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 Post subject: Upgrade quandary
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:23 am 
I currently own a A200 body and a Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO Macro Super DG lens, used mainly for wildlife photography. I'm looking to upgrade my equipment but can't afford to do both the body and the lens at once. I've been looking at the A580 to upgrade the body and the new Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di USD Lens.

First off, do these seem like worthy upgrades from my current equipment?

And, which one would you get first as I may have to wait a while between purchases?



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I still have the A100 and the Sony 70-300, I got no idea how the lenses you mention compare.

The standard questions you would get here; what is it in the A200 body that you are lacking?

What is it in the lenses you have that you are lacking?

The step up to the 70-300 Tamron and the Sony A580 may produce better images. But you indicated a choice of one over the other, what exactly are you looking for?

Dare I say as the investment is in lenses and body`s are more disposable you need to work out what you want to photograph and then get the best lens you can afford.

Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

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I must profess to not knowing too much about either lens, though they sound quite similar in spec...if upgrading lenses, I'd be tempted to look for a faster aperture or a longer reach - much depends on what you need.

Same goes for the body - the A580 will be a significant step up in some regards over the A200, but probably not too different in daylight IQ. So if you mostly shoot good daylight wildlife, it might not have a huge impact. However, shoot in mixed light, need higher ISOs, want faster burst, want live view option for off angles, or need to track moving subjects, and the A580 becomes quite a significant step up over your current cam.

Justin Miller
Sony DSLR-A68 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Tamron 150-600mm / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony A6300 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / FE70-200mm F4 G OSS / FE70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses


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