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Printed Date: 15 December 2019 at 08:11


Topic: Seeking Lens advice
Posted By: jkkyler
Subject: Seeking Lens advice
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 18:53
I live in the Midwest in the USA and in May I will be taking my wife to Greece for 2 weeks (celebrating 25th Anniversary). It will be both our first time and I want to make the trip as memorable and special as possible and take a lot of pics and hopefully capture a few great ones.

I will be bringing an A7iii and am trying to decide on lenses to take. I have the 24-240 3.5-6.3. MY question is it sharp enough / good enough to avoid needing to bring the kit 28-70 3.5-5.6 as well? Also is what is the consensus as far as using the 24-240 exclusively or also bringing the Minolta 70-210 f4 beercan and The LAEA-4?

In addition to the 24-240 I plan on bringing the Sony 50 f1.8 prime.

If It makes sense to bring the 70-210 and the LAEA4 then I might as well bring my A mount Tamron 90mm 2.8 (Macro) also.
Lastly any thoughts on the Sony 16-35 2.8 GM. I am seriously thinking about charging it. I work a second part time job in the fall and would be able to pay it off by mid-October. $2300 USD is quite a bit of money but this is the trip of a lifetime for me and would love to do it right and not miss out.

I am ultimately leaning toward going with the 16-35 2.8 GM, 24-240 3.5-6.3 and the 50 1.8 and leaving the kit lens and a-mount glass behind.

If for some reason I choose not to get the 16-35 GM then I would bring my 14mm 2.8 Rokinon MF lens for ultra wide.

Please, any advice or recommendations would be most welcome.

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Posted By: 2manycamera
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 19:14
If you haven't already, my first recommendation is to read the lens reviews here on Dyxum. The 24-240 gets one 3.5 score, all the rest 4's and 5's. For a 10x zoom, that's pretty good. It certainly should out perform the beer can on an LA-EA4. Definitely the 50/1.8 FE. There will always be times when you want the fast aperture, and the light weight.

As to the GM16-35/2.8, that's something I don't have an opinion on. I really like the range, but the size, weight and price are well beyond where I want to go. But like you say, it's a trip of a lifetime, so if you can swing it, you won't regret it.

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7D a68 a99 a6300 a7 16/2.8 24/2.8 28/2 35/2 50/1.4 100/2 200/2.8 24-70CZ 1.8/135 80-200/2.8 24-105 28-135 300/4 16-50DT 70-300G Tam 90/2.8   E50/1.8 E55-210 E2/12 FE 28-70 Sig E1.4/16&30 FE15/4.5V


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 20:22
Greece is wonderful. I have to say that as I go back there to work again in April Where in Greece are you going? I guess Athens, maybe some of the Agean islands (like Lesvos, Kos or Samos) or Crete. A wide angle like a 16-35 makes sense. On Lesvos wide angle (the 10-18 on my A6000 and the Minolta 17-35/3.5G on my A99m2) is the lens I use the most. But I would go for the 16-35/4 as it is a good and much more affordable lens. Consider the 28/2 as a low light wide angle.

The 24-240 seems a good compromise. As you have it, I would go for that one it is good enough for what you want it to do.

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Posted By: waldo_posth
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 20:26
Maximizing portability of my kit has been a concern for me recently. I am now testing the A7 range. I have started with a first generation A7 (which will sooner or later end as full spectrum or IR body), the 24-240mm and the Zeiss 16-35 F/4. I have a A99M2 which I have been using with a Tamron 28-300mm (most recent version). This is quite a good combo although the 42MP sensor pushes the super zoom to its limits. Results are nevertheless very much acceptable. In comparison the 24-240mm is even better balanced with the 24MP A7 sensor. It's at least as good as the Tamron. And I particularly like the additional 4mm at the wide end.

I have tested the 16-35mm G lens at a store. It's certainly an outstanding lens but I could not justify getting it given the price, size and weight. I would consider it only if I would use a 42MP (plus) sensor. The Zeiss lens, if not outstanding, is still excellent (and works with a higher resolution sensor as well).

So I would recommend the combo of the 24-240mm and the Zeiss 16-35mm. If you then still have too much money left think about a nice prime to add.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 20:29
Take a look at the http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/cities-athens-greece_topic130232.html - Athens thread and my https://www.instagram.com/addy_101/ - Instagram feed for some inspiration.

