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Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

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@Nandbytes: do you have a bad copy of the 35/1.8 OSS? Because your description of the lens does not match my experience with it. I find it a very convenient lens, not stellar, but still quite good. And my A6000 with the 35/1.8 OSS makes for a very versatile small package (even if the 50mm eq. usually is either too long or too wide).


I am thinking of adding the 85/1.8 and/or the Tamron 28-75/2.8.


I don't think so. It's not sharp wide open outside the centre regions. I think that matches what dxo shows for example. While I don't much care for corners at f1.8 mid frame region is important.
TBH if I were to go back to shooting APS-C with Sony I'd do so because of the nice sigma f1.4 primes. The 56mm f1.4 looks small and lovely. The only Sony APS-C prime I think that worth it is the 50mm F1.8 OSS
It of course depends on what you expects, but Optical Limits considers it to be quite good. Their description fits my experience - not perfect, but surely usable.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

@Nandbytes: do you have a bad copy of the 35/1.8 OSS? Because your description of the lens does not match my experience with it. I find it a very convenient lens, not stellar, but still quite good. And my A6000 with the 35/1.8 OSS makes for a very versatile small package (even if the 50mm eq. usually is either too long or too wide).


I am thinking of adding the 85/1.8 and/or the Tamron 28-75/2.8.


I don't think so. It's not sharp wide open outside the centre regions. I think that matches what dxo shows for example. While I don't much care for corners at f1.8 mid frame region is important.
TBH if I were to go back to shooting APS-C with Sony I'd do so because of the nice sigma f1.4 primes. The 56mm f1.4 looks small and lovely. The only Sony APS-C prime I think that worth it is the 50mm F1.8 OSS
It of course depends on what you expects, but Optical Limits considers it to be quite good. Their description fits my experience - not perfect, but surely usable.


Yeah I think its mainly expectations. For the price I expected better I suppose. But it is rather small with OSS so perhaps I should've taken the compromise into account.
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Edit: July 2020 list updated.

Full Frame - a7iii and a7ii
Sony:
24-70 f4 ZA OSS
70-200 f4 G OSS
200-600mm f5.6-6.3 G OSS
90 f2.8 Macro G OSS
Zeiss:
Loxia 50 f2 Planar
Batis 18 f2.8 Distagon
Batis 25mm f2 Distagon
Batis 40mm f2 Distagon
Batis 85mm f1.8 Sonnar
Batis 135 f2.8 Sonnar
Samyang:
35 f2.8

APS-C - NEX-6 and NEX-5
Sony:
16 f2.8
16-50 f3.5-5.6
18-55 f3.5-5.6
18-200 f3.5-6.3
Samyang:
8 f2.8 fish-eye
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Canon FD 35 f2.8 Tilt Shift
Canon FD 28 f2.8 on Fotodiox Pro Shift adapterMeyer-Optik-Görlitz Trioplan 50mm F2.9
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon f2.8 on Pixco Tilt adapter
Minolta MD 50 f1.7

LA-EA4 & LA-EA1 A-mount adapters

Wish list:
Loxia 35mm f2 Biogon



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It took more than a year to sell (almost) all of my a-mount gear, but now I am fully transitioned to e mount with the following lineup:

12-24/4 G
24-105/4 G
70-200/4 G
100-400/4.5-5.6 GM
2x TC
21/2.8 Loxia
35/2.8 Sonnar
35/1.4 Distagon
50/1.4 Planar
55/1.8 Sonnar
85/1.4 GM
90/2.8 G macro

A fast 135mm would round it off nicely :)

Sitting in the train driving across Denmark to celebrate Christmas in Aarhus. I brought the 24-105, the 35 Distagon and the 85/GM as well as a flash. This kit fits in a small bag.
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21/2.8 Loxia 35/1.4Z 50/1.4Z 85/1.4GM 90/2.8G Laowa 100mm F2.8 Ultra Macro 100/2.8GM 135/1.8GM
12-24/4G 24-105/4G 100-400/4-5.6GM 2x TC
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Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:


Sitting in the train driving across Denmark to celebrate Christmas in Aarhus. I brought the 24-105, the 35 Distagon and the 85/GM as well as a flash. This kit fits in a small bag.


How would say the AF of 85GM compares to the Zeiss 35?

I am tempted to replace my FE85/1.8 with the GM but AF with the FE85 is flawless. I get over 90% hit rate wth it and eye-AF.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 December 2018 at 21:56
I just sold all E-Mount full frame and GM's, Zeiss and G's. Full force into A-Mount with all G2 glass.

For E-Mount, I decided to go backwards, to the NEX-7 style. That's the only E-Mount form factor I ever really enjoyed using. So I just purchased:

a6300
10-18/4
18-105/4

That's it, that's all for me. This minimal kit actually does something that my A-Mount kit cannot. Small ultra wide constant aperture for gimbal. And a power zoom. All my other E-Mount was redundant to my A-Mount. And, I've been very pleased with how the A-Mount lenses adapt to the a6300 with LA-EA3 for stills.

