerously but I'm fine with the protection a hood gives.
Absolutely beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing! Exactly what i'm looking for. I've read the reviews on dpreview, etc., but wondered what folks who worked with it every day thought about it.
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eddy-4 I'm going to be facing the same problems as you are now. I am looking at a 17-50 or going with a 17-70 both f/2.8. Then I will be going after a 70-200 f/2.8 or a 70-300 f/4.-5.6
So I'm going to tag along with you and the advice you receive.
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