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Dec 10, 2017
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Zoom for Sony a6000

Looking for help on picking a Zoom or my Sony a6000. Mostly for Plane spotting, safaris, and walking around cities. Budget around $800 to 1000. Please give reason on your choice. which will help my decision. Thanks
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Not many options for long zoom in the Sony ASP-C line and even if there is, it wouldn't make a very ideal lens for walking around as well.

If you want something that will sort of cover the range then the most popular and newest lens is the 18-135m and I would suggest also looking into the 18-200mm.
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Ramzkh wrote:
Sep 29th, 2019 6:35 am
Looking for help on picking a Zoom or my Sony a6000. Mostly for Plane spotting, safaris, and walking around cities. Budget around $800 to 1000. Please give reason on your choice. which will help my decision. Thanks
Plane spotting and safaris, you're looking at least minimum 300mm. Consider a 2X tele-converter, but you will lose light and AF speed. I used to have one along with a 300mm and it was a ton of fun.
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Oct 3, 2019
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If you can wait until November 1st, Sony recently announced a 70-350mm zoom for APS-C. MSRP is $999.

[OP]
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mathishard953640 wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 5:13 pm
If you can wait until November 1st, Sony recently announced a 70-350mm zoom for APS-C. MSRP is $999.

Wow thanks for that info.
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Ramzkh wrote:
Oct 4th, 2019 6:58 pm
Wow thanks for that info.
https://www.thephoblographer.com/2019/0 ... y-e-aps-c/

You are not going to be walking around with this thing

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Definitely a great option for you for the other things you want though. One thing of note, if you never used a telephoto zoom lens. You will likely realize quickly that a tripod or a monopod is needed for proper balancing and to prevent movement, and that you will need optimal lighting to get a great shot.
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Firebot wrote:
Oct 7th, 2019 4:56 pm
https://www.thephoblographer.com/2019/0 ... y-e-aps-c/

You are not going to be walking around with this thing

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Definitely a great option for you for the other things you want though. One thing of note, if you never used a telephoto zoom lens. You will likely realize quickly that a tripod or a monopod is needed for proper balancing and to prevent movement, and that you will need optimal lighting to get a great shot.
Mmmmm.... I walk trails all the time with an A77 body and an old A mount Sigma 50-500 lens (non stabilized) - a 7 lb combo. This 70-350 is a baby lens in comparison and with the itty bitty baby A6000 body on it, well, why bother with protein drinks for breakfast. ;)

I understand though that for walk around urban street shooting it is not the ideal choice particular at the short end - 70mm. I'd probably want at least 16mm there.

As for low light, I don't fully endorse support your statement. I shoot almost everything hand held with the Sigma 50-500 which only offers f4-f6.3. I don't use a monopod except for very low light shots. The in body stabilization of the A77 is not as effective as what is in the 70-350 and, if I recall right, the noise characteristics of the A6000 at higher ISO's are superior to the A77 so I would expect an A6000/70-350 pairing to do just as well as my combo if not better.

I think the new A6400\70-350 would be a excellent pairing for airshows and nature walks.

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