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What should I do?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Farmdale, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. Farmdale

    Farmdale New to TalkEmount

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    Nov 23, 2015
    Last year my wife boughtme a nex 5t with kit lense. Love it also I bought a fuji cctv lense also love. But now I want a good zoom lense I keep seeing the sel 55210, but my friend says has to high of a f stop. I have about 200 to spend, what should I do?
     
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    If you love the kit lens, then the 55-210 will work just fine for you. Your friend may mean well, but you're very unlikely to find a fast telephoto zoom with autofocus for $200.
     
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  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Does it need to be AF? If not, there are some pretty nice zooms out there for cheap. If you want AF then the 55-210 will be just fine. As to it having to high an F stop...folks love to go on and on about NEEDING a lens that is fast but how often do you use it? I'd say a vast majority of my shots are done at f4 or f5.6.
     
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  4. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill
    Jason Lanier, a professional photographer and Sony Artisan, has a (25:30) video about shooting with natural light. In the shoot Jason uses the A6000 and the 55-210mm lens.

    It's not the wand, it's the wizard.

    The video is at:
     
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  5. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Thank you !! Always been my experience as well.
    One of my favorite lenses is a manual Canon FDn 70-150 / 4.5...has Canon "L" like IQ without actually being an "L" lens, and is just a superb zoom...yet they sell for only $50-$75 when you can find one
     
  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Yep, one of my favorite lenses (not just zooms) is my Minolta 35-70/3.5 macro and it cost me all of $50. I have a few fast lenses but the times I shoot wide open far and few between.
     
  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    One more thing to consider about the 55-210: You can screw on this Sony DH-1758 1.7x adapter to the end of the lens to make a pretty slick, if front-heavy, long telephoto. I had one when I still owned my NEX-6 and 55-210, and with the adapter I had a 535mm-equavalent telephoto that delivered pretty decent quality.