Lens selection help for use with F3

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Jazzer, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    I am a novice and I'm looking to expand my lens collection (I only have the kit 18-55 at the moment) mostly for use while traveling. I am probably going to buy the 55-210 zoom as I sometimes need a longer zoom (especially for wildlife) and feel it is the natural supplement to the kit lens. Between the two I will have a large range covered and should get a good sense of what lengths I am shooting most.

    I would also like to get at least one lens that is smaller and faster. I am trying to decide between buying the Sigma 2 lens set or the Sony 35/1.8. I know the Sony is a faster lens plus has the benefit of OSS, but I wonder if it will be that much better than the Sigma 30mm at more than twice the price of the 30 and 19 combo. I want to use it both for situations when I just want a smaller setup and also for indoor situations (museums, restaurants, etc.). Do you think I'll be happier if I spend the extra money now, or might I be better off trying the Sigma first and see if it is sufficient? For what it's worth, until I bought the F3 I was using a Canon S90, which has a 2.0 lens at its widest, but a much smaller sensor, so I was more limited in terms of increasing ISO if I wanted reasonable IQ.
     
  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Welcome from a fellow F3 owner.

    I also have the stock 18-55mm lens, as well as several legacy lenses.

    I recently picked up the Sigma 19mm, can't comment on the 35 1.8. The 19mm is a complete joy. Here are a few.

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  3. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    Dave fantastic, congratulations, for you new toy, the wide angle is right way in your hands, by the way the Sigma 19mm could be works like macro, truth?

    The minimal focus distance is around 6''.
     
  4. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    The 55-210mm is a good zoom, excellent integrated with OSS, for the price compared to the 18-200mm, which is more than double , it is a razor sharp lens, but is a bit slow, the AF is not as fast as the 18-200.
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    The sigma 30mm is a good choice, and performance is excellent, also the Sel 35mm f/1.8.

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    The wide angle, like 16mm f/2.8 or sigma 19mm f/2.8.

    Could say some manual lenses like the Minolta Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.7 that are cheap and are excellent, offering high contrast, color and sharpness.

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  5. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    Just looking back at this thread. Thanks for the replies. Can anyone who owns or has tried the SEL 35mm/f 1.8 speak to whether the lens is worth the $450 price? Does it make more sense to start with the Sigma 30mm and see if that is "good enough" before springing for the Sony lens?
     
  6. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    This thread may be helpful to you. You're looking for post #1371 if the link blows up.
     
  7. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    Thanks very much. The thread opened and it is helpful.