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Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

Looking forward to your conclusions!
I have the 35/2.8, actually for the second time around and I think itís really good. I do miss aperture ring and focus scale with hard stops.
I presume you mean the good old Zony FE 2.8/35? Since there are also lenses from other manufacturers (at least Samyang?) with that same focal length and aperture...
Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

One of those would be solved with a 40G
My main aim is street
I am sticking with my Voigtlšnder Nokton 40 mm F1.2 for my 40 mm needs, after all it offers almost all nice features you can wish for a good lens - except autofocus and low price.
 



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I like the 40mm focal length more so than 35mm or 50mm.
But the 35GM is really too good pass up so that my choice of lens for this focal length.

I still have the Samyang 45mm f1.8 for the A7C but it not being weathersealed is not really helping in some cases.
But I do really like the way this lens performs.
I am looking to sell it and buy something else that's better sealed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 19:44
This is a very interesting thread with a wide variety of E mount lenses listed.
It goes to show there is a lens for every taste, budget and application.
One great thing I find with E mount is that there is a such a large selection of lenses from a variety of manufactures, not just the great lenses from Sony.

Photography is only a hobby for me, so I know I have many more lenses that I really need. And certainly, I'm not qualified to say the lense I have are better or worse than others. They are just mostly lenses I like and suit my photographic need and tastes. Sadly they haven't had a lot of use during this past year because of the pandemic and travel restrictions.

My favorite focal lengths are in the 35 to 55mm range so it shouldn't be a surprise that my most used and favorite lens is the Zeiss 40mm f2 CF Batis
Zeiss 40mm f2 CF Batis just a very versatile lens and I love the close focus ability. sample image:


In fact I love the rendering of Zeiss lenses so much that I have the entire collection of Zeiss Batis lenses as well as several Sony Zeiss lenses.

Zeiss 25mm F2 Batis
Zeiss 85mm F1.8 Batis
Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis
sample image:



Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis
Those of you that have seen some of railroad photos know that I shoot many of them with those Batis lenses, at least in more recent years since switching to mostly FE mount


Sony Carl Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8 ZA This was my first FE mount lens
Sony Carl Zeiss FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar Hey, its a zoom, but I like it. Of course it's not a GM, but it is entirely adequate and I made some nice photos with it. I think it gets a bad rap, but I don't think that is justified. Maybe my copy is better than most? But like I say, its a zoom and I don't expect prime-like results from it. Distortion at 24mm is a gripe sometimes. But Zeiss rendering
Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F4 OSS FE A nice sharp wide zoom with nice rendering


Sony FE 85 F1.8 This is a great "little" lense. Love the size and sharpness. Might be a bit sharper than the Batis, but renders differently.
Sony FE 100m F2.8 STF GM OSS Ok, its not Zeiss, but I love this lens and the focal length
Sony FE 100-400 F4.5-56 GM OSS Very expensive but a great lense. All I need for a tele lense.

For my Railroad photography I like the 70-200 range. Not going to buy a lense in that range as i still have and use my Sony A mount 70-200 f2.8 SSM G which I use with the LA-EA3. I also use that adaptor occasionally with other A mount lenses such as the Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 art. Also I use it with my 2 Minolta macro lenses, the 50mm and 100 mm f2.8 D in manual focus with works fine for macro anyway.

My FE mount cameras are the A7 and A7III.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 20:17
On a side note:
It should be punishible not to own the E 24/1.8za, thats an excellent prime if shooting aps-c.

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

Looking forward to your conclusions!
I have the 35/2.8, actually for the second time around and I think itís really good. I do miss aperture ring and focus scale with hard stops.
I presume you mean the good old Zony FE 2.8/35? Since there are also lenses from other manufacturers (at least Samyang?) with that same focal length and aperture...

Yep, the old Sony Zeiss 2.8/35za

Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

One of those would be solved with a 40G
My main aim is street
I am sticking with my Voigtlšnder Nokton 40 mm F1.2 for my 40 mm needs, after all it offers almost all nice features you can wish for a good lens - except autofocus and low price.

I have a nokton 40/1.4sc that I really like, but trying to zone focus 35mm longer is pretty hard at the short distances Iīm at shooting street. Iīm just to slow at MF for moving targets
28mm and shorter I can manage with zone focus.


Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

I like the 40mm focal length more so than 35mm or 50mm.
But the 35GM is really too good pass up so that my choice of lens for this focal length.


No doubt that the 35GM is a great lens, but to big and bulky for me (and my wallet).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mariuszlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 20:34
I have always treated E-mount as a small alternative to the basic A-mount. I actually bought my first E-mount body (NEX 7) for my Rokkors. But then it started ...
Initially, I only had two lenses:

Sony E 18-55 - good but sold
Sony E 50-210 - good but sold


I was actually happy with both of them, but after some time they were sold.
I needed a wide angle and it appeared:

Sony E 10-18 - stays with me

This one has already stayed with me with the thought of visiting Italian or Croatian towns ...
Over time, I took the NEX 7 for walks more and more and then I realized that AF was not the best. So I bought the A6400 and that's when it started.

Sony E 18-135 the best walking lens

But I must have something for birds.

Sony E 70-350 - this one is for sure forever

And the flowers and beetles?

Sigma E 70/2.8 ART macro - a very good lens.

Okay, okay, that's how I got used to the idea of ​​traveling with E-mount. What if I visit some dark museum or go to a concert? Or I want to take a picture of my grandchildren? Well, I need a prime lens.

Sigma 16 / 1.4
Sony Zeiss 24 / 1.8
Sony 35 / 1.8 OSS
Sigma 56 / 1.4


All these lenses are great.

What else? Just fisheye. Well, how without it ...

