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Sony option for new lens

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[OP]
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Feb 12, 2008
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Scarborough

Sony option for new lens

Hey guys, amateur photographer here. Interest in astrophotography landscape and pictures of my wife while hiking or on trips. I currently have the following:

sony 28 2.0
samyang 85 1.4 mm mf
rokinon 14mm 2.8
sony 24 to 240mm
sony 24 to 70 3.5 to 5.6 kit lens ( like new)
a7iii


was recently at a friend's wedding so they didn't mind me practing my photography. I used the 85 1.4 but mf can be a bugger sometimes and is hard to capture in the moment when I'm having to check focus. I tended to shoot more at 4 during event to ensure adequate focus. I used my 28 during a neeborn photo shoot for a friend. it was mainly purchased for travel but xovid has killed that. as bave tended to use the big zoom while hiking for the versatility.

I have an ad200 and a godox v1.

the rokinon 14mm I use a fair bit for wide landscape or astrophotography. The samyang I have also used for astrophotography.

I am seriously considering a sony 85 mm 1.8, I was going to buy a used viltrox on ebay but then the taxes didn't make sense. I wonder though if I would have been better to just buy the 24 to 105mm in the first place rather than what I have already. Please let me know what you think.
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[OP]
Member
Feb 12, 2008
234 posts
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Scarborough
Would I be better off selling the samyang 85, sony 24 to 240mm and possibly the 28mm f2 and putting that towards the 24 to 105? I dont have a huge budget here. The only new lens was the samyang. I welcome all opinions. Eventually my kit will be used to take pictures of my future children, perhaps 1 to 3 years from now. I found my niece moves around too much for my mf samyang, hence my thought process on the af sony 85.
Jr. Member
Aug 15, 2018
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Hi Joey,

Zooms vs primes - that's an old debate. If you rarely use the 28/2 and 85/1.4 wide open, it makes sense to go with a 24-105 as you gain flexibility. Just think about losing a large aperture and if that is acceptable to you.
[OP]
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Feb 12, 2008
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Scarborough
Yah I definitely use the 28mm at f2 when I do use it as I want the low light performance. I find it doesnt excel at separation though. I like the long end of the 240 but the image quality is merely ok. I do like the 85 wide open but nailing focus is a pain on anyone quickly.

Just not sure if it would be better to get the 24 to 105mm and keep one low light prime.
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Jul 13, 2009
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mattnew wrote: Hi Joey,

Zooms vs primes - that's an old debate.
PRIMES are LIFE. Always the answer :)


I was in the same boat as you, but Olympus but my set up was 12, 17, had a 20 but sold it. Was gifted a 40-150. I was about to buy the 45mm f1.8 but came across a 12-40mm f2.8 for not that much more. The 40mm f2.8 was quite comparable to the 45mm f1.8, less a stop of light yes but for convenience and also rarely being in that range. A fast zoom is really handy especially if you're looking for simplicity in a system where you can just grab and go hiking without thinking too much. My grab and go is 12-40mm f2.8, and 40-150mm f4-5.6. For social outings (pre-covid), i was either 12mm or 17mm, super compact.

All focal lengths, multiply by 2 to get the 35mm equiv :)
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Aug 15, 2018
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joe77 wrote: Yah I definitely use the 28mm at f2 when I do use it as I want the low light performance. I find it doesnt excel at separation though. I like the long end of the 240 but the image quality is merely ok. I do like the 85 wide open but nailing focus is a pain on anyone quickly.

Just not sure if it would be better to get the 24 to 105mm and keep one low light prime.
It sounds like a good zoom + a fast prime would work well for you. It would also simplify your kit so you spend less time thinking at what lens to bring and changing lenses too.
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Aug 15, 2018
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bhrm wrote: PRIMES are LIFE. Always the answer :)
For some it is. For others not. Right tool for the right job.
Newbie
Jun 15, 2015
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Winnipeg,MB
amateur too. I had sold my primes because I felt it's too heavy when I travel and hiking. I felt my shoulder hurt and can't enjoy my travel. Now I seriously think to sell FF to APS-C or m3/4 and cell phone.
If I were you, I would keep 14/2.8, 28/2.0, 24-240, 28-70 buy fe85(or sell 24-240 and 28-70 for fe24-105). for next, I think Tamron bundle is another choice, Tamron 20/2.8 and 28-200, or 17-28, 28-75f2.8, and 70-180, also, I heard Tamron will release 15-30f2.8 and 70-300(non IS). lightweight, image quality enough. for portrait rokinon 35, 45, or 85/1.4 good too. or, save money for sigma. If you for the wedding and events, I guess need two body and fast zoom lenses and a couple of fast primes. but for the budget, I recommend selling other lenses to get sigma 24-70/2.8 first, and other money for a tripod and accessories. another problem is if Sony gives a firmware update, these lenses may have focus problems.
[OP]
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Scarborough
Appreciate it, I have looked at the tamron 28-200, I think it might be a decent fit. It seems like it would be sharp enough that I am not losing that much from the sony 24-105mm. Anyone try both of them? I was wondering what everyone thinks my lenses should be listed for. In particular the Sony 24-240 and the samyang 85mm. I have put the samyang up at 275 but no bites yet. I was hoping to get 250 but perhaps that is hopeful.

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