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WozniakMac
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Lens Choice for A77


I just bought a new Sony A77 and I got the 16-50 with it. Now, I have always wanted the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70, but I am trying to figure out if I want that or a 70-200 2.8 instead. Not really sure how much I would use the 70-200, but I keep thinking it would be nice to have in case. Would the 24-70 be much better than the 16-50, or am I just getting the Zeiss name. I appreciate any help I can get. Thank you.

I have around $2000 to spend.



Nov 17, 2011 at 05:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Lens Choice for A77


what do you shoot now?

new firmware update for the a77 is available.
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/product/slt-a77v



Nov 30, 2011 at 01:50 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Lens Choice for A77


I say the following is best:
Keep the 16-50, it is made for the body, it is the right range, and Sony put plenty into it, it is very sharp and has few faults especially as a 'kit' zoom, might be the best one so marketed.

So that gives you ~24-75mm, very useful for most needs, and at f2.8. Its about half a heavy as the ZA zoom, much cheaper. You then have a free hand to buy more (!), free of the burden of doubt about the gen purpose lens.

Leaving what? You list fast 35/85s, Zeiss has a new 50mm coming out in 2012, and Sony (despite fanboy angst) do not hold back much on getting releases out the door. I could easily get interested in this one:
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-new-a-mount-zeiss-50mm-f1-4-ssm-coming-with-the-a9x/

So that is a fast modern Zeiss on a top sensor, with 75mm reach, you get the centre res, so if it is a Planar, all the frame will be great on APS-C. The sensor will not get past it.

You need a great 24-25mm to get a 35mm - happens to be a fine 24/2 in the ZA line: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/731694-REG/Sony_SAL24F20Z_Distagon_T_24mm_f_2.html

Zeiss have also the new 25mm f2 for Canon and probably Nikon F mount. We have high hopes for this one, and any corner issues don't matter on crop sensors. The design looks like they did the job well. Here is a link:
http://www.zeissimages.com/showreplies.php?qid=850
Jorge liked it. F mount ZFs fit Sony via a Leitax mount (as good as original).

As ken says, always keep up with firmware with Sony, they get so many cameras out the door, its hard for s/ware to keep up, and we see good improvements in f/w for most bodies, the A77 will be no different.



Nov 30, 2011 at 07:01 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Lens Choice for A77


A 70-200 (native or Sigma) is an obvious second lens. Since you have $2000 you can splurge for the Sony G lens. That or Zeiss 135/1.8 + something else.


Nov 30, 2011 at 07:08 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Lens Choice for A77


WozniakMac wrote:
I just bought a new Sony A77 and I got the 16-50 with it. Now, I have always wanted the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70, but I am trying to figure out if I want that or a 70-200 2.8 instead. ...I have around $2000 to spend.


$2,000 will just about cover a 70-200. You'll have a small gap from 50 - 70 if you keep the 16 - 50, but the 70-200 is a really useful lens for a variety of uses, and since Alphas have in-body stabilization you don't have to weigh the same options that Canon users do with regard to IS or non-IS.

Of course, you've used a 70-200 on your Nikon, and you know the FoV it gives (although on the A77 it'll look a bit longer due to the crop factor), so if you really don't think you'd use it then that's another matter.



Nov 30, 2011 at 09:06 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Lens Choice for A77


Being a prime guy, and loving the rendering of the 135/1.8 I say go for that
I used a 70-200 on crop for motorsport and only really shot at either 70mm or 200mm.



Nov 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Lens Choice for A77


Samyang 35/1.4 - $500
Samyang 85/1.4 - $270
Minolta 70-210/4 ~ $120
and Samyang 24/1.4 - hopefully $500

that leaves you extra cash for a HVL-F58AM Flash - $500



Nov 30, 2011 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Lens Choice for A77


I find a zoom much more useful on the wide end and would also agree in keeping the 16-50, which, reports thus far suggest is good glass.

For longer FL, I'd agree with thrice on a prime and Jim on the Samyang 85...

george



Nov 30, 2011 at 06:18 PM





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