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Old Dec 6, 2008, 2:56 AM   #11
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i bought the sony a300 with:
18-70
55-200

additional purchases:
tamron 28-300 (film lens)
sony 18-200.

i have a tamron 18-250 digital lens on the way. (i'm SUCH a gear wh*re!) in my defense, the new lens will replace the 28-300, which i will sell. the 18-200 will probably go on the block too. :roll:

i looked at some primes on the 'net last night and most are pretty pricey. any suggestion you have would be most welcome.

btw, i haven't spent time yet but i bookmarked the wildlife photographer's site you linked me too. thanks again.

tia

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i went to the b&h website to see what telephoto lenses that sony has. unfortunately i couldn't find any prime lenses that would be affordable like a 300mm f4 or a 400mm f5.6 for instance.

they did have this zoom 70-400 which is coming out next year i guess.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...f_4_5_6_G.html

not sure of the quality but that is one option. it looks like it has a ultrasonic motor too. it is pretty pricey though...

you can also go for a 3rd party lens like:
- sigma 50-500
- tamron 200-500

they are more affordable. i have never used those lenses so i cannot give you any advice on them.

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Old Dec 6, 2008, 2:58 AM   #12
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thanks tom, don, penolta, flutelady.

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Old Dec 6, 2008, 8:31 AM   #13
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Excellent work, Hung, the light is really tops !!
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Old Dec 6, 2008, 10:21 AM   #14
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thanks for the info, hung. i guess i will just have to save my pennies for one of those pricey primes!

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"i looked at some primes on the 'net last night and most are pretty pricey. any suggestion you have would be most welcome."

I thought Sony used a Minolta mount, if so there are lots of Minolta mount lenses out there (there is a Minolta mount Sigma 400mm f/5.6 on ebay right now for a buy it now of $231)

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i have not found that lens and i have been 'surfing' ebay all day. could it be mis-listed?

anyway, i have a watch list going over there.

thanks.

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Old Dec 7, 2008, 10:59 AM   #17
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Hung....you're pictures are as usual...superlative. I love the 'fierce' dove.

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thanks for the info, hung.* i guess i will just have to save my pennies for one of those pricey primes!*

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Sony has continued to offer the Minolta designed 500mm AF mirror (the only one of its kind) which I used on film quite successfully, Mirror lenses are a different breed, sometimes producing donut shaped highlights in the background, but I never found them objectionable and for some reason had few occurrences of the phenomenon, despite the fact that I used it quite a bit on waterbirds and seabirds, where you would expect reflections from the water. The fixed f8 aperture is not a problem in bright sunlight. It is an outstanding lens, not overly large or heavy, and easy to handhold, but mirror lenses are not everyone's "cup of tea.".
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Hey Hung... great work there. I especially like the light on # 4. It's always about the light. Best wishes for the New Year. Dan
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