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    Posted: 21 May 2024 at 13:47
Hey guys, looking for suggestions on a (hopefully affordable) lens to pair up with my A77 and A850. either used or new.

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I found a Tamron 200-500 at my local St. Vincentís store and am very happy with it. Itís A mount and Iíve used it on my A700 and my A7ii with the LAEA4 adapter. Canít believe how ďhand holdableĒ it is. Hope you find something that will work for you. Iíve purchased many items from KEH and have found them to be very good to deal with. RegardsÖArt
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As the price of A mount glass has come down somewhat over the past few years; I would suggest looking for the minolta 600mm f4 G for the best image quality.

Lower cost glass would include zooms. I think the Tamron 150-600 (if you can find the G2 all the better), the Sony 70-400G is highly regarded. I have also seen great photos from the Sigma 150-500 on A mount.

As the zooms are all newer; I strongly recommend that you consider those first. Minolta is built like a tank, but is now 35-39years old.
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What do you consider affordable?

I feel the Sony 70-400G and the Tamron 150-600 should be on your shortlist.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2024 at 13:55
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

What do you consider affordable?

I feel the Sony 70-400G and the Tamron 150-600 should be on your shortlist.


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The AF 400/4.5 or 600/4 could be good options as well for primes.
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Much depends on the size of the birds you are referring to and how close you can get to them. Lots of people can get very close to pelicans & flamingos so a short lens works fine, but if you're talking about tanagers or swallows at the other end of a football field you need something much longer. All the suggestions so far, although well-meaning, might be completely irrelevant to your situation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2024 at 15:50
The Tamron 150-600 is a good lens. The Sony 100-400 is a great lens (especially the second version). For the money, the Tamron 150-600 is the lens to get. You can splurge and get Minolta A-mount fixed primes as well.
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On my A77m2, I have been using the 1st gen Sony 70-400mm G, and it is an awesome lens. I never felt the need to get the G II. High enough IQ that I can crop a lot.
My wife shoots with the old Tamron 200-500mm and she likes it for the light weight.
I also compared the Minolta 200mm f2.8 + 2x teleconverter and it is not a bad combo, though it is exceptional without the 2x.
You should be able to get these older lenses for a fair price (FYI, I am trying to sell my Minolta lens and 2x).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2024 at 13:54
400/f4.5 lens in good condition for a remarkable price.
I'm not a birder but am tempted so much!
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Thanks everyone!
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