Started Feb 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
craig66 Senior Member • Posts: 1,374
Re: I didn't like the super zoom

123Mike wrote:

I've been looking at the samples of the new Sony 55-300, and it is *quite* the gem. It seems to be able to compete with the actual G lenses, and it appears better than the Min 100-300 APO and the Tam 70-300 which is very popular.

Personally, if you can get comfortable with swapping lenses, I'd aim for a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 + Sony 55-300. Then sell most if not all your other lenses. The Tam might obsolete your Min 50/1.7 as well, which needs stopping down anyway. The 17-50 is *quite* sharp at 50 wide open.

I've had the 55-300 DT for a couple of weeks and I must say I'm really impressed. MUCH better on all counts than the 55-200 which I also own. Sharper at f5.6 at 300mm than the 55-200 at 200mm at any aperture. Comparable to the Tamron 200-500 at 300mm. I've had several attempts at test shots on a tripod comparing the 55-300 at similar focal length to the Tamron 90mm macro. I can't separate them sharpness wise, though the Tammy may have very slightly better contrast.

It does f4.5 to 150mm and f5 to 200mm, so you are not losing much speed wise to the beer can.

I don't have the Tamron 17-50, though I plan to get one to replace the kit lens. The combination of Tam 17-50 and Sony 55-300 may the best IQ for dollar you can get in a two lens set, and among the most light weight too.

 craig66's gear list:craig66's gear list
Sony a77 II Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM +10 more
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