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Old Dec 27, 2008, 4:34 AM   #1
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I have been looking at a Tamron 55-200mm 4-5.6 lens. The lens is relatively inexpensive at around $150 USD after rebate. In a review it said the lens was best suited for smaller prints. What would bea decent lens for larger prints around 16x20 or 11x14. Lens up to $500 is acceptable but I don't want to pay more than what my camera actually cost. I've seen several other lens on Sony's website but haven't been able to find any review regarding quality. Please help! Thanks
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 9:56 AM   #2
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The Tamron 55-200 (and its Sony twin) is a fine lens for it's relatively low cost. There are alternatives for less than $500, but which would work for you depends on what you want to shoot.

For a telephoto zoom lens that's better than the Tamron 55-200 for less than $500, you'll need to look at the used market. There arethe Minolta 100-300 APO, 100-400 APO, the 70-210mm f/4.0 'Beercan' of myth and legend, and the 75-300 'Big Beercan' (not to be confused with the smaller, lighter replacements produced by Minoltasince 1995.)

If you can stretch your budget a little, the Sony 70-300 'G', currently on sale for $750, is probably the best lens of its kind for any camera.

And your A200 has a 10MP image sensor, which, at its highest setting,produces images with a resolution of 3872 x 2592 pixels. That would result in a resolution of only 162 ppi on a 16 x 20 print, and that's before JPEG image compression and cropping. So, with an A200,large prints aren't going to be very good regardless of the lens you use.

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Old Dec 27, 2008, 1:25 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks for the great advice. Maybe I'll justpurchase the Tamron 55-200mm until I can afford a better camera and higher quality lenses. I was looking to make larger prints, would 11x14 be too large with my 10mp sensor? My next purchase after the Tamron would be a macro lens. I just saw a decent rating on a Sony 50mm F 1.4 (on DPreview) and I think theprice on that when it comes out is around $350. What do you think?
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I'd say that, depending on the image, 11 x 14 is as large as you might want to take a 10MP image. But I will also say that I have an image that I shot with a 3MP digicam, cropped, and printed at 8 x 10, and you need an eye loupe to see the pixelation. So, a lot depends on the image.

The Tamron 55-200 is a good lens, but the 'Beercan' is better (if you don't mind the size and weight), and it's a constant f/4.0 aperture, and it'll do 1:4 macro. The Sony 50mm f/1.4 is a fine lens, but it's not a macro lens. The best it does is 1:6.67. If you're looking for a 50mm lens, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is available used for about $100, and it is also a fine lens. If you're looking for a macro lens, the Beercan goes for about $200 and at 1:4, it barely qualifies. The textbook definition of 'Macro' is 1:1, though 1:2 is generally good enough. There are a number of macro lenses available for less than $500,including Sony's 50/2.8 ($400), Tamron's 90/2.8 ($360), and Sigma's 50/2.8 ($245), 105/2.8 ($400), and 70/2.8 ($400). If you're on a tight budget, Minolta made a 35-70mm f/4.0 that's a 1:4 macro lens, and it goes for about $50. It has a lot of fans.
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