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    Posted: 07 March 2011 at 17:34
Sigma Zoom AF-B (AF-ß) 60-200mm f/4-5.6 autofocus zoom lens

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250781435139&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1123

Has anyone had any experience with this lens? It's not listed in the database but ebay ads state that it's an A-mount and hints that it may or may not work with all Minoltas or Sonys. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2011 at 18:23
it doesn't work.I bought one as part of a job lot, and it looks nice and actually feels pretty good for a Sigma, but the camera will not recognise the lens being attached. Of course you could use it in manual mode, but that kind of defeats the object.

Here was my same question after actually buying one : http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic53353.html

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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2011 at 18:28
If you want a cheaper zoom, then Tokina 70-210 can be picked up for similar money, does work, and delivers very reasonable quality results. Not quite beercan IQ, but not far off, and much cheaper than beercan.
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Isn't is a push-pull zoom? I remember checking one out on a craigslist ad follow up and the lens would not autofocus at all. The tamron or tokina 70-210 (4-5.6) is a good suggestion.

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In case anyone else finds this old thread - the Sigma AF-β 60-200 zoom does work with some Sony A-mount bodies.

Mine works fine on A58 and A77, not on A100, A350, A390. The obvious conclusion is that you need an SLT body to use this lens on AF.

And, yes, its a push-pull, if it wasn't I'd get rid of it - there are times when I prefer push=pull and it's the only one I have.

Update - Doesn't AF on an A900, further evidence as to the need for an SLT body?

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A friend picked one up on eBay with a Minolta 3xi and its 35-80xi lens, and I'm trying out the lens for a day or two before it goes to Oxfam. I was intrigued because no one has reviewed it for the database, though I subsequently found this thread.

So far I have put it only on the A900 and for me AF works, much of the time. On occasions the push-pull mechanism seems to sever the link to the body and no aperture or focus activity is communicated. After a while though normal service resumes.

In Lightroom photos are tagged with '70-210 F4', but at least images shot at 60mm are recorded as such.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2021 at 00:48
Tried mine on my A900 again - and it works - so much for my SLT theory. Not sure what was happening when I tried it before. I don't think I've used it since.

There are a number of lenses that are not in the database, but usually from more obscure brands than Sigma.

Does the 35-80xi work? I think I have three or four, all with one problem or another.
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I was not very inspired yesterday, but I did post a snap in the B&W challenge at https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=139827&PID=1656860&title=2021-bw-day-5#1656860.

I was told that the 35-80xi did work, but I haven’t tried it myself on an SLR. ‘It ate through the battery’, was the report.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2021 at 12:09
The 60-200 is not a great lens - far from it. I wanted to use it for zoom while shooting shots - the push-pull action seems more natural for this. Trouble is that the action is quite tight so I get too much wobble, though it does mean slower lens creep!

I suppose I could use in for Day Primes - I have no other 60mm lens.

I have reviewed my 35-80xi collection and discovered four - a ludicrous amount. Two have sticky irises but do zoom, one has a fine iris but won't zoom, the last has fungus. This is No 1 on my list of most unreliable Minolta lenses.

If I could find how to get into them I might try to get a fully functional one out of them, but, for some strange reason, I was worried about forcing anything once I had removed the obvious screws. Rational thought is now kicking in - if I break one what does it matter?
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You could argue, if you break four what does it matter
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2021 at 16:55
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

You could argue, if you break four what does it matter


It could even be an advantage - more shelf space.

But I would like one working copy for the Lens Extravaganza.
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The combo NEX-7 <> LA-EA4 <> Sigma 60-200 'works', which is more than you can say for (unrelated) xi lenses.
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