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| p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Which manual telephoto lens for traveling with the a7r. |
Hi everyone, I hope you can help me with something.
Namely, I am looking to complete my travel kit with a high quality mid-telephoto prime lens which I intend to use for environmental portraits and landscapes, with landscapes with a bit of compression being the main draw for me.
Currently I own an a7r mk I which I am very happy with, which I use with the following lenses :
Zeiss 28/2 distagon:
Not technically perfect but my favorite lens by far.
I have the SMC K 28/2, it has impressive resolution.
Zeiss vario-sonnar 35-70/3.4:
The rendering wide open is great for people and the sharpness closed down is downright impressive.
I still want to take this one for a spin some day, it looks like fun, I do have the R 35-70/3.4, it's quite sharp, I wish it had the same close focus as the Zeiss.
I also have a few lenses on loan:
Leica r 60/2.8
Very much enjoy the rendering of this lens, great from close to medium distances.
Mine's sharp at all distances.
Leica r 90 2.0:
Great for people photography, so so for landscapes.
The 90AA is better.
Leica r 28/2.8 v1:
Great colors, very poor corners.
I haven't used mine enough for an opinion
So far, I have looked at :
Leica apo telyt m 135/3.4: I like the sample images from this lens on Flickr very much.
I wish I had one...
Leica r apo 100/2.8: apparently an almost perfect lens, nice rendering.
I'm definitely looking forward to shooting mine again this spring/summer, it seriously impressed me last summer.
Leica r apo telyt 180/3.4:
Very impressive images on Flickr. May be too long
It's an inch longer than the 100 APO, I think it's a nice size, and great quality.
Zeiss 100/2 Makro Planar: great rendering, though maybe too harsh for people photography. Pro: I'd have a macro lens as well.
Zeiss 100-300 vario sonnar: supposedly a great performer but hard to get a nice copy. Don't know if zeiss still services them.
As you can see from the list, I would be willing to spend quite a bit, though I would only buy used, so the new batis is out of the range, and I have not yet seen anything from that lens that made me want to use it.
The 135/2 lenses are probably too heavy for my requirements,...Show more → IIRC, they do CLA, I'm not sure how far they will go, same for each lens?
Any thoughts? Any lenses I overlooked? Advice is very welcome, though as I see it, choosing anything will be a though choice indeed.
The Voigtlander APO lenses are another option.