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Old Jun 21, 2007, 1:26 PM   #11
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I sincerely think there still may be another solution. I would go to E-Bay and look for a used "beer can." Yes the Minolta 70-210mm lens is called the "beer can." It is a F.2.8 lens that will fit your Sony A-100 just fine.

It is also a very high praised lens. I will go out on a limb and guess that you might find one over on E-Bay for $(US) 200 to 250.

So there is a mens that can handle those 7pm to 9pm games and give some really great zoom range. In 35mm terms, that lens mounted on the A-100 will give you a focal length range of 105 to 315mm. Perhaps you might want the A-100 equipped with the Sony 18-70mm lens to eliminate some of the focal range gap.

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I'm familiar with the Beercan. I have one and am a big fan.

It's only f/4, not f/2.8, but that's still better than f/6.3 so it may do the trick.

KEH.com has one for $144. It's condition is listed as BGN, which means "Bargain". That means it shows some wear and tear but it still works. You may find better examples on eBay.
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But I wouldn't buy anything from digitalcombos.com. I hate saying this because it's my hometown, but you shouldn't buy anything from an on-line retailer with an address in Brooklyn.
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Thanks for the "heads-up" on the the Beer Can's aperture. I had forgotten that.

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I am troubled by our recommendation that a first time purchaser of a dSLR also buy a used lens to accomplish his stated goal. While the Alpha-Beercan pairing might be a good solution, it does not speak well of the industry that supports our artful pursuits, and it is not likely to inspire a lot of confidence in the original poster.

I don't know what else to do, though.
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Old Jun 21, 2007, 4:33 PM   #15
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Thanks for your replies. Sorry I am such a newbie. I have no problem with purchasing a used lense. But.........

Does anyone have any suggestions as to a better camera and lens for the money. I am really green to photograpy. So my purchase doesn't have to be the Sony. I am open to any suggestions.

I really appreciate your time,



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Old Jun 21, 2007, 5:13 PM   #16
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The problem remains because of the need for a faster telephoto lens to handle those 7pm to 9pm games. The only choice that I can think of is a lens our sport photography professional, JohnG, uses: the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens.

I bought it on E-Bay for $(US) 665.00 delivered and it is a very good lens. But that pushes the price up to around $(US) 1,300.00, I will keep thinking of some solutions, but tell me if the $1,300 is feasible.

The problem is we need a bright zoom lens for those twilight games.

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The problem remains because of the need for a faster telephoto lens to handle those 7pm to 9pm games. The only choice that I can think of is a lens our sport photography professional, JohnG, uses: the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens.

I bought it on E-Bay for $(US) 665.00 delivered and it is a very good lens. But that pushes the price up to around $(US) 1,300.00, I will keep thinking of some solutions, but tell me if the $1,300 is feasible.
And the Sony is a fine camera among many fine cameras. Making distinctionsamong them is spliting hairs.But unfortunately, nobody else makes anything that would serve your stated purpose anybetter.

And there's a little bit of prestige when people see you with a lens that shows a little wear. People will think you're the original owner and the new dSLR is a recent purchase. They'll think you've got a lot of experience, and start asking for your advice.
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So the Sigma lens will fit this camera then?



Thanks a lot for your time. I really appreciateyou taking the time to help me.Man, I'm glad I found this site.

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Yes, the Sigma 70-200mm F-2.8 lens can be purchased for a Minolta/Sony Alpha mount.

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Aren't there any 200-250mm f2.8 fixed focal length lens in the minolta mount? In the film days ('70s) I had a 180mm f2.8Miranda. A fixed focal length might be both cheaper and allow a little higher shutter speed due to better light transmission. I never had Minoltas so I have no history on what was available in that mount.
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