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 03 February 2019 at 23:01
Thanks for the suggestions and inspiration. Addy, I have rented a place in Athens so that will be 'home base' but planning on day trips and an overnight or two on islands.

I think I have decided I can make due with the 24-240 and leave the big beercan and A mount glass + adapter at home. I am tempted to leave the kit lens behind since I think I can suffice but it might be mice to have the smaller / more portable 28-70 along for quick jaunts around town vs the rather large 24-240. I will wait and see how full my camera bag is before I decide for certain.

I have a bit to think about with the recommendations of the 16-35 Zeiss f4. I also do astrophotography and the extra stop at 2.8 would allow me to also use the G Master asa astro lens. Alternately though if I were to go with the zeiss 16-35/f4 I could add the 24mm/f1.4 GM prime lens. Supposedly that lens is killer for astro work and perfectly sharp everywhere. The $$ zeiss 16-35 + $$ Sony 24 GM = cost of the Sony 16-35 GM and I would have an extra prime lens in my stable.

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 08:48
If about fast prime, my beloved focal length is about 35mm. For me it is more versatible, as 50mm is too narrow, surely indoor.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 10:37
That 24/1.4 GM is a nice one. Would do good in those dark Greek Orthodox Churches I would bring it if you buy it.

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Posted By: Mark Twain
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 13:38
I would chose the 24/1.4 GM + the 1635/4Z over the 16-35/2.8GM. The 1635/4 is lightweight and small and you can also do astro with it (admittedly, the 1635/2.8 is also very lightweight). I do this regularly with my A7 and the results are pleasing. You can still do multiple exposures and stack them to reduce noise if you are unhappy with the results.

I've visited Greece last year and my most used lenses were:
- 1635/4 (landscapes/cityscapes)
- Fifty prime (portrait stuff)
- 70-200/4 (landscape)

If you get the chance visit Nafplio



Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 13:42
Thanks for the advice folks. I gave decided to vote with the 16-35 f4 zeiss and probably add the 24 1.4 GM. Will be more versatile and from what I have seen the Zeiss 16-35 renders beautiful colors.
I will take the 14mm 2.8 ssmyang in case I need ultrawide and low light

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 13:43
Originally posted by Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote:

I've visited Greece last year
Without pictures it did not happen

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Posted By: Mark Twain
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 14:16
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote:

I've visited Greece last year
Without pictures it did not happen


I promise improvement and post some pictures this week (will also post a link in this thread)


Posted By: ricardovaste
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 14:22
It depends on how you like to travel. If you're happy taking a bigger camera and lens setup, then I think the superzoom you mention could be a good compromise and would be a 1 lens solution. I think adding the 50/1.8 just for insurance, as the zoom is obviously quite slow, would help (but you may not even get it out). The 50 is very small so not an issue to take along. I travel with just a 35/1.4 and occasionally bring a 50 but I just prefer 35 so it never comes out. I personally think a 1 lens solution is the best way to go, keep it as small and light as possible, don't bother with a bag maybe, just wear it with a strap. That's what I do. It'll be nice to take some shots but it's obviously quite low down the list of things to do. Make some memories and come away with a few nice photos. Have fun!

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 14:30
Originally posted by ricardovaste ricardovaste wrote:

It depends on how you like to travel. If you're happy taking a bigger camera and lens setup, then I think the superzoom you mention could be a good compromise and would be a 1 lens solution. I think adding the 50/1.8 just for insurance, as the zoom is obviously quite slow, would help (but you may not even get it out). The 50 is very small so not an issue to take along. I travel with just a 35/1.4 and occasionally bring a 50 but I just prefer 35 so it never comes out. I personally think a 1 lens solution is the best way to go, keep it as small and light as possible, don't bother with a bag maybe, just wear it with a strap. That's what I do. It'll be nice to take some shots but it's obviously quite low down the list of things to do. Make some memories and come away with a few nice photos. Have fun!
If Athens would be the main location, I would travel with a 16-35 and an 85mm - just a 35mm is too limited imho - but we're not the OP

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Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 15:09
"If Athens would be the main location, I would travel with a 16-35 and an 85mm - just a 35mm is too limited imho - but we're not the OP "

+1

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 15:25
Plan (at the moment) is now

