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    Lens Problem

    Hi,
    To keep it simple:
    I recently bought a Sony A700 with the standard sony (18-70mm?) kit lens thrown in free.
    Having heard of this lens' reputation I also bought (seperately) the Sony 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 A Telephoto Zoom lens which appealed to me in the store and which I am fairly happy with (even if it isn't the most easy to use lens for a newbie!).

    What I would like some advice on is which other lens' (on a sensible budget) should I buy to go with the A700 & the 75-300mm?

    I am aware that there are numerous threads similar to this but I'm a bit stuck on choosing, especially given I already have one (the 75-300mm) and am not sure what others would go well with as I put together some gear?

    Much Appreciated!

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    Depending on how much you are willing to spend.
    I would recommend the Sony 16-80mm ZA, Sony 50mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.8 and if you want a better telephoto lens than the 75-300mm, you can get the Sony 70-300mm G SSM. And if you are on a budget, the Sony 55-200mm is supposed to be better than the 75-300mm.

    Then there are the Tamron and Sigma alternatives as well as the older Minoltas.
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    What's sensible?
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    The question is unanswerable without knowing your particular photographic interest and budget.

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    My bad, budget at the moment would be up to 500, with a view of spending something similar further down the line as my interests develop, etc.
    I am relatively new to photography (this is my first DSLR), but at a push I'd say my favourite style/s are macro and (at the other end of the scale!) landscapes. I am open to suggestions of good lenses for other styles though!

    Sorry for missing these details out before and thanks for your input (esp. Elisha)!

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    If macro, I would go for the Sony 100mm f/2.8, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 or Tamron 90mm f/2.8.
    Preferably the Sony of course.

    For wide angle, the Sony 11-18mm DT is supposed to be a good lens and so is the Tamron 11-18mm.
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    Thanks again, much appreciated! Now to make a list and decide which to prioritise, any other suggestions are of course welcome! :P

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    If you ditch the lenses you have right now, you can add more $$ to your budget.
    A few here would recommend the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 since it is a good lens and reasonably cheap.
    You really need to find out what you like to shoot first.
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    Sigma 10-20 for landscapes, Tamron 90mm for macro and portraits
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    Lightbulb Here's an idea ...

    You might want to review the sticky thread, at the very top of this SONY DSLR forum (<- click on this link). It reviews a lot of the popular choices of "reasonably-priced" lenses ... and may be a good list to turn into paper and head off to the camera store with.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-17-2009 at 01:51 PM.
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