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Telephoto lens for Sony A200 DSLR? *Beginner!*

guy_incognito

Active Member
Would someone be kind enough to recommend a cheap telephoto lens, for "general" use? Daytime lansdcapes mostly I suppose. But some nature/action shots as well.

Keep your replies simple if yer can please, or at least explain any technical jargon! :)

Thanks in advance.
 

leaky5

Active Member
Would someone be kind enough to recommend a cheap telephoto lens, for "general" use? Daytime lansdcapes mostly I suppose. But some nature/action shots as well.

Keep your replies simple if yer can please, or at least explain any technical jargon! :)

Thanks in advance.
New, probably one of the best VFM new lenses.
Tamron 55-200mm f4.0-5.6 Di II LD Macro Lens - Best Price at Bristol Cameras
Sample images.
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11913

Second hand, can pick these up for under £50 normally.
MINOLTA-SONY fit Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5.zoom lens. on eBay, also, For Digital SLR, Camera Lenses, Photography (end time 01-Feb-09 17:29:17 GMT)
Sample images
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11745
 
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Dave

Distinguished Member
You may struggle to get decent landscapes with a long telephoto lens, something like the minolta 28-85mm would be much better but it's not that long so nature may become problematic.

If it's an all in one lens solution you're looking for then Sony do an 18-200mm lens but the problem is it's a jack of all trades and master of none. You may be pleased with the range but the results, especially in low light may be disappointing.

You really need to either decide on exactly what you want the lens for or go for an all in one solution.

As a general walkabout lens the minolta 24-105mm is very good indeed, just short enough for landscape and just long enough for nature but it still won't do everything well.

That's the problem with SLR's, you end up spending a bloody fortune on lenses and they are very much one lens for one situation if you want good results. Hope that helps a little (probably not:D) but if you want further advice or clarification then please let us know.
 

chrism_scotland

Well-known Member
Is the newer beercan any good? Most folk over ay Dyxum seem to suggest that its not anything like as good as the Beercan, a lot cheaper though!
Also what would you use the mini beercan the 35-70mm lens for?
 

Dave

Distinguished Member
The beercan is so highly regarded because it's built like a tank, has a constant f4 aperture and superb image quality.

The newer 70-210mm lens isn't as well built, has a 3.5-4.5 aperture (still not that bad) and arguably worse image quality. However, if it's cheap you're after there's absolutely nothing wrong with trying it. You can always resell it at the same price you got it for.

I've never owned one so can't compare it directly to the beercan but it's about 5 times cheaper and there's no way the beercan offers 5 times the image quality so well worth a punt.

The mini beercan would be used as a general walkabout/portrait lens. Again the constant f4 is handy and it's of the same generation as the larger beercans so image quality is superb.
 
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AVdavid

Guest
I went for a 75-300mm there are plenty around go for a black one rather than silver you may have to pay around £70 but they are well worth equivvalent if not better than the Sony 75-300

Dave
 

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