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Old Oct 28, 2011, 4:36 AM   #1
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I hope this term isn't contradictory. I'm a relative newbie and I have a Sony Alpha 200. I'm the same guy that posted the question about the all in one zoom. I found a used Tamron 18-250 in great condition that I'm going to buy at a cheap price.

I have the 18-70 kit lens my camera came with and I would like to get a better lens in this zoom range. Don't want to break the bank, but understand the need for better glass. I appreciate you guys taking it easy on me before and could I bother you one more time?
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Old Oct 28, 2011, 6:33 AM   #2
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"Prime" is a term used to refer to lenses with a single, fixed focal length, while "Zoom" is a term used to refer to lenses whose focal length can be varied. The two terms are mutially exclusive, in that no lens can be both a "Prime" and a "Zoom".

There are a number of good replacements for the Sony (Konica Minolta) 18-70 kit lens. Sony's own 18-55 ($200) is a reasonably good choice, as are Sony's Zeiss 16-80 ($850), and 28-75/2.8 ($800). From Tamron there's the 17-50/2.8 (currently $434) and the 28-75/2.8 (also currently $434) (which is essentially the same as the Sony, btw.) From Sigma, there's the stabilized 18-50/2.8-4.5 ($200), the stabilized 17-70/2.8-4.0 ($469), and the stabilized 17-50/2.8 ($669), and the unstabilized 24-70/2.8 ($899).

Sigma also had a 17-70/2.8-4.5 for the Sony mount that was unstabilized, but has been discontinued. If you can find one of these on the used market, that would be a good choice as well.
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I bought a Minolta Maxxum 28-105mm xi zoom on that auction site we all love for $85.00. It is my favorite all purpose lens. Even has a power zoom function that can be switched off. It has all the functions that the latest Sony lenses have. The 42-152mm 35mm equivalent zoom range fits my needs perfectly as extreme wide angle adds too much distortion for my liking. I prefer stitching if I want Panos.
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Guys, thanx for the information and your patience
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I think you will love the 18-250mm for the Sony A200. I just bought the same lens for my new Pentax K-5.

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I have a used Minolta 28-85 mm F3.5/5.6 (Beercan) and I like it a lot. I bought it for $65 from Ebay. This is probably the cheapest solution if you don't need longer range. The Sigma 18-250mm is a nice one, I don't think you will regret getting it.
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I have used the Sony 18-250mm on almost every Sony camera I have had over the last few years and found/find it to be almost flawless. The short end covers my landscape stuff and the long end gives a lot of reach and it is light enough to carry all day on the A700, A580.
About the only time it comes off the camera is to use the 70-400 for sports and wild life shots.
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I have used the Sony 18-250mm on almost every Sony camera I have had over the last few years and found/find it to be almost flawless. The short end covers my landscape stuff and the long end gives a lot of reach and it is light enough to carry all day on the A700, A580.
About the only time it comes off the camera is to use the 70-400 for sports and wild life shots.
For me, the distortion I get on the wide end of the 18-250mm is a little hard to take... plus, the lens is a dog, indoors. It is just too dark to be useful. Outdoors, that is a different ani-mule.

The best combo that provide me with the best overall results yet are the:
  • SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5.6 DG EX (indoors/outdoors)
  • SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 DG EX IF HSM (indoors/outdoors)
  • SONY 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM (outdoors)
  • TAMRON 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (indoors)
We are talking minimal distortion, superior focus speed, indoor shots and continuity from one lens to the next. The 18-250 lens is just convenience and compromises quite a bit from end to end. You get, effectively a 135mm shot, at 10 feet with that lens, although it says 250 on the lens body. Why? Because the lens' focus makes up the other telephoto portion as the subject moves away from you, stopping at about 29-feet or infinity focus.

If is definitely a WYSIWYG lens, which you cannot practically plan a shot with. If your photography is not calculated or measured in anyway, this a shrug and away you go. But, if you plan with Angle of Views and distances... you should make a better investment in your gear.

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Replacing Outhouse's 18-70 with the newer $200 Sony 18-55 plus the $165 Tamron 70-300 Di LD will provide a bigger improvement than any Sony, Tamron, or Sigma superzoom, and cost less! He'll just have to change lenses occasionally.

Greater cost and lower image quality is a lot to pay for a little bit of convenience.
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Outhouse,

Here's some shots with the Sony 18-250. You be the judge.

On road trips, day hikes and everyday outings mine always go's with me.
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