16-35/4
50/1.8
24/240 /3.5-6.3
Either 24/1.4 or 14/2.8

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Posted By: ricardovaste
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 15:26
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

If Athens would be the main location, I would travel with a 16-35 and an 85mm - just a 35mm is too limited imho - but we're not the OP


Yeah, we all have different priorities and ways of shooting, so it is very subjective. I think general travel advice of using what you're most comfortable with, what is smallest, lightest, and what has decent batteries, is pretty helpful. But I know some people actually LIKE to take the whole kitchen sink with them and that is almost the entire point of the trip. I completely get that as well. My advice tends to lead more towards "less is more" just because when people post like this, it's often with a lot of excitement and almost "over planning" (no offence intended to anyone)... which often means "let's take everything for every possible situation!"

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 16:27
Each day will be a little different so would plan bringing on 1 zoom and 1 prime each day when I depart the house.

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 16:55
My golden set for travel has over my photography years been 1 fast prime and 1 longer than standard (if attainable) zoom. I had never regret this set. At the moment my aps-c e-mount travel lenses are 24/1,8CZ and 18-135/3.5-5.6 OSS. If happens, I can only with 24/1,8CZ - my favorite FL.

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a6500 & some nice e-mount lenses. Be fond of photography - this is the way to alleviate stress


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 19:50
Originally posted by Aavo Aavo wrote:

My golden set for travel has over my photography years been 1 fast prime and 1 longer than standard (if attainable) zoom. I had never regret this set. At the moment my aps-c e-mount travel lenses are 24/1,8CZ and 18-135/3.5-5.6 OSS. If happens, I can only with 24/1,8CZ - my favorite FL.
you mean on APS-C, so, that 24mm is a 35mm lens, making you like Richard

I am wondering if bringing the 50mm makes sense, wouldn't the 24mm be enough for all your low light tasks? The 50mm will often a bit long inside. But then, it is a light and small lens and it could be used as a back up lens. Just thinking out loud.

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Posted By: whiteheat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 22:05
I'd go a different way again. I'd go for the 70-200mm F2.8 or if your budget can't go that far, the 70-200mm F4. That would be your walk about combo. Then I'd take an RX-100 variant for closer, indoor and evening work. That is a lite 2 camera, 1 lens solution. The RX100 you can take with you anywhere and it won't up much in the way of space and weight. For everything else, you'll have a great do it all lens without much compromise in quality.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 23:04
Originally posted by whiteheat whiteheat wrote:

I'd go a different way again. I'd go for the 70-200mm F2.8 or if your budget can't go that far, the 70-200mm F4. That would be your walk about combo. Then I'd take an RX-100 variant for closer, indoor and evening work. That is a lite 2 camera, 1 lens solution. The RX100 you can take with you anywhere and it won't up much in the way of space and weight. For everything else, you'll have a great do it all lens without much compromise in quality.
Please explain. I cannot imagine a 70-200 lens as a walk around in a European city.

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Posted By: whiteheat
Date Posted: 04 February 2019 at 23:17
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by whiteheat whiteheat wrote:

I'd go a different way again. I'd go for the 70-200mm F2.8 or if your budget can't go that far, the 70-200mm F4. That would be your walk about combo. Then I'd take an RX-100 variant for closer, indoor and evening work. That is a lite 2 camera, 1 lens solution. The RX100 you can take with you anywhere and it won't up much in the way of space and weight. For everything else, you'll have a great do it all lens without much compromise in quality.
Please explain. I cannot imagine a 70-200 lens as a walk around in a European city.

I manage it quite well. That said, I use a second small carry around camera for wider stuff. I do tend to focus on detail shooting which a tele lens works much better for. I guess it's a personal method/style thing.

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 01:16
Originally posted by whiteheat whiteheat wrote:

I'd go a different way again. I'd go for the 70-200mm F2.8 or if your budget can't go that far, the 70-200mm F4. That would be your walk about combo. Then I'd take an RX-100 variant for closer, indoor and evening work. That is a lite 2 camera, 1 lens solution. The RX100 you can take with you anywhere and it won't up much in the way of space and weight. For everything else, you'll have a great do it all lens without much compromise in quality.


