What do you use for travel telephoto?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by WT21, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    What do folks here use for travel telephoto?

    I need something to go with a proposed travel kit of a7+ 24-70.

    I have the 55-210 which I'm not very fond of, and on my a7, it crops to 10MP, which is too low. I also have the 70-200/4 which I adore, but I'm looking for something light weight and travel.

    I'm thinking something to get me to good results at 200-300mm. Maybe 150 if I have to, and then crop a bit.

    Legacy or native is OK, but two limits:
    1) light and small
    2) affordable

    MF might be OK. Legacy might be OK, but I don't want a lens that you have to stop down to f5.6+ just to get good results. I have an MD100/2.5 that is very useable 1 click down, but not long enough.

    I have FD and MD adapters and also Leica M adapter.

    Any thing come to mind?? 150mm would I think be the minimum???
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    It depends on what you think is affordable, but with your 24-70, the 70-300 seems a natural fit.

    I would think most legacy telephotos would require bringing along a tripod or monopod, since your A7 lacks IBIS.
  3. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Thanks. $1,200 is someone's definition of affordable, but sadly not mine :(
  4. Golfhacker27

    Golfhacker27 TalkEmount Regular

    May 15, 2016
    On my A7, Canon 17-40 L gets most use, and FE 70-300 is the other end. Don't really find the need for much in between (FE 28-70 has been put back in the box in disgrace).
    On the A6000, Tamron 18-200. Really great lens, far better than the price and size suggest.
  5. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    I would just use the 70-200, why buy another lens? You will not find a lens that is: light, cheap, and good, or as good as your zoom.
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  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 9, 2013
    Bellingham, WA (displaced Canadian)
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    The only lenses that are light and good aren't remotely cheap. E.g. the famed Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180mm f/4.

    Maybe a Leica R 180mm f/4? I've heard it's decent. And it's definitely cheap ($250-$400). It's weight is 500g.

    Or maybe the Leica R APO 180mm f/3.4? It's heavier (750g) and more expensive ($750), but it's still quite small and very sharp--basically perfect at infinity.
  7. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    Cheapest solution is removing the baffle behind the 55-210:) The lens covers the whole sensor from 135mm to 210mm with some vignetting (which is ok with portraits). However it causes some internal reflection also. See samples:
    Showcase - Sony SEL 55-210 F4.5-6.3 OSS lens

    You can go for Tamron 70-300mm or Sony g 70-300mm or Canon 70-300mm lenses. Most probably you need the Canon-Sony af adapter to keep IS active with A7 and the af speed might not be that fast. Canon 70-300mm was not bad with A7R but not like 55-210mm af speed... The size, weight and min mfd is the reason I will keep 55-210mm for FF.
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  8. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Anyone here use the OM 200/4?