I've got a bad case of GAS - what next?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by 986ster, May 4, 2014.

  1. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    I have GAS and ~$600 USD in paypal from recent ebay sales burning a hole in my pocket.
    Currently have a NEX-5 with the following lenses:
    Sigma 30 (used most frequently)
    SEL20F28 (for pocket carry)
    FD 50 1.4

    I'm thinking I need a mid range zoom like one or more of the following:
    FD 35-105
    FE kit lens
    selling the 55210 for a SEL18200 as a walk-around setup
    Saving for a SEL1670z

    Any advice on where to go next? I'm open to alternatives.
  2. MikeyIdaho

    MikeyIdaho TalkEmount Rookie

    Mar 1, 2014
    In your situation I'd go with the 16-70mm as a high quality all around standard zoom. Sometimes it's nice to not have to switch between 2 or 3 primes. Personally I'd get the 10-18mm, I love my ultra wide lens for landscape and architecture.

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  3. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    FWIW, the FD 35-105 is a solid performer on my NEX-7
  4. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Jumped on a FD 35-105 at $60 shipped, but I think I need a nice zoom with AF to capture the kids in action.
  5. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    What you are missing are obviously very high quality lenses and ultra wide angles. So I'd recommend either one of the higher end zooms - the 10-18 f/4, the 16-70 f/4 or the 70-200 f/4 - or one of the Zeiss primes.
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  6. Demppa

    Demppa New to TalkEmount

    May 9, 2014
    All I've heard of the 16-70 Zeiss is that it has dreadful corners (or anything outside the center) and lots of quality control issues (decentering). Do these still ring true? I spoke to a Sony rep the other day and they don't have any outstanding issues on record, but the reviews note otherwise... Not something I'd expect from the Zeiss brand.
  7. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Well, it's a Sony produced lens. The difference? For example, a Zeiss Touit gets 71 steps of quality control - for each single produced lens. The Sony Zeiss lenses only get a few steps, and only in spot checks.

    Still bad that the decentering issues are now also common in Sony's more expensive lenses.
  8. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    I've gotten out of control. Since the original post, I picked up an FD 35-105, NEX-6 body, and a cheap package on eBay w/ NEX-5 body, kit lens, sel16f28, & sel18200.

    After a day with the 18200, I'm pleasantly surprised with the color rendition & sharpness given what I've read.

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