If I get the Sony a57 today- which is the way I should go?

Started Oct 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
danny006 Senior Member • Posts: 1,090
Re: If I get the Sony a57 today- which is the way I should go?

Don't get the 18-55 / 55-200 and 75-300.

The 16-50/2.8 is indeed a very good lens. Already at F2.8 and 50mm for portraits, it is sharp. Very quiet and fast SSM. Just so much better than the 18-55 kitlens. The Tamron 17-50/2.8 didn't came out that great at F2.8 and the AF is noisier.

I have had the 55-200 for one day and sent it back. Not sharp at 200mm and slow AF.

The 70-300g is a great lens, same quality as the 16-50/2.8. I am not sure the Tamron 70-300 is as good, some say it is and some say it's not.

If you want more reach I can recommend you the Tamron 200-500. I use it for wildife/birds and am really happy. I would prefer this one over the 70-400g just because of the extra reach. The Tamron is lighter also. And AF speed is about the same. I am used to sharp lenses like the Minolta 400/4.5 and the Tamron doesn't disappoint.

I know, these lenses cost a lot, but they are worth the money. If you go with the cheaper ones you will get disappointed at some time, so better do it right the first time.

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