https://www.flickr.com/photos/27297062@N02/albums/72157670965595765 And cheap. If I was to get the m mount version I could use it with a close-focus adapter (there are many cheaper third party adapters now). The team, that are four gearheads: Bastian, Jannik and Phillip from Germany as well as David from Australia. With the Samyang 12mm 2.8 I had quite positive experience, it is rather well corrected for a Fisheye lens and rather affordable. Out of 6 lenses I mounted on my camera 4 were badly decentered (of which 3 were new from different dealers). Sony SEL5F18Z Camera Lens. I see Bastian has already replied, but I should put in a +1 doe the Samyang 12mm fisheye too. When dragging heavy equipment around the world was no longer possible, I began with “8×10 by other means,” reaching even higher resolutions through stitching digital images. Lens looks like a fish eye lens, but it is not. Easy to focus in magnification-mode? 305g + adapter | $160 | full review | aperture series | sample images, buy from ebay.com | ebay.de | Sony E-mount adapters (affiliate links). With the NEX-7 this had proven to be impossible. The Tokina has some problems with flare the Contax might not encounter due to the T* coating. Wavy distortion you want to correct for architecture shots, ok to good flare resistance, 9 rounded aperture blades. I can supply Screenshots if needed. f/2.8 is fine, corners need f/11. Great list guys! At f/2.8 center as well as midframe region is very sharp, corners suffer a bit from field curvature. The M39 12mm 5.6 is not a very good idea on the A7r, the Sensor is least suited to rangefinder wide angle lenses. WOW Super wide angle territory is, as we know, problematic for digital sensors. Thank you very much! A little wavy distortion, quite good flare resistance, great minimum focus distance. could you please do me a favor and upload it again? 1. There is no way to use it on a Canon without irrepably damagin the camera. When the A7R was announced, the question in my mind — and I imagine with other lovers of photography as well — was whether it could be customized into a genuine photographer’s camera. Unlike what happened in some other Asian cities, Japanese photographers did not rush out en masse to get hold of that full-format camera (digital’s new medium format) miraculously squeezed into a palm-sized mirrorless body when it went on sale in Tokyo on November 15. Both lenses need lots of software correction for distortion though. Thanks for the reply and for the effort. Caution: what is written below might only be true for the prototype and I experienced bad corner performance with some adapters. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Although some stores were selling the Classic for rather tempting prices after the transition to Milvus…. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. I remember when it made its appearance to complete the lenses set for the Contax G. The Japanese photographic press was lyrical about the undistorted field of vision it brought to 35mm photography. Juriaan, David and me are not using any ultra wide angle zoom as we prefer much faster primes at the often lacking long end of the zooms. Hi guys, So you can use Minolta MD lenses. If we have left any question unanswered please leave a comment and we will do our best to answer it. which of these lenses would you recommend specifically for interior photography? Thanks for sharing your experience! It’s much smaller than its DSLR counterparts and I almost always have it in my backpack. I have seen some images taken with the adapters and the added bokeh ability seems appealing for portraits. Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian. Lenses that were geared for use with older film camera (35mm or medium/large format) systems are called legacy lenses. But you will have to deal with strong flare, lower contrast, no EXIF and a little lower sharpness. Thank you BastianK for your reply 24mm is a great wide-angle field of view, and 70mm is perfect for portraits – don’t forget you can also take advantage of ‘crop mode’ available on all the Sony Alpha cameras, allowing you to get another 1.5x reach. ;o). I’m not a pro and it would be hard for me to justify that level of purchase. Hi Bastian, The only downside is the very significant price tag. At f/2.8 the center of the image is sharp but quite strong vignetting, busy bokeh, strong coma and soft corners limit the usefulness of this aperture. Jannik’s Choice: Sigma Art 14-24mm 2.8 DG DN, David’s Choice: Zeiss Batis Distagon T* 18mm f2.8, Juriaan’s Choice: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 SWH E. The following two tabs change content below. Zeiss recommends Novoflex adapters, but I have no reports as to real loss of corner performance, sensor reflections, light leaks, etc. You mean the Canon fisheye zoom that switches between circular and full frame? Yeah, it would be interesting to hear if any of you swapped the Sony16-35 f4 for the Tamron 17-28. An exceptional lens. hi phillip how about canon fd 17mm f4? I was already amazed when going from D800 + 14-24mm 2.8 to A7s + 14-24mm 2.8. Peak performance is around f/4.0, vignetting is much less pronounced. So I think my best option is the Tokina 3.5/17 SL, but I’ve also read good things about the Carl Zeiss Contax T* 18mm f4. Maybe you like to share a link to some of your Infrared work with this lens? thanks for the kind words and your support! I own the Tokina MF 17mm F3.5 for Canon FD with my Sony Alpha 7ii. Indeed. I have a dilema and was hoping you can help Average size and weight, decently priced. Sony A7 - legacy macro lens - best options If you don't mind shooting in crop mode, the Zeiss Touit 50/2.8 is an amazing lens. One push gets you a 7x magnification, and another one double that. Dear Karsten, I just finished my summer-long search for the best UW for me.. Like the best macro lenses, it's fantastic from MFD down to infinity, blisteringly sharp, great colors, very low distortion. Salar, As soon as I found it on my HDD I will send you a new link 😉. None the less they are specialized in different areas so they can provide you with a wider perspective. I am also trying to find the LR correction