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    Posted: 11 August 2019 at 22:15
Hello everyone. I'd like to buy a telephoto lens. The main reason is to shoot landscapes at 135 mm, a focal length I really like for these shots. I don't want to spend much money as I'd use it occasionally.
I was thinking at Sony 55-210 OSS but I'm finding messy reviews of this lens apart from dyxum users (which is very good!)
I don't need a fast lens as I have a Sigma 60/2.8 that I eventually plan to upgrade to FE 85 to shoot portaits on my a6000.
To me, at the same price the drawbacks of no oss and mf of a vintage lens are too huge wrt to the Sony zoom.
Any thought?
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I bought one to use with my NEX 7 when I'm travelling light not long after they came out .
While I'm not a pixel peeper I have absolutely no issues with image quality when I'm processing them .
I was pleasantly surprised by it , especially considering price .
Nice clean files , quite sharp with good contrast .
I always stop the lens down a bit for general use , though I don't think there's any issues when I'm using it for closer focusing wide open for shallower DOF .
Focusing is quite decent on the NEX 7 and should be quite a bit faster on the a6000 .
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I am sure they vary, but my 55-210 OSS is sharp wide-open.

I have a Minolta MD 135 F3.5. It is not as good as the AF 135 F2.8, but it is ok. It is pretty small. I also like the MD 50-135 F3.5. The Vivitar 70-150 F3.8's are pretty small.

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I'm pretty happy with my 55-210 also. It's very sharp and quick focussing but sloooooow in aperture, and the OSS is brilliant through the viewfinder (unlike A-mount where IBIS works only on the image taken). It's uncanny the way the view stops jiggling about when you half-press the shutter!

For comparison I've just bought a Soligor 135mm f2.8 PK-fit MF lens (£20 in lovely condition from my local branch of LCE) which was also one of my favourite FLs on the Miranda SLRs. It's quite handy, but it needs a higher shutter speed which means no more benefit in light-gathering than the 55-210, and though it is quite sharp for an MF lens, it won't take 100% crops wide open either, so if you judge by those, again you need f5.6 or more which is the same as the 55-210.

I like using MF lenses on the Nex (though I didn't so much on the A58 - go figure!) but for practicality the zoom beats it much of the time (thin DOF is the exception!). Sony's recent cheap zooms are also amazingly sharp - usually at least as sharp as MF primes at the same aperture.

There's not a lot else with OSS at the price in that FL, though there are plenty of A-mount lenses available if you're happy with an adaptor.
And FWIW I rarely get blurred or soft pictures with the 55-210 unless I've messed up. Usually whatever I've focused on is pin-sharp.

As an aside, a 135mm f2.8 on APS_C has the same angle of view, light gathering power and DOF as a 200mm f4 on FF (got two of those as well ), but it's much smaller and lighter.   

Edited by Miranda F - 12 August 2019 at 14:40
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 14:51
The A6000 is a problem for adapting lenses. Yongnuo has a new inexpensive adapter for EF lenses. They list compatibility with the A6000 for it with some lenses.

I was impressed with the Yongnuo 50mm F1.4, but the electronic aperture didn't work with my Sigma MC-11. They are claiming A6000 compatibility with several Canon telephoto zooms including the 55-250 IS STM.

The EF 135 F2L is listed and those seem to be available for less than $500 used. It looks like my $170 EF 100 F2 USM is also compatible.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 16:00
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

... the OSS is brilliant through the viewfinder (unlike A-mount where IBIS works only on the image taken). It's uncanny the way the view stops jiggling about when you half-press the shutter!

Just FYI, the newer A-mount bodies provide a different IBIS system with the option of stabilization before the exposure, with a shutter half press.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 18:23
I decided against the 55-210 as all decent reports state it is a typical kit lens: IQ okayish with sample variation.
Then I looked at the 70-300 OSS, it is better, but also bigger and quite expensive.

That 135mm, is that on APS-C or is it equivalent? As the 85mm is (almost) like a 135mm on APS-C. In that case, just get the 85/1.8 (I find it a bit big on the A6000, but if it is the FL you want...).

And if you're on 135mm, get a 135mm lens. Late manual focus lenses are quite good: Minolta MD 135/2.8, Zeiss Contax 135/2.8 etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 19:10
Probably should also look at the 18-135 OSS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Barrin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 20:43
I was thinking at 18 135 but I don 't need the other focals apart 135mm.

I just wonder if I can find a MF lens that is better than the 55210 for the same money.

For 120 I think I'll give a try to the 55210
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 August 2019 at 21:28
Well, you could opt for a Minolta MD 135/3.5 for 20 GBP (22) and an MD to NEX adapter for 12 GBP (13) over at Ffordes - I do not know how much shipping is, but lets say it is 20, it is in total just 55,-.
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