which is the best 70-300mm for A57

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subodh New Member • Posts: 19
which is the best 70-300mm for A57

I am still not convince myself which lens is better. But i have searched some of them.

1) SONY DT 55-300mm

2) SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD

3) Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS

kindly compare these each other & help me out from this.

thanks in advance.

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Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,894
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57
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geoffmalter Senior Member • Posts: 2,798
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57
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I like the Sony 55-300: inexpensive, and IMO really good IQ, especially at 300. As shown below:

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JusLookN Veteran Member • Posts: 4,302
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My vote goes to the SAL 70-300G! It's not in your list, but I'm a big fan of this lens!  Portability is also a plus!

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rio911
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Glenn wrote:

the 70-300g is a great lens

+1

Amazing lens, I haven't tried the others so can't really compare.

rio

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garypaul1256 Regular Member • Posts: 170
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My wife picked me up the Tamron 75-300 Macro for Xmas last year. I needed the distance but had a very limited budget. I am surprised how well this lens has worked for me. it is not very quick on the focusing but if you have time to compose it should be plenty of time to focus. I do shoot in manual focus with peaking turn on in a pinch. It works very well in the sun and cloudy days with non action photos. Low light it sometimes searches and that's when manual comes in handy.

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Setter Dog Veteran Member • Posts: 5,762
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I have the Sigma 70-300mm and really like it. Personally, on long lenses, I prefer image stabilization to be in the lens. This lens has served me well on several trips to Teton/Yellowstone on both the a57 and a77.

Jack

norland Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57

subodh wrote:

I am still not convince myself which lens is better. But i have searched some of them.

1) SONY DT 55-300mm

2) SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD

3) Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS

kindly compare these each other & help me out from this.

thanks in advance.

Apart from the auto-focus drive being a bit noisy Sony's humble SAL75300 is, imo, pretty good especially at its present refurb price -- and my little friend (a regular visitor to the windowsill of this upstairs room) agrees....

A57, iso800, 1/800, f8, 300mm  - crop from Irfanview  preview of ARW file, no pp except "sharpen".

123Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 4,643
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It's pointless only providing a scaled down picture when comparing lenses.

123Mike Veteran Member • Posts: 4,643
+1 Sony 55-300

Every test I've seen so far supports the claim that the 55-300 is the best bang for your buck if you don't want to spend the extra money on a G lens. And even then, the 55-300 sharpness wise comes pretty darn close.

Got mine used for $200 + $50 worth of international shipping and import duties. Something like $245 total CDN. Got an excellent copy I think. But the lens is a relatively simple design, so I wouldn't be surprised if bad copies are extremely rare.

NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,355
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I went through the same decision a few months ago, and opted for the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di USD (note that the Sony version is not "VC" and does not have image stabilization built into the lens, instead relying on the Sony bodies' Super Steady Shot).

Basically, analyzing all available information, my conclusions were:

(1) if cost is no object, the Sony 70-300 G is probably the best lens;

(2) but the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di USD, at effectively less than half (not a lot more than a third) the price is probably not too far behind in (a) optical quality, (b) focusing speed, and (c) build quality;

(3) the Sony 55-300mm is probably about the same optically as the Tamron SP, but focuses significantly slower, and is not full-frame (I aspire to a full-frame DSLR, and do still have a Minolta 35mm film body);

(4) the Sigma 70-300mm OS may or may not be overall about on this same level optically, but given the Sony in-body stabilization, the SSM / USM type focusing on the Tamron is more useful than the stabilization on the Sigma, and over time many Sigma lenses have ceased working on new bodies (due to reverse-engineering instead of licensing the mount); and

(5) the older, cheaper, 70/75-300's from Sony, Minolta, Sigma, and Tamron (even the original Minolta 75-300mm sometimes called the "big beercan", which differs optically from all of the several subsequent Minolta and Sony 75-300's) are all steps down in both optical performance and focusing speed, and in many cases build quality.

I have been happy with the lens. It focuses quickly and accurately on my A580. It is quite sharp at the wider end, and reasonably sharp at 300mm. Bokeh is quite good. Build quality is very good. Obviously I don't have the other lenses and can't make a direct comparison, but my "Beercan" (Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4) is going up for sale.

Note that one response appears to be talking about a different, older lens inferior to the Tamron about which I'm speaking: "Tamron 75-300 Macro for Xmas last year.... I am surprised how well this lens has worked for me. it is not very quick on the focusing." Both the 75 (instead of 70) and the slow-focusing suggest a different, older, inferior lens. The Tamron I'm talking about is distinguishable by starting at 70mm instead of 75mm, being an "SP" (Tamron's "Super Performance") model, and having the "USD" ultrasonic focus motor built into the lens.

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dlkeller Veteran Member • Posts: 6,922
Very good advice
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This post pretty much nails the comparison and choices.

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OP subodh New Member • Posts: 19
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57

Can u upload some pic here?

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OP subodh New Member • Posts: 19
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57

really very nice lenses review by u.. thanks..!

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OP subodh New Member • Posts: 19
Re: which is the best 70-300mm for A57

can u upload some pics here with...?

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sogard Forum Member • Posts: 52
Re: +1 Sony 55-300
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I guess this is already the most famous tree in this forum. 

However, +1 for the 55-300 from me as well. I also own the 70-300 G. It's better, but it doesn't justify the price difference.

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,355
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I will try to post some tonight, and if I forget, send me a DPR private message. Would you prefer full-size files, or 100% crops, or scaled-down versions?

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(unknown member) Veteran Member • Posts: 6,192
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Here is a Tamron 70-300 Di LD picture hand held. Terrific value lens, it cost me £110 with a 5 year warranty. Focus peaking is great for situations like this where AF would be useless and I tend to use manual focus with it all the time. Feather detail on the bird is not to bad I think. There is a cropped version of this in my gallery.

subodh wrote:

can u upload some pics here with...?

OpticsEngineer Veteran Member • Posts: 6,536
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I have the Sony 55-300 SAM and older 75-300.  (not the G)

Their character is a bit different.

At full zoom, the 75-300 is sharp in the center with a visible decrease in sharpness toward the edges.  The 55-300 is not as sharp in the center, but maintains what sharpness it has toward the edges, so at the edges it is noticeably sharper than the 75-300.

For my purposes, a few grab the camera and run outdoors to catch a few wildlife shots,  (coyotes, roadrunners, hawks, snakes, lizards) the center sharpness of the 75-300 is actually makes it a bit better for me although overall I think most people would pick the 55-300 as the better lens.

I tend to buy the Sony lenses when possible to take advantage of in camera lens corrections.

On my A65 I do not notice any appreciable difference in focusing speed or motor noise.  But apparantly I am not especially picky about those two things in a telezoom because I also am perfectly happy with the focusing speed and noise of my Minolta 70-210 Beercan as well.

In theory it would be nice to put a Sigma stabilized lens on my A65, but when I have tried it, it turned out the Sony Steady Shot was so much more effective then Sigma OS that I end up always leaving the Sigma OS turned off and the Sony Steady Shot turned on.    It did not make sense to me to have possibly more blurry pictures over a better viewfinder experience since I tend to shoot in twilight conditions.  But I can see where if you mostly shoot in bright daylight, the Sigma OS could be the preferred way to go.

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 3,355
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Just to make sure it's clear, the Tamron LD with which this example was taken is a different lens (optically and mechanically) than the originally-asked-about Tamron SP. See, e.g.:

Tamron SP:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/728346-REG/Tamron_AFA005S700_SP_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_Di.html

Tamron LD:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/423729-REG/Tamron_AF017M700_70_300mm_f_4_5_6_Di_LD.html

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