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 Post subject: Sony 18-200
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:41 pm 
Hey there, it's been a long time since I've written here.
Anyway,
I'm back home now (Lebanon) and i was searching for some Lenses for my A200.
I found the Sony 18-200 lens. And well i wasn't actually thinking about buying a Sony lens but i think this one is a a good deal.
It's used yet in a good condition and its for 300$ !
I actually own the 18-70 kitlens and the Sigma 28-80 (got it for a very good price), so i need a good zoom lens.

So will the 18-200 be a good jump in quality from the lenses I already own or will i just be adding some zoom while keeping the same photo quality as the 17-80 ?
I know it got a very good range but i read that it could be soft.
What do you think ?
Bjorn am interested in your opinion mate.
Thanks a lot people i advance.

-Hassane-


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:36 pm 
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Well, sorry to tell you I don't have any personal experience with all Sony lenses (I should try them all, expand my knowledge :D ). I have, however, read on several sites that the Sony 18-250 is a lot better than the 18-200. However, since it's a special deal you're looking at, that wouldn't be an option...

I think owning a superzoom lens like the 18-200mm is great, because in dusty or sandy conditions, were you don't want to be changing lenses too much, you can use the bigger range of the camera.

I looked up the lens on Dyxum, and got to this page. There you'll find reviews from people who actually use or used the lens. Some negative comments:
- not quite so sharp, and too soft at 200mm
- barrel extends while camera is hanging down
- distortion at 18mm is pretty bad
- focussing isn't too fast
- turning focusring in AF-mode
- MF isn't smooth
- unsuitable for normal indoor shots because of the f/3.5-6.3
- very bad for astro-photography, the moon looks like a fuzzy ball

Some positive ones:
- great walk-around-lens
- some use it on their camera most of the time, because of the range
- at 200mm it's not too bad for macro
- quote: "It's way ahead of the kit 18-70" :)
- hardly any purple fringing
- good colour reproduction
- relatively lightweight
- build is plastic but not bad at all

You can see some sample images here.

All in all, I think that if you're looking for a walkaround lens of this range, and you really don't want to be spending too much money, it would be an option. However, I myself would go for the 18-250, not only because of the even longer range, but also because the IQ is said to be better.

Hope I've given you some useful advice!
- Bjorn -
- good flare and CA control

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:09 am 
Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Well, sorry to tell you I don't have any personal experience with all Sony lenses (I should try them all, expand my knowledge :D ). I have, however, read on several sites that the Sony 18-250 is a lot better than the 18-200. However, since it's a special deal you're looking at, that wouldn't be an option...

I think owning a superzoom lens like the 18-200mm is great, because in dusty or sandy conditions, were you don't want to be changing lenses too much, you can use the bigger range of the camera.

I looked up the lens on Dyxum, and got to this page. There you'll find reviews from people who actually use or used the lens. Some negative comments:
- not quite so sharp, and too soft at 200mm
- barrel extends while camera is hanging down
- distortion at 18mm is pretty bad
- focussing isn't too fast
- turning focusring in AF-mode
- MF isn't smooth
- unsuitable for normal indoor shots because of the f/3.5-6.3
- very bad for astro-photography, the moon looks like a fuzzy ball

Some positive ones:
- great walk-around-lens
- some use it on their camera most of the time, because of the range
- at 200mm it's not too bad for macro
- quote: "It's way ahead of the kit 18-70" :)
- hardly any purple fringing
- good colour reproduction
- relatively lightweight
- build is plastic but not bad at all

You can see some sample images here.

All in all, I think that if you're looking for a walkaround lens of this range, and you really don't want to be spending too much money, it would be an option. However, I myself would go for the 18-250, not only because of the even longer range, but also because the IQ is said to be better.

Hope I've given you some useful advice!
- Bjorn -
- good flare and CA control


Thanks a lot mate for these efforts.
I'll see what i can do, i also got an offer for a Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5 but i still don't know its price.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:03 am 
I just got my Sony 18-200mm lens early this month, and love it a lots.

It may not be a perfect lens and can't compare to those expensive lens like SAL2470Z, etc... but provided that the price is just about HK$ 3,000 (US$1 = HK$7.8) and provide reasonable image quality, I am happy with it already.

I also considered Sony 18-250mm before, but finally I go for Sony 18-200mm, because it is relatively cheaper HK$3,000 VS HK$3600. I rather save the money for my next lens (maybe in the next year), which could be one of those expensive lens :-)
The extra 50mm and slightly better image quality (according to many people, but I can't see a big difference, cos I am still very new to the DSLR world) doesn't bother me too much.

If you think it is a good price, just go for it and enjoy it.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:29 am 
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Welcome yung103 to the Camera Labs forum! Great to have you here!

- Bjorn -

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:30 pm 
Thank you so much yung103 !
I guess you gave a push for my decision.
Welcome to the forum ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:00 pm 
I would personaly go for the 18-250 lens like Bjorn said, looks like a really good practical lens to have.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:02 am 
Thanks Bjorn and H :-)

It's great to find a place to share photography :-)


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