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Jonnymooshoo

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Hi Photographers

I致e sold my Nikon gear and I知 planning on picking up a Sony mirrorless Full Frame camera soon and I知 trying to map out my options when it comes to lenses. I shoot mostly automotive features static and rolling shots, meets and events, pet photography (so sometimes I知 burst shooting for some action shots) and some lifestyle portraiture and I would like to get into landscape photography when I do more traveling.

With My Nikon gear I used predominately:
35mm Sigma Art f1.4 ($900) = for Automotive Features & Rolling shots it痴 been my workhorse however I知 wondering if the focal length is ideal.
50mm Nikon 1.8g ($200) = Bought this first but used rarely opting to go with the better image quality of the 35 art once I acquired it.
85mm Nikon 1.8g ($500) = for portraiture, loved shooting this wide open for the bokeh
70-200 Nikon f4 ($1400) = for some portraiture and for shooting formula D. I ended up selling this with the plan to just borrow a lens for formula D. I preferred shooting with the 85mm for the bokeh.

Considerations:
* I love my primes
* Deciding factor for me will be image quality vs price
* I do prefer to have autofocus as I do have the occasion where I知 trying to capture my dog running around
* I知 not adverse to 3rd party manufacturers providing the quality is good
* I usually shoot hand held in natural light
* The new Sony cameras will have in-body 5-axis stabilization so I may be able to regain some low light capability.
* I知 not really into the idea of 殿dapting lenses with a mount adapter.
* While I shot cars predominately with a 35mm I made the decision more so based on the Image Quality that Sigma lens offered
* I loved my 85mm 1.8g and at first glance it doesn't look like Sony has a comparable portraiture lens. Is shooting portraiture with the 70-200 f4 too much of a compromise or would the 55mm be a better option for portraiture on the Sony? (Seems like a strange focal length)

I wanted to poll the automotive photographers on here with a few questions and get your advice on how you would build your kit with the available Sony lenses.
1)   What is your most used focal length for feature shots?
2)   What痴 your most used focal length for rolling shots?
3)   What focal length do you use the most for detail shots?

Available Lenses:
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens ($448)
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens ($798)
Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens ($1598)
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens ($998)
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens ($1198)
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS Lens ($1498)
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens ($1098)

How would you build your kit with the lenses available?


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Re: Lens Strategy (Mirrorless) - Photog input wanted
« Reply #1 on: Apr 22, 15, 11:57 »
Sounds like you're going to need the following focal lengths:

16-35mm with stabilization for rolling shots and wide angle interiors.
85 to 100 mm fast prime for portraits with subject isolation.  (dont really bother with a 50mm unless you're shooting environmental portraits, I rarely go below 100mm for portraits in my personal style, my wife is similar)
105mm macro for detail shots (consider you could get away with using a macro for portraiture, but the focus is slower)
80-400 for telephoto shots and landscape/nature work  (I really like the sony A-mount supertelephoto for a good daylight outdoor zoom)

Sony glass is pretty expensive, I've shot with an A7 and used EF adapters to mount my 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm F2L and the results were amazing.

Sony A7 Test by iangwills, on Flickr

Sony A7 Test by iangwills, on Flickr

Have you considered going to an APS-C mirrorless?  A friend of mine shoots with the Fuji XT-1 after switching from a D200 and has his images featured in magazines regularly.
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Re: Lens Strategy (Mirrorless) - Photog input wanted
« Reply #2 on: Apr 22, 15, 13:30 »
I played around with the XT-1 but I am leaning moreso toward the sony hardware.

I just picked up the Sony a6000 yesterday, just to hold me over for the time being while I wait for the body I want to come out. I might pair this with the 70-200 F4 in the future for shooting sport (formula d). The 11fps is blazing fast and it does a good job of tracking the subject.

Zeiss just released the 85 1.8 so it looks like this is going to be my new portrait lens
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/04/22/the-new-zeiss-batis-lenses-have-an-oled-screen/#.VTgDwiFViko

I might pick up the 24-70 f4 today to pick up as the "rolling shots" standard lens for features.

now just missing a macro for detail shots





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Re: Lens Strategy (Mirrorless) - Photog input wanted
« Reply #3 on: Apr 22, 15, 13:50 »
I want to get am A7 or GH3, but I'm going to stick with my canon lenses and get a metabones adapter. All of my friends have Canon lenses, so it's more convenient for me. borrowing gear is cheaper than buying gear.

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Re: Lens Strategy (Mirrorless) - Photog input wanted
« Reply #4 on: Apr 22, 15, 23:21 »
I want to get am A7 or GH3, but I'm going to stick with my canon lenses and get a metabones adapter. All of my friends have Canon lenses, so it's more convenient for me. borrowing gear is cheaper than buying gear.

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That makes sense... for me I prefer to get my kit as light as possible and my buddies have already moved on to mirrorless

the GH3 is nice with 4k... you might want to consider going with the new A7ii Jonny. it's got 5-axis stabilization in the camera body so it'll actually aid in stabilizing those Canon lenses you have that might not have IS.