NEED SOME HELP WITH LENS SELECTION

Started Feb 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: NEED SOME HELP WITH LENS SELECTION
In reply to Answell, Feb 22, 2013

I've used the SAL 18-250mm for five years - mostly when traveling.  First on the A-100 and now on the A-77.  It does a nice job of covering all the bases - about as well as could be expected.  I like to also take a faster lens for candid people shots and very low light situations - I use the Minolta 50mm f1.4.

If you shoot jpg, the Sony has the advantage of in body lens corrections over the other choices.  If you shoot RAW and use Lightroom, the Tamron 18-250mm lens profile can be used for both the Tamron and the Sony since they are optically identical.  This applies to the old Tamron, not the new 18-270mm version.  These corrections are quite useful for distortion, vignetting and CA/PF to some extent.

My copy of the Sony is pretty sharp in the center throughout the range - even wide open, but not so sharp around the edges.  Boken is pretty ordinary.  You'll experience some lens creep, but the Sony has a lock at the 18mm end that's easily accessible on the fly.  The Sony is light, compact and pretty durable - I carry it in a bicycle pannier often when touring.  I've never had a problem with the lens.

So, if you can live w/o absolute tack sharpness and some fuzziness around the edges, I'd say go for it.

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