????
If I wanted straight 70-200 I would take the Big beercan 70-210 /f4


I have a FF A7iii and am building a lens collection after switching from aps-c A mount last year- adding a second fixed lens aps-c camera is the exact opposite direction I am looking to go

barring that , this is your solution




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Posted By: whiteheat
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 01:19
My fault. Should have been clearer. I was referring to the 70-200mm's in E mount, not A mount with any adapter.

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Posted By: whiteheat
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 04:24
Oh, just saw the photos. Yes, the 70-200mm plus an RX100, that would be my solution - although the lens hood on the 70-200 is optional. It would be less heavy/balky than taking a total of 4 individual lenses.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 09:07
The hood is not optional in a busy city like Athens. If you're into details I can imagine you choose a tele, but that would be the 70-200/4 or the 70-300G, not the heavy 70-200/2.8. Walking up the Parthenon or just around town, that weight will be a problem.

Edit: you be you but this is how I look at it. Going up the Parthenon or to the base of Lycabettus, I would like to go relatively light.

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 09:16
Originally posted by Aavo Aavo wrote:

My golden set for travel has over my photography years been 1 fast prime and 1 longer than standard (if attainable) zoom. I had never regret this set. At the moment my aps-c e-mount travel lenses are 24/1,8CZ and 18-135/3.5-5.6 OSS. If happens, I can only with 24/1,8CZ - my favorite FL.

Just like to add for remark: 2 bodies is surely greatist solution - you can have 2 mounted lenses and no risk to have something desturbing on the sensor. The secong body can surely be aps-c and one from cheaper side, so OSS lens mounted.

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Posted By: ricardovaste
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 11:18
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The hood is not optional in a busy city like Athens. If you're into details I can imagine you choose a tele, but that would be the 70-200/4 or the 70-300G, not the heavy 70-200/2.8. Walking up the Parthenon or just around town, that weight will be a problem.

Edit: you be you but this is how I look at it. Going up the Parthenon or to the base of Lycabettus, I would like to go relatively light.


Yeah, that is very jarring to my personal style. A 70-200 is almost the complete opposite of a tiny 35/1.4. BUT... you need to know what you like... if you're into picking out details of various kinds from afar, a telephoto will give you a view and perspective that a wide lens just won't. Not something I'd enjoy to do/live with whilst traveling (!) but to each their own!

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 11:36
the 24-240 is the cure for any tele concerns (haven't used it much, had always used the 70-200 beercan ) along with that the wide angle and the two primes

I am comfortable with 2 zooms and 2 primes 16-35, 24-240 and 50/1.8 and then either the 14 I have or the 24 1.4 If I pick one up.

I have a plastic bag that I always stick my camera in when changing lenses to avoid getting dust debris on the sensor. Don't know why this isn't more popular.
typically the opening is pointing down, the camera is onside and slide the lens up and in - viola.

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Posted By: whiteheat
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 12:03
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The hood is not optional in a busy city like Athens. If you're into details I can imagine you choose a tele, but that would be the 70-200/4 or the 70-300G, not the heavy 70-200/2.8. Walking up the Parthenon or just around town, that weight will be a problem.

Edit: you be you but this is how I look at it. Going up the Parthenon or to the base of Lycabettus, I would like to go relatively light.

Oh, tut, tut . Let's do some maths. I believe the op stated he was considering these lenses to take with:
Sony 16-35 F2.8 Ė 680g
Sony 24-240 Ė 780g
Sony 50 1.8 Ė 186g
Sony 24 1.4 Ė 445g
Samyang/Rokinon 14mm 2.8
Total weight: 2091g

I know the 14 2.8 was also mentioned but I did not know the manufacturer, so the weight would vary.

My solution involved either the 2.8 or 4 variant of the Sony 70-200 plus an RX100, so I'll go with the mark VI:
Sony 70-200 2.8 Ė 1480g
Sony 70-200 4 Ė 840g
Sony RX100VI Ė 301g
Weight totals either, 1781g or 1141g depending on which 70-200 is chosen.

So, the choice as far as weight of glass goes would be 2091g vs 1781g or 1141g.

From the top of a hill, I'd want a tele zoom, but that's just my style. I like things closer with clear detail over getting a much wider field of view with everything seeming to be a great distance away and details sparse to non existent, but that's just me.




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Posted By: mihai-ian
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 12:43
my standard travel kit the last 2 years was A7RII, FE16-35mm f4, 55mm f1.8 and FE70-200mm f4


Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 13:11
Going with the 16-35 f4 so only 512g for it.

