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Old May 8, 2011, 9:36 PM   #1
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Sorry if this is too elementary but that is the basis of my camera knowledge. I am about to take a cruise to Canada/New England. I have a Sony A200 with the 18-70 kit lens as well as a Sony 55-200 lens. Iss there a do it all lens I could get that doesn't break the bank yet provides reasonable quality?
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Old May 9, 2011, 6:45 PM   #2
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G'day outhouse

Many others before you have asked the same Q
Many answers suggest you consider an 18-200 lens - no lens swapping, no dust issues, just shoot & enjoy your trip

Hope this helps
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I use the Tamron 18-250 for all my photography except for close up of wild flowers when I use a 2.8 90mm lens. Even then I cannot see the difference but it seems the right thing to do....lol!

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The Tamron 18-250mm is probably your best bet. The 18-270mm is better except they don't make one for Sony. Changing lens on the go is a hassle, a one lens solution is probably what I prefer. Unless you don't like the resolution on your 18-70mm kit lens, this may be your best bet without breaking the bank.
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Thanks for your input.
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The Tamron 18-250mm is probably your best bet. The 18-270mm is better except they don't make one for Sony. Changing lens on the go is a hassle, a one lens solution is probably what I prefer. Unless you don't like the resolution on your 18-70mm kit lens, this may be your best bet without breaking the bank.
Actually Tamron does make the 18-270 for the Sony. It is a new item at B&H!!!
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Actually Tamron does make the 18-270 for the Sony. It is a new item at B&H!!!
Wow! That's a pretty hefty price. I wonder if the IQ is commensurate with the price? Also, why would a lens made for a Sony have VC? Just curious.
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If you can live with a not so wide and shorter zoom lens, a used Minolta 24-105mm may be the one you need. You can look at the users review on Minolta and other A-mount lenses on:
http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp
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I use the Sigma 18-250mm as my walk around lens. I've been happy with it.
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Wow! That's a pretty hefty price. I wonder if the IQ is commensurate with the price? Also, why would a lens made for a Sony have VC? Just curious.
Actually, the Sony version does not have VC. There is a footnote in the lens description. l I'd like to hear some feed-back from users before investing it this lens.
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