First off, I'm new here, Hi. I've posted a few things in the general forums, and after getting my A300K Don recommended hitting up this forum. Two days after buying the camera and I have a ton of questions, but I'll start with this one.
I have the kit lens and the Sony 75-300mm. I am pretty happy with these to have something to start with, but I would love to get something better for low light. From what I know so far that means a bigger aperature. When I was looking at cameras a lot of people recommended the Nikon or Canon "thrifty/nifty fifty" lens. 50mm f/1.8. I haven't seen anything newer for Sony that seems to be this kind of deal, but looking around ebay I saw a few large aperature 50mm. Some of them were from the Maxxim line, which I am pretty sure fits, but many were from the older non-AF lines. The only Sony I saw was the f/1.4, for $350. My wife isn't going to let me spend any amount of money any time soon on this, but I was thinking some of those older manual focus lenses might be a good (very) cheap way to get some new possibilties. Are those going to be compatible with my alpha, or is there a cut off for lens compatibility?
Beyond that, any other cheap lens recommendations for low light. Prime or zoom. I hope to get that widely loved Tamron f/2.8 sometime down the road, but it may be a while.
Be sure to get the MAXXUM, not the ROKKER, it's a manual focus, and you'll need a special adapter to get it to work.
I would recommend something like this:
That's the one you want. A 50mm F/1.7 AF by Minolta (MAXXUM line). Make sure it's oil free, the aperture blades are snappy and the glass fungus free.
Same lens, slightly different body.
Sony/minolta has one upped nikon/canon I guess you could say since F1.7>1.8 :D
Yes the Minolta AF 50mm 1.7 or even with RS after it, get one that is listed in as nice a condition as possible, see them listed as exc. exc++ mint, etc. they have become VERY desirable in like the last 6 to 8 months. full frame prep. I guess. a year or so ago they could be had for like $50.00 now $85.00 is a good deal, and I would expect to pay over $100.00 for one. Dump the kit lens, try and sell it put the money towrads something else. Tamrons are mostly a great lens for the value, 6 year warranty to boot. I am very pleased with my Tamrons. Look back through the posts here for lots of info on 'cheap' glass, 3rd party glass, and the use of film glass, there is lots of info.
For a good idea on lenses take a look at the people posting here and see what lenses keep popping up among us, I think all of us have the Minolta 50mm, the Tamron 17-50 it's not a cheap piece of glass but it is really nice and 6 yr. warranty. The Tamron 70-300 is a great lens for the price but you have the Sony 75-300 so that would be doubling up. If you need some reach Don and I have the Tokina 80-400mm it's a "big gun" with some serious reach outside in the bright light.