Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
It's really difficult to make the right choices. It's usually the case that budget restrictions lead us into choosing the less optimum path and then spend more money in a couple of years upgrading yet again. Talking about it has helped me to decide against the 16-80CZ because of build quality and because it's not full frame.
So, the optimum path for me is probably the 24-70CZ and the 70-300G SSM f4.5-5.6 (the 70-200 f2.8 G is maybe too heavy at 1300grams [almost 3lbs ouch])

Step one - sell all except the 17-35 and 28-135 and buy the 70-300G.
Step two - the 28-135 goes in favour of the 24-70CZ
Step three - A900

Question - Do I keep the 24mm f2.8, 50mm f1.7 and 50mm macro primes and wait a bit longer?

Anyway, in 2/3 years time I'd have an A900 with 17-35, 24-70CZ and 70-300G. What do you think?

You can bet that Sony, in the meantime, will release a lens to upset the best laid plans.

edit: Jessops have the 70-300G at 450 ($666). Maybe it'll come down even more!
wow, LOL, I think we've come to the same conclusion. Right now I'm just wanting the absolute best IQ.

A few things to point out:

The Sony 70-200 F/2.8 and a 1.4TC is sharper than the 70-300mm (but heavier and more expensive, but gives more options for low light)

http://www.newcamerareview.com/sony_...tersid229.html

There was also another review which had a picture on the street to compare and I can't find it.... damnt it was really good. It was on some forum where he extensively compared the two and came to the same conclusion.

You mean 16-35mm CZ

I've heard good things about the 50mm macro, I would keep it for the time being, unless you want the 100mm macro. It's a specialty lens and you won't have something to replace it with.

As for the 50mm F1.7, it's a pretty decent lens, but just not that sharp (comparing it with even the 17-50mm Tamron). I'm looking at probably getting the 50mm F1.4 for low light.

If you look at Don's lineup, he suggests:

A the UWA - covered one day by the 16-35mm
walk around - 24-70mm or 17-50mm
Zoom - 70-200mm F2.8 (Sony or Tamron)
Ultra Zoom - I'm thinking the 70-400mm
and the low light - sony 50mm F1.4 or 1.7

That would be my ideal lineup in bold, and then a couple primes (135/1.8, 85/1.4)