Welcome Mikey to the Camera Labs forum, and another welcome to the Sony community here at CL! Great to have you on board!
- The weight appears to be very similar to the Beercan. Is it similarly balanced though?
- Is the smaller aperture really a problem? I gather the G is super-sharp at f5.6, whereas the Beercan needs to be stepped down to something life f5.6 to get desired levels of sharpness. No problem then?
- Is it worth hanging on the the Beercan? Reselling it on ebay should recoup the money I paid for it anyway.
- I must admit I've never had a 70-300mm G SSM on my camera, nor a beercan, so I couldn't tell you anything about balance.
- The difference in aperture is only a stop, and given you say you have to stop down the beercan to f/5.6 anyway, I'd say the 70-300mm, with it's extra focal length, is a good option!
- The beercan is an extremely popular lens, so you'd have to weigh up having it yourself, or selling it for some extra cash. I'd sell it. The 70-300mm would be the lens I'd use constantly, not the beercan.
You might want to consider thrid party options, like a Sigma/Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8. Having owned the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM for quite a while now, I'd say everyone should get one, but I get it's too expensive for everyone to buy. Third party models are most often cheaper and have good quality, especially a 70-200mm f/2.8!
Enjoy DSLR photography and let us know what you decide to buy!
- Bjorn -