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As there is not much talk about Sony (except fanboi bashing), I thought I would write up something on my lenses.

I started out with Sony to continue to use Maxxum glass that BlackSheep started (I was a Canon FD guy so I sold off everything).
I realized that working with APS-C digital is not the same as my experience with old full frame Canon film lenses. I only had fixed focal length lenses with with Canon as zoom lenses sucked or were way out of my budget.

The Sony digital experience:
I started with kit lenses ... then realized that they suck, so I grabbed some old Maxxum fixed focal length lenses (even though the used prices are over-inflated). Then went to some midrange third party zoomlenses as I did not want to spend my life savings.
After much selling and buying I eventually realized that better IQ does come with a price ... and makes a difference what you spend. Zoom lens quality has come a long way for a lot lower in price.

Sony DT 18-70mm -> DT 18-55mm -> DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 50mm macro -> Tokina 100mm macro (old version) -> Sigma 150mm macro APO OS HSM f/2.8
Sigma 70-300mm -> Sony 70-300mm -> Maxxum 100-300mm APO -> Sigma 100-300mm APO f/4
These three are going to be my staples.
The 16-105mm and 150mm are new to me, but the IQ seems to be very good (to great) in my test shots.

I am dropping my Maxxum 28-135mm (awesome IQ) as I have a Maxxum 24mm and 50mm.

The Maxxum 24-85mm and 100-300mm APO are shared lenses since they are full frame, and handy on our Maxxum film bodies.
BlackSheep has the Sigma 50mm macro, Tamron 10-24mm, Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8, and a Tamron 200-500mm.

All the lenses that I have were purchased used ... except for the two 18-xxmm kit lenses ... so that reduced the pricing a lot.
I would love some Sony G or CZ lenses but I have not won the lottery yet ... I think I will be satisfied with the lenses I have now for the 2013 season.

Do you need a SCART lead for each lens then, could I play Grand Theft Auto on it.
 
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I am not aware of compatibility for PS games ... I don't think they have released a firmware update for that ... yet.
 
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If anyone wants to know ... the Sony SAL55300 is actually a pretty good lens in terms of IQ for a cheap price, though SAM is not really fast.
 
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The Tamron 10-24mm was chucked ... replaced with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.
Limitation that it is specifically a UWA zoom, but it is wayyyyy sharper (I did make a mention of this somewhere on the forum) than the Tamron.

Our current lens round-up (again):

Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO (black)
Sigma 50mm /f2.8 EX macro
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 II APO EX DC HSM
Tamron 200-500mm SP Di LD
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 IF DX II
Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8
Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM G
Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DT SAM
 
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So, to keep this stale thread going ... and to show that A-mount is still alive ...

Minolta 200mm f/2.8 APO (I posted about this lens earlier) ... is definitely one A-mount you really want.
I picked up a Minolta 50mm f/2.8 macro ver. I ... it is tiny (hmm, like a 50mm) lens, and very sharp. I think I might get rid of the Sigma 150mm. It is an awesome lens, but I have not used it enough.
I am going to try out a Minolta 2x APO with the 200mm ... will be posting about after I get it.
 

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