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Old Oct 31, 2009, 1:18 PM   #11
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Here are the three choices for the price that I can get them for :
SAL100M28 - 350 (regular ~550+)
SAL50M28 - 250 (regular ~450+)
SAL50F14 - 180 (regular ~350+)

Here is my use case :
80% - portraits (adult, kid or family)
20% - macro (mostly still subjects)

Which lens do you pick that gives best value for money and usability?

Bang for the Buck? SAL100M28

Fantastic as a macro lens. While the 50M28 is shaper, but the standoff distance (meaning the minumum focusing distance) is longer for the 100M28 which makes it better for just about every possible macro shooting situation.

The 100M28 focuses reasonably fast (the barrel of a macro lens has a greater focusing radius than a non macro lens), for a macro lens and not that much slower than a conventional lens so the lens can be used as a walk around lens without much compromise.

Downside? 100M28 is equiv to 150 mm in 35mm speak. Long portrait lenses have been traditionally 135mm. The 100M28 works, but sometimes you need more room between you and the subject... and the wall behind you just doesn't move very easily.

The 50's are just a bit too short (75mm equiv) to be a great portrait lens. They will work, but 50 is not the ideal length of lens. 75mm equiv of the 50 is usually way too short for kids, but for small groups the 75mm equiv can be ideal.


A good, low cost compromise between the 50M and 100M would be the Tamron 90mm Macro. 135mm equiv lenght making it a great long portrait length, just as fast (2.8) and quality is 95% of the 100M28.


PS: I own the 100M28
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Old Oct 31, 2009, 4:28 PM   #12
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Thanks for the input guys.
Looks like 100M28 is definitly the better choice.
How well does it perform indoors/low light portraits, in comparison to 50f14?
Sounds like 100M28 will be good for portraits outside where moving front and back is not an issue, but for indoors and low light 50f14 will be more practical.
I think I'll end up buying both eventually in the long run.

Can someone post some portraits shots from 100M28 or a link where I can see some. I tried searching on the web but they are mostly Macros (and they are indeed awesome).

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Old Nov 1, 2009, 9:28 AM   #13
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I dont have the 350 anymore. Sold it already
So the lens being marked specifically in "MACRO" category can be used for good general purpose portraits ?
They can, however, the auto focusing on Macro lens is slow, painfully slow. That's the main reason I don't use my SAL100M28 often.

I would recommend getting SAL50F14 for portraits and SAL100M28 for Macro.
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 9:42 AM   #14
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Got the A700 with SAL16105 zoom lens.
Loving it so far.. :-)
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Congrats!

That should be a very nice combo (users really like that lens from virtually all comments I've seen, even if it doesn't test as well as a lens like the CZ 16-85mm). It's got a very nice focal range (starting out wider and going a bit longer than most similar zooms) with fast and accurate focusing on an A700 from what users say about it.

I'd certainly give it very high consideration if I were looking for a new walk around lens (as it's focal range would be just about perfect for most of my shooting).

BTW, if you haven't seen it, here's an old Field Report from someone using that combo (A700 + 16-105mm lens):

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...%20-A700.shtml

Please make sure to share some photos from it when you have a chance.
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Thanks Jim. I am happy with the results so far. I'll post some pics I clicked yesterday.
I had the opportunity to play around with SAL1680Z also. Me and my brother both got the A700 this weekend, I got the 16105 and my brother got 1680CZ.

We took both the cameras out yesterday and I couldnt tell any difference in the picture quality or sharpness. Both performed similar in same conditions. And almost 99% same build quality, if you remove the zeiss logo, there is no way any one can tell which one is which just by looking at the lenses.
The only good thing about CZ1680 was the option of wider aperture at 80mm(4.5f), where as on 16105 I cannot get 4.5f beyond 60mm-70mm.
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Got the A700 with SAL16105 zoom lens.
Loving it so far.. :-)
Have same combo coming in 2 days
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Great. Let us know how you like it.
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Here are some of the random shots I took on the first day
I was still playing with the camera settings and getting used to it so they might not be very good ..
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I have another question BTW,

Does NP-FH50 battery work with A700 ? I ordered an alpha kit bag with battery and forgot to check the battery model number before ordering.
I cannot fine any info online for compatibility between A700 and NP-FH50.
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