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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

I now have bought no new lenses for 12 months.
My last purchase was on this day, last year (during the Auckland lockdown). My Batis 135/2.8 (used).

I've beaten my impulse to collect more lenses.


WOW!         CONGRATS!!!

I don't even look at lenses, determined to stay away from stores, auction sites, etc. but they land on my path.

just 2. + some heavily discounted Lensbaby toys -no lenses-, a trigger and a bunch of receivers, that had been on the wishlist for ages, for years and years. (+ a FalconEyes background system, at the local thrift store > E 15).
but think I can justify the purchases? a massive lens to replace dearly missed 70-400 APO, that killed the -screwdrive- AF of A99 the 1st in 2016, (a G-labeled successor with a better reputation ;)), and a faster equivalent of one of my fave ancient lenses, this time WITH working aperture. and half the ('normal' E-bay asking-) price, a cult lens from famous origins, 'as new'.    (because I'm happy with what I have ;)).

@Sashi- you are in very good company! A-mount forever! (unfortunately lacking eye-AF).
@Matthew- that's why my 24-70 ZA has f2.8 on board. ;)

hardly took any pics since november (due to comp. probs). does that count? but saw I made an appearance on Insta. much to my surprise.
(no Instagram account, but entered a photo contest and these people are obv. into Instagram. hardly ever enter contests, other than on Dyxum, but wanted to win a prezzie for a friend. and so I did, won it 2 days ago). on Insta, they changed my name into 'Thurman'. am I a celeb now?

here's to the next 12 months?


 



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I don't get chills and shivers up and down my leg every Sony new $1000's of dollars G lens announcement
(other things yes)
probably saved me a lot of $. You can tell by my gear collection__2 cameras, 3 lens


And certainly have never spent a day cycling from camera shop to camera shop
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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:



WOW!         CONGRATS!!!

I don't even look at lenses, determined to stay away from stores, auction sites, etc. but they land on my path.



Well, at least you've shown some restraint with your purchases.

I hear you about the action sites/stores thing. During the lengthy 2021 lockdown in Auckland I had too much time to look at lenses for sale, and no real chance to take photos. And the price of the Batis 135/2.8 just kept dropping, week after week.

Avoiding them is a much better way to avoid seeing 'bargains'.
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

I don't get chills and shivers up and down my leg every Sony new $1000's of dollars G lens announcement
(other things yes)
probably saved me a lot of $. You can tell by my gear collection__2 cameras, 3 lens



Well, I've never had a desire for Sony GM lenses as they are generally too large and heavy for me to want to carry on long hikes. I freely confess however, I did get addicted to Zeiss Loxia lenses. They were at least, much cheaper. And no new ones seem to be planned, so I think I'm safe for now...

3 lenses is a very compact lineup however, well done.
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2022 at 13:05
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Well, I've never had a desire for Sony GM lenses as they are generally too large and heavy for me to want to carry on long hikes. I freely confess however, I did get addicted to Zeiss Loxia lenses. They were at least, much cheaper. And no new ones seem to be planned, so I think I'm safe for now...
I think some of the Sony GM lenses are surprisingly small and light: for example FE 1.4/24 GM and FE 1.8/14 GM are not that big for these specs, although sure manual focus primes may offer even more compact solution. FE 2.8/70-200 GM OSS II did also shave off significally bulk off from the earlier version and likewise FE 2.8/24-70 GM OSS II is smaller and lighter than the predecessor. Of course, all GM lenses are expensive, although occasionally one can find some bargains also for those on the second hand market.
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@Hezu

I think if you tried to replace my lineup with a GM equivalent, it would lead to a substantial increase in weight, bulk (and price!). I agree that for the features (apertures f2.8 or wider) etc Sony has produced some weight savings with their GM lenses. It's still not enough however- especially when you start throwing several lenses into a camera bag- to appeal to someone wanting a lighter, more compact kit.

For example:
The Sony 85/1.4 GM is 820g with a 77mm filter thread. The Batis 85 is shorter, thinner and lighter at 475g with a 67mm filter thread. The Loxia 85/2.4 is also shorter, even thinner with a 52mm filter thread, but it's all metal build takes it up to 594g.
My Zeiss Loxia 50/2 is less than half the weight of the 50/1.2 GM lens (hardly a surprise when you compare the specs).

(I do like the look and size of the Sony 24mm GM lens however)
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
 



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Congrats! I don't remember the last time I bought a lens. I guess I beat the G.A.S. !!!!!   Well.... sorta. Now I have A.G.A.S. (Astro Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

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Originally posted by WestCoastCannuck WestCoastCannuck wrote:

Congrats! I don't remember the last time I bought a lens. I guess I beat the G.A.S. !!!!!   Well.... sorta. Now I have A.G.A.S. (Astro Gear Acquisition Syndrome)


Brilliant- so another way to beat photographic G.A.S. is to find another expensive hobby as well!
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:



@Sashi- you are in very good company! A-mount forever! (unfortunately lacking eye-AF).



Moving out of A and into E will cost me a LOT of money in upgrades plus a big loss in all of the glass that will only fetch me pennies on the dollar.

The eye-tracking is one of the best features ever, I have to agree.

I've thought for a long time about getting the 200-600G plus maybe the A6600 or other body to go with it for birding. But I do precious little birding (since it's SO expensive - in terms of time!) that it's perhaps barely worth it at all.
I don't do much sports or wildlife so I'm sort of good where I am, at least for now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2022 at 07:30
Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

@Sashi- you are in very good company! A-mount forever! (unfortunately lacking eye-AF).


My A99m2 does have eye-AF - so.... get one!
Why not follow me on Instagram? @Addy_101
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2022 at 22:21
Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

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Moving out of A and into E will cost me a LOT of money in upgrades plus a big loss in all of the glass that will only fetch me pennies on the dollar.

The eye-tracking is one of the best features ever, I have to agree.


All good points. In some ways however, I think it is easier to shift to the E-mount (cost-wise) now, as there are more 3rd party manufacturers undercutting the Sony offerings. You could have a good lineup with just what Tamron now has on offer.
Also, now there are a lot more E-mount lenses available for sale 2nd hand.

On the other hand, yeah, A-mount lens prices are not great. I had a lot of older classic and G Minolta lenses I'd bought used, so I didn't 'lose' that much when I sold them. And the few new Sony lenses I had, I'd years of use from. Which meant in some ways, I'd been 'paid' in years of photos already.

But I've accepted I will own less lenses in E-mount than I did in A mount.

I do love the eye-tracking. It has made shooting events so easy (which as a paid-gig, matters).
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2022 at 18:42
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Anyway, I doubt I will resist - if the price is right I probably buy a new lens before the year is out. That is why I am impressed. Well done!
Well, like I expected, I bought the Sigma 28-70/2.8 DG DN - nice and small. The price at Amazon.nl is €749,- or €100,- cheaper then in most other places so I couldn't resist.
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You naughty boy
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

... Well, like I expected, I bought the Sigma 28-70/2.8 DG DN - nice and small. The price at Amazon.nl is €749,- or €100,- cheaper then in most other places so I couldn't resist.


I'm sure we're all sitting here being surprised at this latest news...

Do we check back on 20 September 2023 to see if you can make it 12 months without being tempted again?
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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