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  • Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

    Hi all,
    I am a Sony fans. I am using Sony A350 now. I am looking for affordable lens that is good for Sony DSLR.
    Some of the brand I found are:
    1. Sigma
    2. Tamron
    3. Minolta

    Any other good brand to buy and save money?

    I am looking for 50mm f1.8 (or f1.7 or f1.4) lens for Sony. any good recommendation?
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    Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

    It all comes down to your budget, and what kind of photos you intend to shoot. All of these 3rd party brands have their own pros and cons.
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    For 50mm lens, the Sony 50mm f/1.8 is good enough already. The Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is kinda hard to find these days. But if you can afford it, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is pretty nice too. Gets a lot of praises even from Canon and Nikon users.
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    • #3
      Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

      Originally posted by My December View Post
      It all comes down to your budget, and what kind of photos you intend to shoot. All of these 3rd party brands have their own pros and cons.
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      For 50mm lens, the Sony 50mm f/1.8 is good enough already. The Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is kinda hard to find these days. But if you can afford it, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is pretty nice too. Gets a lot of praises even from Canon and Nikon users.
      Thanks for the information. I think I will get a 50mm lens for portrait purpose. I think I will get Sony f1.8 or Minolta f1.7. Sigma will be too high price for me.
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      • #4
        Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

        give some consideration to minolta 50mm f2.8 macro. bit pricey, but can do macro and portrait as well.. and yes, hell sharp!

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        • #5
          Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

          Originally posted by merubesttau View Post
          give some consideration to minolta 50mm f2.8 macro. bit pricey, but can do macro and portrait as well.. and yes, hell sharp!
          Hi,
          One of the thing I do not understand is that why some lens with f2.8is at much higher price than f1.8? Isn't it the bigger (smaller f number) the aperture, the more pricey it is?
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          • #6
            Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

            Originally posted by William-Lee View Post
            Hi,
            One of the thing I do not understand is that why some lens with f2.8is at much higher price than f1.8? Isn't it the bigger (smaller f number) the aperture, the more pricey it is?
            It depends on the construction of the lens. The Sony 50mm f/1.8 is meant to be a cheap plasticky body, so its cheap. The 50mm f/2.8 Macro is more of a specialist lens (intend for macro, but can also be used for portrait), so it is more expensive.
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            • #7
              Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

              Originally posted by My December View Post
              It depends on the construction of the lens. The Sony 50mm f/1.8 is meant to be a cheap plasticky body, so its cheap. The 50mm f/2.8 Macro is more of a specialist lens (intend for macro, but can also be used for portrait), so it is more expensive.
              Thanks. I agree. The 50m f1.8 lens is plasticky. But why f2.8 is more expensive then f1.8??
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              • #8
                Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                Originally posted by William-Lee View Post
                Thanks. I agree. The 50m f1.8 lens is plasticky. But why f2.8 is more expensive then f1.8??
                icic...because they just want to gain more money from your pocket, No need to care about the f2.8, is expensive, with very small wide open aperture and useless macro (i assume u dont want this function). go go buy the f1.8 u will be happy man with stronger Bokeh and big wode open aperture!!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                  check out the lens reviews and opinions of A mount lenses for sony/minolta at http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp
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                  • #10
                    Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                    Originally posted by xenon9 View Post
                    icic...because they just want to gain more money from your pocket, No need to care about the f2.8, is expensive, with very small wide open aperture and useless macro (i assume u dont want this function). go go buy the f1.8 u will be happy man with stronger Bokeh and big wode open aperture!!!!
                    actually f1.8 doesn't produce better bokeh than the 50mm f2.8 macro.
                    check out definition of bokeh. (http://www.the135stf.net/)
                    this lens beat the hell of all other lens in term of bokeh generation, even better than 135 F1.8 CZ, and it is only F2.8/4.5.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                      Originally posted by simedarby View Post
                      actually f1.8 doesn't produce better bokeh than the 50mm f2.8 macro.
                      check out definition of bokeh. (http://www.the135stf.net/)
                      this lens beat the hell of all other lens in term of bokeh generation, even better than 135 F1.8 CZ, and it is only F2.8/4.5.
                      i did not said better bokeh, i said stronger bokeh.
                      Last edited by xenon9; 01-02-2012, 12:35 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                        Originally posted by xenon9 View Post
                        icic...because they just want to gain more money from your pocket, No need to care about the f2.8, is expensive, with very small wide open aperture and useless macro (i assume u dont want this function). go go buy the f1.8 u will be happy man with stronger Bokeh and big wode open aperture!!!!
                        Ok. F1.8 will be good I think.

                        Originally posted by foolkiller View Post
                        check out the lens reviews and opinions of A mount lenses for sony/minolta at http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp
                        Originally posted by simedarby View Post
                        actually f1.8 doesn't produce better bokeh than the 50mm f2.8 macro.
                        check out definition of bokeh. (http://www.the135stf.net/)
                        this lens beat the hell of all other lens in term of bokeh generation, even better than 135 F1.8 CZ, and it is only F2.8/4.5.
                        Thanks for the link. I will read it. I am still confused why some people say with BIGGER aperture (smaller f number), the more bokeh we can get. =But, some lens with small aperture produce superb bokeh as well. It is quite confusing though. So, the conclusion is? Try the lens and check which lens produce better result and get the best one?
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                        • #13
                          Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                          Originally posted by William-Lee View Post
                          Ok. F1.8 will be good I think.





                          Thanks for the link. I will read it. I am still confused why some people say with BIGGER aperture (smaller f number), the more bokeh we can get. =But, some lens with small aperture produce superb bokeh as well. It is quite confusing though. So, the conclusion is? Try the lens and check which lens produce better result and get the best one?
                          Yes, u r right, bigger aperture the more and easy bokeh u can get, is because of very thin DOF.

                          Some said "better" bokeh, is refer to BOKEH effect that they like. some bokeh very harsh, some very creamy, and etc, this is depends on the optic quality and the build of the lens.

                          Theoretical f1.8 very easy to get stronger bokeh effect (oof), if compare to f2.8, at same distance from the subject.

                          Correct me if im wrong.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                            If you ever fancy to shoot full frame in the future, get the 50/1.7 as it is a 'full frame' lens. Lenses overall will last way longer than your body. Okay, it may be neglectible for this particular lens and you may have a resell value, but still something to consider.

                            Performance wise I think the 50/2.8 will perform better but the price tag is higher as well. The reason this lens is more expensive is its macro functionality (although ratio 1:2), better build and optically a higher image quality.

                            Don't get too confused on the bokeh thingy. Go out and shoot with what you can afford. Bokeh is overrated anyway.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Any good 3rd party lens to recommend for Sony?

                              Originally posted by xenon9 View Post
                              Yes, u r right, bigger aperture the more and easy bokeh u can get, is because of very thin DOF.

                              Some said "better" bokeh, is refer to BOKEH effect that they like. some bokeh very harsh, some very creamy, and etc, this is depends on the optic quality and the build of the lens.

                              Theoretical f1.8 very easy to get stronger bokeh effect (oof), if compare to f2.8, at same distance from the subject.

                              Correct me if im wrong.
                              I agree with you.
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