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Old Oct 19, 2006, 8:08 AM   #1
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Hi all I'm new and I'm hunting for a good walk around lens for my Sony Alpha. What can you tell me about the Sigma 28-200mm Lens? Would this make a good lens for that.



I don't know much about Sigma lens. So I would love some feed back.



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Old Oct 19, 2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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I have found the 18-70mm kit lens on my 5D more and more. My current walk about lens on the wish list is the Minolta 24-105mm. This is not as wide as the kit lens, but I have found that for landscape and scenery pics, 18-20mm may be too wide. I know that Jim may chime in and mention the 24-85mm KM.
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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Since you mentioned 28-200, I would recommend the Tamron 28-300. Right now, my 7D has the Minolta 24-105, and my 5D has the Minolta 28-100. I have my Minolta 28-85 on my Maxxum 9 film camera. I really kike the Tamron, and if I had to go on vacation with 1 lens, it would get the nod.
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Thank you I'll look at the Tamaron



I found it for $149 is that a good price and what is your opinon on Beach Camera? They seem to have the cheapest prices.
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I'm saving up for the Tamron 18-200. It will get me the wider shots that the 28-300 won't. It doesn't give the quite the same reach that 300 does but I've found myself not able to compose the shot I want when 28 was as wide as I could go.

Course the price isn't quite as good on the 18-200 as on the 28-300
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:42 AM   #6
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Oh you all are so nice:lol: Thank you for all the pointers. I surprisingly really like my kit lens and I'm getting some great pictures just want something that will reach out a little more. I have an old old pheonix 100-300 from my old minolta slr camera days but the pictures are kind of muddy with it.
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Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:51 AM   #7
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Thank you I'll look at the Tamaron



I found it for $149 is that a good price and what is your opinon on Beach Camera? They seem to have the cheapest prices.
Beach Camera (a.k.a., buydig.com) is a reputable vendor. But, the $149 price you're seeing there is for the Tamron 28-200mm XR lens. They want $369 for the Tamron 28-300mm (although it is the newer XR Di version).

You can get the older Tamron 28-300mm XR lens for under $200 from CametaAuctions (a popular Ebay vendor). It's not the newest Di version (which supposed to have more optimized coatings).

But, it is the XR version (not one of the older ones). This particular model wasn't on the market long before being replaced,and I doubt there is very much difference between it and the newest model (optical elements, etc. all match up).

CametaAuctions has been slowly raising the price over time ($149, then $169, now $199).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=160040798125

I don't own one. But, a number of our forum members do.

You can see a long thread about 28-300mm lenses here:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=84

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Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:57 AM   #8
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Oh thank you so much!!!:?My head is spinning I really need to read and read some more I've just really got into the digital. Son has the Minolta 7d and I love it! But, he always did the buying for the lens on it.



I need to look at all you gave me to look at thank you again!



One more question this is within my price range do you think I should just do a buy it now and be over with it?

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That's up to you. Each user will have different requirements in a lens.

I rarely use longer focal lengths. My most used "walk around" lens is a Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5

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Sneezy1956:

I've been having the same dilema. I really like the kit lens at 18mm but wish I could get a little closer. I had a cheap Promaster 28-200, but it gets fuzzy wide open and 28mm just wasn't wide enough.

Based on the input of members here, I was pretty much gonna settle on the Tamron 28-300, but then found out they're coming out with an 18-250mm. I think it'll be perfect for general walk-around use.

There's an earlier thread on this forum that explained that it won't be available until next year, and no price has been set yet.

It looks like it'll be worth waiting for.
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