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    Posted: 03 January 2019 at 16:44
Posting after a long time. Not spending time with photography after I lost my A900, A68, CZ16-35, T70-200, flashes, filters etc

I stil own few lenses - SAL28-75, SAl70-400, CZ135, kit lens and a 55-200

I own a SLT A58 body now. I need a good walk around lens. Narrowed down to:
- Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM (may not be a walkround)
- Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC for Sony Fit
- Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC HSM for Sony
- Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Sony
Pleae advise!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2019 at 17:30
Sorry to hear about your loss! That hurts.

I own an A58 as well and my general walk around lens varies between the Tokina 28-70/2.8, Sony 16-50/2.8 or the Tamron 10-24.
I used to own the Sigma 10-20 but got the Tamron for the extra range.
I used to own the Tamron 17-50/2.8 till it broke and then got the Sony 16-50/2.8 as an upgrade.

By kit lens, if you mean the 18-55, that should work well as a walk around lens as well.

My typical light weight package tends to be A58, Tam 10-24, Sony 16-50/2.8 plus the MAF 70-210/F4. Not quite light weight, I suppose, but works really well.

I got the Tamron 16-300 as an all around lens but was disappointed with the IQ.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2019 at 17:48
I don't often walk around with my Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM because of its size and weight (577 g). The SAL2875 can certainly be used on the A58 too but is even heavier (585 g).

The 17-70C (465 g) sounds like the best of those choices. The in-body Lens Compensation and focus reliability advantages of Sony lenses should be considered.

I recommend the Sony DT 18-135 SAM (398 g) instead as a general purpose lens. This lens and the DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM kit lens have the best AF performance.

The Vario-Sonnar 16-80 (440 g) is pretty nice. The Sony DT 16-105 (470 g) is fine too. The 18-55 kit zoom has some weaknesses, but it can be better than these more expensive options at some focal lengths.

Edited by QuietOC - 03 January 2019 at 17:55
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I don't know the Sigma lenses suggested but am very happy with my Sony 16-50mm f2.8 DT SSM - it is my standard walkaround zoom these days (on my A77).

I also have and like the Tamron 16-300mm; IQ may not match the 16-50 but it's pretty good and the range makes up for it in many situations. I use it with an A58 as a one-size fits all holiday kit - light body, long battery life, incredibly flexible lens - what's not to like?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vidhyadharan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 January 2019 at 18:46
Thanks Guys for the feedback...
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:


The Vario-Sonnar 16-80 (440 g) is pretty nice.
The Sony DT 16-105 (470 g) is fine too. The 18-55 kit zoom has some weaknesses, but it can be better than these more expensive options at some focal lengths.


I have bought and sold lot of lens before..I now regret selling the DT 16-105 long back. Had a very good copy. Used one is now selling for 299GBP at Amazon UK

DT 16-80 vario-sonnar - I have not used this one before. Read the reviews - seems like a good one - Used one is selling for 215GBP. Just worried about the max aperture and indoor capabilities without flash

I was also looking at DT 16-50 2.8. It retails for 240gbp (USED ONE) at Amazon UK

I'll wait for few more days to find a good deal on any of these options
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 16:44
I have to say I don't really see the point of f2.8 zooms on the A58 (which I have too). They're often big, heavy, and the benefit of f2.8 over f3.5-4 (which the cheap zooms manage, at least at the wide end) is minimal.

When I want either narrow DOF or low-light capability I would fit one of the easy-choice primes which are small, compact, and fast. If you're on FF the situation is different, but I think APS-C works well with smaller lenses.

I have maybe thirty A-mount lenses if you include M42 and T-mount adapted, and I still think the kit 18-55 SAM II is a good choice for a walk-around if you don't need tele. If you do, the Sony 18-250 is much better than many others and the long end is particularly good, but it's an over-the-shoulder combo, not a round-the-neck like the 18-55mm.

The Sigma 10-20mms are excellent (I have the other one) and I do walk around with it on occasionally. But don't forget the panorama options with the standard lens.

My best investment since the A58? A small Crumpler shoulder bag which has room for the A58 or Nex6 with a zoom lens, plus a small prime and a book. :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 18:05
Originally posted by vidhyadharan vidhyadharan wrote:

Thanks Guys for the feedback...
I was also looking at DT 16-50 2.8. It retails for 240gbp (USED ONE) at Amazon UK

Paid 230gbp for mine on ebay - but it came with Hoya filters that would have cost that new (4 NDs, UV & CPL), I'm more than happy with it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 19:04
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I have to say I don't really see the point of f2.8 zooms on the A58 (which I have too). They're often big, heavy, and the benefit of f2.8 over f3.5-4 (which the cheap zooms manage, at least at the wide end) is minimal.

I use the 16-50 F2.8 as an event lens. I might still do that, but now I have the 28-75 F2.8 SAM for the A7II.

You should try an 18-55 OSS for your NEX 6. I would use that instead of the SAM kit zoom.

Edited by QuietOC - 07 January 2019 at 19:27
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If you don't buy the most expensive lens... you might have saved a few bucks for a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 A-mount. A real gem for a small price.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 20:56
Some bad advise here

Anyway, get the 16-50/2.8 - it is a high quality lens, better then those kit lenses mentioned.
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The 16-105 DT performs well, provides good range is compact and relatively inexpensive.

I prefer this to the 16-50 owing to the range and frankly, the results are not significantly different for the most part.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote whiteheat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 22:38
I also had the 16-105 DT in the days when I toted an A300 (an under rated camera I reckon). Anyways, the IQ in terms of sharpness and colour rendition was one of the best I had in my lens range. An excellent lens all round I felt.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 23:32
Originally posted by vidhyadharan vidhyadharan wrote:

Posting after a long time. Not spending time with photography after I lost my A900, A68, CZ16-35, T70-200, flashes, filters etc

I stil own few lenses - SAL28-75, SAl70-400, CZ135, kit lens and a 55-200

I own a SLT A58 body now. I need a good walk around lens. Narrowed down to:
- Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM (may not be a walkround)
- Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC for Sony Fit
- Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC HSM for Sony
- Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Sony
Pleae advise!


Out of your Narrowed down list for a walk around lens I would go with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC HSM for "versatility". Not long enough for my taste, and no real advantage over the Sony 18-55 kit lens, but it's your list. Personally, for me, a Sony DT 16-105 f/3.5-5.6 (SAL-16105) would be my choice for a walk around lens.

Edited by LAbernethy - 07 January 2019 at 23:51
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


Out of your Narrowed down list for a walk around lens I would go with the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC HSM for "versatility". Not long enough for my taste, and no real advantage over the Sony 18-55 kit lens, but it's your list. Personally, for me, a Sony DT 16-105 f/3.5-5.6 (SAL-16105) would be my choice for a walk around lens.


+1 on the 16-105 for what its worth. Its the only APSC lens I still own. I sold my first copy in favour of a Sony 16-50/2.8 - but later returned to the 16-105 when one came up locally as I missed the range and found it - at least subjectively - just as sharp and just as nice IQ.

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