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    Sony 70-300mm G lens

    I think I'm going to get this lens, since it will be highly unlikely that Sony will release any Zeiss lenses in this range, now that they have a 70-200, 70-300 and 70-400 to cover it.

    I wonder if any of you guys are using it, and would like to hear your impressions.

    I understand that the 70-200 and 70-400 may be better performers, but:

    Having the Zeiss 85 and 135, there is little interest in the 70-200 as the only FL not covered is the 200mm.

    I'm also discouraged by the weight and size of the 70-400, even though it may have better sharpness and longer reach. It will be a lens seldom used and will remain mostly at home.

    So the best choice for me seems to be the 70-300 as it is light-weight at 760 grams and quite compact. The price is quite affordable too.

    Please let me know your opinions about this lens and thanks in advance.

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Edward,
    I obviously don't have this lens, since I don't own a Sony camera, but by accident, I stumbled over this thread today:

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=31381435

    If it was me, I wouldn't need much more to be convinced

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Hi Edward
    Jorgen has it.
    I think this might be the best value for money I've ever paid for a lens.
    The only possible criticism is that it has a slow aperture . . but of course, that's why it's small and light and cheap! The sensor stabilisation means that you can hand hold it at silly shutter speeds to make up for this.

    1. it's sharp (oh yes!) - at all focal lengths and apertures
    2. it has fine bokeh
    3. the ssm focusing is smooth and silent
    4. it's small
    5. it's relatively cheap
    6. it focuses down to 1/4 life size

    I use it a great deal.

    Can you tell that I like it!

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    I have it too - and find it one of the best lenses in this range that I've ever used. It's light and focusses quickly and quietly. The only downside is the 5.6 aperture at 300 mm.

    It is a much better lens than the Canon 70-300 DO I used to own, and although it's larger, it weighs no more.

    Last month I took the a900 (and a back-up a700) to Polynesia with just two lenses - the CZ 24-70 and the 70-300 G.

    http://www.billcaulfeild-browne.com/...sia/index.html

    All the bird, fish and most of the portraits were taken with the latter. (The groups and obvious WA shots were with the Zeiss of course.)

    I want the 70-400 too, but it's not a light travel lens.

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    I should have added that although I claim to be a nature photographer, the people of Polynesia and Melanesia are simply so beautiful that I had to include some shots of them too. In fact, most of them live very much as part of nature.

    And while I'm pleased with the flying fish, the two I show are the only ones out of well over 100 that I took. They appear very unexpectedly from heaven's knows exactly where, and move very fast. The 70-300 G, however, always locked on focus very quickly once I could frame the critter - and this from a ship moving at 15 knots!

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Hi Bill
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    I should have added that although I claim to be a nature photographer, the people of Polynesia and Melanesia are simply so beautiful that I had to include some shots of them too. In fact, most of them live very much as part of nature.
    Bill - there are lots of lovely photos (I want to go there!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    The 70-300 G, however, always locked on focus very quickly once I could frame the critter - and this from a ship moving at 15 knots!

    Bill
    I've found this as well - it's so smooth that you kind of feel that it's going to be slow, but I've also managed to lock focus on birds and such very fast.

    I've had the Nikon 70-300 VR and also the Olympus, both of which are well thought of, and the Sony is in a different league altogether (mind you, it's more expensive too).

    Bottom line seems to be that if you THINK you MIGHT want it, then buying it is a complete no-brainer

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Thank you guys for the replies.

    Jorgen, Thanks for the link. Nice stuff!

    Jono and Bill, Thanks also for your comments on the lens. I think my mind is already made up

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    I think my mind is already made up
    HI Edward - pleased to be of service . . . one of the simpler decisions in life I feel!

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    If it helps to clinch your decision, I also own it and it is a very good lens, small and light for the range and decently sharp, with SSM too.

    Quentin

    PS how is the 135mm in comparison with the 85mm? I and I am pretty sure Jono would appreciate any further thoughts on this important subject I have the 85mm F1.4 already.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    PS how is the 135mm in comparison with the 85mm? I and I am pretty sure Jono would appreciate any further thoughts on this important subject I have the 85mm F1.4 already.
    Yes indeed - advice on the 135 f1.8 please - I have already sown the first seed by persuading the dealer to take back my useless Tamron . . . .

