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Lens Or Camera upgrade


mikepearce 6 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 3:04PM
I am currently using a Sony A700 and amongst other lens a Sigma 170 500mm lens.
My question is as I am a keen wildlife snapper. Would I get better results if I invested in a better lens like Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX DG HSM Lens or would my money be better spent upgrading my camera to the Sony A900? Ideally I would like to upgrade both camera and lens but cannot afford to do both all in one go so which should be first and why.

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Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
16 Jan 2010 4:03PM
I'm not familiar with either the camera or the lens, but generally speaking a "better" camera will show up lens faults more readily. You've not said how long you've had the lens or when you became unhappy with it, but there are many threads on here about Sigma's variable quality. Try using the Search function for "Bigma" which is the Sigma 50-500 as it gets mentioned in many threads about wildlife lenses and you'll see what others compare it with.

Having had a quick look at your PF, the 170-500 seems to be doing a fine job for you, but always hard to tell from a website photo.
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 4:42PM
Hello Mike.
Ask yourself one question.
Which wil improve your photography the most, a camera or a lens?

Gerry.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 5:29PM
The lens every time
thewilliam 6 4.8k
16 Jan 2010 6:06PM
The Sony A700 is a good camera body and shares much of its innards with the top models. You'd be lashing out a lot of your hard-earned money for some very minor improvements.

One of the few significant differences is that the A900 is better weather sealed but not to the standard of the Nikon D3 or its Canon equivalent.

If you're unsure about an upgrade then you probably don't need it, but then I'm a professional photographer and not a camera salesman.

It's the lens that really makes the picture. At the outset, I buy the best and keep them for a long time.

If you still need convincing let me tell you about a 2009 Christmas present: She-who-must-be-obeyed gave me a very nice Tenner Sax. Unlike cameras, where owning the best will give superb results immediately, musical instruments demand considerable skill. I had to work through the stages of making a noise, then notes, followed by tunes and a year later, I'm just starting to make music. Using a superlative instrument didn't speed up this process at all.

Worse still, she got ripped off because the sax cost an awful lot more than the tenner it should have been.
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
16 Jan 2010 8:02PM
Personally I would and have gone for the glass every time,
Lens technolgy doesnt move as fast as camera technology and if you upgrade the camera now then it will be out of date in 18 months time whereas better glass wont be.
Also consider the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 which is sigmas sharpest lense and combined with a 1.4 x convertor gives you a 420mm f4....
I use one of these and shoot wildlife mainly and find it an amazing lens for the money.
I havent however tried it in the sony mount and I would suggest looking at a few reviews and trying any lense in a shop your thinking of buying before parting with the hard earned.
Paul
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 2:02AM

Quote:I am currently using a Sony A700 and amongst other lens a Sigma 170 500mm lens.
My question is as I am a keen wildlife snapper. Would I get better results if I invested in a better lens like Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX DG HSM Lens or would my money be better spent upgrading my camera to the Sony A900? Ideally I would like to upgrade both camera and lens but cannot afford to do both all in one go so which should be first and why.



Niether if you are going to upgrade in the future.... save your money and do both when you can.

Not worth buying a lens in Sony fit now, and then getting rid if you change the body for a different brand.

If you are keeping with the Sony brand, then its the lens every time for me.

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