Best option for long focal length zoom

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ChrisG56 New Member • Posts: 5
Best option for long focal length zoom

When the screen on my A99v stopped behaving nicely I bit the bullet and bought a new A7riv and, because I was so heavily invested in alpha lenses, I also bought the LAEA5 adaptor.

I then sourced and bought a replacement screen for the 99 and paid someone to fit it for me.

So, I now have two cameras with different mounts and a really good adaptor.  When I retire in June I am looking at acquiring a longer/better zoom than the Minolta 75 - 300 I currently own for wildlife and I am wondering if people feel that I would be better off buying something like the Sigma 150 - 500 in alpha fit or getting the dedicated FE 200 - 600?

toughluck Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

The old Sigma 150-500 OS HSM in A mount? I'd give it a pass.

70-400 is a sure-fire bet, but it's expensive, especially the second (white) version, Sony FE 100-400 used is not much more expensive.

Tamron's SLR 150-600 (original or G2) is pretty good, but not as good as more recent xx-400/500/600 lenses your mirrorless.

And there's the 200-600 which is widely regarded as one of the reasons to get Sony.

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AkashRana Regular Member • Posts: 347
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

Of the available big zooms for A-mount Sony 70-400 is a great option, hands down. Its my favorite of the bunch.

Another option would be Tamron 150-600, where G1 is good and G2 is slightly better than previous generation. Though crop-ability at 600mm isn't great, so if you fill the frame you will get some good pics.

But as you have an E-mount body, I would say move in that direction instead as there are some good options available for all budgets like Sigma 100-400 at the lower end, Tamron 150-500 & Sigma 150-600 in the middle; with Sony 200-600 and Sony 100-400 at the top tier. From what i have seen, your E-mount camera with a native lens, you would have lot more keepers when compared to A99.

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Michael Fritzen Veteran Member • Posts: 6,450
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Hi,

in 2019 I added an a6400 to my A-Mount gear built around an A99II. Since the idea was to check out E-Mount for me (handling but also AF performance) I got only the 18-135 as native E-Mount lens and added the LAEA-3 for using also my A-Mount lenses to test how they fare adapted.

Both my 70-200 and 70-400 performed well. Also my Sigma's 24-70 and 12-24. So essentially I didn't see the need for a complete change.

Well, at some point I added the E-Mount 200-600 but much more because I wanted a longer FL than the 70-400.

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OP ChrisG56 New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

Thanks for this. Very helpful, and I can feel myself moving in the direction you suggest.

OP ChrisG56 New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

Thanks for this. Useful guidance.

Ed at Ridersite Forum Pro • Posts: 19,962
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

I use the 70-400mm A-mount on my A-68.  A friend uses the 200-600mm E-mount on his A7R4.  For longer reach he also uses the crop mode making the 200-600mm a 300-900mm.  Furthermore, he can use it with the 1.4TC reaching 1260mm in crop mode.  He's a professional and his photos are top notch - much better than anything I produce.  Based on what I see from him, I'd definitely recommend the 200-600mm for your A7R4.

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Lensmate Veteran Member • Posts: 6,482
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

ChrisG56 wrote:

When the screen on my A99v stopped behaving nicely I bit the bullet and bought a new A7riv and, because I was so heavily invested in alpha lenses, I also bought the LAEA5 adaptor.

I then sourced and bought a replacement screen for the 99 and paid someone to fit it for me.

So, I now have two cameras with different mounts and a really good adaptor. When I retire in June I am looking at acquiring a longer/better zoom than the Minolta 75 - 300 I currently own for wildlife and I am wondering if people feel that I would be better off buying something like the Sigma 150 - 500 in alpha fit or getting the dedicated FE 200 - 600?

No brainer...go for the 200-600mm!

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grsnovi
grsnovi Senior Member • Posts: 1,703
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

I'm using the original a-mount Tamron 150-600 on my a7Riii with the LA-EA5 and other than not getting AF-C I'm having a hard time trying to justify the 200-600.

What do you shoot?

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TomV1 Regular Member • Posts: 383
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grsnovi wrote:

I'm using the original a-mount Tamron 150-600 on my a7Riii with the LA-EA5 and other than not getting AF-C I'm having a hard time trying to justify the 200-600.

What do you shoot?

I have the G2 version of the Tamron (2 copies actually) and find them to be excellent lenses for the money. I also have the SAL500f4 and they compare favorably to it  optically. The AF is of course faster on the prime but the focus limiter on the G2 helps out a lot. My a99ii has MFA for both wide and tele ends of zooms, so that also helps out with the focus. With mirrorless, that is probably a moot point. Unless you need more AF points, then I can recommend it.

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Gary Waugh Senior Member • Posts: 1,811
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A useful guide to the quality of Sony zoom lens can be found here:

https://www.dyxum.com/lenses/results.asp?chbLensType=3

Just be aware that this does not cover how well it works on the adapter.

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tbcass
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I own a Tamron 150-600 which is very good.

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lehill Veteran Member • Posts: 6,359
Re: Best option for long focal length zoom

ChrisG56 wrote:

When the screen on my A99v stopped behaving nicely I bit the bullet and bought a new A7riv and, because I was so heavily invested in alpha lenses, I also bought the LAEA5 adaptor.

I then sourced and bought a replacement screen for the 99 and paid someone to fit it for me.

So, I now have two cameras with different mounts and a really good adaptor. When I retire in June I am looking at acquiring a longer/better zoom than the Minolta 75 - 300 I currently own for wildlife and I am wondering if people feel that I would be better off buying something like the Sigma 150 - 500 in alpha fit or getting the dedicated FE 200 - 600?

I retired in 2016 and I freely admit I'm a lens hoarder. My old Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the only lens I've sold - that should tell you something. The original Tamron/Sigma 150-600mm lenses just raised the bar for inexpensive long zooms and that bar has only gone higher ever since.

Today my main long lens setup is the A7RIV, SAL70400G2+LA-EA5, and SEL200600G.*

400mm zooms typically have a minimum focus distance around 5-6 ft. 600mm zooms are about double that. So the SAL70400G2 gets used in "close quarter" shooting (botanical gardens and such) while the SEL200600G gets used out in the field where the action is farther away.

The Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD looks very interesting. With Tamron's recent track record of excellent, yet inexpensive, lenses, this should go on the "check it out" list.

Sony's Lens Compatibility chart could be useful in your search (but only for Sony lenses). Pick a lens, then a body, then an adapter to see any restrictions.

*My A99II is now happy taking indoor photographs of my granddaughters.

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