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Old January 1st, 2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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SEL18200 replacement?

Hello, Im buying a NEX-VG20 camcorder body and Im looking for a suitable lens, I also wanted to have a zoom function so Im considering buying a 55-210mm E-Mount Lens, would this be fairly similar to the SEL18200 and be suitable for shooting in many situations not always from far away or would it be a overkill in zoom if I wanted to shoot without needing to zoom.

Other than that Im considering the Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, its got some zoom functionality at least.

I don't want to spend over 300
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 01:27 AM   #2
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Re: SEL18200 replacement?

You should think very carefully about what sort of shooting you will be doing.
The 55-210mm lens has absolutely no wider angle functionality.
The 55mm end of the lens will be equivalent to around 80mm on the VG 20- this is actually in the modest telephoto range.
If you will be doing something like wildlife programs (all tele) it could work.
IMO the 18-55mm E Sony would be a much more versatile, all around lens.
The 18-200mm, of course, is even more versatile, and also has Optical Image Stabilization built in- a very valuable feature if you do much hand-held shooting.
But, alas, it is a lot more expensive.
However- what is really expensive is to buy the wrong lens.
Try to check these parameters out at a camera store, etc. and see if you can get a real feel for what you need.
Good luck...
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: SEL18200 replacement?

Hello, thanks for the reply. The 18-55 lens does actually have Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, im not sure how good this is compared to thr SEL18200 lens but at least its something. According to a reseller the focal length when used on a APS-C sensor is 27-82.5
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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The 18-55 lens does actually have Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation,
That's good to know- I might be adding that lens later this year, hopefully on an NEX 7
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Old January 4th, 2012, 06:28 AM   #5
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Re: SEL18200 replacement?

Chris - another option might be the 209.23 Sony A mount http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-18-50mm-OS-HSM-Sony/dp/B002332JV0 with the 134.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/SONY-LA-EA1-Camera-Mount-Adapter/dp/B003LV0IYI adapter. It is faster than the Sony 18-55 and has optical stabilization as well.

The lens and adapter together are a little higher than your 300 limit, but with the adapter, your lens choices are widened significantly.

If you can live without optical stabilization, the A mount http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-18-200mm-f3-5-6-3-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000CHR0XQ is only 179.74.

Hope this is helpful.

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Old January 4th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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Re: SEL18200 replacement?

I was considering that as a option myself as these E mount lens are really expensive, although without the LA-EA2 the lens only auto focuses on pressing the focus button on the camcorder.

Im going to go with the Sony 18-55mm lens for the time being but I was wondering, do I need a ND filter and what sort of mm filter would fit that lens.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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IMO, to have full control over exposure- particularly aperture/DOF- you will need ND filters.
The need becomes most apparent in bright daylight situations.
There are a variety of ND solutions, including the Variable ND filter which is my personal favorite.
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