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@Gary, I do have an E-mount body (A6000) which I bought as a pocket camera and have added an LA-EA4 for use with my A-mount lenses - I don't use the adapter much because I much prefer my A77 and A99ii bodies. I don't have many SSM lenses so haven't got an LA-EA3 (in any case I think it doesn't work well with the A6000).

I have considered the Tamron, but I have a Sigma 170-500 (not the greatest lens) which I find doesn't really go wide enough and I don't use much beyond 400. So 70-400 is a more attractive range - and it doesn't hurt that it's a bit cheaper. Mind you, I'd like to find one in the UK for the equivalent of 800 CAN - 800 GBP is closer.

@Addy if that is the difference I certainly prefer white and AF speed always helps, but I don't do much action stuff so AF speed it doesn't matter that much and white is still not to my taste. Perhaps I should consider the Tamron because it's black.
 



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It's my to go lens (on A99ii) with nature walks, zoo visits etc.
I love it. Many pic's shared here on Dyxum.
It's versatile starting at 70mm, and sharp. Even shot some nice semi macro shots with it. With the Soligor (Kenko copy) 1.4xTC it AF still works. Boght it second hand too and I see them going here for around 700 Euro now.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:



if that is the difference I certainly prefer white and AF speed always helps, but I don't do much action stuff so AF speed it doesn't matter that much and white is still not to my taste. Perhaps I should consider the Tamron because it's black.


You can always add a lens wrap/neoprene cover to the silver beast and call it good. I only see silver on the barrel when zooming.

I have both the Sony and the Tamron. I can use the Sony handheld or with a monopod, while the Tamron is best on a tripod. Your mileage may vary.
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Originally posted by Fivepin Fivepin wrote:

Hey Phil, I still use all my old A mount stuff.. Still own an A99 and an a77ii. Those bodies don't get used to much as all of the lens work as good and some better on the new e mount bodies. Sony did a really good job with the la ea3 for motorized lenses...the laea5 is just as good with those...and it adds full functionality for the screwdrive lenses with touch focus and full phase detect focusing. So in many cases the old screw stuff now works even better as you have hundreds of focus points instead of a dozen in the center.

As for your long lens I would highly recommend the Tamron 150 - 600 G2. It works phenomenally on both a and e mount. I have put a few videos here in the past...it really is lightning quick. Faster than the 70 - 400 G. And as good of quality with a smoother bokeh right out to 600...mine is very sharp right through the whole range. Of course it is bigger and pricier than the 70 - 400 G...but you can find it in the used market for $1300 canadian give or take...


I second your recommendation. I have the 70-400, I and II, two copies of the Tamron G2 and a Sony 500 f4. The 70-400 II is much quicker for AF over the I. The Tamrons compare favorably to the Sony 500 for opticals. The Sony is faster for AF. I see no real degradation between the 600mm and shorter focal lengths. A very nice lens.
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