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Thread: Must have AF lenses for a new A-Mount user?

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    Must have AF lenses for a new A-Mount user?

    Hello!

    I recently purchased an a58 camera along with the Sony 55-300 zoom lens. It's great to see all the lens choices available, but it seems a bit harder to find good reviews/resources for A-mount lenses compared to E-mount. Are there any must have auto focus lenses anyone would recommend, particularly those that outshine their E-mount counterparts (or are unavailable in the same price range) for those who have both types of cameras?

    The Sony 85mm f/2.8 looks like a bargain and theres nothing currently comparable in the same price range for E-mount. Does anyone have experience with the A-Mount Sony Zeiss 16-80mm in comparison to the E-mount Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f/4?

    The Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 or 28-75mm f/2.8 also look like interesting options for an all in one solution.

    So far I feel like the A-mount 55-300mm has improved image quality (and of course greater reach) over the E-mount 55-210mm, but I'm a little disappointed in the A-mount 18-55mm kit lens. In my very limited testing, the E-mount 18-55mm is better despite the smaller size.

    Thanks!
    a3000 & a5000: Touit 12/2.8, 32/1.8, and 50/2.8, Sony 55-210

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    I particularly like the Zeiss 16-80mm lens, and used it for two camera reviews over the years. Really awesome lens! The other lenses you metioned are also good, but not must haves in my opinion. The A-mount lens on par with the E-Mount 16-70mm version in my opinion, but offers a tad more reach and has a variable aperture.

    When I review the new A-mount cameras if they ever come out, I will get a few a-mount lenses that I never used before!

    Best,
    Jay
    Jay - Comments, Questions, and Critiques always welcomed and encouraged!

    Current Everyday Gear: Sony A7r, Sony Nex-6, 18-55mm, 55-210mm OSS Lens, 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, Rainbow Imagining MC/MD Lens Adapter w/ Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 PG Rokkor Lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    I particularly like the Zeiss 16-80mm lens, and used it for two camera reviews over the years. Really awesome lens! The other lenses you metioned are also good, but not must haves in my opinion. The A-mount lens on par with the E-Mount 16-70mm version in my opinion, but offers a tad more reach and has a variable aperture.

    When I review the new A-mount cameras if they ever come out, I will get a few a-mount lenses that I never used before!

    Best,
    Jay
    Thanks for your feedback Jay! I learned about another zoom lens, the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens from another site and it looks pretty impressive. Based on some of the feedback I'm reading, it could essentially replace a few prime lenses within those focal ranges. If you do end up getting some A-mount lenses/bodies to review it would be really interesting to get your thoughts on some of the faster zooms available such as this one, which are generally absent from the E-mount lineup.
    a3000 & a5000: Touit 12/2.8, 32/1.8, and 50/2.8, Sony 55-210

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    100mm f2.8 macro.
    a6300, a6000 , x700 wMD-1, Pentax k30, a580, a560 , a100 (stollen), 650si Date, 9000+MD90/BP90, XG-M, srTmcII,Nikon EM, Nikon N80, Hanimex Practica, Konica AutoreflexA, Ricoh KR5 super
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    Also the Minolta 135mm crossed X edition. Amazing portrait lens. Extremely sharp on even an APS sensor camera.
    And the SAL1650 has been said to be sharper at f4 than the ziess 1680
    a6300, a6000 , x700 wMD-1, Pentax k30, a580, a560 , a100 (stollen), 650si Date, 9000+MD90/BP90, XG-M, srTmcII,Nikon EM, Nikon N80, Hanimex Practica, Konica AutoreflexA, Ricoh KR5 super
    Peacock Designs

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    I really am not the one on knowledge of lens, but for me I would swear by my 18/55mm lens.
    I truly thing this is one of the best len that I have used up till now.
    The 55/300mm lens which I got when I bought my 1st camera being a Sony A390 and sold it when I got my new camera.
    I have missed that lens I have got a 300mm lens but its not as good in my eyes.
    Recently I got myself a 55/200mm lens and it is again in my eye's good lens it just the operator on this one so far.
    CC is always welcome, the good and the bad. I promise not to take it personal as I know it wasn't meant that way.

    Sony a77 with 18/55mm lens
    Sony DT 2.8/30 Macro
    Sony DT 55/200
    Sigma DG 70/300 lens with Macro button

    Tamron 150-600 f5.6-6.3 Di USD

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