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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 06:43
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

I see you like the A-mount mount STF. You also mentioned there is no STF equivalent in E-mount. Unless you are speaking about the fact that there is a difference from 135mm (A) to the 100mm (E), there certainly is an equivalent STF lens.


My thoughts exactly. Mine is on its way by GLS
There is also the Laowa 105 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 06:56
Except neither options are 135mm. Shrug.
Plus the Laowa’s bokeh isn’t as nice as the Sony Philip Reeve comparison

The autofocus option in the 100mm E is however appealing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 07:22
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Except neither options are 135mm. Shrug.
Plus the Laowa’s bokeh isn’t as nice as the Sony Philip Reeve comparison

The autofocus option in the 100mm E is however appealing.


True, and if that is important to you, you will find nothing similar for e-mount (except of course that it can be used with an adapter).
The apodization filter is less strong (2/3 of a stop less) in the Laowa so the effect on the bokeh is less pronounced.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 07:29
Tamron 150-600 may not have been around during your age of kidney devaluation, but it is around now lol!

Somehow I think I’d prefer the 100mm foal length over 135, in the STF flavor, though I can’t say for sure. Certainly I would if it’s used on a cropped sensor.   Never cared for mine on the A300, 350, 580, 700 bodies all that much. Happier with it on the A900. She screams quality doesn’t she?! I’ve got the original. Never handled the Sony A version.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote adhox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 12:00
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Maybe E-mount cameras get most of the talk , but looking at the latest polls "what's your primary camera" and "what's your backup camera" it seems that A-mount is still a majority here (among the people who filled out the poll)

There'll be one vote less for the A99ii in the primary camera poll next month. I think it has slipped to fourth in my order, behind my A9, my Leica, and my A6600. In hindsight, it should have been relegated to backup status in the 2020 poll, but I didn't realise that my arm would still be causing me problems this long after the injury.

I can imagine the possibility that I might even sell my A99ii and some of my A-mount lenses by the time the 2022 poll comes around - if I overcome inertia. Then again, I've sold five of my bicycles in the last few weeks so maybe I'm learning .

I still like the way the A99ii handles, but since I injured my arm I've really not enjoyed carrying it. The few times I've used it since October 2019 my elbow has not thanked me. Drive to a destination, set up a tripod, and shoot - no worries . Walk around with it - no thanks . The A9 with the ridiculously priced GP-X1EM grip extension (although mine was free) is much more comfortable to carry all day.

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

I can think there is one thing where these α77 and α99 models beat α7/9 series (maybe α7S III excepted): back screen swivel movements.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 12:20
I didn't like using the A77II, but I would like a more SLR-ish camera than the A7's too. The Meike MK-X1EM pinky grip helps a bit--I probably would prefer the Sony GP-X1EM.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 21:15
“Both A-mount Tamron 150-600's have been discontinued. The G2 version soon after its release. Arguably they are not around.”


There’s three of them listed on eBay right now and surely more in other places. I doubt there has been any long stretch of time without being able to find one. It’s like any used lens. Out there somewhere. Certainly less rare than several models we seek for our A-mount. It wouldn’t be any trouble for somebody to find this Tamron. And I did in fact find a new G2 in a retail store. Not long ago. Now it’s in my closet.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2020 at 22:35
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:


Somehow I think I’d prefer the 100mm foal length over 135, in the STF flavor, ...Never cared for mine on the A300, 350, 580, 700 bodies all that much. Happier with it on the A900. She screams quality doesn’t she?! I’ve got the original.


It may be I'm so used to the 135mm FL of the A-mount STF lens, I've come to regard it as the optimal length. I do prefer it on full-frame as well. It's approximating a 200mm lens on a cropped sensor and that makes composing portraits etc, a tad challenging.

It's also the only prime lens I have in this focal length, so replacing it with a 100mm (given my current lineup) would make things difficult for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2020 at 06:49
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

I didn't like using the A77II, but I would like a more SLR-ish camera than the A7's too. The Meike MK-X1EM pinky grip helps a bit--I probably would prefer the Sony GP-X1EM.
I never ever felt the need to get a pinky extension. I do not need my pinky to hold a camera. I did not feel I needed one with the A7r2. I guess people differ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2020 at 07:46
That they do, after years of a gripped A77 and now an A99ii they both almost feel to small when I take the grip off. Guess it might be the way I grip the camera as I in no way have biggish hands.
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I doubt a pinky extension can replace a full grip
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Heidfirst Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2020 at 10:06
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

“Both A-mount Tamron 150-600's have been discontinued. The G2 version soon after its release. Arguably they are not around.”


There’s three of them listed on eBay right now and surely more in other places. I doubt there has been any long stretch of time without being able to find one. It’s like any used lens. Out there somewhere. Certainly less rare than several models we seek for our A-mount. It wouldn’t be any trouble for somebody to find this Tamron.   

I dare to disagree with you on that. I have several times looked for a G2 & failed to find one. Tbh I am not sure that the UK (& possibly elsewhere in Europe) ever received any stock of it or if it did it must have been extremely limited.
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Amazon has two G2's listed, one in Japan and the other is in NYC..

https://www.amazon.com/Tamron-150-600mm-5-0-6-3-Cameras-Warranty/dp/B01LNSAXX6
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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2020 at 14:13
I’ll give you that, the G2 version is definitely less common. A shorter production run and dwindling interest in the mount as a whole means less used copies are now in circulation.   Really unfortunate for loyalists that Tamron and Sigma walked away from A-mount.

The G2 was on my wishlist since the day it was announced, but I never had an actual need for it. When I heard it was discontinued I began looking for it. I spent many hours clicking and calling. Finally found a store that had one. Only one. I didn’t hesitate. Probably one of the last to be had new in the US. I’ve found it be a nIce lens, aside from not liking the exterior finish on the hood. An odd sort of coating on the plastic. While elegant looking, it is too easily marked if brushed up against objects. The day I got it, I dropped mine against a white painted wood surface and now it has a few small white marks that seem permanent. Strange. As for the lens, it’s very well built. I like the results on FF. On cropped it seems too soft at 600mm.   
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