A good walk-around zoom? 28-70 perhaps?

Started May 1, 2017 | Discussions thread
X_Holger Regular Member • Posts: 292
Re: A good walk-around zoom? 28-70 perhaps?

The Tamron 2.8/28-75 is a solid performer, especially stopped down to F4 or F5.6 for better sharpness in the corners.

It's also a rather modern lens, improved coatings for digital sensors ... there's even a Sony variant called SAL2875 with a SAM (smooth autofocus motor) that works very well on the LA-EA3 adapter, but for the A7 first version you probably need the LA-EA4.

Downside is, it's an AF-lens, so manual focus is not easy, the travel of the focus ring is way too short for a pleasant MF experience.

That's the problem with most modern AF-lenses.

The Contax Zeiss 3.4/35-70 and the Minolta MD 3.5/35-70 are well respected lenses, there has been a comparison between both lenses on the A7 somewhere .... the Minolta is way cheaper and almost as good as the Zeiss.

In the old film days the Tokina AT-X 3.5-4.5/28-85 was a popular lens and the Tamron SP 2.8-3.5/35-80 and SP 3.5-4.2/28-80 have also a good reputation.

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