Also once I get there I will not have every lens with me everytime. Will consider where I am going that day and take at most 2 lenses with me. Typically 1 zoom and 1 faster prime. Between my wife and I we can manage to lug around 1 camera and 2 lenses. Always have the cell phone in a pinch as well. As long as you are not looking to blow something up cell phones can give a nice 4x6 print.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 14:06
@whiteheat: you would like the 70-300G on top of that hill, even more reach but wait, the RX100m6 has a 200mm lens, you could even leave all your lenses at home if you bring that one

I was not doubting your preference for a tele lens, just the one you chose, the heavier one.
If the Op went with the 16-35/4 and the 85/1.8 (what would be my choice) he would be even lighter, but that is beside the point as it is not our preference that is important but jkkyler's.

@jkkyler: looks like a good plan

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 05 February 2019 at 15:06
Originally posted by jkkyler jkkyler wrote:

I have a plastic bag that I always stick my camera in when changing lenses to avoid getting dust debris on the sensor. Don't know why this isn't more popular. typically the opening is pointing down, the camera is onside and slide the lens up and in - viola.
I have sometimes still a plastic bag with me, but I more and more avoid mounting lenses outdoor. IBIS and better high ISO help here lot. Car microclimate helps lot too.

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 06 February 2019 at 22:35
Thanks for all the help. Ordered the zeiss 16-35 f4 today. Camera store will have it in next Tuesday.

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Posted By: Barrin
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 12:33
Very nice post, very rich of information, well done guys

I noticed very few suggestions of standard 24/28-70 zooms usually adviced for generic usage while travelling.

Is the idea of a superzoom + prime overcoming this idea of a lone standard lens?

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Posted By: Aavo
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 13:41
For me is important, that zoom has good enough IQ at the longer end too. For me zooms with longer end from 150...200mm full frame are ok, as I rarely need more reach.
If I need, then shots made with good enoug zooms can be croped lot. As example with my 18-135 (27-203mm FF) I can surely have even up to 3000x2000 croped pics good enough.

But yes, if superzoom is good enough and is not too big and heavy to carry, then why not.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 16:13
Regarding the superzoom, I just went with the question of the OP. Like I said before, I would go with an ultra wide zoom and a medium tele lens. I do not think the standard zoom is the best for travel. I went to Iceland with my 24-70/2.8 and tbh I used in situations I shouldn't have used it, in those situations I should have switched to my ultra wide - and do you know, I brought the 24-70 just because it was advised here on Dyxum. To me, an ultra wide zoom is the essential in town travel lens and a 85mm or 100mm lens can complete it, that leaves no place for the standard zoom. Outside the city I'll add a decent zoom lens.

I would never travel with a superzoom, but that is just me. A lot of people like the possibility to make any kind of picture with just one lens. That is not me, but I understand the sentiment. I also understand that whiteheat has different photographic interests then I do. So, each to his or her own, use the lens that fits your photographic style.

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 17:31
I was able to pick-up the 24-240 a little while ago on sale for $500 USD. I was hoping and sentiment here is I can replace my kit 28-70 and my A mount 70-210 beercan + adapter ( and get a little extra at both the wide and tele ends) with it. Once the Greece trip got planned I realized I need ed an ultra wide. Will take the 50 1.8 for the extra stop and a half of light and prime sharpness and a prime uw as well. 4 lenses for a 2 week vacation seems fine to me

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 19:35
When I said never, I did not mean never but a superzoom wouldn't be my first choice.

Four lenses seem okay. That btw was a good deal on that 24-240!

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Posted By: glefebvre
Date Posted: 08 February 2019 at 20:10
I've got the 24-240 and use if on my A7R. It is good lens for what it is. You can get nice and shape images if you have good technique. The only real issue I have with the lens is the that in low light it hunts a lot. That might be do my A7R. I would think the on an A7III it would hunt less. I would also bring an ultra wide zoom of some kind. For me that would be my Minolta 17-35G and LA-EA4 or possibly my Sigma 12-24 (1st gen).

