A57 lens choice help

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
al. Senior Member • Posts: 1,251
replace 18-55 kit lens?

Brad72 wrote:

Hi guys and gals. I have read so many threads and to be honest feel like my head is going to explode from information overload.

I am new to photography and want to replace my 16-50 kit lens and thought the 16-50 f2.8 ssm would be good, but has some weird distortion, but have also read very good things about the Sam 35 f1.8 prime lens as a do it all with great sharpness etc.

Primarily I want a good walk around lens and something with low light performance for taking pictures of the family indoors without my big flash, and outdoor scenery shots. I do take some macro shots of flowers also just to mix things up. The 55-200 kit lens serves my fine for longer shots. I have also looked at the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and the sigma 24-70 f2.8

So if I were to buy one lens which would you go for. Budget wise I don't want to spend too much and I can get the 35mm for $180 and the others for around $400.

thanks for your help.

The 35 and 16-50 are great lenses. Where can you get the 16--50 for around $400?

As a "walk around" lens, the 16-50 is only a little wider than your kit lens. Would you need something longer? Would you want something with more range, like the 18-135 or 18-250?

 al.'s gear list:al.'s gear list
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony SLT-A57 Sony Alpha 7 Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM +5 more
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