Lens Recommendations (for a friend)
First let me say that I know ZERO about Sony cameras & lenses. I am a canon guy.
I have a friend whose wife owns a Sony A200. He came to me for lens recommendations. I told him I don't know Sony lenses, but I did give him some general advice based on my knowledge of canon, and I know this great resource (this forum).
He is wanting a zoom lens (he mentioned a 75-300mm), so that is close to the range he is looking for.
I told him that Image Stablization (don't know what Sony calls it) is a very important item to have. Also a good focus motor system (canon's best is the Ring USM - Ultrasonic Motor), which I also don't know Sony's equalivant. Water sealed.
He said he is willing to spend some money for a good one, but like everyone, he wants the best value for his money.
His wife shoots action, sports, kids at play, etc that she would need this lens for.
Thanks for any advice you can give.
Why not stretch a bit? 70-400?
Well, to be honest, if I were going to replace my 70-300mm ... it would be with the SONY G SSM, otherwise there is no real point.
The TAMRON SP AF 70-200 f/2.8 Di LD MACRO does the heavy lifting in that range ... and after that ... it's the Tokina AT-X 840 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, which has the better CA response and overall reach, in the field, without a lot of weight, unlike the upcoming (January 2009 release) 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM that SONY is about to release. The SONY does focus closer ... 3.8 feet, versus the Tokina's 8-feet. The SONY is also ten ounces heavier ... and platinum-colored!
The 70-400mm f4-5.6 G series super telephoto zoom lens is part of Sony's G-series line of premium lenses. The first thing you notice is its silver color, which indicates Sony's new design direction to give the high-end telephoto lenses a distinctive look. The lens has a variable aperture through the zoom range from f4 to 5.6, with a nine blade circular diaphragm for a pleasing out of focus effects. It has a minimum focusing distance of 3.8 feet, and like the 16-35mm lens it has a SSM AF drive system for silent precision focusing.
There is a focus mode switch and a range limiter switch on the lens, as well as three focus-hold buttons right on the lens barrel. The focus-hold buttons can be very helpful when shooting things like sports photography. When attached to the Sony Alpha A900 the AF hold buttons can be customized to activate the intelligent preview function. It will be available in January 2009 for about $1,500.