    I'm actually interested in the focusing - the screwdriver focusing on the 100 macro is depressingly pedestrian, and the 50 f1.4 isn't much better, is the 135 the same? Is manual focusing easy to use (there seems to be some confusion on another thread).
    Does it work well at the minimum focusing distance? (I often shoot close ups (as opposed to macro) and one of the nice things about the Sony lenses is that they all seem to focus pretty close).

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Well, I usually don't like the 135 focal length and prefer shorter lenses for portraits and that's why I use the 85 more often. I have to say though that the 135 is so nice that I always try to find some use for it, like exterior portraits, or as a medium telephoto. It is so good at close distances that I've used it in the beginning for jewelry shots. Now I have the Sony 100 for that which gets me to 1:1 but I think the 135 is much better at its MFD. Btw, the 135 has less CA in OOF areas than the 85 (I've seen some cyan CA). Focusing is very fast and seems to lock in very accurately. Basically I only have praise for this lens, every bit as good as the 85 and perhaps better.

    Here is a shot from the fun thread (that you've already seen):

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showpo...4&postcount=58

    and at MFD:

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showpo...81&postcount=6

    and a portrait:

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showpo...21&postcount=5

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    Edward,
    I rented this lens for my gf to use in Africa and I was impressed.
    I just bought one for myself and took this shot a few days ago.
    Really nice bokeh was a nice surprise !
    You just need good light b/c of the slower aperature.
    it's a fun lens to use !


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Yes indeed - advice on the 135 f1.8 please - I have already sown the first seed by persuading the dealer to take back my useless Tamron . . . .

    I'm actually interested in the focusing - the screwdriver focusing on the 100 macro is depressingly pedestrian, and the 50 f1.4 isn't much better, is the 135 the same? Is manual focusing easy to use (there seems to be some confusion on another thread).
    Does it work well at the minimum focusing distance? (I often shoot close ups (as opposed to macro) and one of the nice things about the Sony lenses is that they all seem to focus pretty close).
    I think that AF in the 135 is alright, fast-ish but noisy (compared to the 24-70) perhaps a bit erratic at times. MF is good and precise though there is a bit of lateral play in the focus ring while changing focus direction that I find very annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quino Terceño View Post
    I think that AF in the 135 is alright, fast-ish but noisy (compared to the 24-70) perhaps a bit erratic at times. MF is good and precise though there is a bit of lateral play in the focus ring while changing focus direction that I find very annoying.
    Hi Quino
    thank you - that IS useful information . . . . although it doesn't really help me to make a decision!

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Hi y'all

    I guess what I'd find most helpful would be side by side portaits taken with the 85mm F1.4 and 135mm F1.8. I'd be buying the 135mm exclusively as a portrait lens, where the 85mm is too short. I am not realy fussed about SSM or no SSM. SSM is nice but I would not be relying on lightning speed of autofocus anyway for the uses I have in mind.

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Quino Terceño View Post
    I think that AF in the 135 is alright, fast-ish but noisy (compared to the 24-70) perhaps a bit erratic at times. MF is good and precise though there is a bit of lateral play in the focus ring while changing focus direction that I find very annoying.
    Jono, I've only got the 135 for a week but imo focussing is spot-on (best result with the corrector at +1 in my case). It does indeed make a little more noise than the 24-70 or the 16-35 but nothing to worry about as far as I am concerned. Manual focussing is very easy, you just don't want to do it the wrong way I was trying at first: you should do any of the following to focus manually:
    1. engage AF-A with DMF in which case the camera will autofocus normally and once done disengage so that you can fine-focus manually if desired
    2. switch the rotary on the front of the camera to MF
    3. hold or toggle the AF/MF button on the back of the camera to MF

    I agree concerning the play, but again, to me it is of not much concern once you know it. Focussing manually goes very smoothly.

    I have no pictures worthwhile showing at the moment but will post when I have some "good ones".

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    I got the 70-300 today and I'm quite happy with it. Exactly what I expected from your feedback. Thank you all!

    This is my second Sony lens, and I can see already a kind of pattern. Very good to excellent sharpness, neutral color (cooler than Zeiss), nice bokeh, but somehow flat and lacking the life (colors, micro-contrast, clarity, 3D) produced by ZA lenses.

    Honestly I wouldn't buy any Sony (even G) lens unless I really need to. The difference is huge. Hopefully Sony is listening.

