Lens recommendations for new A57

Started Feb 24, 2013 | Questions thread
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123Mike Senior Member • Posts: 4,643
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 + Sony 55-300

I don't like the superzooms because they're not tack sharp. I've had one for two weeks and I sold it, because the results irritated the crap out of me.

The Tam 2.8 solves many indoor problems. You can more often take shots without flash. It's sharp wide open 28 to 50. In lowish light 17 wide open is good too, compensating for the low light. You can get amazingly vibrant shots with it. You'll end up with a better image library with this over the basic kit lens. So, save the $100 getting the body only, and spend the, what, $450 (?) on the Tamron. It isn't cheap, but it's *good*.

Telelens. Sony 55-300 all the way. Fantastic having it start at 55. You can actually kind of walk around with it, depending on what you're doing (eg. nature path walk).

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