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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2013, 10:23:40 AM »
Best place for s/h - the Classifieds on this forum (they become available when you have been a member for a while and have a certain number of posts - I'm sure one of the mods will confirm the exact requirements)  :)

Similarly, Dyxum has it's own classifieds, which are worth looking at.

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2013, 11:53:51 AM »
Amanda.........

here are links to 2 sites that I have bought second hand from

http://www.ffordes.com/category/Lenses/Sony/Minolta_AF_Fitting

http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used-Sony---Minolta-AF-Lenses---Accessories.html

if you order before 2pm, you get them next day
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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2013, 06:19:43 PM »
thats brill guys i think i will wait to see what you guys have got on here !! thanks a lot guys

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2013, 08:47:44 PM »
hi there thanks for all the responses i bought a tamron 70-300 with the camera to quickly realize that its just not up to the job !! i dont mind buying a good condition second hand lens but dont really want to spend any more than about £550 i was looking at sigma 150-500 whats your views ?? or even a sigma 120-400 !! thanks for all the help guys i really have loads to learn

Amanda, can you be just a bit more specific on how that Tamron 70-300mm failed to meet your expectations?

Was it image quality? Not enough reach? Slow focus? Or some problem due to product quality?

That will help us help you with better suggestions... ;)
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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2013, 09:33:38 PM »
hi there i just wasnt happy with the image quailty !! just really didnt seem to get on with it ! sorry for the lack of info i have only just got all my gear in the last few months and now very little about photography but hoping to learn 

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2013, 09:51:06 PM »
sounds like you may have the same version as me, the cheaper one that sells for around £100, you could have done worse than get this newer version which is so much better.



you can get this for around £290

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-tamron-70-300mm-f4-5-6-sp-di-usd-lens-sony-fit/p1520738

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2013, 09:57:07 PM »
yep i have the cheap one it was recommend to be by a guy at jessops when i bought the camera ! yep its either that or the sony 70-300g i need to do some more saving if its going to be the sony !!!! 

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2013, 10:01:03 PM »
I myself would definitely go for the Sony 70-300 G, or its bigger brother the 70-400 G

you can keep an eye on the prices for the 70-300 using this link

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Sony/Sony-SLR-Lenses/Sony-70-300mm-f4.5-5.6-G-SSM-Lens

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2013, 10:11:43 PM »
the 70-400 is out of my price range !! i have a quick look though your pics they are some great shoots !!! thanks for the help

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2013, 10:33:04 PM »
Where I have both the Tamron 70-300 Di USD and the Sony 70-300G, personally I find it hard to tell the difference in quality between the 2. Both are very impressive pieces of kit which give great quality pictures.

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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
thanks for the info looks like its personal preference 

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2013, 04:28:58 AM »
Amanda,
The magic number is 25 posts and it is done to stop folks registering, flogging something and then disappearing.
What I do not know is if after 25 you get automatic access or if you need an Administrator to change your access.
I see that you are at 23, make a couple of comments and see if you can access the sales board- there is a lens on there that may interest you....john
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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2013, 10:33:31 AM »
Amanda.......

Just had a look at the lens that Chappo says is for sale, it is the one that I posted the image off, and this one is at a great price of £210.

It has been registered at Tamron , but if it was done within 30days of purchase, then the warranty is 5 years, so may be worth looking at, especially if the rest of the warranty can be transferred, if not, maybe some arrangement could be made with the seller so he could return it if needed for repair.

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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2013, 01:29:49 PM »
Where I have both the Tamron 70-300 Di USD and the Sony 70-300G, personally I find it hard to tell the difference in quality between the 2. Both are very impressive pieces of kit which give great quality pictures.

Amanda, Dave is on the money with this post.

I have the Sony 70-300mm G. A friend has the Tamron 70-300mm. Both are great lenses but the Tammy is less expensive purchased new. A great option however, is purchasing the G lens slightly used or refurbished, which is even better.

There is ZERO chromatic aberration with that G lens, and the bokeh is FIRST CLASS. Plus, in my experience, it is slightly faster to focus than the Tammy, and focus accuracy is excellent.

Either way, you will NOT go wrong. ;)
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Re: best lens for shooting at zoos with a57
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2013, 02:51:36 PM »
The 70-300G is a very nice lens.

See http://www.dynaxdigital.com/images-to-share/isle-of-wight-zoo/msg176123/#msg176123 for some shots I took with it - and in particular the second post, showing a very heavy centre crop.

(I got my copy s/h from via the classifieds here)
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