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by picman View Post

    Go get it, you will not regret it
    I believe every A900 owner who doesn't have this lens (and the 85 too) should be chastised

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quentin,

    I believe the 85 and 135 focal lengths produce completely different results, regardless of the particular lenses in use. They should be both part of the lens line up of any portraitist.

    Here are 2 recent examples of a friend's young daughter. The 135 photo has some movement in it and is not tack sharp, but good enough to show the bokeh and the different characters of each lens. The 85 is shot at f/2 and the 135 at f/2.8:

    Attachment 13929

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Hi y'all

    I guess what I'd find most helpful would be side by side portaits taken with the 85mm F1.4 and 135mm F1.8. I'd be buying the 135mm exclusively as a portrait lens, where the 85mm is too short. I am not realy fussed about SSM or no SSM. SSM is nice but I would not be relying on lightning speed of autofocus anyway for the uses I have in mind.

    Quentin
    Last edited by edwardkaraa; 30th August 2009 at 10:29.

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    I bought the 70-300G to take to Africa with my a900 just before Christmas. I was particularly attracted to its fairly compact size. I've been very pleased with it.

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    Edward,
    Nice portraits. There's something about the colours from the A900 that reminds me of slide film. Somewhere between Kodachrome and Velvia, I think. Different from my Fujis, but beautiful in its own way. Can I afford yet another system, I wonder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Edward,
    Nice portraits. There's something about the colours from the A900 that reminds me of slide film. Somewhere between Kodachrome and Velvia, I think. Different from my Fujis, but beautiful in its own way. Can I afford yet another system, I wonder
    Thanks Jorgen.

    It is exactly this similitude to chrome film that attracted me to the A900 in the first place. I get it just by shooting in standard style without any increase in saturation or contrast. I'm not sure of it's the sensor or the image processing, or both.

    This is something I could not get with Canon Dslr no matter how I tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Can I afford yet another system, I wonder
    Btw, you might be interested to know that you can get your A900 + lenses from Sony Thailand at 10 months installments with 0% interest at really good prices. Perhaps this would make your decision easier

    Needless to mention that I have used this for as much as my credit card provider allowed me to

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    Very nice lens. Its the lens that I keep handy at all times. Both photos on my homepage:

    http://www.photosforfreedom.com/

    were taken with the 70-300 G. The one on the left was taken with a tripod. The one on the right was taken hand held impromptu on the way back to camp with the take at a distance of approx. 3 miles.

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Btw, you might be interested to know that you can get your A900 + lenses from Sony Thailand at 10 months installments with 0% interest at really good prices. Perhaps this would make your decision easier
    Hmmm.... then I should rather buy two bodies, don't you think

    Ummm... is the financing available for foreigners as well (without a whole Thai village signing for me...)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Hmmm.... then I should rather buy two bodies, don't you think

    Ummm... is the financing available for foreigners as well (without a whole Thai village signing for me...)?
    It will work with any credit card issued in Thailand.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Bill, your Polynesian gallery was a treat. Wonderful pics.

    Well, you guys have sold me. I'm eloping to Kauai at the end of May, and it looks like adding the 70300G to my 24-70 will be the perfect travel combo. Thanks!

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    I don't think you will regret it Douglas, look forward to seeing the pics.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Bill, your Polynesian gallery was a treat. Wonderful pics.

    Well, you guys have sold me. I'm eloping to Kauai at the end of May, and it looks like adding the 70300G to my 24-70 will be the perfect travel combo. Thanks!
    Douglas,

    Even though I believe the 70-300 is not a bad lens, you have to consider 2 things before you buy it:

    1. It is not a Zeiss. I mean if you're used to a certain look from Zeiss lenses, this lens will not deliver, specifically, micro-contrast, 3D and the saturated Zeiss color balance which can produce warm tones and cold blues. This lens color balance reminds me of my Canon lens days with predominant warm tones overall as well as low contrast.

    2. The minimum aperture of f/5.6 (and the relatively higher shutter speed needed to handhold long lenses) is very limiting as I found out recently, especially with a camera like the A900 that doesn't perform so well at high iso.

    Also having used the Contax 300mm f/4 on a 1Ds2, I can say that by comparison the Sony zoom is not sharp. The results are consistant with what I've seen from the guys over here and several reviews on the net, but I wouldn't call it a sharp lens.

