Tomorrow I'm picking up my A7mk3... with what lenses?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by mesmerized, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. mesmerized

    mesmerized TalkEmount Regular

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Hello there,

    Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my A7mk3 and I'm pondering over the choice of lenses I should pair the body with. I'm sure I'll be getting the 55mm Zeiss but aside from that I'm not sure what to get. GM's are out of question, but I am thinking about getting the 16-35mm F/4 for landscapes. There are no other alternatives in that department, are there? Well, there are some manual focus primes but no AF wide-angle primes as far as I'm aware... I shoot street/landscape/macro photography. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Thanks
     
  2. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    The Sony 28 f2 is a good, small autofocus prime. Rokinon 35/2.8 is smaller. I like and use both. I also like and use the Sony 24-240 - I use it a little too much, actually.
     
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  3. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2014
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    I like the Voigtlander M lenses. The A7III BSI sensor fixes all the weird corner color cast. They're small, fairly affordable, sharp and built like a tank.
     
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  4. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Just wait a bit and you'll have a series of Sigma Art primes to choose from.
    Samyang makes an AF 14mm f/2.8 prime. There's the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8.
    And there is a small 10-18 FE manual focus ultra-wide zoom just announced.
    For zooms, 12-24mm G, 24-105mm G, and the upcoming 28-75 - f/2.8 Tamron for $799.
     
  5. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    I am probably too late here, but Brian Smith has a pretty extensive list of available lenses at Ultimate Fullframe E-mount FE Lens Guide for Sony a7 & a9 Cameras.

    The Sony 35mm/f2.8 does a nice job but is bit pricy new. The 28mm should be a solid choice, though I do not have one. The 24-105 is reputed to be superb, a "bag of primes" they say, if you can find one.

    I have become a fan of Voigtlander glass, but the M mounts are manual unless you buy a Techart Pro adapter (which is amazing). They also have native emounts in 10,12,15,35,40,65 with 21 and 110 on the way. I have the 65mm/f2 which also does 1:2 macro/closeup, and is currently my favorite lens. All manual focus though, as far as I know.

    We are getting a lot of choices in native emounts these days. Sigma, Rokinon/Samyang/Bower (all the same maker), Tamron, Tokina, etc. and the list keeps growing. Not to mention legacy options especially using the Techart Pro if you need autofocus.
     
  6. Kmac76

    Kmac76 TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 3, 2016
    New Jersey
    I love seeing that I am not the only one who uses the 24-240 “a little too much..”

    It is so easy to just leave that on and take advantage of its range...
     
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  7. mesmerized

    mesmerized TalkEmount Regular

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Thanks folks! Quick question, though... Anyone here would say that the 16-35 is worth pulling the trigger on? Nobody said "go for it if you can" so I'm curious.
     
  8. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    I don't have one, but it is widely regarded as a very good lens. If I was not a prime guy, I would probably have one.

    Go for it if you can. :D
     
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  9. mstphoto

    mstphoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 26, 2016
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    Mike Stephen
    16-35 is possibly my favourite FE lens
    I'd say go for it!!
     
  10. mattia

    mattia TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 13, 2013
    I own it, and it is a very good ultrawide. If you prefer primes that are a bit lighter and want AF there's the option of the Batis 18/2.8 or the Firin 20mm
     
  11. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    I have the 16-35 f4, and it is my favorite landscape lens. Very sharp. Get it if you can afford. I should have had it on my A7 for a lot of landscape shots, instead of the 24-240.
     
  12. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 21, 2012
    Two questions:

    1) 16-35 f/4 owners... how is performance at 35mm?

    2) Why is the 24-105 f/4 so hard to find these days?
     
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  13. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    At 35mm, my copy is a tiny bit softer at the edges. Not enough to bother me, but it's noticible if you pixel peep.

    As for the 24-105, I think Sony underestimated the demand.
     
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  14. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
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    Steve
    85mm 1.8FE, I still like the Zeiss 24-70/4, but must be the last holdout over the G and GM lenses. I like the size, feel and rendering. Good video lens, too.
     
  15. mstphoto

    mstphoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 26, 2016
    Aberdeen, NE Scotland
    Mike Stephen
    My favourite focal range is 24-105.
    If I didn't like my Sony 24-70 as much as I do, then the 24-105 would be top of my list.

    My current "go to" set up for the a7rii is 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200
    I have the 55mm and Voigtlander 12mm but much prefer the versatility of the zooms ;)
     
  16. mesmerized

    mesmerized TalkEmount Regular

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Thanks again.

    I'd go for the 16-35, but I really like how primes make me walk/recompose... Whenever I've got a zoom in my hands, I end up being somewhat lazy. I know, silly argument, but still...

    I was thinking:

    Sony 28mm f/2
    Samyang 35mm f/2.8 (I hear it's as good as the little Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 for half the price?!)
    Zeiss 55mm f/1.8

    That still leaves me without having the wider angels covered, though.
     
  17. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

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  18. mesmerized

    mesmerized TalkEmount Regular

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Hello there!
    I ended up getting a............. Samyang 35mm f/2.8
    I know, it's not wide enough for landscapes... but... I figured that I should start with a small prime and then consider taking next steps...
     
  19. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    That's a solid choice.

    And not all landscapes are wide.
     
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