Want a good quality zoom under 1k...plz help

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Michael Fritzen
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Re: Want a good quality zoom under 1k...plz help
In reply to garypaul1256, Oct 16, 2011

Hi,

in the under 1k range there are the Sigma HSM 2,8/70-200 (w/o OS) and the Tamron 2,8/70-200 both quite well regarded with some minor differences in sharpness wide open, focus speed, HSM vs. screw drive but both very capable.

In the 70-300 range there are the Sony 70-300 G and the more recent Tamron. Both not as fast as the 70-200 but with more reach if this is important to you.
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El Profe
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In reply to garypaul1256, Oct 17, 2011

GaryPaul1256.

Well in that case you have only one choice... The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
$729.95 @ B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/539406-REG/Tamron_AF001S_700_70_200mm_f_2_8_Di_LD.html

Check the one of its review here:

http://kurtmunger.com/tamron_70_200mm_f_2_8reviewid128.html

Or here:

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tamron_70-200_2p8_c16/

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Re: Want a good quality zoom under 1k...plz help
In reply to Glenn, Oct 17, 2011

I just got my Tamron 70-300 F4-5.6 SP Di USD and it is awesome. It has full time manual override, quick and SILENT focusing, and it is ssssssharp. Some examples here https://secure.flickr.com/photos/jonasjschreiber/sets/72157627785346609/ though I've only had one day of shooting on it. Kurt Munger compares it to the Sony 70-300 and says it is comparable. Best of all, it was $409 with a $50 mail in rebate, which comes to $359.

Glenn wrote:

well you have a lot of choice in this space. might I suggest a 70-300G it's not a fast lens but you can't beat the quality and you'll have some left over of your 1000 to get a 85 F2.8 sam to give you really low light reach for portraits and such
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garypaul1256 wrote:

I went through my pictures from my newly purchased a55 with kit lens 18-55 mm and noticed that 85% of the time I am using it at max focal length. I now know I need more FL but I don't want to sacrifice quality and low light capabilities. I also need to stay under $1000. Help please my mind is hurting. I have read about 100 reviews and postings and still can't figure this out.

Gary

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Hi Gary,

The SONY kit lens is better than the 18-55 from other manufacturers but it's still just an OK lens.

For $1000 you can buy yourself a bunch of legendary Minolta lenses. We shoot with them exclusively. My highest recommendation is the MINOLTA 28-135 1:4-4.5, an excellent walk around lens for $3-350. It weighs almost 2 pounds because it is metal construction but the photos you will get will have you selling all the lenses you have now!

Other great lenses (and cheap)
MINOLTA 100-400 APO $4-500
MINOLTA 100-300 APO $250-300
MINOLTA 50MM 1.7 under $100
MINOLTA "beercan" another heavy one with exceptional photos.
MINOLTA 35-70 metal version $50-100

We have shot with all the Tamrons and Sigmas... and like someone else warned some of us think they are junk. Compared to MINOLTA lenses they are! You will find with most big range zoom lenses they are very soft on both ends and pretty decent in the middle.

You could take your $1000, get a 28-135 and an APO 100-400, and still have money left for a good external flash or some fast memory cards

If you visit our site you'll see lots of photos taken with MINOLTA lenses n an A55
http://www.abetterdj.net

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Re: Want a good quality zoom under 1k...plz help
In reply to ABETTERDJANDPHOTOGRAPHER, Oct 17, 2011

ABETTERDJANDPHOTOGRAPHER wrote:

You could take your $1000, get a 28-135 and an APO 100-400, and still have money left for a good external flash or some fast memory cards

Yeh, I am looking forward to using focus peaking on the A77 (when it arrives) with my Minolta 100-400 APO. I was never totally convinced by the AF with this lens on my A700, but I am sure that the A77 will deliver better results.

The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 is second to none on the IQ front. Again, this lens should really shine on the A77.

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In reply to garypaul1256, Oct 17, 2011

After I bought my A55 with kit lens, I also looked for a zoom with reasonable performance in low light. I decided not to spend lots of cash but first try what range would suit me and I bought a Minolta 70-210 F4 "Beercan" for € 110 on ebay.

Yes, it is only F4 and has its problems with CA, but a good copy gives great pictures. And with the A55, you can step up the ISO to compensate for the loss of 1 stop because of the lack of F2.8.

If it does not suit you, they are easy to sell again. I decided to keep it for now. If you want something really better than the beercan: on dyxum.com everybody is very enthousiastic about the Minolta 80-200 F2.8 G HS. Heavy but really, really good. And around $1000 on ebay....

In the meantime I also bought a Tamron 18-270 PZD in case you only want to carry one lens, like on vacation. For a superzoom a great lens. For the long reach I was lucky to get a original Minolta AF 500 F8 Reflex, brand new (used as demo lens by the shop) with 2 years warranty from Sony for €499.

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In reply to El Profe, Oct 18, 2011

El Profe wrote:

GaryPaul1256.

Well in that case you have only one choice... The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8
$729.95 @ B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/539406-REG/Tamron_AF001S_700_70_200mm_f_2_8_Di_LD.html

Check the one of its review here:

http://kurtmunger.com/tamron_70_200mm_f_2_8reviewid128.html

Or here:

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tamron_70-200_2p8_c16/

I agree on the Tamron, it get's excellent reviews and appears to be nearly as good IQ as the Sony, although it doesn't have SSM, it doesn't sound like that is a priority for your needs.

I would stay away from Sigma. You just never know if they'll work with your next camera.
Shawn

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In reply to imarollingstone, Oct 18, 2011

Yes the tamron is the one I'm looking into.
1. Cuz of the high cost of Sony's 70200
2. Cuz of Tamrons 6 year warranty

The only thing that has me a little stand offish is color fringing and CA at the 2.8 stop. I want that extra speed. I noticed I have a tendency to shoot a lot in low light conditions. I will be giving it a test run and let you all know what the out come is. Thx to all that have helped me arrive to this decision.

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