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Old Feb 6, 2009, 3:27 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I recently bought a Sony A350 dslr with a 18-70mm lens. I would like to buy an additional lens that takes pictures with better quality than the 18-70mm lens. Which lens can I go for? I am an amateur photographer but have developed a keen interest lately. I would like to go for an all purpose lens. Also my budget for the lens is about 100pounds...the lesser the better..lol

I had plans to buy one of the two lenses listed below, but please advice me if there is any other lens that is better than these:

Minolta MD Carl Zeiss 70-210mm 70-210 Zoom Lens+MACRO
Sony Alpha (Minolta) 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 Lens
Your valuable advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 6, 2009, 6:42 AM   #2
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First, the Minolta MD is a manual focus lens that won't fit your A350. Sony Alpha dSLRs use the 'A Mount' that was first released by Minolta in 1985. In North America, it was known as Maxxum, and in Europe it was known as Dynax. Those are the lenses you should be looking for.

Second, the Sony Alpha (Minolta) 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 Lens isn't a very good lens. If you can get it cheap, ok, but there are better lenses available for less than the Sony price.

It's difficult to judge whether a lens available for auction will ultimately sell for an amount within your budget, but these are the kinds of lenses that should compliment the kit lens that you might consider:

100-200MM F4.5 ZOOM MINOLTA AF LENS

Minolta AF 100 - 300mm f4.5 - 5.6

Minolta Sony fit AF Tamron 55-200 f4-5.6 LDmacro Di 2

SIGMA 100-300mm Zoom Lens (Minolta AF/Sony Alpha)

Tokina 70-210 lens for Minolta AF

I did not delve deeply into the listings for these lenses, but from what I've seen from my glance, I believe these are all in good condition.

These are all better than the Sony 75-300 (where their ranges overlap) and you should be able to find at least one that will sell within your price range.

For more information on these and other lenses, probably the best source of information is Dyxum.comuser reviews.

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Hello,

Thanx for taking your time out to reply to my query. I was bidding a sony 75-300mm lens(used- as new) for 75 pounds in an auction. Do u think thats value for money or to consider some of the options that you gave

Thanks a lot.

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I would pick any of the others I listed before I'd pick the Sony 75-300, if the prices were comparable, and I could live with the zoom range.
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The Tamron 55-200 is an especially nice lens, but it still has 3+ days to go and there's no way to know what it will eventually sell for.
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Hello,

Iam bidding the tamron lens. Thanks for your suggestion. Will send some pictures after i buy the tamron lens.

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Good luck with the auction.

I'm looking forward to seeing them!
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Default Loooking for lenses within 18-200 or 18-250 range

Please suggest some good lenses to buy within 18-200 or 18-250 range.
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Please suggest some good lenses to buy within 18-200 or 18-250 range.
There aren't any.

If you want good lenses, you need to get two or more lenses with less ambitious zoom ranges.

If you must have a single lens with a long zoom range, the Sony/Tamron 18-250 is one of the best, but it's not as good and it costs more.
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