Lenses for Sony

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  1. DiskoJoe

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    Ive been checking out that 100-300 f4 too. Thats a lens Id like to get a copy of. I didnt even know about the 100-300 version until today. I had only see the 100-400 they used to make for canon.


     
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    The Sigma 100-300mm f4 is a great lens ... and you can sometimes find it cheap, as many Sony shooters may pass over a Sigma. This was recommended by a number of Dyxum people.

    I would love to get some Sony G telephoto zoom lenses ... but I have not won any money recently.

    So far I have no had any gear issues with Minolta Maxxum lenses that I have put on my A100 or A55.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I have been looking at the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6. Which can be had for around 150-200 AUD. the reviews for it to seem quite good and I know not as fast as the sigma at longer length and maybe not optically as good. May need to keep researching and save some pennies.
     
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    If you are looking for a cheaper, pretty good IQ, telephoto zoom ... look for the Minolta Maxxum 100-300mm APO D (or non-D) f/4.5-5.6.
    This is a pretty good lens. Small size. Can be purchased for under $300.00 US.
     
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    Ah, should be a ;)

    We love shooting film ... have more film cameras than digital.

    Hmm, maybe I should have kept the Maxxum 28-135mm (one of the best zoom lenses I ever had) for my Maxxum 9000.
     
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    I really like that one cause it has constant aperture. I get peeved at variable aperture. I dont like the lens switching things up on me automatically. And F4 is very usable for lots of situations. Plus I do lot of street so all that extra zoom on my Aps-c would be awesome.
     
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    Large lens, it is ... you will not look very inconspicuous with it.
     
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    Hmm, a thought has popped into my mind:

    Sigma 70-300mm -> Sony 70-300mm -> Maxxum 100-300mm APO -> Sigma 100-300mm APO f/4 -> Sony 70-400mm G

    ... now that the G2 is out, maybe upgraders will be dumping their old ones (I hope).
     
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    Well, only 9 months after my great idea ... I own a G.
    I got it from someone who got a deal on a G2. I was really hoping to see much dumping but it appears that this lens is just too good to give up for the difference in price of the G2.

    I hope to get out to use this thing. The test shots that I have taken tells me that I have to change the way I shoot.
    This lens is crazy sharp. I noticed that while doing wide-open shots, if I miss focus this lens really tells me that I have missed focus.
    I think that it will be the replacement for my Sigma (which is a great lens).
     
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    Just a thought... I am guessing you had the Sony 75-300mm and not the 70-300mm, as you mention you would love to get G lenses but could not afford it (the 70-300, called SAL70300G, IS a G series; while the 75-300, called SAL75300, is a kit lens that was replaced by the 55-200). I have had both, but the 75-300 does show barrel distortion and chromatic aberration, while the 70-300 is quite sharp. I also own the Zeiss 16-80 (again, retty darn sharp in my opinion, but it is not FF) and an old Minulta 50mm 1.7 that I bought off eBay (that one is OK, but not as sharp when wide open - but I guess that's to be expected of any lens).
     
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    Ah, you are correct ... typo on my part.

    Sigma 70-300mm -> Sony 75-300mm -> Maxxum 100-300mm APO -> Sigma 100-300mm APO f/4 -> Sony 70-400mm G

    I do recall that my old Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 was pretty good wide open, a lot better than the Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 ... I have never seen how the Minolta/Sony 50mm f/1.4 performs.
     
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