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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Let's face it ... it would help to be a little tipsy with the results this older 35-70 f/4 lens seems to generate.

    I say, "Make mine TAMRON" and see what a $329 - f/2.8 substitute can do for your photography ... and life goes on! Yeah!
    Seeing as we're not taking the price differential into account; what about the Zeiss 16-80mm?

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    Slightly sharper, more contrast and punchy colors (due to the T* coatings) but overall probably not worth the extra cost, it's debatable though. On the downside, it's slower, but does offer a bit more range.

    Here are few links which maybe of interest to you.

    http://newcamerareview.com/sony_carl...lens_id98.html

    http://newcamerareview.com/minolta_a...viewid180.html

    http://www.photozone.de/sony-alpha-a...w--test-report

    Don did try out the 16-80mm before or at least I've heard him discuss it and came to the conclusion that it was not worth the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Let's face it ... it would help to be a little tipsy with the results this older 35-70 f/4 lens seems to generate.

    I say, "Make mine TAMRON" and see what a $329 - f/2.8 substitute can do for your photography ... and life goes on! Yeah!
    $329? I haven't seen the Tamron 28-75 for less than $400. Seems like it runs about $400 and the 17-50 runs about $420.
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    $350+shipping (seems like it should be free shipping :\) - http://www.adorama.com/TM2875MAX.htm...sony&item_no=1
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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    $329? I haven't seen the Tamron 28-75 for less than $400. Seems like it runs about $400 and the 17-50 runs about $420.
    Try B&H Video (<- Click this link) for a pretty good price on this. I got mine for $329, but I do not remember the circumstances. What's $20, eh ... you get a $10 rebate on the darn thing. Call it "Close, but no cigar!"

    You just have to look a little harder, Jason
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-22-2008 at 03:34 PM.
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    Jason, I've been collecting Minolta Kit for nearly 25 years but I never owned the 28-105mm. I went from the 35-70mm to the 35-105mm and then the 28-135mm so I missed it out.
    But the 28-135mm is a stonking lens, it's the one I automatically reach for; I think I got it in '86 and I hardly use anything else. You may have to pay $300 plus if you can find one but I guarantee it would be worth while. The lens is sharp throughout the range on film so I'm expecting the performance on the A900 to be outstanding (if I can ever afford one).

    HA! Just muddying the waters.

    ps. Bad points. Weight (built like a tank). MFD (but does have the macro button).

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    dr4gon, thanks for those links on the 16-80.
    I've been toying with the idea of eBaying all my smaller stuff to get one.
    I could sell my 17-35mm, 35-70mm, 35-105mm and maybe the 24mm prime, but I might regret the 24mm if I ever get my hands on an A900.
    Drawbacks are reports of poor build quality and of course it's not future proof (full frame).


    ps does anyone in the group actually own a 16-80mm?
    Last edited by Peekayoh; 12-22-2008 at 05:03 PM. Reason: afterthought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    dr4gon, thanks for those links on the 16-80.
    I've been toying with the idea of eBaying all my smaller stuff to get one.
    I could sell my 17-35mm, 35-70mm, 35-105mm and maybe the 24mm prime, but I might regret the 24mm if I ever get my hands on an A900.
    Drawbacks are reports of poor build quality and of course it's not future proof (full frame).


    ps does anyone in the group actually own a 16-80mm?
    I've wrestled with the idea, but still cannot justify it since I have the 17-50mm F2.8. I really like the F/2.8 aperture for widefield astrophotography so I couldn't live without it right now. If image quality is all your looking for and your budget is limited to ~$650, then I would get it. If not, save up for something better. Maybe the rumored 24-105 F/4 G SSM or the 24-70mm CZ.
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    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!
    Last edited by Peekayoh; 12-23-2008 at 04:27 AM. Reason: afterthought

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    You are asking for a move to such high-end glass, the members on this particular forum are no where near that well-equipped to even give any such substantial advice. Obviously, these lenses are the be all-end all of the SONY-mount, so it certainly cannot be a mistake, unless ... you just do not use the focal range.

    If you are so bent on this acquisition, I suggest you could report back any failings or specific findings as you go. Obviously, it is an exciting prospect to jump up to optimum glass and one we can all appreciate.

    I would hazard to guess that even I will find myself there, eventually, but until then ... make mine TAMRON. LOL

    Good luck in your plan ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-23-2008 at 09:25 AM.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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