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Old Jan 15, 2010, 9:49 AM   #11
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Sony 75-300:

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-75300 (Tested)
Sony - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Minolta - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D (FYI, the Minolta 75-300 'D' and the Sony 75-300 are identical except for the nameplate.)

Tamron 70-300 Di LD:

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF (Tested)
Tamron - AF 70-300 F4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2

And, just for comparison, the 'Beercan':

Minolta - AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)

In general, the low end (<$300) 70- and 75-300mm lenses aren't very good, but of all the lenses in that range (zoom and price), the Tamron Di LD is the best.

But the Beercan is as sharp or better, has less CA, and is up to a full stop faster throughout its range than the Sony, and up to 2/3 stop faster than the Tamron.

And if you decide to shop for a Beercan, take note of how much used Sony and Minolta 75-300 lenses (except the Minolta 'Big Beercan') are going for. That's the true measure of the value of a lens.
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 3:29 AM   #12
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A decision has been made!

In the end I abandoned the Sony 75-300mm and the Tamron 70-300mm and opted for the Tamron 55-200mm LD Di ll. Best price I could find was 100 new (around $150 I think), and I'm happy with that. I think I've got one of the best lens possible for the entry level price, and maybe once I'm (hopefully) more experienced I can invest in something better. The lens is on order and will hopefully be with me in a couple of days

The reviews I read for the Sony and Tamron 200mm lenses seemed better than their 300mm brothers, as TCav rightly states. Both 200mm lenses scored well and had good reviews on dyxum.com given their price. I like the idea of a light and compact lens for when I'm travelling, so I'm happy with 200mm rather than 300mm.

Here are a few reviews for the Tamron 200mm and also the Sony 200mm, which might be of use to someone reading this down the line.

TAMRON 55-200MM

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=242
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/333/cat/23
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Ta...cro-Di-ll-4278
http://photo.net/equipment/tamron/55_200_Di/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tamron-55-20.../dp/B000BONMLY (although model is Canon fitting)
http://www.alphamountworld.com/revie...d-macro-review

SONY 55-200MM

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=416
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1271/cat/83
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_55_200mm_...viewid212.html
http://www.popphoto.com/Reviews/Lens...T-AF-Lens-Test

Interestingly, Tamron lenses are covered by a 6 year warranty in the States but only 1 year in Europe (or at least in the UK).

Thanks everyone who helped
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 4:25 AM   #13
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Good luck with it!
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