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    Posted: 05 March 2012 at 14:05
Hi ive recently acquired an a65 and the 18-55 kit lens is very good but i wondered what budget lenses anyone has used with this camera that improve on the iq ive looked through the database but too much information to digest, through your experience i wondered what lenses are reccomended as an alternative to the kit lens and anyone uses that they can reccomend as a worthy upgrade i have the sigma 18-125 hsm on my a580 but its an unmodified version and not compatible on slt is it worth being updated/replaced i was hoping for a better lens with more reach than the kit 18-55 doesnt have to be a fast lens i also have 50/1.8 sam,tamron 70-200/2.8, big beercanThanks for any help
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Hello... Since the title is budget lens... what kind of price range are you referring to?

I believe the Sony 18-250 is one of the favorite one-lens solution. And if you are looking for a prime then I believe the 35/1.8 is a great choice.

But considering that you already own the 70-200 and 50/1.8, perhaps you'd be more interested with the new 16-50/2.8, 16-105/3.5-5.6, or the 16-80 Zeiss.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2012 at 14:29
Hmmm, I have the Tamron 18-250 (=same as Sony 18-250) and it is a compromise lens - it is a good lens for what it is, but it won't be an markable (if any) IQ improvement over your 18-55.

You can still rely on the lens-database - in most cases a good lens on 12, 14 or 16mp will be a good lens on 24mp. If you're happy with your Sigma 18-125 HSM, by al means, ask Sigma to re-chip it. Any other option would be a lot more money.

DavidBoentoro seems to have the Sony 16-50 and the CZ 16-80 and the A77 - so, I would follow his lead and if you want a better zoom, get either of these.

Or get the 35/1.8 or the 30/2.8 if you like primes - I probably would go 35/1.8.

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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:



Or get the 35/1.8 or the 30/2.8 if you like primes - I probably would go 35/1.8.



I don't own the 35/1.8 but I've read rave reviews about it considering it's price.

in regards to the zoom, if you don't need the constant f2.8, the zeiss has longer range and smaller size (62mm diameter vs 72mm on the 16-50), which i believe matters due to the size of the A65 (i owned an A55, the 16-50 wasn't so nice to have there)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote modelman66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 March 2012 at 14:40
Hi thanks for the replys it is a lot of loot to spend the lens choice isnt cheap i think chipping the sigma would be the way to go for now but thanks for all your input.maybe in the future an upgrade may be possible.ps i like the choices
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I bought the A65 body and am using my Minolta 24-85 rs and 75-300 "new" , both budget lenses, with it. Also my Tam 90 macro. All 3 give me results that are very satisfactory. David Kirkpatrick used the 24-85b as his walk around on his A900 by choice. He predicted good results on the A65 and I am pleased.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote robertsmx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 14:25
Based on list of lenses you already own, I would say just keep your kit lens for occasions when you want zoom flexibility but want to keep things light. There may not be a point in considering a "travel zoom" (I have Sigma 18-250, which made 18-55 moot and I replaced it with 16-50 to have a faster zoom). You already have 18-125 and 55-200 range covered.

How about the top of plastic-fantastic 85/2.8? That is something your lineup could use... a relatively fast short telephoto. I would even go farther and suggest 35/1.8 as well, which could make 50/1.8 moot. With 35/1.8 and 85/2.8 primes, you would be well covered for not a big price tag.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vincentius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 16:38
I just realized this thread is not about budget lens anymore -_- So I scrapped my previous post.
How about 70-300G?
What reach you're looking for? You have quite a good lens diversity in your collection.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote abortabort Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 March 2012 at 11:29
I picked up a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 very cheaply, not much more than one can sell a kit lens for. Though it isn't terribly wide, I personally think it is a very useful range. I also just got a Tokina 20-35mm for $99 to give a bit of extra wide angle. If you want wide to medium tele you would be looking at maybe the 16-105? But they are still a little pricey for me. Personally to go with your current lenses I would just get the 35mm 1.8, use the kit when you need something wider and you have your 50mm & 70-200 2.8 for the rest. Lastly the Tamron 17-50 is supposed to be decent and is super cheap.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote modelman66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 March 2012 at 16:35
Hmm was thinking about the sigma 17-70 2.8-4 hsm to complement the set?? if it is good iq?
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Since you already have the Sony 50/1.8, Tamron 70-200/2.8, the only lens left is the Tamron 17-50/2.8 and get rid of the other lenses.
In my case I do have an a77, Sony's 16-50/2.8, 70-200G 2.8 for my work as a photojournalist.
And as a walk-around I use the Sony 35/1.8; the 35 or 50 really it not that much of a difference, it is not a zoom but it pushes you to be creative.
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Tamron 17-50 mm f2,8 would be nice addition,

but if you want to complete your lenses, go for prime lens Sigma 50 F1,4 ( a little costly though and look for Alpha 65 compatibility sticker or you will nedd to rechip the lens) and wide angle lens Tokina 11-16 mm F2,8

one zoom lens is enough, and stay away from beer can
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sony 16-105 is a good lens...
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I have also a Tam 17-50 on my A65. Have other owners also noticed a little movement about 1-2mm at the mount of the body, no matter which lens ? Also I can't get images really sharp even with primes like the 1.7 50mm. The sharpness I had with my a55, is only possible with MF and peaking contrast. Do I have a bad copy or is this more common with the A65 ?

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