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Amateur Sony Shooter
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How about Sony Zeiss 16-80?
In reply to Answell, Feb 22, 2013

It's an older design (screw driven = noisy video) but it has very useful range, and its very lightweight. I also had it for about a year before moving to FF body. In many cases I never miss the extra reach of my superzoom because I can simply crop the image, and that lens is very sharp even in it's maximum aperture. Alternatively you can also consider Sony'e new DT 18-135 SAM which is little slower (aperture) than Zeiss 16-80 but it's quieter and offering little longer range.

With one of these lenses (plus one prime such as DT35/1.8, DT50/1.8, or even 85/2.8 SAM) you are pretty much all set to explore Sony system. If you like it's colour, extra dynamic range in RAW file, and all the benefits from SLT mirror then you can further your invest, if not you just sell them off. These lenses are very popular among Sony shooters so you will offload them no problem.

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