    For me it is an expensive temporary solution until Sony releases a Zeiss prime around 200mm, which may or may not happen.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    I have used nearly all of the 70/75-300mm zooms available for the Minolta/Sony Alpha mount and the 70-300G beats them all hands down. Sure it is only f/5.6 at 300mm, but is very reasonable wide open unlike all the others I have tried which were very soft at the long end even when stopped pretty well down.

    I also find the colours very pleasing and accurate, not overly warm.

    First is shot at 300mm and followed by 100% crop on Sony A700, not sharpened.

    Last street scene is at 90mm on A700

    Sure a 300mm prime would be better, but I can't think of a zoom that is as good.
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    David, I'm in no way trying to contradict you, but what you see as sharp on a 12mp camera will look completely different on a 25mp.
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    Well, not really Edward, the pixel density is higher on my A700 than on my A900 for a 100% crop. However I must re-evaluate this lens on the A900 and see what it is like across the full frame.

    Another example of the the lens wide open at 300mm f/5.6 ISO 200 again on the A700. Some motion blur as only 1/500 and panning not perfect. Vignetting added by me.

    I don't disagree that a prime would outperform this and a larger aperture would be nice at times, but for that I have the white 80-200 HS G which also focuses faster than the SSM. However if I am going on holiday and need to take 2 zooms, the 24-70 and 70-300 would be them.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    David, you're right about the pixel density. I missed the sensor size.

    Definitely, the Zeiss 85 and 135 outperform the zoom at the corresponding focal lengths, but I have nothing else to use beyond 135, so for the 200-300mm range I have no other choice.

    I will be going on holidays to Macao this Tuesday and the 16-35 and 24-70 will definitely be in the bag. However, I'm still undecided whether I should take the 70-300 or the 135 as I have space for only one of them.
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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Regarding the f/stops, just some extra info:

    The 70-300 is an f/4.5 from 70 to 85mm, f/5 from 90 to 130mm, and f/5.6 from 135 to 300mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post

    I will be going on holidays to Macao this Tuesday and the 16-35 and 24-70 will definitely be in the bag. However, I'm still undecided whether I should take the 70-300 or the 135 as I have space for only one of them.
    Difficult choice Edward, I guess it depends on what sort of subjects you expect to shoot, and of course the eventual print size etc. I know you love the Zeiss micro-contrast, colours and bokeh, so perhaps that should be your choice and you can crop if you need a little longer reach. Have a great trip!

    For my upcoming trip I am hoping to take the Tamron 17-35, CZ 24-70, CZ 135 and the 70-300G and maybe my 28-105 for a lightweight walkabout, but I will be over the weight limit of 5Kg for hand luggage (5Kg come on).

    If necessary I will put some in my wife's hand luggage and my pockets - perhaps get a geeky photovest for that.
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    Very difficult choice indeed. I know it will be a last minute decision

    Btw, I rediscovered recently the lens pouches that came with the lenses and I found them to be very practical for transporting the lenses + shades. They offer reasonable protection to be confident to throw them in your wife's hand luggage

    On my last photo trip, I removed all the partitions from my bag and used the pouches instead. It worked very well.
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    Great idea Edward.

    My plan is take a rucksack that is very thin and light and the maximum hand luggage size, then put inside a very old light padded rectangular shoulder bag (that actually was my father's camera bag). I also have another canvas shoulder bag that has a hard base from another Billingham bag fitted in to it, and that can fold up and be put in the rucksack as well, giving me lots of choices when I am going out and want to take as little or as much gear as I think I need. None of it looks like expensive camera bags.

    I will take the leather lens pouches and can use them in the canvas shoulder bag. It solves the problem of protecting the shades.

    Have a great holiday Edward.
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    Edward,
    I believe that the 135 will be a more useful lens in Macau unless you bring a tripod. That city really shines at night, when the zoom will be too slow, and the sea mist makes it hazy during the day, which makes long lenses rather useless.

    Then of course, you could be lucky, and get some great shots of their interesting bridges with your long zoom, and I could be all wrong

    The last time I was there, I brought a 70-300, and I hardly used it at all.

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    Thank you David. The situation is getting worse over here and I might cancel the trip altogether if things keep on degrading.

    Thank you Jorgen for your advice as well. I am now leaning more towards chosing the luminosity and higher quality of the 135 over the versatility and longer reach of the zoom.
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    I was going to ask you how things were Edward, but did not know if the news reports we are seeing were exaggerated or not, sometimes it is hard to tell from a distance the true extent of the problems. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it improves and you can get your holiday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    I removed all the partitions from my bag and used the pouches instead. It worked very well.
    That's exactly what I did (in my LowePro Primus AW) and it works very well indeed.

