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The FE f/2 28mm lens on my a7R

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by slothead, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 1, 2015
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    Tom
    Yesterday I took the dogs and went to visit the Skyline Drive (one of my favorite places in the world), and took along a number of lenses, one of them being the Sony FE f/2 28mm wide-angle. I used it in a number of places (along with the other lenses I took along), but something that I had not had the best experience with before was making panoramas with a wide lens. Theoretically, with a wide lens there is less need of stitching a panorama since it can grab a wide view by itself, but I enjoy the process of making stitched panos, so I did it anyway. This (below) is a simple two-frame stitched pano using the f/2 28mm that I am satisfied with. It was taken from about the 50 or 60 mile marker looking west, and 1/2500 f/16 using ISO1600 (I obviously forgot to dial the ISO back down from a darker environment). I think I'll call it "The Top of Virginia." And now you can see why they call it the "Blue Ridge."

    SD_Pano-14a3_zpsaig01cz3.
     
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  2. GaiaSxm

    GaiaSxm TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 20, 2015
    Nathalie Beaurain
    Nice! Wondering if I should get the 28 F2 or the 35 mm F2.8. I already have the kit lens and the 55. I do lot of landscaping and nature shots. But I do love portraits and streetphotgraphy.
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Such a tough choice, @GaiaSxm@GaiaSxm

    Both are great lenses. With your zoom, do you find yourself using 28mm more than 35mm?
     
  4. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tom
    I've got the 24-70 f/4 (and the kit lens - which I would like to sell, but it doesn't seem to be worth much on the open market, so I've kept it available for the a6000 and 5100), and find myself using the wide end just a little more often that the long end.
     
  5. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013

    This is my opinion, I think the Sony Zeiss f/2.8 sucks. I don't know how else to say it. This is the 1st lens I purchased for the A7 series and since I own the Rx1, maybe that ruined this lens for me. I will look to sell my seldom used copy, as the 35mm Zeiss on the Rx1 KILLS the Zeiss FE f/2.8.

    I just got a copy of the Sony FE 28 f/2 and I think it is better then the f/2.8, in fact I wish this lens was a option when I bought the FE 35mm f/2.8.


    I don't get this look with the 35mm f/2.8, but the 28mm f/2 gives it to me:

    m-131.
     

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  6. Frederico

    Frederico New to TalkEmount

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    Sep 4, 2015
    After looking at this photo, I'm sold. Will head to store to pick up the 28/2
     

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  7. GaiaSxm

    GaiaSxm TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 20, 2015
    Nathalie Beaurain
    Thanks everyone. Well it depends on the situation i guess. I like the wide end but i use 35 mm equaly. I love the 55 mm but sometimes you cannot move away from your subject and then u cannot take the picture. I Will use the zoom lens and figure out which end i use most.
     
  8. GaiaSxm

    GaiaSxm TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nathalie Beaurain
    The 28 mm is cheaper too :)
     
  9. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Love that Skyline Drive!
     
  10. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2015
    Mus
    I just bought the Sony FE 28mm f2 yesterday. I agree, that the 35mm on the RX1 is a hard act to follow! :dance:

    Lucille, was the picture above shot wide open?
     
  11. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013


    Yes sir, f/2.
     
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  12. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013
    Another shot wide open with the Sony 28mm f/2


    m-127.
     
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  13. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Janne Eriksson
    amazing! I need to try to get some money for a 28mm 2.0 NOW :D
     
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  14. GaiaSxm

    GaiaSxm TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nathalie Beaurain
    Yes I think you sold me to the 28 mm idea Christine. Love that popping red!!!
     
  15. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013

    Who exactly is Christine?
     
  16. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Tom
    He changed your name. :)
     
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  17. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

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    Janne Eriksson
    Maybee auto correct on his mobile :)
     
  18. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013
    another rendering from the 28mm f/2

    m-132.
     
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  19. Zlatko

    Zlatko New to TalkEmount

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    Aug 18, 2015
    Zlatko Batistich
    Can you be more specific please? I know the 35mm lens on the RX1 is great, but what is bad about the 35/2.8? I presume you're talking about the little FE 35mm f/2.8. I don't own it, but have read some very positive reviews. What don't you like about the look it gives? Thanks.
     
  20. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

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    May 22, 2013
    I don't like anything about it, it doesn't deserve the 'Zeiss' moniker as it hardly has a Zeiss look. Colors are drab, no pop, everytime I used it I found myself wondering how the Rx1 would have looked.

    I got a pristine copy for sale if you want it. I realize many like it, it simply is uninspiring and doesn't have the look I like for me. The 28mm to me has more character.
     
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