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Old Jan 21, 2012, 5:03 PM   #21
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Good wedding pictures with the Sony lens, very impressive!
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 8:55 PM   #22
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great pics. i think im going to pull the trigger on this.its 200 at b&h, if anyone knows somewhere cheaper or somewhere that has a promo or coupon, let me know!
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 8:21 AM   #23
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In the US, Sony USA fixes prices. Everybody here charges the same as Sonystyle.com. Your best bet for any kind of a deal would be from a Canadian retailer.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 8:43 AM   #24
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hey again guys,

another question. i found 2 tamron models, both are 70mm-300mm, both are cheaper than the sony, what do you guys think of these compared to the sony 55-200?

1 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_Di_LD.html

2 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._75_300mm.html

is the quality the same? does the 55-70mm difference matter that much since she already has 18-55? what about the extra 100mm that the tamrons offer?

just looking for the best overall quality as well as value. probably my last question before i purchase something today!
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 8:52 AM   #25
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arrrrrghh! and i also found a 70-300mm sigma. i'm so confused!
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hey again guys,

another question. i found 2 tamron models, both are 70mm-300mm, both are cheaper than the sony, what do you guys think of these compared to the sony 55-200?

1 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_Di_LD.html
That's one of the better "budget" 70-300mm zoom lenses. But, it gets softer on it's 300mm end. It's also larger and heavier than the Sony 55-200mm you're looking at.

That 75-300mm Tamron is not a very good lens. There is a reason it's cheaper. ;-)

As for the Sigma you mentioned, you'd want to stick to the APO version of it, and like the other budget 70-300mm zoom lenses, it's going to be softer on it's longer end. You'll also find reports of the Sigma 70-300mm lenses stripping gears on Sony dSLR models. So, personally, I'd avoid budget Sigma zoom lenses like one of their 70-300mm models.

Look... in a General Purpose Zoom Lens that would compliment the existing 18-55mm nicely, I'd probably stick with the Sony 55-200mm you're already looking at. It's designed specifically for use with cameras that have APS-C Size Sensors, making it smaller and lighter compared to lenses like those Tamrons you're looking at. It's optical quality is very good for it's price, too.
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hey again guys,

another question. i found 2 tamron models, both are 70mm-300mm, both are cheaper than the sony, what do you guys think of these compared to the sony 55-200?

1 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5_6_Di_LD.html
That's one of the better "budget" 70-300mm zoom lenses. But, it gets softer on it's longer end (when you're zooming in towards the 300mm end of the lens). It's also larger and heavier than the Sony 55-200mm you're looking at.

That 75-300mm Tamron is not a very good lens. There is a reason it's cheaper. ;-)

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arrrrrghh! and i also found a 70-300mm sigma. i'm so confused!
You'd want to stick with the latest APO versions of the Sigma 70-300mm lenses (the non APO versions are not very good), and like the other budget 70-300mm zoom lenses, it's going to be softer on it's longer end (even the better APO version will be softer on it's longer end).

You'll also find reports of the Sigma 70-300mm lenses stripping gears on Sony dSLR models. So, personally, I'd avoid them entirely

Look... in a General Purpose Zoom Lens that would compliment the existing 18-55mm nicely, I'd probably stick with the Sony 55-200mm you're already looking at. It's designed specifically for use with cameras that have APS-C Size Sensors, making it smaller and lighter compared to lenses like those Tamrons and the Sigma you're looking at. The optical quality of the Sony 55-200mm is very good for it's price.
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makes sense. i was leaning towards the sony, i think i may just go with that.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 9:59 AM   #29
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thanks for the help guys. i just placed the order.
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Where their ranges overlap, the Sony / Tamron 55-200 has more vignetting nad distortion than the Tamron 70-300 Di LD, but they are about equally sharp, and either is better than the Tamron 75-300 LD and the Sigma 70-300 APO.
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