Sony Alpha 77 & Lenses

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  1. malhyp

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    Hi there, I have a Sony A77 which was given to me a few years back. Have been using it lately and looking at buying a few lenses for it. I am a little confused as to which lenses I can buy as most of them are no longer available from retail stores, buying second hand. I did a little research and some lenses seem to have the motor in them and others not, I believe that the camera has the motor that drives the zoom built into it.

    Does anyone know what I need to look for? I understand that it should be an A Mount lens but when looking into them I come up with SSM, SLT, SAM, HSM, RXD and so on. Can anyone help with an explanation about what I should be looking for?

    One that I was looking at was the DT 16-50mm F/2.8 SSM SAL1650 but looking for a few more.



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    Yes, the A77 can use motor/gear driven focus lenses and also the newer SAM/SSM lenses which have a focus motor built in.

    Yes, A-mount ... not E or FE mount.

    All Minolta Maxxum lenses are gear driven. Some older Minolta AF lenses had a power zoom (I think Sony has a couple also).

    Sony - SAM = smooth autofocus, SSM = SuperSonic motor ... SSM is better than SAM

    Sigma - HSM = hypersonic motor
    Tamron - RXD = Rapid eXtra-silent stepping motor

    PZ refers to power zoom

    Sony Lens Abbreviations

    The SAL1650 is an excellent lens. Very high IQ and fast, best "kit" lens Sony ever bundled.
     
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    HI Dennis that's great, was worried that some fit but not work as they should, appreciate your explanation, helps.
     
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