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Post Options Post Options   Quote Barrin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 July 2021 at 09:20
It's almost a year I'm using the Samyang 75/1.8 as a portrait lens on my a6000. I like the longer reach it has wrt to classical 50ish lenses like 50 OSS, Sigma 56, ecc.

The small size and weight, combined with a good AF are a plus to me.

For all the rest Sony Zeiss 24/1.8 is more than eough
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This thread has got quite lively since I was gone for a bit.

Last year I made a push to transition mostly to the E-mount (motivated by the advantages I saw in the mount for landscape photography).

The lineup I have reflects the main uses I have for my kit.
The Landscape Set
15mm f4.5 Voigtländer
21mm f2.8 Zeiss Loxia
35mm f2 Zeiss Loxia
50mm f2 Zeiss Loxia
85mm f2.4 Zeiss Loxia

I'm very happy with the lenses above.

The Macro Set
70mm f2.8 Macro Sigma (not really a planned purchase, but it appeared in our local 2nd hand market and my low bid was accepted)
110mm f2 Macro Voigtländer (also for landscapes when I want that extra reach)

The Event Set
24-105mm f4 Sony (an excellent general purpose lens)
85mm f1.8 Zeiss Batis (for when you want those portrait shots)

The Wildlife Set
150-500mm f5-6.7 Tamron

I originally had a Sigma 100-400 but when the Tamron was released, traded it in for the Tamron. For my purposes it fell in my sweet spot between the Sony 200-600mm and the 100-400mm options. I got more reach and the lens body was (just) compact enough to take hiking.


Edited by Wētāpunga - 18 July 2021 at 09:02
a7riii- 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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Well, lockdowns are expensive. We're into the third week and I've spend too much time looking at used camera gear.

Anyway, decided to put in a low bid on reportedly, a near-new Zeiss Batis 135/2.8. Bid was less than half its new price. And I won. It has the advantage of being weather sealed, and lighter than my 135 STF with adapter. So should be handy for some landscape shots and of course, will be good for portraits.

The problem now is I have to wait for our lockdowns to drop down a level or 2. Lenses are not considered "essential items" so can't be shipped yet.


a7riii- 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 Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 7 hours 59 minutes ago at 20:37
...and 2 months later in a sustained lockdown, and I still haven't bought any new lenses . I think I deserve a medal or something.
a7riii- 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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Poor you...

This morning I collected a pristine Samyang 14mm f2,8 for half the price of a new. Will replace my Samyang 14mm MF...
I didn't deserve that medal
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I resisted a Batis 135/2.8 (for now?) but picked up a new tripod and geared head during black friday. So, yes, you deserve a medal
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I am so thankful that Arthur R Marshall National Wildlife Refuge never closed during the pandemic. I think I would have lost my marbles as most parks were closed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 7 hours 10 minutes ago at 21:26
Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Poor you...

This morning I collected a pristine Samyang 14mm f2,8 for half the price of a new. Will replace my Samyang 14mm MF...
I didn't deserve that medal


I've spent a lot more time looking at local photography retailer websites and second hand markets than typical because of the lockdown. And of course there was the Black Friday sales.

Enjoy your new Samyang!
a7riii- 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 Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 7 hours 3 minutes ago at 21:33
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I resisted a Batis 135/2.8 (for now?) but picked up a new tripod and geared head during black friday. So, yes, you deserve a medal


The Batis 135/2.8 is both really good and expensive. It's a conundrum. I can understand the temptation as I eventually succumbed...
a7riii- 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 pbcbob pbcbob wrote:

I am so thankful that Arthur R Marshall National Wildlife Refuge never closed during the pandemic. I think I would have lost my marbles as most parks were closed.


It's been quite frustrating. I usually take a lot of nature pics in (our) Spring as lighting conditions are good, the streams/waterfalls have a good flow after the Winter rains, and there's not the crowds and heat-haze of Summer to contend with.

And then a bad storm washed out the road to one of my favourite seascape spots and it's still closed.

I took a lot of cat photos...
a7riii- 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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