Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

Started May 5, 2013 | Questions
kotsoskotsas New Member • Posts: 1
Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

Hi, I'm looking for a general use lens (travel) for my a-65.
I'm cannot decide between the following 4 lenses..
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM

or the old version of sigma

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD

Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3

The price is pretty much the same (except Sony) Any help? pros/cons?

Thanks a lot!

ps. I know there is a similar question but didn’t want to interrupt.

Rashkae Senior Member • Posts: 1,176
Well...

Well... You could red through the previous similar 20+ threads of people asking for comparisons of those lenses...

Edward Sargent
Edward Sargent Veteran Member • Posts: 4,691
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

The old Sigma, there have been several threads on this subject in the last week. Do a search probably for 18-250 or a specific lens.

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falconsusi Contributing Member • Posts: 560
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

I have the new Sigma 18-250 macro version and I like it much more than the Sony 18-250 that I sold.  The new version Sigma is sharper and quiet!  In fact I liked it so much that I told my brother who also has the a57 and Sony 18-250 and he also traded his Sony for the newer Sigma.  I have never used the older version Sigma 18-250 so I can not compare.

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EXX Contributing Member • Posts: 761
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

There is one thing to consider: only in case of the Sony 18-250, the A65 will have a lens profile for in-camera lens correction.

If you are a raw photographer and do everything with post-processing, this is a non-issue of course.

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dlkeller Veteran Member • Posts: 6,922
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

Really love my Tamron 18-270 PZD.  Comparisons with the Sigma macro are pretty much even with each having advantages in different part of range.  They are both much lighter and smaller than the older Sigma version.

6 year US Warrantee and possible Sigma compatibility problems with Sony in the future swung my decision to Tamron, but Sigma seems to be working on this issue and it may not become a problem.

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lross Junior Member • Posts: 44
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

kotsoskotsas wrote:

Hi, I'm looking for a general use lens (travel) for my a-65.
I'm cannot decide between the following 4 lenses..
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM

or the old version of sigma

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD

Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3

The price is pretty much the same (except Sony) Any help? pros/cons?

Thanks a lot!

ps. I know there is a similar question but didn’t want to interrupt.

None of the above...   I found that zooming past 135mm things tended to get soft and that I was just as good taking a shot at 135mm and cropping it.   So I use a Tamron 24-135mm zoom for my walk around and it's sharp zoomed all the way in.   If the lens can zoom past 135 your going to use it and just find out later it's too soft.  I ended up doing that so much and getting frustrated later, when reviewing the shots, that I sold the lens.   Why kid yourself.

Setter Dog Veteran Member • Posts: 5,212
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

I had the older image stabilized 18-250mm Sigma and really liked it. I appreciated the stable look through the EVF. I sold it and bought the newer model. Well, I miss the stabilized lens but I like the smaller and lighter new version. To my eye, they are equal in image quality. For a travel lens, the newer model is probably a better option.

Jack

MrIchiro Forum Member • Posts: 75
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

if you can live without the wide angle, the Sony 55-300 is great..  A few shots I took with it:

This one was in Ho Chi Minh City..

this one's all the way out at 300mm

EXX Contributing Member • Posts: 761
Re: Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

lross wrote:

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None of the above...   I found that zooming past 135mm things tended to get soft and that I was just as good taking a shot at 135mm and cropping it.   So I use a Tamron 24-135mm zoom for my walk around and it's sharp zoomed all the way in.   If the lens can zoom past 135 your going to use it and just find out later it's too soft.  I ended up doing that so much and getting frustrated later, when reviewing the shots, that I sold the lens.   Why kid yourself.

I cannot agree. I use the Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD and although the lens is not supersharp at the long end, it is definitely better than cropping from 135mm. Note: you have to stop the lens down to f/8 of f/11 for optimal results. Forget about good low-light performance with any superzoom, it is just not up to it.

Speaking about 135mm, there is another nice alternative: the new Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM. It uses a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for quiet focusing, with Direct Manual Focus override. It will most propably also benefit from the in-camera lens correction function in the A65.

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