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Old Jan 31, 2011, 7:50 AM   #1
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hi and greetings :-)


is there any reason for looking at Sigma or Tamron alternatives to

Sony DT 55 - 200mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lens

considering the relatively fair prices for Sony lenses


would like to hear what you think
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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The Sony 55-200 is actually made by Tamron. The Tamron version costs less and has a longer warranty, but it doesn't have it's own AF motor, so it won't AF on a NEX body.

The Sigma is stabilized, which is fine for Canon and Nikon bodies, but it's a waste for Sony bodies.
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The "relatively fair prices" stems from the fact these are low end lenses. If your budget permits and you get to the f/2.8 telephotos, you'll see that non-sony go for around $1000 and the Sony G go for around $2K or more. Not saying they're equal in every way, but close in most. I had the sony 75-300 telephoto. when i got tired of producing all soft images, i gave it away and got the sigma 70-200. It all depends on how much money you have to spend on this hobby.
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Hi again and thanks . I am aware we are in the low end lens category and thats where I will stay :-)

To TCav, will the Tamron AF well and fast driven by the AF motor in the Sony house and do you have a product number for the Tamron 55-200 ?

To frank-in-toronto, do you have the experience that the Sigma is a better lens than the Sony since you switched and do you have a product number for the Sigma 70-200 you chose ?

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Here's the Tamron:

http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/55200mm.asp
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Old Jan 31, 2011, 1:21 PM   #6
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thanks Tcav and will that lens then Auto Focus with the Sony Alpha 550 , excuse me ..I am little confused.. the wife and can give birth any minute now and we cant wait any more.. trying to do well with the waiting time , but its hard to concentrate anyway :-)
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Yes, it will AF on any Sony Alpha body.

From Adorama:
Tamron 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DI-II LD Macro Ultra Compact AF Telephoto Zoom Lens for Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount - USA Warranty

From B&H Photo Video:
Zoom Normal-Telephoto AF 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR

Good luck with everything.
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Hi again and thanks . I am aware we are in the low end lens category and thats where I will stay :-)...To frank-in-toronto, do you have the experience that the Sigma is a better lens than the Sony since you switched and do you have a product number for the Sigma 70-200 you chose ?
This is the Sigma lens
http://www.henrys.ca/698-SIGMA-70-20...M-II-SONY.aspx
They have 2 in current production. this is the cheaper one. The other has OS even in the Sony Alpha mount but it is decidedly not-low end.
Here's some more-or-less positive reviews:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...hp?product=102

Here is a less positive:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/..._n15/page6.asp

Compared to my old 75-300 it is a dream come true. The focus happens so fast, it caught me unawares for a while. I'd half-press, lens would focus and I found myself completing the shutter press before I was really ready. This is just a property of the HSM. It's heavy tho. Be prepared for that if you upgrade.
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Thanks for the details, I will look into it :-)
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