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Finding a used Sony Lens???

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Finding a used Sony Lens???

I am going to Disney soon and wanted something a little wider than my 50mm and something faster than my kit lens.

Sony 35mm f1.8 is where I’m looking.

I found a used 35mm f1.8 on www.keh.com

Condition is listed as EX+

$349

I know there is some risk buying used, but budget wise I can’t do brand new.

Is this something I should look into some more?

I’ve never used Keh.com
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I've bought most of my lenses used except for the few when I first started and I run a business.

85mm 1.4 900$
70-200mm 2.8 1100$
24mm 2 1000$
35mm 1.4 700$
Minolta 100mm Macro lens from Japan 250$

All were in near mint condition, even the 30 year old lens.

Look at Kijiji and Photographer's Garage group on Facebook. Deal locally and test before buying.
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Which Sony body? FF or APS-C?

35mm is 50mm on APS-C and 35mm isnt' *that* wide either.

KEH.com is highly reputable and their condition rating system is best there is. Used market is a little tight plus Sony lenses arent' that plentiful either.

If you're going to Disney, I highly recommend splurging and go even wider, 16mm on FF or at the very least 24mm. You never regret going wider!
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It’s for my A6000
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Me too I have being looking to get a cheap SEL35F18 for my A6000. I have being using mine with the Sigma 30mm F2.8 a lot. It's quite sharp wide open, small, light and cheap. Mine is the plastic version, before they remade the one in metal. You can find it real cheap in used condition on eBay.

Since you're looking for used lenses, you can also opt to get some grey market lens on eBay. You can get it new for cheaper, but just like used, there'll be no warranty. I bought a Voigtlander Nokton 40mm F1.4 new on eBay 2+ years ago. It saved me I think $200 vs if I have bought it local. I took a gamble and it paid off. it still works wonderfully.

And if you want to go wider, get the 20mm F2.8. I have the 16mm F2.8 and it is an awful lens. The sharpness in the middle is bad wide open and the corners are just horrendous even at F4, 5.6 or 8.
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Easto wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2019 5:26 pm
It’s for my A6000
Get the 10-18mm

Not a whole lot of choices for Sony to go wide and affordable but the 10-18mm will be a ton of fun.

the 16mm f2.8 pancake is complete garbage, a sad attempt to compete against Olympus and Panasonic's pancakes.
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I am trying to keep my lens budget low, which I know is quite a bit of a contradiction when it comes to photography.

But I am hoping to find a lens I can use indoors at Disney - Line queues, character meets, low light.

My 50mm is great, but sometimes I have to stand fairly far back and I may not have the room at time for the 50mm
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Easto wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2019 8:06 am
I am trying to keep my lens budget low, which I know is quite a bit of a contradiction when it comes to photography.

But I am hoping to find a lens I can use indoors at Disney - Line queues, character meets, low light.

My 50mm is great, but sometimes I have to stand fairly far back and I may not have the room at time for the 50mm
Are size and weight a problem for you? If not, check the Sigma 30mm F1.4. It's on sale for $400 CAD at most major store. It's cheaper, sharper and has a half stop faster aperture (T stop = 1.8 vs Sony T/2). It's bigger than your 50mm and weight much more than the 35mm F1.8
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Gin Martini wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2019 8:30 am
Are size and weight a problem for you? If not, check the Sigma 30mm F1.4. It's on sale for $400 CAD at most major store. It's cheaper, sharper and has a half stop faster aperture (T stop = 1.8 vs Sony T/2). It's bigger than your 50mm and weight much more than the 35mm F1.8
It’s a bit of a balancing act trying to decide whether I need small, or if I can get away with a larger lens.

At the end of the day if I decide a bigger lens will serve me better I can toss it in a backpack or some other type of bag when not in use.
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bhrm wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2019 9:43 pm
Get the 10-18mm

Not a whole lot of choices for Sony to go wide and affordable but the 10-18mm will be a ton of fun.

the 16mm f2.8 pancake is complete garbage, a sad attempt to compete against Olympus and Panasonic's pancakes.
I agree with 10-18mm f4, they are good. If you decided to move up to Full frame, 10-18mm is still good.
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keh is a reputable store, I would have no issue buying from them
But if you have this mentality that buying used is high risk, then i suggest not even consider going this route.
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WilliamT1451 wrote:
Aug 6th, 2019 4:21 pm
I agree with 10-18mm f4, they are good. If you decided to move up to Full frame, 10-18mm is still good.
The 10-18mm is not a FF lens.
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That is true but it could still mounts on an e mount FF and you can take pictures in FF mode with some zoom or jump to crop mode and use the full range of the lens.
kangmlee wrote:
Aug 7th, 2019 12:20 pm
The 10-18mm is not a FF lens.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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Gin Martini wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2019 8:30 am
Are size and weight a problem for you? If not, check the Sigma 30mm F1.4. It's on sale for $400 CAD at most major store. It's cheaper, sharper and has a half stop faster aperture (T stop = 1.8 vs Sony T/2). It's bigger than your 50mm and weight much more than the 35mm F1.8
I have this lens and love it, but to me, the 30mm still not wide enough on APS-C to be my main lens travelling, especially if you are indoors and cannot step back. I got the 18-135mm zoom which is versatile for an all around travel lens, but not the greatest in low light.
Another option for affordable prime wide lens is Rokinon 12mm F 2.0. I used that exclusively on my Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos trip as I broke my other one on that trip. It's manual focus but not hard to deal with.
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I've bought from KEH.com in the past, and had a good experience with them.

I too have an a6000, and agree that a 30mm lens on APS-C is not going to do you any favours if you're taking photos in "cramped" surroundings (indoors etc.), even if it is a nice fast f/1.4.

I have the Sony 20mm f/2.8 and really like it, to the extent that it is now my "go-to" lens and the one I use most for general family photography. The perspective of the moderate wide-angle is great for indoor shots and family photography. I know that Sigma makes a 19mm f/2.8 for E-mount that is also highly regarded, and seems to go for about $250 on the used market (Kijiji) locally. That would be worth checking out.

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