Lens advice for Alpha A580

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Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby gnasher88 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:34 pm

Hi everyone.

I am stuck as to what new lens I should purchase to improve images on my A580.

I currently use a Tamron 18-250 and a Tamron 70-300.

I have been looking at a couple of alternatives.

The Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM which I can pick up for around £550 or the Tamron 70-200mm SP F2.8 Di IF Macro - Sony Fit.

I take a lot of sports pics and wildlife.

Recently went on holiday to Egypt and mostly used the 70-300 for wildlife pics. At a family wedding I used the 18-250.

Any advice appreciated.

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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby David Kilpatrick » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:49 pm

Looking at your portfolio and what you already have, I'd go for the big Sigma - they may not be around at the current price for long because the 150-600mm has taken over their slot, and the 500mm version is actually discontinued. And a bargain!

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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby Mark K » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:59 am

If you are looking for a standard zoom, the Sigma 18-35 is hard to beat. Otherwise Sony produces 16-50f2.8 and 16-85f3.5-4.5ZA

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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby mikeriach » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:42 pm

Perhaps also look for a secondhand Sony 70-400G. Excellent image quality on both APS-C and full frame. I believe it is one of the best if not the best in the focal range.
The Sigma 150-500 is good and a bargain at the moment. The newer lenses are supposed to be better but quite a lot more expensive (Tamron 150-600 and the 2 versions of the Sigma 150-600) and are too new to be available secondhand.
I can vouch for the 70-400G as it is my primary lens for aviation shots.
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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby Birma » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:55 pm

Those are beauties, Mike. I especially like the light and colour in the sky in the first. Oh, and +1 for the 70-400 too ;)
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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby mikeriach » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:43 pm

Cheers Andy, and one from this Monday in stunning light (A99 + 70-400G).
A Typhoon at RAF Lossiemouth returning after an evening sortie.

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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:55 pm

A friend has the Sigma 150-500mm I've never used it but they are dead happy with it so I'll pass that one (for the money it looks good)
Cracking plane shots won't argue with those at all spot on!

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Re: Lens advice for Alpha A580

Unread postby the_hefay » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:20 am

I agree with Barry and Andy. Those are beautiful, sharp pictures.
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