SEL55210 alternatives for Sony NEX?

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Hi, just wondering if anyone recommends any alternative lenses to the Sony SEL55210. Basically I have the lens now but I wan't crazy about its sharpness and slowness. When I use it I find that I zoom all the way to 210mm because obviously I don't want to get too close to my subject (usually some animal or bird) so that's probably affecting a bit my image quality. I would consider a fixed focal length maybe 135mm or more. Like the Zeiss A mount 135mm. Since I have the adaptor. I was considering the G lens 70mm - 300mm but when I tried it in the store it was massive! and sutofocus was slow on the Nex using the adaptor.

Anyway I just wanted to get some advice. Another option is one of the Canon L lenses but I'm guessing they are big as well.
 

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Hi erotavlas - If you already have the LA-EA2 adapter, I would try the Sigma 70-300mm DG OS lens ($476CDN at amazon.ca). It is the only image stabilized 300mm lens for Alpha mount. I would not use Canon or any other manual, non-stabilized lens for wildlife photography.

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Hmm, you want a high IQ telephoto zoom that has fast AF, and not physically large for wildlife photography?
No such thing.

135mm and crop heavily ... or maybe a Maxxum 200mm f/2.8 HS ?
 
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Hi erotavlas - If you already have the LA-EA2 adapter, I would try the Sigma 70-300mm DG OS lens ($476CDN at amazon.ca). It is the only image stabilized 300mm lens for Alpha mount. I would not use Canon or any other manual, non-stabilized lens for wildlife photography.

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Yes that is helpful. I agree I was considering a sharp manual focus lens, but for example taking photo's of birds or other fast moving animals is really hard to focus manually. I have a hard enough time maintaining focus with the SEL55210, its a bit slow.
I only have the LA-EA1 adaptor, but I can get the EA2 adaptor, I think its on sale right now. That might open up a lot more options for me.
 
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What if I paired the LA-EA2 with the Carl Zeiss 135mm? Can I do without the image stabilization?
Or that vs Canon EF 200mm f2.8II USM with a canon-nex adaptor?
 
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Hi, just wondering if anyone recommends any alternative lenses to the Sony SEL55210. Basically I have the lens now but I wan't crazy about its sharpness and slowness. When I use it I find that I zoom all the way to 210mm because obviously I don't want to get too close to my subject (usually some animal or bird) so that's probably affecting a bit my image quality. I would consider a fixed focal length maybe 135mm or more. Like the Zeiss A mount 135mm. Since I have the adaptor. I was considering the G lens 70mm - 300mm but when I tried it in the store it was massive! and sutofocus was slow on the Nex using the adaptor.

Anyway I just wanted to get some advice. Another option is one of the Canon L lenses but I'm guessing they are big as well.

The nex is a small camera so it is not going to have as fast a focusing motor as a DSLR or SLT. You might want to look into getting a different motor.
 

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