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Old Jun 23, 2010, 8:37 PM   #11
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No. Every model introduced since the A700, including the A200, has that stronger, faster motor, and so the AF gears in your Sigma lens may fail under normal use.

Otherwise, it's not a particularly bad lens (That distinction I reserve for the Sony 75-300.) so you can use it until it fails and then replace it with a better lens.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 8:52 PM   #12
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why u think 75-300 mm sony is a bad lens come on I just bought it by and by better lens what do u recommend ? thanks I know I ask a lot just bare with me
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 9:06 PM   #13
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why u think 75-300 mm sony is a bad lens come on I just bought it by and by better lens what do u recommend ?
The Sigma is a better lens and it costs less than the Sony 75-300. See:

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro APO (Tested)
Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-75300 (Tested)

Remember that what we're talking about here are degrees of badness. The Sony 70-300 'G' is excellent, and by comparison, everything else comes up short.

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G

But short of that, the Tamron 70-300 Di LD is an excellent lens for the money. See:

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF (Tested)
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thank u very much I guess next time I ll ask before greetings from kuwait to the states thanks buddy
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 10:29 PM   #15
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ok TCav thank u and since u r on line please answer me so the sigma 70-300 mm apo dg have no problem with my 200 alpha
hi. Can you retype this with full words? unless you're using your iphone, these shortcuts just make it difficult to understand what you're saying. I have the sony 75300 and one day will need a replacement. so i'm interested in these threads. thanks...
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hi my question was is the lens sigma 70-300 mm (apo dg) would not have a problem with my sony 200 alpha model ok my friend I hope that was helpful to you I was told that lens which I mentioned above can not run with the alpha fast motor (only sigma hsm) so after a while you will have to replace it .
as for sony 75-300 its a good lens but if you want a perfect lens go on line (www.sonystyle.com) and check the 70-300 mm 70300g you will admire it that will be a great replacement for the 75-300 mm hope I helped you and I have to mention mr TCav he was very helpful almost half the information came from him.

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For me the jury is still out. I have the 70-300 G and also a Tamron 70-200 2.8.

I like the extra reach of the 70-300, and the image quality is quite good. Build quality is average. In good light, it's fast and sharp.

It's WAY lighter than the 70-200 2.8 - but lacks the shallow DOF and low light speed.

My particular 70-300 suffers from a little zoom creep, and the well documented "rattle", which is harmless, and common for some reason. Unless I decide to keep it as a travel/all around lens, I will probably be selling mine eventually. I do like the extra reach though. It's currently the longest lens I have, though I mostly shoot people these days and not wildlife.
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hi caligal what do you recommend other than the 70-300 mm g?
because I was planing on buying it on the near future.
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hi caligal what do you recommend other than the 70-300 mm g?
because I was planing on buying it on the near future.
In it's price range, quality, and focal length, I haven't seen anything better really. You might find cheaper however. It's still not the most expensive either. The Sony 70-200 2.8 is $1800 list - a (Beercan) Minolta 70-210 F4 can be found well under $200. Same range though the 70-300 is longer. ha ha

BUT - 4.5 being the widest it can go - for MY applications - is too limiting. By this I mean less shallow DOF, and not particularly brilliant for low light - (dim light indoors at night etc). Like I said if I were shooting wildlife or kids at play outside - it's perfect.

What is your application? That should determine the type of lens you need to be looking at. The more I discuss these things, the more it makes me feel it really has become an excess lens in my lineup. LOL
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This was taken yesterday with the A700 and 70-300G. Two major flaws with it were - had a crappy UV filter on it. (Mostly fixed in post) Shot in the absolutely LOWEST jog resolution "Standard" JPG. Camera was left set up for ebay photos inadvertently.

Still not a bad lens, and the 300mm range, in this case, was useful. If I had no UV filter (or a good one) and shot in RAW this image would be stunning. Instead, it's OK.

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