Rokinon 8mm/2.8

It has not yet participated in the action.
I hope my adventure with E is over for now (meaning shopping).
Until the death of my A99II...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 20:41
FYI the Zeiss Batis 40/2 has a OLED focus scale.

Two rants:
I hate the term "zony" - what is miss with Sony Zeiss? Or Sony CZ?
Aperture rings on modern lenses are stupid.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 20:47
I haven't heard "Zony" before was it a typo?
Sorry it was me that typed Zony!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 21:19
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

FYI the Zeiss Batis 40/2 has a OLED focus scale.

Two rants:
I hate the term "zony" - what is miss with Sony Zeiss? Or Sony CZ?
Aperture rings on modern lenses are stupid.
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The Batis have been on my list of "interesting lenses" but also to bulky for me.
Apertur ring makes total sens, I can se the setting without looking in the viewfinder and I like involving both hands for many reasons.
But we are not all the same, so nothing Iīm going to try to get you to change your mind about

At the end of the day the Sony Zeiss 2.8/35za do deliver within the needs and limitations I have.

"Zony" is that a knock off
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2021 at 22:53
Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

On a side note:
It should be punishible not to own the E 24/1.8za, thats an excellent prime if shooting aps-c.


I think the recent Samyang 24mm f1.8 lens is FF, equally small and actually gives 24GM a run for its money. So that might be the better option even for ApS-C users. the Zeiss 24mm/1.8 is an older design in comparison.

Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

On a side note:
No doubt that the 35GM is a great lens, but to big and bulky for me (and my wallet).


not actually all bulky tbh which is part of the reason its hard to resist.
its about the same size as Batis 40mm f2 but 160g heavier.

Of course bulky is subjective.... I don't consider any of my lenses particularly bulky apart from 200-600mm
Sigma 85mm f1.4 is borderline.
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Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:


Sony E 10-18 - stays with me
Sony E 18-135 the best walking lens
Sony E 70-350 - this one is for sure forever
Sigma E 70/2.8 ART macro - a very good lens.
Sigma 16 / 1.4
Sony Zeiss 24 / 1.8
Sony 35 / 1.8 OSS
Sigma 56 / 1.4

Rokinon 8mm/2.8


That's a very nice lineup for sure but this wouldn't be a very good equipment thread if we didn't suggest a few option you could consider

Tamron 17-70mm/2.8 - walk around but with f2.8 constant aperture. bigger than your sony, slightly wider but shorter reach.
Laowa 65mm f2.8 macro - smaller than the sigma ART, equally sharp, smaller and made natively for e-mount. but MF only (not a problem for macro though)
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Laowa 65mm f2.8 macro - smaller than the sigma ART, equally sharp, smaller and made natively for e-mount. but MF only (not a problem for macro though)
Although there is one fundamental problem with LAOWA lenses: These do not have any sort of communication with the camera and thus you won't get focal length and aperture information.

Disclaimer: my information is based on the three LAOWA lenses I own: 15 mm F4 Macro (A-mount, but I often use it also on E mount with a adapter), 10-18 F4.5-5.6 and 2.5◊-5.0◊ Ultra Macro.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 July 2021 at 00:12
I know the EF version of some of the Laowas have electronic aperture, but they also have less aperture blades then the E-mount version. That doesn't seem a great tradeoff to me.

I'd be more interested in their macro lenses if they had accurate focus distance encoders.

This reminds me that I preferred the Tamron 20mm F2.8 to the 15mm F4 Macro, though I didn't have the Laowa branded version of that lens.

Edited by QuietOC - 16 July 2021 at 00:15
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So far limiting myself to a lineup of 3, then again I've only had my A7R4a for a little over 2 months

24-105mm f/4 G OSS
70-200mm f/4 G OSS
200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS + the 1.4x TC

All 3 pretty much have my somewhat older comparable Minolta's beat hands down.

Having thoughts of adding to the lineup in the form of something WA and some kind of fast prime in the portrait range but that's going to have to wait. No use buying lenses that I can't even use, 3rd week of lockdown here in Sydney with a 10km travel limit and no visiting other households and facing at least another 2 weeks in lockdown.
Plus still no job after May's redundancy so anything I spend comes out of the payout, might turn into a lifeline if this lockout continues.
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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

On a side note:
It should be punishible not to own the E 24/1.8za, thats an excellent prime if shooting aps-c.


I think the recent Samyang 24mm f1.8 lens is FF, equally small and actually gives 24GM a run for its money. So that might be the better option even for ApS-C users. the Zeiss 24mm/1.8 is an older design in comparison.

Age donít make stuff obsolete;)

Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:



Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

On a side note:
No doubt that the 35GM is a great lens, but to big and bulky for me (and my wallet).


not actually all bulky tbh which is part of the reason its hard to resist.
its about the same size as Batis 40mm f2 but 160g heavier.


The difference in weight is the same as the new ďGĒ lenses weighing eachÖ
Maybe itís not obvious that I canít carry a kit of 1kg, but thatís the limiting factor.
700 gram works more would be pushing it for me.
An a6x00 or a7c weighs in on just abow 500g and the Sony 2.8/35 120g, the new Sony 24, 40 and 50G comes in on 162 to174g
The Batis and GM-lenses just canít compete with that. They are better lenses, but only if I can use them.
It also the size, I like to have a not intimidating kit when shooting street.


So what E-mount stuff do I have?

Primes, Sony:
24/2.8G, 35/2.8za, 50/2.5G, 55/1.8 and 90mac

Zooms:
Sigma 24-70/2.8, sony 12-24/4

Out of this I only use the 24 and 35 on rare occasions the 55
50 just arrived and mostly going to be my wife shooting whit it.
The 90mac almost only at work, the 24-70 work and on location.
12-24 almost not using it, love it but canít carry it around.


Edited by Maffe - 16 July 2021 at 14:39
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