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    Posted: 20 March 2017 at 18:45
I need a telephoto zoom.I have a tamron 70-300 usd but i need a better.Between Sigma 50-500 and Tamron 70-200 what is better?I want the lens for aviation photography.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2017 at 21:39
What do you mean by a 'better lens', what about the 70-300 do you find limiting your aviation shots?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2017 at 22:29
The 70-200 is sharper and faster but the 50-500 range can't be beat, especially for aviation shots. That would be my recommendation.
The Tammy 70-300 is quite good, too. What's missing in that for you?
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I would go for the 70-400 G, awesome lens. I don't shoot aviation but I think this lens would work well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote a77owner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 09:51
Thank you for your answers.
My tamron 70-300 usd is very good lens but in 300mm is soft.In addition i need longer lens.Ofcourse 70-200 is smaller but i think will be sharper.The
Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM G maybe is better but is more expensive...In Greece costs about 1450 euros...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 11:42
Look into the Tokina 100-300 f4 paired with a 1.4 TC.

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Tokina-100-300mm-F4-AT-X-340-AF-II-_lens181.html
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Faldrax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 12:28
If you're thinking about using the 70-200 rather than 70-300 (which you have) because the 70-300 is a bit soft at 300, why not try using the 70-300 at 200 (or 250)?

You may find it's sharper, and it will also tell you if 200 is long enough for your needs.

Another option would be the Tamron 150-600 - which give a lot more reach (but will need a tripod or monopod to use for any period of time, as it's a weighty thing!)
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When you say aviation photography, are you wandering around the airport fence shooting through the chain links, tracking aircraft taking off and landing, or wandering among the aircraft at shows? Conceivably you might want a different lens for each of these ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote a77owner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 March 2017 at 14:09
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

When you say aviation photography, are you wandering around the airport fence shooting through the chain links, tracking aircraft taking off and landing, or wandering among the aircraft at shows? Conceivably you might want a different lens for each of these ...


My lens is good for big aircrafts like Airbus A320,A330,777 but is not for small aircrafts like private jets.In addition before 20 dayes i was in Vienna and i have problem with aircrafts in Runway during the take off.The distance from Observation Deck is about 1km.Ofcourse i will use the lens and in airshows.For example in May i will go for spotting RF4E Phantom of Hellenic Air Force
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Post Options Post Options   Quote a77owner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 March 2017 at 14:10
Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

Look into the Tokina 100-300 f4 paired with a 1.4 TC.

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Tokina-100-300mm-F4-AT-X-340-AF-II-_lens181.html


In Greece is very dificult to find the lens as used...We are small market!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote a77owner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 March 2017 at 14:12
Originally posted by Faldrax Faldrax wrote:

If you're thinking about using the 70-200 rather than 70-300 (which you have) because the 70-300 is a bit soft at 300, why not try using the 70-300 at 200 (or 250)?

You may find it's sharper, and it will also tell you if 200 is long enough for your needs.

Another option would be the Tamron 150-600 - which give a lot more reach (but will need a tripod or monopod to use for any period of time, as it's a weighty thing!)


Tamron 150-600 is very good but only for airshows.For spotting not becouse the 150mm in A77 is 150*1.5=225mm and the aircrafts will be out of the frame.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2017 at 21:54
There's also Tamron's older 200-500mm zoom lens. It should be available cheaper than the newer 150-600mm plus its somewhat lighter as well.

The major downsides being:

1: You lose some of that precious zoom range.
2: The lens is camera driven rather than an in-lens motor so at least in theory, it will be slower.

Compared to the Sigma 50-500mm however, I would be looking at the Tamron instead, unless the OP has some use in mind for the wider end of the lens?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2017 at 22:46
I would also recommend checking out either the Sigma or the Tokina 100-300/f4. I have both and they're excellent.
Also, the 70-300G has REALLY lost a lot of value and can be had at quite a good price nowadays.
All three of them are about the same with the 70-300G being a bit more expensive but it's got faster focusing. All three of them deliver very good results across the entire range.
But 1Km is pretty far out, even at 300mm. You'll also have to deal with haze and pollution.
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Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

Look into the Tokina 100-300 f4 paired with a 1.4 TC.
http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Tokina-100-300mm-F4-AT-X-340-AF-II-_lens181.html


Originally posted by a77owner a77owner wrote:

In Greece is very dificult to find the lens as used...We are small market!

Another vote for either the Tokina or Sigma 100-300 F/4 (& 1.4 teleconverter). I have the later version of the Tokina, and a Sony 70-400G, and it is very hard to pick the difference in quality of the output. You would have to be patient, and probably import from Japan - these lenses don't come along very often, but when they do, they usually cost much less than the Sony.
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