Cheap mid-tele for Alpha 6000

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by 917K, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    Hi all,

    I'm sorry if I'm not very active on this forum, but I'm a (huge) noob with photography, and I don't have a lot of time, but when I can, I try to follow you .

    As the thread title says, if possible I would like to ask for some advice for an non-expensive mid-tele for the Alpha 6000.
    The characteristics that I'm looking for are:
    .1: the focal range at least has to cover 55-105mm interval
    .2: fast aperture ...if possible, but since the budget is reduced, I don't have high expectation...
    .3: has to be more compact as possible.
    .4: possibly on E-mount, but if the price is fair, I would consider adapted solutions.
    Budget: 375$ (325€)

    Last week I've seen the SEL2870, which I can find it for 300€ (350$ circa), on APS-C has an equivalent focal range 42-105mm, is definitely compact, and is on E-Mount.
    It quite lacks for a fast aperture... but I will settle for it.
    I've also gave a look of what DxO says about it, and it seems to be the second best zoom lense for the Alpha 6000.

    So, do you have any suggestion?
    I'll go for the SEL2870 or something else?

    Thank you very much for any advice.
     
  2. captevo

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  3. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nice piece of glass, and very nice shots!
    If possible I prefer to go for a zoom lens, but I don't find anything good i will consider it.

    Thank you very much for the answer.
     
  4. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
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    Chris
    Did you look at the SEL 55-210? Not the fastest aperture but has OSS and it may not be a Zeiss but does have decent sharpness (seems to be strongest around 100-150mm) and color. Best of all it fits in your budget, is light and not too big.
     
  5. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Brian
    On APS-C, Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 (any version) is equivalent of 50-105mm FoV. That'd be my first choice since I like manual focus. It can normally be had for below $100.

    If you're lucky, the Contax 35-70mm f/3.4 can be acquired below $350 too. Legendary lens. I have one on its way to me.
     
  6. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    @Fractal:
    Thank you very much for the answer,

    Yes, I've also looked for it, but even if I know that if is difficult to find, I prefer something more compact, at expense of reduced focal range.
    In any case If I was able to read in the right way the DxO comparison between the 28-70 and the 55-210, it seems that the SEL2870 performs better, not to much, but still something...

    Thank you very much again.

    @eno: I'll immediately look for it! thank you very much for the answer.
     
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  7. mikefromli

    mikefromli TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 29, 2014
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    Michael
    I second the 55-210 most sports etc will be in decent light and the fast perhaps not as needed here i Disney on ice shot I took last week at a distance

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1421457169.025423.
     
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  8. OldNoob

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    If money is tight. You can find the SAL55200 for about $75 and the $30 manual A to E adapter for a total of about $105 or you can also get the LAEA1 for about $130 used for a total of about $205
     
  9. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    Thanks to everyone for the answer!
     
  10. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 13, 2014
    Hi all,

    Yesterday I've finally decided and I've gone for the SEL2870; I must admit I would have preferred take the Contax suggested by eno 789, but I can only find it for 450€ (525$ circa) at least, so it was definitely out of budget...
    The same applies for the DT SAL55200, which is quite cheap itself, but I wasn't able to find a used LA-EA in my region as for the Minolta MD 35-70mm, also recommended this time by eno.
    In any case I thank you very much again for the recommendations.

    Passing to SEL2870 really impressed me for its light weight, which is a feature that interests me very much.
    On the other hand I must admit that (seeing pictures on the internet) I expected to be more compact, but in any case I can not complain.

    Thank you so much again:hail:
     
  11. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Brian
    I think getting the FE 28-70 is a smart move. Using it on APS-C meets your focal length requirement, you still have auto-focus, and you're using the center sweet spot. Also you'll have a decent kit lens if you ever go full frame.

    For purchasing manual focus legacy lenses, you must be patient, especially those lenses that's in demand.
     
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  12. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    this part is the one that frightens me, or better frightens my wallet:biggrin:
     
  13. 917K

    917K TalkEmount Rookie

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    Today I've finally had time to try this lens, and I must admit that I've made a good choice to take an AF lens, here there some sample:
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsk4qBXZK
    (I must warn you, since I'm a huge noob, DO NOT expect great shots ...)
    I've also noticed that on the alpha6000 the SEL2870 works better in panorama mode that the SEL1650, maybe is because is better stabilized.
     
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