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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2023 at 09:32
Well, congratulations then...
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Over half a year, well done
Enjoy the powerzoom and AF. It is a well liked lens and with video the powerzoom makes sense. I feel that is one of those early APS-C lenses that might benefit from a mark II version.
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Hi Pieter,

Yes, I was in a bit of a problem with the FX30 being APS-C. The 24-105 is my favourite walkabout lens, but its focal length (and size) isn't optimal for the FX30. And while the Loxias are great video lenses, they have no AF ability. The 18-105 looked like it hit what I needed. Good to hear about your positive experiences.

@Harm_vb

It was the second lens I'd bid on, the first went above my reserve price. But this came in under my reserve price so I was happy.


@addy_landzaat

Ah, well it was 20 months. I don't think I'll need anything more. The Loxias are fine as video lenses and cover a good range. The Tamron 150-500 works even better as a wildlife telephoto video lens. The 18-105 gives me a good range for a walkabout video lens, plus AF functionality.

The FX30 has a nice feature with a power zoom lever on the body. That lever can also work the power zoom function of the lens, so you don't have to touch the lens. I think it makes a lot of sense as a video-centric lens.
α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2023 at 08:43
I misread your original post. Even more impressive - congratulations

Yeah, Sony now has cameras that fit that 18-105.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2023 at 22:22
Thanks Addy.
If the FX30 had been FF I wouldn't have had the gap I think. There weren't any lenses I really needed for my stills photography, hence the 20 months.

OTOH, an FX30 with a used 18-105 is still a lot cheaper than say an FX3 or a7Siii, so it was the better choice.
α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2023 at 07:24
Well, if you like the powerzoom you'll probably get a Sony E PZ 10-20/4G at some time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2023 at 23:18
Ah well, if one turns up at a good price used, I could be tempted with a 10-20/4 G. In the mean time, I'm hoping the 18-105 will suffice.
α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2023 at 13:45
Congratulations on the lens purchase! Let us know how you like and do share some photos with us!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 August 2023 at 03:28
Hmm, it seems buying new cameras is a major trigger for lens changes. The FX30 prompted the acquisition of the 18-105/4.

Sold my a9 (will also sell the a7Riii) and bought a (slightly) used a1.
And that's prompted a purchase of a Sony 100-400, which will replace the Tamron 150-500. The Sony is both a lighter lens and can exploit the a1's higher fps.
So more of a rejig of the lineup with no net gain in lenses.

But it still means a reset of the 'clock'.

I'll add a 1.4x TC at a later date.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 01 August 2023 at 03:35
α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mestari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2023 at 23:05
I am in the long process of transitioning from A to E mount, so I will be constantly resetting the clock - probably.
Recently I was close to losing my job, there were some redundancies at the company and quite likely more are coming. So I need to feel safe to buy more, but..

Last year, I believe it was November, GAS struck fast and with precision. More than 3 years with no buy (last time it was E 35 1.8 OSS) and then 2 lenses in one go.

My a6000 finally got a dedicated walk-around lens, the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (those Tamron names...) that proved to have more distortion than I like, more robust optical stabilisation than I expected and was really sharp even wide open. Despite that distortion, a keeper.

GAS showed its ugly face more with me buying a lens I didn't really need but simply wanted. The explanation to myself was that I have never had anything like that before and I would like to see what it is like to shoot with true birding lens.
200-600 G enters the stage. Additional reasoning behind this purchase was my willingness to switch to E mount in full frame as well (I was already shooting with a6000) so it would fit my next main camera.

It took some time but one day I have found a7R5 well priced. I pulled the trigger in June and that quickly made me buy LA-EA5, NPA-MQZ1K (a bit more fancy charger) and microphone ECM-B1M.

But then I needed to go for a short trip and wanted some nice prime. I have always liked the 50 but decided to check how I would like the 35. So, quickly after I got the a7R5 in my hands I got myself 35 1.4 GM.
Absolutely lovely lens! I never knew lens can be so sharp and wide open too. OOF rendition is beautiful and it turned out to be even better focal length for me than 50.

So two weeks later I thought maybe lets switch that old Zeiss 24-70 2.8 for highly prized 24-70 2.8 GM M2. What a mistake that was... I definitely got bad copy but when replacement copy got delayed I decided I won't wait for it and took my money back. I didn't want to go through it again in case it was a whole bad batch.

By the way, that 200-600 is getting some use, although not that much. Still, I like it very much, and I'm glad I didn't buy Tamron or Sigma. It turns out even though I do not make movies, the fact it is balanced so well and zooms internally is helping out a lot in taking stills too. I didn't expect that. I thought it was important for gimbals only.

Recently there were those redundancies in my company, so my willingness to buy is somewhat smaller as you may expect, but don't think this is the end ;)
I do want to switch my main lens at some point. Maybe I will give that GM another chance or maybe I'll go in a different direction. The 70-200 is tempting too. I still don't have anything wide nor super wide.
I'll report my purchase here when it happens, so far my clock reads about two months :)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2023 at 23:52
@Mestari

It's looking like you have the beginning of a good FE Lens kit. The Sony a7RV should keep you happy also. I can see it's going to be tough escaping the GAS with nothing at the really wide end, or a capable 24-70/2.8 Zoom yet.
α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2024 at 21:22
Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:



I've beaten my impulse to collect more lenses.


So far... ;-) I guess you remain strong!

Congratulations!

My last purchase was an A7iv


And after that:
Sony 12-24mm f4 (SH)
Samyang 35mm f1,8 (SH)
Sony 28mm f2 (SH, to be sold: barely used)
was given a Minolta A7000+35-70 f4 + 70-210 f4 Beercan
Sold my beloved Sigma 100-400 Contemporary
Will purchase the Sigma 150-600 f5-6,3 DG DN Sports next monday

Heavily addicted, I guess
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2024 at 21:42
Ah, Harm, you do enjoy acquiring lenses.
The 12-24 looks to be a good addition.

What motivated the sale of the Sigma 100-400?

I'm almost at the 6 month-mark (Feb 1) with no new lenses. Or cameras.
I'm being very prudent despite 3 recent contract payments giving me all the cash for some major purchases.

α1- 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 & 100-400/4.5-5.6; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Sony 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2024 at 21:49
When I bought the 100-400 I was actually looking for the Sony 200-600.
But then I saw its size and as I was going to use it during Camping Holidays, it looked to large.
Now we have our own holiday home in France and so the need for a lightweight telelense became less important. I put the 100-400 a few times for sale and this week I received a nice bid, so I have had it almost for free.
And now the Sigma 150-600 is a good alternative for both: range and price are acceptable .

Weight is about the same as the Sony, but for approx €600 less, I guess it is a good lense for what I want.
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