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    Posted: 07 February 2024 at 18:20
Originally posted by HBassam HBassam wrote:

What lense should I use for night shootings?


That very much depends on what you are shooting - still or moving scenes, for example - or street photography vs. architecture at night. There are lots of possibilities.

I am rather inclined to shoot quiet, empty, liveless scenes at night (well, everyone is sleeping ...) and I am using a tripod for low ISO, low noise but rather long exposures. I try to shun artificial lighting and I am not a fan of "sunstars" that come with it if you stop down to enhance depth of field. I'd rather use WA primes or zooms that are (relatively) sharp into the corners wide open. But there are always compromises (and there is Photoshop for PP). Zooms generally might be helpful for composition - with a tripod and the option to use long exposures almost any lens will work.
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A lense with a large diaphragma: f2,8 and larger (smaller number).
The most general answer, I guess.

And focal length? Depends on what to shoot...

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What lense should I use for night shootings?
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Ah, the 16/1.4 is highly regarded and you would be happy most likely. The focal length is not for me (I much prefer a 28mm eq) and it is a bit heavy. But the results are good. Nicely compliments your 56mm
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

The Sigma 17mm looks interesting.
Can you explain? It is a slow, full frame lens and the focal length is here nor there. Why not the Sony 11/1.8 for your wide angle needs? I like mine.


Thanks, and now I see, I was wrong, I was talking about the Sigma 16mm for E mount, not FE 17mm. I did not check the 11mm lens yet. I have to say I am not a real wide angle shooter, if my kit starts at 24mm or 28mm (in FF dimensions), I think I am good.

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Oh, and enjoy your Sigma 56mm!
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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

The Sigma 17mm looks interesting.
Can you explain? It is a slow, full frame lens and the focal length is here nor there. Why not the Sony 11/1.8 for your wide angle needs? I like mine.
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The update is that I just ordered a used Sigma 56mm. When it is delivered in a few days, my line up with Nex-6 will be Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, Samyang 35mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 56mm f/1.4. There is some room for improvement or expansion but I think I have a solid base here. The Sigma 17mm looks interesting.

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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The Sigma 56/1.4 is highly regarded. You might want to read this comparison between the Sigma 56/1.4, Sony 50/1.8 and Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/e-mount-lenses/sony-e-50mm-f-1-8-vs-sigma-56mm-f-1-4-vs-sony-fe-55mm-f-1-8/

If you're open for third party lenses, the Viltrox 56/1.4 might be an option as well.


Thanks for that review, that was a great read.

The Sigma is a no-brainer, but my heart still wants the Zeiss. But I cannot go wrong with either. I can always switch later if I feel the need.
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The Sigma 56/1.4 is highly regarded. You might want to read this comparison between the Sigma 56/1.4, Sony 50/1.8 and Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/e-mount-lenses/sony-e-50mm-f-1-8-vs-sigma-56mm-f-1-4-vs-sony-fe-55mm-f-1-8/

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One more question. I think I am gonna stay on APS-C for a long time, no need to go full frame. I see there is a Sigma 56mm f/1.4 too. So how does this lens compare to the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 for APS-C? A new Sigma has the same price as a used Sony Zeiss.Is there someone with experience with these two?
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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

Okay, thanks all for the advice. I have seen a used (mint) 55 f/1.8 lens in a camera shop with waranty and a good price. So I think a little bit more about it, might do it to make my transition form A mount to E mount complete (if that ever would be possible, haha...).
There are several Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8 lenses in Dutch shops at the moment - Cameranu.nl has one for €499,- with one year warranty, it is not mint but very good. I paid €499,- for mine as well.

Mine works fine, it is really nice on full frame. It probably is as nice on crop (as I said elsewhere I use a Sony 50/1.8 OSS on crop). You will enjoy it!
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Anything and everything can break! And nothing is perfect! Don't spend too much time reading those posts online. That can result in too much "brain damage"! Mine is 10 years old and going strong, but I don't have time to take photos of brick walls and such! Just make sure if you are buying a used lens that the seller will guarantee it if there is a problem. Buying new has the advantage of a manufactures warranty but of course, probably at a higher price, and the FE 55 1.8 ZA is not one of Sony's lower priced lenses.
Also if you are buying used, always check here on Dyxum for members selling gear. That's probably safer than buying used else where, unless you have a local camera store that is selling used gear and can guarantee your purchase. In any case I've never heard of the FE 55mm f1.8 ZAA being a "dog"! Of course it is true that Sony has greatly improved manufacturing and design and performance of their newer lens since the 55mm f1.8 was first introduced.



Okay, thanks all for the advice. I have seen a used (mint) 55 f/1.8 lens in a camera shop with waranty and a good price. So I think a little bit more about it, might do it to make my transition form A mount to E mount complete (if that ever would be possible, haha...).

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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

hello forum, can I ask a question here about the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8? I see it shows up in a some line ups.
I read here and there the construction is weak, something with the gears inside. Is this true or exaggerated?


Anything and everything can break! And nothing is perfect! Don't spend too much time reading those posts online. That can result in too much "brain damage"! Mine is 10 years old and going strong, but I don't have time to take photos of brick walls and such! Just make sure if you are buying a used lens that the seller will guarantee it if there is a problem. Buying new has the advantage of a manufactures warranty but of course, probably at a higher price, and the FE 55 1.8 ZA is not one of Sony's lower priced lenses.
Also if you are buying used, always check here on Dyxum for members selling gear. That's probably safer than buying used else where, unless you have a local camera store that is selling used gear and can guarantee your purchase. In any case I've never heard of the FE 55mm f1.8 ZAA being a "dog"! Of course it is true that Sony has greatly improved manufacturing and design and performance of their newer lens since the 55mm f1.8 was first introduced.

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