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Offline thylacine

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Best long lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 04:49:01 AM »
I have the Sony NEX 6 and A6000 and am looking for a long lens for bird photography. I already have the 50-210 but it is just not long enough.

Would it be worthwhile getting the A-mount adapter to use the Sony 70-300mm?

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Re: Best long lens?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 06:23:20 AM »
Firstly welcome to the forum, we hope you get the assistance you are seeking.
The lens you have is never long enough for birding.
I currently use 70-300G on the A99 but occasionally get the Sigma 50-500 out of the cupboard.

As you will know, all lenses are a compromise.  Generally quality longer lenses are heavier. Why stop at the 70-300G unless you already have one.  The 70-300G is around 700 grams (from memory)  and the 70-400G about twice the weight at 1.5KG.
How much weight do you want to carry?

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Re: Best long lens?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »
Wellcome to a friendly and warm forum, i recently bought 70-200G f4 excellent lens and so far for e-mount the longest telelens are until 200mm~210mm. I don't think if they ever make 70-400 for e-mount if it will be convenience to carry such a lens. The SAL 70-200 f2.8 about 1.5 kg they went to SEL 70-200 f4 about 800 gr.

With the SAL 70-400G will not be the same situation since this lens start already with f4~f5.6. So this means if they ever build 70-400G it will be as heavy and  as big the existing one.
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Re: Best long lens?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 05:01:14 PM »
You have already received excellent advice about long telephoto lenses. However, I thought a little information on the A lens mount adapter is important to pass on. If you buy one to use a long telephoto, you will lose image stabilization. This loss will make handheld photography of the long lens difficult and you will be limited to tripod mounting the lens. This may not be as much of a handicap as you might think. Once you start working with lenses whose focal length is 300 mm or greater, their weight makes handholding difficult. Aiming and composing at these long telephotos can be a daunting task. You may find using a tripod makes lens handling a much easier proposition. Having said that, the advantage of using the 70-400 mm Sony lens (a favorite of mine) on the a77 is that you can handhold it for photography. For this reason, I still use the a77 with this lens, even though I have a NEX-7 and the Sony A mount adapter for mounting the lens on that camera.

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Re: Best long lens?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2014, 09:15:39 AM »
is the Minolta 500 reflex any good with the adaptor?

should be hand holdable
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