To the A7 Series folks........ What are you using for an Ultra-Wide?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by TedG954, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    I'm currently using the Zeiss 55/1.8 on my A7II, but I'm a big fan of ultrawides. From what I can find, there isn't much out there. I don't want you use an adapter and I'd like excellent quality. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I'm not sure what you consider "Ultra" wide. But I'm using a Canon FD 20mm f/2.8 that has delivered some nice results for me with the A7:

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    But I'm waiting to see how the upcoming Voigtländer 15mm turns out before deciding between it and the SEL1635Z.

    Edit: Sorry, I missed the part where you said you don't want to use an adapter. In that case you're pretty much limited to the SEL1635Z, the Rokinon 14mm, or if you're willing to live within its limitations, the SEL1018.
     
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  3. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    The Rokinon (Samyang) 14mm if you like fishy......

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    My other one is the Canon FD 20mm 2.8 also as well as the short end of my
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  4. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    It appears that I'm going to be limited to the Zeiss 16-35. I've found that my Nikon 16-35 is wide enough, so the Zeiss will be fine, though I would have preferred a prime.
     
  5. jypfoto

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    There's a 28 f/2 on the roadmap that will also have an available 21mm UWA converter as well as a 16mm fisheye convertor, expected availablity is Q1 next year.
     
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  6. Yohan

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  7. sdsyver

    sdsyver Here to Learn and Enjoy!

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    Shawn
    Olympus Zuiko 21 f2
     
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  8. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    I'm not interested in lenses that require an adapter.
     
  9. Yohan

    Yohan TalkEmount Veteran

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    Yohan
    Rokinon/Samyang 14mm comes in E-mount. Doesn't need an adapter. Do you mean you want a native autofocus lens? then there's 16-35mm only, really.
     
  10. robbie36

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  11. ggibson

    ggibson TalkEmount Regular

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    I used a Voigtlander 20mm f3.5 for a bit. It wasn't really wide enough for some shots though, so I sold it.

    I bought a Pentax 17mm fisheye m42 lens. Fun lens, still have it now. Great quality, although flare is out of control, lol.

    I also have my kit 28-70mm, which is decently wide anyways. It'll last me until I can afford the FE 16-35mm, and then I'll sell the 28-70mm probably. I have the 55mm also, so normal range is covered pretty well.
     
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  12. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    I was using that lens on my Panny G1 & sold it....... wish that I still had it.......
     
  13. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

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  15. MAubrey

    MAubrey TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Out of curiosity, what do you have against using an adapter?
     
  16. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Just be aware that distortion is horrendous when using it on the A7, you'll need correction for it in most circumstances except maybe for nature shots, and even then distortion is still visible with the profile used. Sharpness is surprisingly good considering it's used out-of-spec on the A7.

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  17. THStearns

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    I am also curious as to why you're against adapters, particularly since you said you liked the Nikon wide angle, which needs an adapter. I have a Nikon 18mmf4 and it is superbly corrected, decently wideangle, works slick with an $8 adapter and, given the focal length, focus is not an issue. Stop it down to f8 and everything is in focus.
     
  18. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    I want to maintain AF and the other information the lens sends to the camera. Since the original posting, I have purchased the 16-35/4 and I'm very pleased with its performance.

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  19. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Like that last one a lot.
     
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  20. Bill

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