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Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

Sony E 35mm f1.8 OSS - this is what replaced the kit lens and became almost permanently attached to it for a couple of years with good results. Only occasionally replaced with some A mount glass via LA-EA4 adapter. Very good combo with a6000. Light, small, good stabilisation, good image quality (I know people ten to differ here, but I like it).
Yeah, it is an underrated lens. It could be a little better and a mark 2 version build to tighter standards would be nice - but it does what it does perfectly fine. Highly recommended, I agree!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote der dickgg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2023 at 11:59
Almost a month ago Wĕtăpunga asked me:

I like the 18-105/4 for video work also. Have you ever considered replacing the 10-18 with the 10-20/4?

Mostly for video I place one camera with the 10-18 somewhere for an overview 10-14mm position. Powerzoom is not needed and the difference for photography is not enough to spend more money....
Quit a lot of ALPHA and NEX gear, a nice collection of Sigma lenses, Dynax and M42 stuff, Gitzo's, Visico's and lots of video-equipment
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Originally posted by Mestari Mestari wrote:

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Sony STF 135 f2.8 T4.5 - again, lots of CA and only manual focus but STF is STF. This is probably my most loved lens of all that I have. I just adore that look of pictures :) It will stay with me forever. Maybe sometime in future I'll try how the 100 STF compares, but this is not a priority...


Ah I get that, it's the only A-mount lens I have left and it is rather special. I use mine with an LA-EA3, albeit it has been a long time since I last used it.
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I have an Alpha 7 IV with:

- Sigma 35 f/2 DG DN C: Plenty sharp, small, all metal build. I carry this one around when I'm just walking about with my camera and don't have a specific subject in mind.
- Sony FE 20-70 f/4 G: Super sharp even at f/4. The extra 4mm at the wide end is quite handy. I don't know how I feel about the aperture ring on a zoom. It seems to work really well on primes, but just feels a bit out of place on zooms.
- Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G Macro OSS II: I don't really have a need for this one's bigger f/2.8 cousin. I splurged on the mark II and haven't regretted it. Super sharp across the frame, quiet, smallish and quite handsome on the 7IV. 1:2 macro is really handy.
- Sony FE 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 G OSS: I love this lens for birding and animals. Super sharp given enough light. Only downside is the size and the slower aperture. I love the looks I get when people see me lugging this animal around though.
- Zeiss 55 f/1.8: I got this back when I had the 7II, purely because DPReview said it was so sharp, and I was not disappointed. Some of my all time favorite shots have come from this lens.

Formerly I had:

- Zeiss 24-70 f/4: Another really great lens. I got some really nice shots out of this one, and the zoom range was good for walking around without a particular subject in mind. I passed it onto xolunanoke when I moved up to the 7IV.
- Sony FE 70-300 f/4-5.6 G OSS: As above, an excellent lens. Sharp and well balanced on the 7 series cameras. I used it for animals and some light birding (though it was a little short), and passed it onto xolunanoke when I upgraded.
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α7 IV | CZ 55/1.8 | Σ 35/2 C | FE 20-70/4 G | FE 70-200/4 G | FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 G
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 September 2023 at 23:30
Originally posted by jvsanchez jvsanchez wrote:

I have an Alpha 7 IV with:...


It's a nice collection emphasising some good zooms. I assume you're not really into macrophotography?
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 overeema Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 September 2023 at 14:02
I have (apart from A-mount gear) a NEX-6 with:

- Sony E 16-50 F3,5-5,6 Kit lens good enough for quick use
- Sony E 18-105G F4 Walk around lens for general purpose
- Minolta MC 28 F2,5 Hardly used anymore
- Minolta MD 50 F1,2 My bokeh king
- Minolta MC 85 F1,7 Another bokeh queen
- Minolta MD 200 F4 Serious tele on APS-C

My wishlist includes:
- Sony E 11 F1,8 G
- Tamron Di IIIA RXD 17-70 F2,8
- Sony E 70-350 F 4,5-6,3
and another body (A6400)
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I have sold 5 A mount lenses last weekend, I am going to get a new set of E mount lenses for my Nex-6

I do own the Samyang 35mm f/2.8, and I have ordered a used Sony-Zeiss 24mm f/1.8.

My wish list is:
- Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 zoom (compact, fast and sharp)
- or a Tamron 17-70 f/2.8 (more reach, with OSS, but larger, and picks up dust)
- or a Sony 18-135 with OSS (slower, but with OSS)
- or just a used Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and forget about the zooms for a while. Just work with the 24/35/55 primes looks appealing to me. Maybe swap the Samyang 35mm for a Zeiss version when I have the money.

