OSS lens

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by isa, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:56 AM.

  1. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    can you tell me what lens, Sony or otherwise, that are OSS that you would recommend? I just bought the a6000 and now I am shopping for a good lens. I would like a prime 35m or under but not opposed to a zoom if bit is really sharp.

    thanks for your help!
     
  2. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Bob
    Particularly when you include 3rd-party, "35mm or under" leaves a lot of options on the table. What is the widest you would want? Is manual focus OK? How about adapted lenses? Do you have a budget?

    I thought the SEL35F18 was a great native APS-C lens and has OSS (sold only to help fund my A7ii). Also relatively affordable at $448 retail new.
     
  3. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    I highly recommend the SEL 50mm 1.8. Especially if you are looking at doing portraits or landscape shots.

    The SEL 35mm 1.8 is also good but I personally think it's a bit overpriced.
     
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  4. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    I should have given more details, sorry. I have the 35m that I am musing with an adaptor. I want something more wide that is AF. I am wondering if sigma/tamron has one that mis OSS. also under $999n would be awesome. anyone have one they really like?
     
  5. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    The only aps-c e-mount primes with OSS I believe are the SEL 35mm and 50mm. The SEL zooms do have OSS. I own the 10-18 which is a good wide zoom. The 16-50, 18-55, 18-105, 16-70, & 18-200 all have OSS.
     
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  6. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    I was just looking at Sonys site at the lens. I like the 24m but see it is not OSS. (I must have due to a disability) anyone use a zoom that you are really happy with?

    fractal 10-18m is on my list I am looking at. do you find any other uses than landscape with it? I do a lot of landscape in the fall (oct for me) but during the summer never so I am thinking something for now. uuuggghh I need a money tree in my yard lol.

    thank you!
     
  7. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Bob
    For what it's worth, here's a list of lenses at B&H that match your criteria. I've included full-frame lenses, which you can deselect at the top of the list - they are more expensive.
    (If you click a link from talkemount when you go to buy, the site gets affiliate credit, which helps keep the site going.)

    Mirrorless System Lenses | B&H Photo Video
     
  8. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    I recommend the 18-55mm kit zoom. It's OSS, and the image quality is fine. Wide enough for landscapes, affordable, light, and a good walk-around lens.
     
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  9. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    thank you! I will check it out!
     
  10. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Another one I might recommend, depending on your budget and your needs, is the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS. It doesn't seem to show up on the list linked from B&H above for some reason (don't know why though - it's under $999 and has OSS).

    It usually goes new for around $600, has OSS, and covers a very useful range from 18mm to 105mm (27-157mm full-frame equivalent), wide to telephoto, has a nice constant max aperture value of f/4, and has a very smooth power zoom functionality. I find it to be a great travel and all-purpose lens.
    It's only drawback, in my mind, is that is a tad bit large, dwarfing the 16-50 and 18-55 kit zooms as well as the premium Sony/Zeiss 16-70/4.
     
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  11. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Bob
    Looks like an error in B&H's database. If you take off OSS the 18-105 shows up, but the description clearly states it has OSS. :frown:
     
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  12. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    is the 18-105m really heavy? I had looked at it too. decisions, decisions. I can only buy one lens for now and it is so hard making the choice.
     
  13. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Well, it's not really so heavy, but it is big... longer and much thicker than the 55-210 I already had. With a 72mm filter thread it has a huge front lens element... for an APS-C E-mount lens.

    If you are looking for a reasonably sized lens for everyday carry-around, I would say the 18-105 is not it. You might be better served with the 16-50 or 18-55, or even the 16-70 if you can afford it. But if you are looking for an all-in-one lens for travel and vacation, or other use where telephoto zoom beyond 55mm is needed, and one with good image quality across the full zoom range, then it is a good choice... if the size doesn't bother you.
     
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  14. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    the main thing I want is a sharp lens but also a carry around lens. I have the 35m which I love the sharpness. (a mount). I had heard the 16-50 was not that sharp.. is that true? that is the kit lens correct?
     
  15. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Paul
    I had the 16-50 kit lens and was quite pleased with it, it performed better than I expected and its very compact. I sold it and got the 16-70 f4 lens and I love it, some folk don't like it and think it can be soft etc but I have no issues with my copy.
     
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  16. isa

    isa TalkEmount Rookie

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    you have some gorgeous photos!!
     
  17. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Okay, I thought I'd include a link to DxO's DxOmark listing of Sony E-mount (APS-C, not FE) lenses, sorted by sharpness.
    Camera Lens Database | DxOMark

    And here is a screen capture...


    While DxOmark may not be the definitive arbiter of absolute lens sharpness rankings, and like all such tests, sample variation could play a huge role in shifting any ranking, it's at least a place to start.

    Looking at their list - which, again, I have limited to APS-C lenses tested on the A6000, and sorted by sharpness rating - you can see that the top 4 lenses for sharpness, the Sigma 60/2.8 DN Art, Sigma 30/1.4 DC DN, Sony/Zeiss 24/1.8, and Zeiss Touit 32/1.8 all lack OSS or image stabilization. The top rated lenses that include OSS are the Sony 50/1.8 OSS, Sony 35/1.8 OSS (DxO doesn't list it as having OSS, but I'm sure that it does), and, interestingly, the 18-105/4 G OSS.

    So, I would say that if in-lens stabilization is a top priority, along with sharpness, then those three lens are the ones to look at first. And of those three, the 50/1.8 OSS is the clear leader by several points - in fact, with a rating of 13, it actually ties the Sony/Zeiss 24/1.8 and Zeiss Touit 32/1.8 for sharpness. If its short-telephoto, portrait focal length is to your liking, then it might be a good choice to look at first. It also has the benefit of being one of the most affordable Sony E-mount lenses.
     
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  18. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    The 16-50 is not that sharp, no. But it's sharp enough. And unless critical sharpness is more important to you than good image quality, versatility and size, I'd get the 16-50.
     
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  19. soeren

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    Soeren
    None of the three lenses in my kit have OSS and one is manual focus too and I must say I haven't missed it.
    Only on one occasion could it have been usefull in my 24mm f/1.8. DSC08376.JPG
     
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