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Old May 24, 2010, 1:50 PM   #1
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hi guys,i m a beginner dslr user,i bought my first dslr,A 330,over a month ago,and i cant drop it off my hand!i want to buy a new lens now,but cant decide which lens to choose?:
-28-200mm
-55-200 mm
-28-300 mm
-35-300 mm
-70-300 mm

they r near enough the same price on ebay,but for some of the second hand prices i can buy a new 55-200mm!!i m really lost guys,i need some range on my camera,but also like taking macro pictures,please gimme some peace of mind!
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Old May 24, 2010, 3:03 PM   #2
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...but for some of the second hand prices i can buy a new 55-200mm!!
Then buy the new 55-200mm. It would be smaller and lighter than the others. ;-)

What lenses do you have now?

If you've already got the wider end covered with something like an 18-55mm kit lens, then I'd probably get a Sony 55-200mm to supplement it, unless you have some special needs that require something else.

Most of the lenses with more range from wide to long (28-200mm, 28-300mm, 35-300, etc., will not have image quality as good, and will also be larger and heavier in comparison. Any lens with that much focal range from wide to long is usually not a great choice.

You really need to take each lens on a case by case basis. I'd give more specifics on the lenses you're considering, letting members know the exact brand, model, focal range, aperture range (f/3.5-5.6, etc.) for better responses. For example, there are many different 70-300mm lenses, with a wide range of quality between the various brands/models. You may find that a newer Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro is not too bad; yet an older 70-300mm lens with similar specs may be really terrible. There is a reason that many of those types of lenses are really cheap on Ebay. ;-)

You have to take each specific lens model on a case by case basis when comparing them.
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Old May 24, 2010, 4:51 PM   #3
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The higher end 300mm would be the sigma 70-300 DG OS about 400 new, and then the sony 70-300G at 700 dollars. These two are better tele then the tamron 70-300 or the lower end sigma 70-300. The lower end lenses tend to get a bit soft on the long end, so do not expect to much at the 300mm end of tamron or sigma that sells for under 200 new.
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i have got 18-55 mm lens came with the camera!i have been reading some reviews and all from all over the net and people got all different opinions,some says 28-300 superzooms are great,and they r very happy with it,but some says they r not even worth looking at!i gotta say my budget is limited,it s around 100 (150$)!My main problem is i cant decide whether to buy long range zoon,70-300,or just 55-200,or get an all arounder where i dont have to change lens all the time n buy 28-300!many people say u dont get good quality pictures at the 300 mm zoom range,but again some people think that 100mm difference to 200 mm makes a big change and cant be missed!when i read all these different opinions,i get even more confused!There are around 10-15 items i m watching on ebay,i would copy and paste the names on here but it would be very long and messy,yet i ll do it if u want me to::i hope i make my messed mind up pretty soon,cus i really want to buy one!
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To be honest, the megazooms are alright, not as good as a 2 lens setup. But the differences are not as dramatic as some will let you believe. You will need to really crop in to see it in most cases, or you will have to print quite large.

But the tamron 18-250 would be a bit better megazoom all in one. At 28 will be very tight on the short side with the 28-300mm. I use a mulitple lens setup personally. But if I were to go with one lens the tamron 18-270 would be my choice for my canon. But the tamron 18-250 is right up there with the 18-270. With the 28-300mm you will still need to carry the 18-55 if you want to shoot group shots building or landscapes.

One the long end being soft, the lower end tamron 70-300 DI LD and Sigma 70-300 apo are really soft. So you really need to stop down to f10 to get it sharp. So in the not so ideal lighting, it can present itself as an issue. Weather 200 or 300 is better really depends on what you shoot. I tend to shoot every photographic discipline so I do use 300 quite allot. But only you can decide if 200 is enough range.
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wat the hell,lemme write down the names,some of you might be familiar with one of them and tell me to get it or not get it,here are the nominiees(no particular order):

-Minolta Af 75-300 4.5-5.6 95

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Minolta AF 75-300mm 1:4.5(32)-5.6 D with 1.5m/4.9ft macro 99

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TOKINA AF 35-300mm F4.5-6.7 LENS 99

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Cosina 100-400mm telephoto lens f/4.5 (auction)

-Tamron af 28-105
F/4-5.6 55

-Tamron Ld Asph IF 28-200 mm f 3.8-5.6 (auction)

-Minolta 75-300 f4-5.6 (D) zoom lens (auction)

-Sigma 70-300mm 70-300 F/4-5.6 DL MACRO For Sony 100

-SOLIGOR AF 28-300mm F4/6.3 LENS 120


-Sigma 70-210mm f4-5.6 zoom (auction)

-Tamron AF 80-210mm F4.5-5.6 (auction)

-Tamron
AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro (auction)
-SIGMA AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom (auction)

-TAMRON AF 28-200mm F3.8/5.6 LENS 89

all these above are second hand but very clean,there is also this one i was looking new:
-Tamron 55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro Lens - Sony/Minolta Fit 100



sorry about the messy and long list,i hope someone can help me out and point me a direction!thank you very much already
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I've used the Sony 55-200 SAM and that lens is small, light and very sharp. I tested it against the Minolta 70-210 beercan lens and I found the new Sony to be much better lens at all equal focal lengths and apertures. The Sony had no chromatic aberrations (color fringing) even at 100% crops but I can't say the same for the Minolta. The 18-55 plus the 55-200 is a very good kit and very affordable.

You might want to look at this if you have not already--http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/reviews.asp?IDLens=522
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wat the hell,lemme write down the names,some of you might be familiar with one of them and tell me to get it or not get it,here are the nominiees(no particular order):

-Minolta Af 75-300 4.5-5.6 95
No.

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Minolta AF 75-300mm 1:4.5(32)-5.6 D with 1.5m/4.9ft macro 99
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TOKINA AF 35-300mm F4.5-6.7 LENS 99
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Cosina 100-400mm telephoto lens f/4.5 (auction)
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-Tamron af 28-105
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F/4-5.6 55


Maybe.

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-Tamron Ld Asph IF 28-200 mm f 3.8-5.6 (auction)


Not ever.

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-Minolta 75-300 f4-5.6 (D) zoom lens (auction)


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Sigma 70-300mm 70-300 F/4-5.6 DL MACRO For Sony 100


No. This lens has a history of failing on Sony bodies.

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SOLIGOR AF 28-300mm F4/6.3 LENS 120
Not even if someone had a gun to your head.


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Sigma 70-210mm f4-5.6 zoom (auction)
No.

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-Tamron AF 80-210mm F4.5-5.6 (auction)


good choice if you can get it cheap.

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-Tamron
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AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro (auction)
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-SIGMA AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom (auction)


No. This lens has a history of failing on Sony bodies.

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-TAMRON AF 28-200mm F3.8/5.6 LENS
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all these above are second hand but very clean,there is also this one i was looking new:
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-Tamron 55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro Lens - Sony/Minolta Fit 100


This is also a good choice.
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I have the Sony SAL75300 which was the long "kit" lens bundled by Henry's in Canada. I haven't read or even seen reviews of it. I do know it is cheap. But the OP has a tight budget too. Any thoughts?
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For less money, the Tamron 70-300 Di LD is better and it does 1:2 macro compared to 1:4 for the Sony.

See Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-75300 (Tested) vs. Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF (Tested).
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