Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > Add-On Lenses

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 6, 2011, 7:17 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 262
Default Travel Lens?

Sorry if this question is too elementary, but that's where I reside in my camera knowledge. I have a Sony A200 with the 18-70 kit lens as well as a Sony 55-200. Is there a decent do it all lens that doesn't break the bank? I'm heading on a Canada/New England cruise in just over a month and would rather use one vs two lenses.
Outhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jun 2, 2011, 2:25 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Queens NY
Posts: 2

Tamron 18-250 mm it will also do macro
BernLeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 17, 2011, 9:10 AM   #3
Senior Member
PeterP's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,396

Super-zooms offer convenience at the expense of optical performance.

Most manufacturers including Sony make one.

Sony 18-250 (about 579$us street price)

Sigma also makes 18-250 (about 479$us street price)

Tamron 18-270 (about 649$us street price)

Tokina also makes a 18-270

You will of course have to check you local retailers for the actual price in your country.

Imaging is all about light and your ability to sculpt it.
Equipment is just a secondary nuisance.

Last edited by PeterP; Jun 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM.
PeterP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 2012, 5:36 AM   #4
Senior Member
TCav's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,395

A jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none lens will cover the zoom range you've got now (and possibly more) without changing lenses. but it will likey have more distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration than the 55-200 you have now, and it won't be as sharp.

The 18-70 could stand some improving, though.

The Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a good choice, as are the Sigma 17-50/2.8 and 17-70/2.8-4.0, though the Sigmas are stabilized, which is redundant on a Sony.

If you really want to trade image quality for convenience, the Tamron 17-270 and Sigma 18-250 are as good as it gets. (Again, the Sigma is stabilized.)
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 2012, 5:50 AM   #5
Senior Member
frank-in-toronto's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 1,083

this is why a lot of pros on assignment carry more than 1 camera. I have an a550 and the solution I use is to put a 70-200 on the sony and an intermediate zoom on my mirrorless camera. yes. another camera. you can probably find one for the same price as that extended-range zoom. look for one with capabilities that your sony doesn't have. like wide bracketing for HDR, articulating LCD. it'll be newer so there's a chance that it'll have better high iso.

the real bonus is now you'll have a smaller camera for walking around ship-board and the a200 for when the tougher photo situations show up. Don't spend too much and don't consider that second camera a "system" camera. just use it for what it is.

Have you considered this idea?
frank-in-toronto is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 6:18 AM.