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 09 February 2019 at 17:33
I got notice last pm that my lens Zeiss 16-35/4 had arrived. I went and picked it up today and it looks gorgeous but was kind of troubled by something - imside there was the usual package inserts and a "card" that had the name of the individual that had inspected my lens and performed QC. However my lens was missing a rear lens cap. KInd of makes me a bit nervous that Zeiss/Sony would ship a lens without a cap. Everything was still sealed and otherwise looks great. NO imperfections or dust noted on the rear exposed elements but I was disappointed to see that none-the-less. Luckily I have a couple extra lens and camera caps. I am sure after I take a few pictures though I will forget all about it.

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 09 February 2019 at 17:54
That is weird. The QC is the lens, not the packaging so it makes sense it was not picked up by QC. But still, weird.

Inform the store, they probably will send you a replacement cap.

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Posted By: Mark_k
Date Posted: 19 February 2019 at 22:10
Without going through all the replies, you asked a question very similar to mine, a platform with multiple format lenses. To me, the answer is to buy one more body to use all the other lenses you have via an adapter. The 14/2.8mm was the sharpest one on my A7r..and 70-210F4 Minolta as well. The convenience of having a sharper lens makes you understand how good your camera is...and the convenience of having two mounted bodies saves a lot of time..and need to clean those dusts off sensor.


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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 19 May 2019 at 11:37
So 4 days in Greece so far. Have taken ~700 photographs. 80% with 24-240 and 20% Zeiss 16-35. Haven't pulled the 50 1.8 out yet (In my wife's purse but hasn't been needed.) The only low light areas that may have tempted me to go to the 50/1.8 have been "no photo" locales. Will use the 14mm 2.8 once I get to Santorini for astro.

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Posted By: wesleysa
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 11:51
Originally posted by jkkyler jkkyler wrote:

So 4 days in Greece so far. Have taken ~700 photographs. 80% with 24-240 and 20% Zeiss 16-35. Haven't pulled the 50 1.8 out yet (In my wife's purse but hasn't been needed.) The only low light areas that may have tempted me to go to the 50/1.8 have been "no photo" locales. Will use the 14mm 2.8 once I get to Santorini for astro.


Please do share the astros! I haven't had much to say above all the great responses to this thread but would very much enjoy how you get on with the 14/2.8 in such a location.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 13:03
Not at all interested in the astro pictures, but the other ones, yes, please, share. Greece is wonderful

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 14:59
So far have incredible pictures of Greece. Took 1000's. Been in Athens and Kalambaka(Meteora). Here is a jpeg transfer straight ooc as example. I am kind of screwed with a near full moon right in line with galaxy but this is when I got to come so I will make the best of it. Also in santorini and have wonderful photos but overcast and cloudy today so sunset may be a wash.



https://flic.kr/p/2fU7Xgd - https://flic.kr/p/2fU7Xgd
Another next day
https://flic.kr/p/2eLZ4nE

Santorini today:
https://flic.kr/p/2fU8AuG

https://flic.kr/p/2fYJy7R

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 17:27
Thanks!

We have a dedicated https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/cities-athens-greece_topic130232.html - Athens thread . If you do not know how to post pictures, https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/posting-images-and-links-faqs_topic28010.html - here you can find instructions .

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Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 17:51
Thanks when I get back will probably hit it up bit none of these are Athens and limited to cell phone and my app familiarity.

I tried to embed flicker links but there was a problem.

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Posted By: wesleysa
Date Posted: 21 May 2019 at 20:38
Awesome shots nonetheless! TFS


Posted By: jkkyler
Date Posted: 04 June 2019 at 00:38
Okay so I'm back and beginning to edit, here is my first one. It may end up being one of my favorite photos I ever captured. The site is "Sunset Rock" in Kalambaka / Meteora overlooking the valley. I took hundreds of pics this night. this is a bracket of 3 - not necc going for HDR but getting this exposure right was challenging and I didn't want to miss it . I took a ton of shots at different f stops, ISO, focal lengths and shutter speeds. This is the first group I chose to edit and pretty much representative of what I saw that night - enjoy (more to come)

[IMG] https://flic.kr/p/2g8jB3k"> https://flic.kr/p/2g8jB3k - Meteora sunset bracket by https://www.flickr.com/photos/20529564@N08/ - jkkyler , on Flickr[/IMG]

It was taken with A7iii Sony Ziess 16-35/F4 at f18 ISO400

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Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 05 June 2019 at 05:15
Yes, Greece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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