I still have for A mount (with the LA-EA4) adapter the CS 16-80 and Sony G 70-300mm lens. I think at some moment in time I will replace the 70-300 for the E mount version. And I will sell the 16-80 and adapter too, after I have a new zoom or the 55mm prime. And eventually I will get a new APS-C body with IBIS to replace the Nex-6.


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I have a7IV with the 14mm and 24mm GM and that is good enough for me, but also have 11-24mm f4L and 35mm F1.4L II USM Canon that I use with the Metabones Smart Adapter EF to Sony E. Canon Lenses are not as sharp with A7IV as they are on a Canon body of the same mpx, do not know the reason.
Also, Metabones adapter is even worse on my a7RII.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2024 at 14:08
Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

- or just a used Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and forget about the zooms for a while.
What about the Sony E 50/1.8 OSS? A lot of people forget that one but it is really nice. At less then half the price of the Zeiss and with OSS to boot. I like my copy:
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2024 at 14:13
Originally posted by UncleSam UncleSam wrote:

I have a7IV with the 14mm and 24mm GM and that is good enough for me, but also have 11-24mm f4L and 35mm F1.4L II USM Canon that I use with the Metabones Smart Adapter EF to Sony E. Canon Lenses are not as sharp with A7IV as they are on a Canon body of the same mpx, do not know the reason.
Also, Metabones adapter is even worse on my a7RII.
Probably due to the glass cover of the sensor. Other systems are really bad (Leica M). Never noticed my Canon lenses are less sharp on my Sony with the Sigma MC-11 adapter. Never did check it though, so it might be the same. Unlikely it is the adapter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raabje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2024 at 14:29
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

- or just a used Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and forget about the zooms for a while.
What about the Sony E 50/1.8 OSS? A lot of people forget that one but it is really nice. At less then half the price of the Zeiss and with OSS to boot. I like my copy


I think I have read with Nex 6 and 7 the autofocus of the Sony 50/1.8 OSS doesn't work right. Specially in darker situations? It was probably in in the review section of this lens.

So that made me pick/select the 55mm lens.
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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

I think I have read with Nex 6 and 7 the autofocus of the Sony 50/1.8 OSS doesn't work right. Specially in darker situations? It was probably in in the review section of this lens.

So that made me pick/select the 55mm lens.
I've done stage and dance photography with my NEX6 + 50/1.8 OSS, frequently needed ISO 3200, f2.0 and 1/50th sec and never experienced any trouble with AF. Only caviat is I mainly used AF-S / center spot in most cases, never really tried AF-C or wider area coverage.

B.t.w. The 55/1.8 is a marvel of a lens also, only size wise it's a bit big on a NEX,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2024 at 15:19
I see the reviews, not my experience. It seems the contrast AF in darker situations isn't that good. I never noticed it in the past with my contrast AF only NEX F3, your NEX 6 has phase detect AF-points. With the A6000 and A6400 there for sure are no problems.

This is with my NEX F3, quite dark at f/3.2, 1/80s, 2500iso for a 2012 camera:


But if you are unsure, yeah, the Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8 is nice as well. Use that one only on full-frame as I have the 50/1.8 for crop
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

I think I have read with Nex 6 and 7 the autofocus of the Sony 50/1.8 OSS doesn't work right. Specially in darker situations? It was probably in in the review section of this lens.

So that made me pick/select the 55mm lens.
I've done stage and dance photography with my NEX6 + 50/1.8 OSS, frequently needed ISO 3200, f2.0 and 1/50th sec and never experienced any trouble with AF. Only caviat is I mainly used AF-S / center spot in most cases, never really tried AF-C or wider area coverage.

B.t.w. The 55/1.8 is a marvel of a lens also, only size wise it's a bit big on a NEX,


Ok, thanks Pegelli and Addy too, good to know. This review stands out for me as a Nex-6 owner:

This lens is giving me a lot of trouble. While I really like the image quality and the results, it's very frustrating to shoot with. On my NEX-7 it is slow to focus, and consistently focus is off. Subject isolation is a pain with this lens as it tends to focus on the background and refuse to change focus. I have tried several different focus modes and improvements are incremental at best. Unfortunately this makes me go so far as to leave this lens at home instead of bringing it. For most of my 50mm-needs I now tend to go with the 16-70mm Zeiss zoom. Aside from the focus-troubles, this is a very nice Little lens that gives great results once you get it to focus properly.

I have this huge pile of Minolta MF lenses on sale, and when I sell a few good ones I have the money for a used 55mm. But sales are running slow so it will take some time.

Edited by Raabje - 17 January 2024 at 15:24
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