Extras for the a6300 include LIM case, Cineasy Video Button, and battery adapter to fit A-Mount style batteries when longer video sessions are required.

Why a6300? I like that form factor better for the smaller cameras. There is actually more turf between shutter button and viewfinder than even on my a99II. The grip is wider, instead of deeper. It feels like a bigger camera in a smaller package. I don't like the touch screen on a6500, so a6300 for me.

It can still accept the PlayMemories Apps. I'm experimenting with the TimeLapse to see if that will allow me to let go of my Samsung NX-1 system, which has advanced TL built in for both stills and video 4K. Sony reduces video time lapse to 1080 with no 4K available.
 



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Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:


I don't like the touch screen on a6500, so a6300 for me.


You do realise you can turn off the touchscreen
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I'm still mostly an A_mount shooter but I've used the Nex-6 a lot lately on casual walkabouts. I have exactly one E-mount lens - the 16-50 power zoom, which does what I need it to, but I use a lot of adapted lenses.

The MF adapted lenses I use mostly are these three (all cheap):

- Tamron adaptall 24mm f2.5
- MF 50mm f2 Miranda
- 300mm f5.6 mirror lens (dinky little thing)

I can use all these on either a cheap dumb adaptor, or on speed booster for less FL, a wider AOV, and a usefully shorter shutter speed. The Tamron 24mm is equivalent to 16mm f1.8 approx which is quite fast for its FL.

I use some of the A-mount lenses on the LA-EA1, but the bigger ones don't make much sense for me, and most of them don't fit the speed booster (eg the Min 50mm f1.7RS which is a pity).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2018 at 00:29
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:


I don't like the touch screen on a6500, so a6300 for me.


You do realise you can turn off the touchscreen


Oh sure. I just didn't want to pay an extra $400 for the joy of turning it off.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2018 at 07:04
Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:

Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:


I don't like the touch screen on a6500, so a6300 for me.


You do realise you can turn off the touchscreen


Oh sure. I just didn't want to pay an extra $400 for the joy of turning it off.


But then you would have showed them who's boss, that's surely worth it

Oh that and IBIS
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Barrin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2018 at 08:26
I swapped to E mount on June 2017, starting with an a6000 + 35/1.8 OSS. I loved the combo but 35mm were top narrow for two chidren. I then added the 50 OSS and swapped the 35 for the 20. Now all these were sold to fund the Zony 24/1.8.

I'd buy 85/1.8 for portraits and adapt a zuiko 50/1.8

I wandered through sigma primes but I did not like their af performance and colors
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For a6500:
Sony 20/2.8; alike front cup for shooting at every event with pocketable combo
Sony 24/1.8 CZ, so far my lens #1 from 2012 (with NEX7)
Sigma 60/2.8; waiting replacement with faster one, can be Sigma 56/1.4
Sony 18-135/4.5-5.6 OSS
    

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a6500 & some nice e-mount af lenses 20/24/56/17-70/18-135 mm
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While my home is still in A-mount, I have purchased an A6500 as a lightweight camera for travel. I miss the controls of my A99II, but I think it will do nicely anyway. The A6500's first big test will be in a few weeks when I'll have it as my principal camera while I'm holidaying in Penang.

For my use, size and weight are more important than large aperture or ultimate IQ, so some of the god lenses that other folk lust after won't appear on my lineup. I will acknowledge that the is some very nice glass available now in E-mount, but it just doesn't suit my current needs. (Were I to be burgled again, and need to replace all my A-mount gear again, maybe the difficulty in sourcing A-mount in Oz and the improvements in E-mount would lead to a reevaluation of my needs)

I chose the 10-18/4, 16-70/4 & 70-200/4 to provide f/4 from 10mm to 200mm, although for this trip I'll probably take the 10-18 and my 18-135 for an even lighter combination. My only concern about the 18-135 at this stage is that it's an 18-x rather than a 16-x. For the obligatory small faster prime, the 28mm. I grew up shooting a Trip 35 with a 40mm lens, so 28mm on APS-C feels very comfortable. If I were to add another lens, it would likely be something in the 50-60mm range; the new Sigma might be interesting if it were available.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2018 at 20:23
Originally posted by Atom Ant Oz Atom Ant Oz wrote:

While my home is still in A-mount, I have purchased an A6500 as a lightweight camera for travel. I miss the controls of my A99II, but I think it will do nicely anyway. The A6500's first big test will be in a few weeks when I'll have it as my principal camera while I'm holidaying in Penang.

My hint here is to learn to use all a6500 ISO AUTO and ISO AUTO Min.SS sweets and Metering Mode Spot Large versus Entire Screen, and you can find out, that you can survive with less direct controls, surely when shooting stills and not moving subjects
a6500 & some nice e-mount af lenses 20/24/56/17-70/18-135 mm
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