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Old Aug 18, 2011, 7:03 AM   #1
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Recently got a A200 with the kit 18-70mm lens. Its a replacement for my PEN PL1, which was a replacement for my FZ38.
I think i'm heading in the right direction

Considering getting a 2nd lens for it, in the reach of 70-300, as i always liked the reach of my panasonic. But, im on a budget, a tight one. i have looking at a Tamron 70-300mm for around 100, but have also seen minolta ones for around 70-80.
Whats the better option?
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Old Aug 18, 2011, 7:34 AM   #2
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Here's a good place for info on lenses
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http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic24857.html
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Old Sep 2, 2011, 4:43 PM   #3
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Be careful of cheap zooms. They are most likely to produce a large amount of C.A. and are usually not as sharp as the ED/APO varieties. If you can find a 100-300 Minolta Maxxum APO on the used market, that would be a wise purchase. I know that your budget is half of what one would cost but you will eventually wish that you had saved until you could afford one. Best of luck to you and your new A200. I love mine.
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The best lens in that range, on a budget, is the Tamron 70-300 Di LD. It's better than the Sony 75-300 (or the Minolta 75-300), but not as good as the Tamron 70-300 SP USD (which is more expensive), which is not as good as the Sony 70-300 'G' (which is more expensive).
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I second the thoughts about spending more to save money and frustration in the long run. I had a lot of frustration from the Tamron 70-300 Di LD. I had two of them, but neither lasted very long on my A700.
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I second the thoughts about spending more to save money and frustration in the long run. I had a lot of frustration from the Tamron 70-300 Di LD. I had two of them, but neither lasted very long on my A700.
well, it took me long enough to save 100, and so, bought a Tamron 70-300 Di LD.
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Good luck with it.
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