Looking for high quality zoom lens, help!!
I am looking for the best quality zoom lens for my Sony Nex 7.
I found a lot of discussion about the 18-200 here, but when I started researching my options, I found two different styles.
The SELP version seems to be more for video, but how does it compare in still image quality to the SEL? Again, I am wanting the best option for highest quality stills, not too concerned with cost at this point. If there is another brand I should be looking at, by all means share. I am not limiting myself to the length of 200, so if a shorter length is better, I'm open.
I am new to Sony (come from Canon with L glass) so I have much to learn about any available stellar optics.
Any guidance offered is appreciated!!
I have had excellent results with my SEL 18-200, I have it on my NEX 7 95% of the time and the OSS is outstanding.
There is also a very nice 55-210 SEL lens, which is shorter/lighter and less expensive. But that lens will soon be available from Sony in a motorized version.
Then, there is also a very nice 18-200 from Tamron.
For these kinds of lenses in an automatic setup, without going with the LAEA2 adapter you are limited to the SEL18200 original, which is the larger silver version, the newer SEL18200 which is smaller and black, and the Tamron 18200. The last two I have mentioned are the same lens but just manufactured by Sony and one by Tamron. They are both smaller and not as good for video. Stills they seem comparable. There is also the new SELP18200 which is the same as these except it has a motorized zoom in/out feature and is suited for video. If you are just planning on using for stills then the black Sony 18200 might be your best bet, but many, myself included have had excellent results with the original SEL18200 which is silver. It retails at 899 but can be found used for 650 or so. Its a great lens but kind of big.
You can use the LAEA2 adapter which is a faster focusing add on for our NEX cameras. This adapter is around $250 but lets you use any A-Mount, (Sony) lens going. This opens up your range considerably and gives better performance, at the cost of some bulk.
Zoom optics cannot be stellar (they compromize). I would recommend a manual legacy zoom of brand either Minolta (beercans 70-210 or 70-300) or Sigma 70-300 (the latter is available in Apo). But the beercans have high reputation. Motorization unused, they can be zoomed by hand as well. Price 2-300 $.