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    Edward, how could you possibly consider leaving the 135 behind you, heresy of the highest order IMO . You'll need a good prime and either it or the 85 should be in every bag. I always find I tote a long zoom on my travels and use it less than 5% of the time.

    Sorry to hear the reds have taken to the streets, the yellows were active last time I came through Bangkok on my way to Korat. Civil disorder will only result in the Army taking control again.
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    David and Eoin,

    The situation got much better thanks to a wise containment policy by the government and the army, so the trip is still on schedule Luckily all incidents were at specific strategic places for the opposition and they're quite far from where I live. Actually I have only seen the events on TV, like every one else.

    Thanks to pressure from Jorgen and Eoin I decided finally to leave the 70-300 at home in favour of the 135 You will see the results in a few days.

    Btw, Eoin, do you go to Korat often? Any girlfriend there? You should absolutely stop for a beer next time you're in this part of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Btw, Eoin, do you go to Korat often? Any girlfriend there? You should absolutely stop for a beer next time you're in this part of the world.
    Edward, my other half is Thai , we used to go back quite a bit, always to Dankhunthot to visit the 'outlaws', but the young kids (x2) tend to make long haul travel very difficult and expensive now. But we try to get over at least once a year.

    I'd love to meet up next time I'm over
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    Edward, my other half is Thai , we used to go back quite a bit, always to Dankhunthot to visit the 'outlaws', but the young kids (x2) tend to make long haul travel very difficult and expensive now. But we try to get over at least once a year.

    I'd love to meet up next time I'm over
    That would be great, Eoin. Looking forward to it. I'll bring my girlfriend along to keep your wife busy while we can discuss the latest Sony equipment or even take actual photos with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Douglas,

    Even though I believe the 70-300 is not a bad lens, you have to consider 2 things before you buy it:

    1. It is not a Zeiss. I mean if you're used to a certain look from Zeiss lenses, this lens will not deliver, specifically, micro-contrast, 3D and the saturated Zeiss color balance which can produce warm tones and cold blues. This lens color balance reminds me of my Canon lens days with predominant warm tones overall as well as low contrast.

    2. The minimum aperture of f/5.6 (and the relatively higher shutter speed needed to handhold long lenses) is very limiting as I found out recently, especially with a camera like the A900 that doesn't perform so well at high iso.

    Also having used the Contax 300mm f/4 on a 1Ds2, I can say that by comparison the Sony zoom is not sharp. The results are consistant with what I've seen from the guys over here and several reviews on the net, but I wouldn't call it a sharp lens.

    For me it is an expensive temporary solution until Sony releases a Zeiss prime around 200mm, which may or may not happen.

    Thanks for the heads up, Edward. I've given it some more thought, and I think I'm gonna just stick to what I already have. I've been meaning to give my little Zeiss Jena 135mm 3.5 a workout, and I think my upcoming trip will be good for that. That amazing little lens has pretty consistent sharpness across the frame from f3.5-f8, and it has the nice Zeiss contrast...although the colors are much warmer than other Zeiss' I've used. Plus, I'll end up with a pretty light kit, which is why I'm not gonna bring my big ol' Hassie Zeiss 150 CF. I think I'm gonna bring: Min 20 2.8 RS, CZ 24-70, CZ 85, ZJ 135 3.5, and I should be able to cram all of that into my Flipside 200.

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    Still believe that the 70-300G is a great zoom lens, though not as great as a prime, but more versatile for many situations. However that kit you are taking sounds really nice

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    Re: Sony 70-300mm G lens

    Oh, David, I think that 70300G looks really nice, and if I decide that I need something longer than 150-200mm, I'll go with it for sure.

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    The only other zoom I would consider would be the larger 70-400, I have not tried one, but by all reports it is really excellent, but I am not sure about the silver colour at all, might need a lenscoat.
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    I'm actually starting to warm to the idea of silver, believe it or not. That being said, I shoot at the extreme long-end so infrequently that I couldn't justify the 70400G over some other more needed purchases (can you say 135ZA! lol.) Plus, the relatively compact size of the 70300G is nice. I MAY consider renting one of these two G zooms from alpha lens rental, but I think my mind is made up.

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