Plethora of lenses are announced

Richard Crowe

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Both Sony and Sigma as well as other manufacturers such as Samyang/Rokinon are adding lenses to the e-mount line at an almost a weekly basis. However the lens I would like to see is one for crop sensor cameras somewhat equivalent to the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS in a size compatible with the Sony APSC line of cameras.
I have carried a pair of Canon APSC cameras all over the world with the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses and have never lacked for a focal length.
I now shoot with a combination of Sony A6400 and A6500 cameras. Adding fast prime like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and perhaps the 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.8 to the 17-55mm and 70-200mm lenses would make a really light weight general purpose travel kit.
A third party 1.4x TC which could mate with the 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens would put this kit even one step ahead for travel use.
I have all the above glass except the elusive 17-55mm f.2.8 and of course the non-existent 1.4x TC...
Lenses have been introduced at such rapidity that I may have missed one that is a close approximation or equivalence to the 17-55mm. Is there such a lens available from any manufacturer?
 
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No, there isn't anything that fast yet for Sony ASP-C. The closest is the Sony-Zeiss 16-70 f/4. Some people try to adapt the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 for Canon EF.
The upcoming Tamron release of the FE 17-28mm f/2.8 may be the closest, but it's for full-frame. But has the speed you want.
If you have included your 50 f/1.8 and 85 f/1.8, your focal range is still basically covered.
 

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Although I have heard some good things about the Sigma 18-35mm adapted to the e-mount cameras, I am not really fond of adapted lenses. I have not used one that has the AF capability of a native Sony e-mount lens; and I have tried several different adapters with multiple lens types......
 

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There is the now somewhat ancient Sony 18-55mm but not fast at all, variable aperture 3.5/5.6. It was pretty widely panned as a kit lens, though I do not recall it being terrible. Probably not what you are looking for anyway.
 

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No. I am looking for a lens with at least a constant f/2.8 aperture. I just did a survey of 154 shots that I kept from a couple of days in Istanbul shooting with a pair of Canon APSC cameras with 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses mounted.
111 were shot with the 17-55mm with a goodly number at f/2.8. 43 were shot using the 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with many shot at f/4.
Wide focal lengths of 17-30mm (27-48mm equivalent) counted for 58 shots. Medium to longish focal lengths 31-55mm (49.6 to 88mm equivalent) counted for 53 images.
Using the 70-200mm 70-120mm counted for 32 images and over 120mm counted for 11 images...
 

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I am not really fond of adapted lenses.
No. I am looking for a lens with at least a constant f/2.8 aperture.
You're out of luck, there's no native f/2.8 standard zoom lens for Sony APS-C E-mount. Going Fuji X-system is your best bet IMHO, it offers an extensive range of lenses, among which a 2.8/16-55mm. Sony's priority with lenses is with their FF line-up.
 

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There's the m43 Olympus 12-40/2.8? I loved that lens.
 

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I actually did a bit of research on those same 154 photos that I broke down the focal lengths on. I was absolutely shocked to learn that 91% of these images were shot at an f/4 or smaller aperture while the 9% that were shot at a wider aperture could easily have been shot with a slightly higher ISO which would have made the f/4 a viable aperture for all my images...
I will admit however, that I did no specific portrait work nor did I do any night photography on this trip.
Actually I could have used the 18-105mm f/4 for the vast majority of my imagery...
 

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Well we know Sony is pushing people to FF and this is probably the main reason there's never been a fast zoom for APS-C. Equivalent of 16-47 or 16-70 f/2.8, are the 24-70 or 24-105 f/4s. If they designed either of those lenses for APS-C they would be (unsurprisingly) almost the same size and likely the same price (see: Canon). Now I've got the 24-105, I never leave it out of my bag because it's too damn useful.
 

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