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kodachrome 11 789
6 Apr 2022 10:37AM
I still like A mount Sony DSLR'S and have an A-58, but I feel the standard 18-55 kit lens could be better, Any suggestions for a kit lens up grade, I will check out the second markets after any advice.
Thanks, Pete
clicknimagine Plus
13 1.3k 105 India
6 Apr 2022 11:16AM
50 mm f1.8 is the best upgrade from a kit lens...
kodachrome 11 789
6 Apr 2022 1:01PM
Thanks yes agree much better optically but not as useful as a zoom, Mind you 50 mm is quite a useful focal length as would be a 35 mm
6 Apr 2022 4:56PM
Difficult question to answer since we don't know your photographic interests.
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
7 Apr 2022 7:46AM
You have not said whether you want to buy new or second hand.

There and not many A mount lenses on sale new - though there are plenty secondhand - with a 6 month warranty from specialist second hand retailers.

Some indication of your budget as well as your photographic preferences would be useful.
kodachrome 11 789
7 Apr 2022 8:18AM
OK, its for general photography, landscapes, classic car shows, airplane museums, gardens open to the public etc. I intend to buy second hand, hopefully under £225, so will have to surf the used markets. thanks.
Carabosse Plus
20 43.7k 270 England
8 Apr 2022 2:43PM
A starting point: LINK
kodachrome 11 789
8 Apr 2022 3:34PM
Thank you so much Carabosse, that is so useful to see and use as a future reference, since my last post I have managed to find a used Sony 16-105, which hopefully will fill all my needs. and be optically better than the 18-55 kit lens.. I expect the 16-105 will do the A-58 sensor a bit more justice.Thanks every one.
8 Apr 2022 3:39PM
Ebay may be a good place to search.
kodachrome 11 789
8 Apr 2022 4:17PM
Yes, I have used E Bay before but I now have what I think is a useful zoom for my subject matter, Got it from London Camera Exchange with 6 Months Warranty.
Carabosse Plus
20 43.7k 270 England
8 Apr 2022 9:09PM
Well done. Sounds like a good purchase. Smile

Let us know how it works out.
kodachrome 11 789
8 Apr 2022 10:22PM
Thank's mate, I checked out quite a few reviews before I took the plunge they all seemed favorable. Its going on my A-58, Will let you know, If I can get some sunny weather pics I will try and post them. But its always good to get other photographers suggestions and ideas.
kodachrome 11 789
9 Apr 2022 10:43PM
Lens 16-105 arrived this morning , I sent it straight back, zoom ring was almost seized solid, How can dealers send out stuff like this, it was either not checked or they ignored the problem. They have promised to reimburse me.
So back to the drawing board, I'm now considering a couple of primes instead of a zoom.
Carabosse Plus
20 43.7k 270 England
10 Apr 2022 6:39PM
MPB have a 16-105mm lens available. £114. Worth a punt?
kodachrome 11 789
12 Apr 2022 8:38AM
Thanks for the heads up on the lens for £114, at that price it suggests its in poor condition, Might look at a used Tamron 17-50, the non stabilised version, it gets very good reviews, problem is, with a non Sony lens, will the camera adjust the lens for the usual optical adjustments, or is it not worth worrying about.

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