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Old Aug 3, 2010, 1:15 PM   #11
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what should i get then?if tamron 55-200 is exactly the same as sony i might as well get the tamron and spend the rest of the money on the 50 mm,i can always get a bag!
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so should i get the 70-300 or 50-200 tamron?i like taking close up pictures,so macro would be nice!i read online about tamron,55-200 has got way better reviews than 70-300,so cant decide!
Not really. Where their ranges overlap, the 70-300 Di LD has less distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration, and it's sharper. See:

Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT SAM SAL-552002 (Tested)

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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di macro
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but briefly you say

Sony A550 Kit with 18-55mm lens + Tamron 55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro Lens + Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

is A GOOD combination!
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btw picture quality is more important to me than macro,i can take close up pictures with anything!
The Tamron 70-300 Di LD is better than the 55-200 where their ranges overlap, and it has the extra reach and it does 1:2 macro. It's not a great lens, but it's better than anything else at up to twice its price.
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Old Aug 3, 2010, 2:08 PM   #12
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You can usually find the Sony 55-200mm lens on E-Bay for less than $100.00. I have purchased two of them myself. How would that play into your suggestions?

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Old Aug 3, 2010, 3:14 PM   #13
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Go on warehouse express, you get the a550 with 18-55 with 55-200 with lowepro back pack for 609. You've probably seen this but I thought i'd let you know. Also has a look on camera price buster, just google it.
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You can usually find the Sony 55-200mm lens on E-Bay for less than $100.00. I have purchased two of them myself. How would that play into your suggestions?
If you can find it cheaper, that's good, but the Tamron 70-300 DI LD is still a better lens.
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Sony A550 Kit with 18-55mm lens + Tamron 55-200mm f4-5.6 Di II LD Macro Lens + Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM
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That sounds like a winner, as you'd have good coverage from 18-200mm (same angle of view you'd have using lenses covering 27-300mm on a 35mm camera). The 55-200mm can maintain f/4 through about 135mm, too (making it brighter than many larger and heavier budget zooms); and the 50mm f/1.8 would give you a decent lens for low light use.

For the small price difference you're mentioning, that combo sounds like a pretty good bet.
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Go on warehouse express, you get the a550 with 18-55 with 55-200 with lowepro back pack for 609. You've probably seen this but I thought i'd let you know. Also has a look on camera price buster, just google it.
yes,this actually is the kit option convinced me to get a550,it is actually 615 with postage,but then i found on another site that a550+18-55 is 425,which means,on top of that i can buy tamron 55-200 for 110,and again on top of that i can buy 50mm f/1.8 for 110 again and it only makes 30 difference including postage,i dont get a bag,but i can always go and get a bag!so what i noticed is they are not actually giving 55-200 and lowerpro bag free!neway i thought my combination was better and hopefully i will buy it today r tomorrow,i am still a bit in the middle about the tamron 70-300 and 55-200 but i ll decide sooner or later and go for it!thank you very much all for your time and effort!
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ok guys,i bought my gear,waiting for it to be delivered!i bought Sony A-550 + 18-55 mm + 50 mm f/1/8 !!!!i cant wait to get them now:i still got some money left,so i will either get a zoom lens or i really fancy Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

,but for this i need to wait just a bit more!!!so you an either help me out now or i ll open another topic about this

Thank you all for your help,i really appreciate it!
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the sigma 105mm is also another very good macro lens. So you may want to compare samples of the 90mm with other alpha mounts macro lenses.
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There are no bad macro lenses. What matter most is the focal length. Is it appropriate for what you want to shoot. Will it let you get the shot in cramped spaces? Will it let you get the shot without blocking your own light? Will it let you get the shot without frightening your subject?
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