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Telephoto lens on a budget

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by davegore2005, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. davegore2005

    davegore2005 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 31, 2013
    I am in the process of choosing myself a budget telephoto lens for £100 to £150 and have read some good reviews of the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 but can't seem to find it on the e mount system on my NEX C3

    Do any forum members have any recommendations for other lenses, or possibly any used glass that I can look for

    Regards

    Dave
     
  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I don't think that Sigma is an e-mount lens...you'll need an adapter
     
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Is this the one you are looking for? http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/70-300mm-f4-56-apo-dg-macro If so then, yes it is not available in E Mount configuration.

    Any new E mounts in that range are going to be more than the price you are looking at. http://www.sonyalphalab.com/sony-al...torial-guides/nex-lense-e-mount-buying-guide/


    Options:

    1- Find one used. Even then it is going to be rare to find one in that price.

    2- Go with a MF lens. There are quite a few in that range that should be around the price you are looking for.
     
  4. davegore2005

    davegore2005 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 31, 2013
    I actually already have a canon fd 200mm zoom but I am actually looking for an AF lens

    Dave
     
  5. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Only option is a used sel55-210. It's not great in my opinion, but it is your only option to get a telephoto e-mount in that price range. Check e-bay.
     
  6. davegore2005

    davegore2005 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 31, 2013

    is the sel55-210 any good optically wise??

    Dave
     
  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Not owning one myself I can say most are pleased by it, but not excited by it.
     
  8. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
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  9. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    I forgot to mention if 210 is not long enough you can extend the reach of the 55210 using the DH1758 tele extender. Pictures are a bit soft, and when sharpened look harsh, but it all depends on your expectations. I shot these when I first started, so you may be able to get better results. Here are some samples

    https://www.talkemount.com/showthread.php?t=6689&highlight=DH1758
     
  10. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 15, 2013
    Having moved from a SEL55210 to a SEL18200 for more versatility, I can tell you that the 55-210 is MUCH sharper - especially at the long end.

    FWIW, I am considering flipping my 18-200 for a 16-70 + 55-210.
     
  11. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    As others said, you really only have 2 choices in the native E-mount - the $200 (used) 55-210 or $1500 70-200/4 (not sure if there's too many used ones out there and they will be likely over a grand anyway).

    55-210 is, from what I read, about as good optically as 1855, with some IQ deterioration towards the long end. There seems to be quite a spread between individual lenses because some people swear by them and some complain that they are soft.

    The biggest issue with 55-210 - to me - is that is't a slow lens. I need to use it inside (childen concerts) quite a bit and f6.3 on the long end just doesn't cut it for me. Also, very few lenses are really good wide open, so to use the long end you probably need to stop down to f8 or so - which is good for birds in flight but really sucks for portraits.

    I went with an LA-EA2 adapter and an A-mount lens (which is what that Sigma you are referring to seems to be). What you need to take into account then is the cost of adapter - I think they sell used at least at $200 (around here) and I haven't seen many for sale. I use it with Minolta 70-210/4 "Beercan", it seems to be one of the best inexpensive A-mount zooms (optically) out there. At f4 it's much more useful on the inside (although I wish it was f2.8), the drawback (which I believe will be the same with all inexpensive screw drive A-mounts) is that the focusing motor is noisy and I often have to switch to manual focus for video. Also, with any A-mount lenses (except some very rare early ones) you won't have OSS. Finally, they will all be rather large (DSLR sized) and not as convenient for travel as 55-210. It's not an issue for me since in years of owning a DSLR and doing lots of travel I never really had any need for a tele lens and when I did bring them along I rarely pulled them out. Since my main walkabout is 18-105/4, the size of the Beercan doesn't matter as much as it usually stays home unless I know I want / need to use it.

    So, in the end, it's $1500 70-200/4, $200 adapter + $100 Beercan (or any other A-mount), or $200 55-210 (all local prices, no idea what they cost in the UK).

    Some interesting thread on A-mount teles:

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2986039

    Also, if you do decide to go with A-mount, check out reviews on Dyxum.

    Sigma:

    http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-APO-Macro_review221.html

    Beercan:

    http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-APO-Macro_review221.html

    There's a bunch of other lenses as well, maybe there's one that would better suit your needs. Minolta 100-300 APO (D) seems to be getting great reviews and it's smaller than the Beercan, but more expensive and has a shorter range:

    http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/Minolta-AF-100-300mm-F4.5-5.6-D-APO_review65.html
     
  12. davegore2005

    davegore2005 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 31, 2013
    thanks everyone for the input and the opinions, looks like I will be searching classified and ebay for a 55-210

    Dave
     
  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Best of luck on your hunt