Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ABC Wednesday - Z is for Zoom Lens



Z is for Zoom Lens............



several filters for a camera lens



No - that is not a zoom lens in the photo, but one of those filters pictured will be going on a new one that will arrive in the next day or two.

And man, am I excited!

I have spent many hours researching and comparing and reading about the different lenses that are available for my Sony DSLR.

As it uses many of the Minolta AF lenses, I have a huge selection to pick from, and it is a very involved job to find the right one.

I currently own a Minolta 70-210mm f4 beer can zoom lens that is a beauty, and I was hoping to find something with more reach - perhaps in the 300-400mm range.

But the prices on these babies is just ridiculous. The glass is top notch, so of course they are expensive, but for used Minolta lenses, I just couldn't see spending so much. And as much as I wanted a prime lens, I had to think twice about the zooms.

I checked what Sony had available, and I was able to watch the online auctions and snag a great deal on a Sony 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G SSM.

The G glass is the next best thing to the APO glass (those beautiful white lenses) which costs thousands of dollars.

I did a lot of comparisons on many different websites on how this lens performs, and it gets rave reviews, and the photos are gorgeous - both in color and sharpness.

The one I purchased is second hand, but from the list of the other lenses that he owns - I know he took good care of it.

Did I mention I am excited - my fingers are crossed for tomorrow!



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13 comments:

  1. Just passing by to inform you and your readers that this blog won a couple of awards for simply being lovely!

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  2. I can imagine your excitement of at last getting your hands on the dream lens. Zooms are wonderful. I have a little pocket panasonic and am researching which DSLR to get, painful process.

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  3. OH MY...I am so excited FOR YOU!!!...I'm feeling the itch for a new camera...may have to wait...but, looking forward to hearing/seeing all the news from you!!!!

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  4. Oh, you'll have fun with it, I'm sure! I have used several zoom lenses, but in the days before the lightweight compact versions. You'd need a tripod to use one, and I seldom have a tripod with me, because I tend to be an opportunist photographer, except at home.

    It's exciting waiting though, isn't it?

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  5. Thanks Daisy for the lovely awards!

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  6. Hi Joy - It is a painful process, for sure - but it is so worth the time spent. Good luck in your search - and if you have any questions about the Sony brand don't hesitate to ask!

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  7. Thanks, Amy - I have it now, and it is a beauty! Going shooting with my daughter this weekend - can't wait!

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  8. Oh Jay - exciting isn't the word! I like to carry a monopod - so far so good with it!

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  9. congratulations on your new zoom lens, though it is yet to come but it will get to you soon.

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  10. ps...will be looking forward for your pictures from the new lens

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  11. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. Trust me I am learning fast that this is not a cheap line of work to be in.

    We need at least 1 more camera and several lenses. But, one day at a time right?

    I can't wait to see your new shots with your new lens!!

    Happy Sunday and I hope you have a great week!!
    Jackie:-)

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  12. Oh new cam gadgets! How I wish I have a cam of my own too. I mainly just use my mobile phone and I don't have bluetooth. Tsk!

    Anyway, hope you have a great week!

    XoXoX

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  13. Kathy I know what you mean about the cost of lenses, but hey they are worth it. I have four, but the best one is my Canon 100-400mm and wide angle Sigma. Just wish I had second camera because I just hate swapping and getting dusty sensor. Anna :)

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