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Old Dec 1, 2008, 6:54 PM   #21
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... it provides better image quality.
... even where the ranges overlap.
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I'm doing the step to DSLR I had only P&S before. If you can be so kind and explain me why is beter the 55-200 than the 75-300 ?

As far as i understand the lens included is the 18-70 and the extra 75-300. I think it will cover a wide range or i'm wrong ?
The Sony 75-300 has a greater zoom range than the Sony 55-200, but the 75-300 suffers from significant chromatic aberration at longer focal lengths. The 55-200 is also sharper. So while the 55-200 doesn't have the range of the 75-300, it provides better image quality.
That is debatable.
Mine is sharp as a razor blade, especially when shooting between f7-f12. In fact, I honestly have had nothing but excellent results with mine, I do have the older KM D copy and use it on my 5D


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Old Dec 3, 2008, 8:31 AM   #23
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See http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/986/cat/83

Your shot was at 75mm and f/7.1. The SLRGear.com test report for the Sony 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 shows that, at 75mmto 100mm, from f/8 to f/16, it is quite sharp. But things get progressively worse as the focal length increases. The images become quite soft, and the chromatic aberration also increases significantly.

I've had the Minolta 'D' and 'New' versions (the 'D' version is identical to Sony's) and was disappointed with all the shots I took, but they were always at the longer focal length. And, as good as the 75-300 is at shorter focal lengths, the 55-200 is better.
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I have a Sony A200 and had a chance to test the 70 -300 Sony kit lens and also a signma 55 - 200. The 55-200 was a much better lens hands down. The longer the focal range the worse the Kit lens was. I got some purple fringing/abrasions at the corners and softer images. The Signma is sharp through its entire range.

From what I have been reading their are much better 75-300 lenses out there that cost cost to $899 and $1000 but are worth every penny. I have not been able to test any of those. What I can tell you is that the 18 - 70mm kit lens is good but the 70-300 is worth about $5.

I'd look for torma and Signma 55 - 200 and give those a test. Maybe you can test one at your local camera shop (call and see if they have one you can test on your body around the store etc.)

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Well, how about a 300mm shot taken with it then? I don't know, perhaps my lens was built on a Friday!


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The Sony 55-200 is actually built by Tamron, and is also very good. And the Sony 70-300 G ($800, currently on sale for $750) is the best lens of its kind. Of the low end 75-300 lenses from any manufacturer, Sony's is about average, but the best is probably the Tamron 70-300 Di LD ($170). But the Sony/Tamron 55-200 is still better where their ranges overlap.
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I just wanted to say thanks for all the help, we did end up finding a decent deal locally for $599, we got the A300 with the 18-70 and 55-200 lenses. He will love it,

Thanks again!
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Glad to hear it!
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