for it but unfortunately, the Bastian’s link above is not working on Dropbox anymore :(. Can Sony engineers focus in two seconds? Dear Phillip and team One thing which often escape scrutiny is there are 2 versions of the Minolta MD 17mm f 4. The point is, they appear to be quite sensitive to that. By Guest Author on November 18, 201325 Comments. Thanks guys, for the enthusiastic, dedicated articles you write. If you can get by with this great value for the money. I want to have a look how the manually cropped ones differ from inbuilt APSC mode. I come from Nikon world with many modern lenses and also some of the best AI-S/AI series lenses. Not by a long shot– FD lenses are a great value, but there are several other legacy and modern lenses you have access to with the a7S II’s versatile lens mount such as Nikon, M42, and even Canon EF. On its first day with me it changed my choice of Auto ISO into 50 ISO three times without my consent only because my hand brushed against it. We did not want to mix up rectilinear and fisheye lenses (we might do another article covering only fisheye lenses). It is the only one I made, sorry! RUMOR: Sony will soon announce the new 35mm f/1.4 GM lens!! Hi, for the tokina lens that shown in your affiliate link, does that include the e mount or i have to buy it separately? The A7R is on the right track for people like me and others who believe in detail. This is neither a light nor a small lens but it isn’t huge either. Class leading across the frame sharpness by f/5.6. The indications I give, by the way, refer to the Japanese language menu, which is the only one in Sony cameras before the “international models” are sold domestically. One of the first things you must do when turning the A7R into a photographer’s camera is to block the control wheel from changing ISI settings. Would you be interested in testing the Sigma 14-24 2.8 DN with the Haida rear ND filter set ? Good center performance, never great in the corners, As always with Samyang lenses, make sure you did not get a. Also has moustache distortion and I don’t know how well the flare resistance will work indoors with strong light sources. I’m looking for full-on fisheye, not rectilinear. … But, while the system with which the quick acting photographer had to determine exposure, f-stop, and sensitivity was a big mess with the NEX-7, it is — to get the negatives out of the way first — still a little bit of a mess with this new miracle of engineering. Although, I don’t have most of these lenses you’ve mentioned I tried some lenses and I think you should make your reviews on them. Canon FD lenses. Great info – have you done something similar for fisheye lenses? hello guys, I love this article so much. Awesome! Considering there is the great Laowa 15mm 2.0 for Sony FE I would not bother with the huge Sigma 14mm 1.8. He sold that copy in anticipation of Laowa 10-18mm, that unfortunately fall behind expectations, so he bought a second used copy. My picks based on usage on the A7r for the $$ would be Konica 50/1.7 (probably the sharpest lens I have used), Pentax 50/1.8 K … Too bad because on paper it looked like the perfect lens for me. It seems other than the laowa 10-18 you can’t go below 16mm without also getting a specialized filter kit which dramatically increases price. Both are very very sharp lenses. give it to you for the time you need for the testings. The Voigtländer adapter I had used with it was indeed of lesser quality than I had been led to believe. Generally excellent sharpness stopped down but I noticed a midframe drop and some field curvature on my copy. Hi Bastian. Performs is best at 20mm, but is also very good at 16mm. The first on our list of the best lenses for Sony A7 is the Sony SELF28F20 FE 28mm f/2-22 Standard-Prime Lens. Focus scale is often totally misaligned. There is now also an AF version of this lens available which is a little lighter but shares the same optics. For me this is the achilles heel of this lens. Even if there's some overlap with other lists. and the Sony 16-35mm GM? Pretty good resolution already wide open, best at it’s short end. Aside from the new FE lens range co-announced with the A7 and A7R, there’s the promise of an adaptor fest: vintage, legacy, loved lenses of almost any marque can be dusted off and mounted on either of the slimline siblings. * As this is not really of relevance to this thread, feel free to delete. My targets are cheap third party lenses like 7artiSan 7mm f2.5 E mount or the Samyang 8mm fisheye for APSC e mount. Hello, first of all I wanted to thank you for the site, that although I have been following it for a long time, it is the first time I write and it is a kind of essential guide for me, that I am an amateur and eventual photographer, I enjoy it very much. The LAEA4 adapter that allows us to use A mount lenses on the A7R is a must. Coma correction wide open is also very good which makes this a great lens for astrophotography. I was wondering if any of the Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8 versions – classic or Milvus – was considered as a viable adapted manual focus ultra wide lens, or if price, size & weight – or image quality – ruled it out as a candidate? The Minolta 24mm F2.8 also works beautifully on the Sony. Canon FD 4/17 Below average flare resistance. 355g | $800 | full Review | aperture series | sample images, buy from Amazon.com | Amazon.de | B&H (affiliate links). After picking up my first lens from KEH, I was hooked. Plus some testing of the lenses I’ve tried, in this thread on Fred Miranda Alt. 570g (E-mount version) | $300 | Review | sample images, buy from ebay | buy from amazon | B&H (affiliate links), buy from amazon.com | amazon.de | B&H | ebay.com (affiliate links), Status: bought by Bastian to replace Samyang 14mm 2.8, sold because not fun to use on A7 cameras because of size and weight, 1000g + adapter | ~$1300 (used) | photozone.de review | sample images, buy from ebay.com | amazon.com | B&H | Nikon-G adapters (affiliate links). Luckily the Laowa 9mm 5.6 now offers the combination of image quality and size that I was looking for. Don’t lay your hands on the older AF-D version, it is not even nearly as good! That doesn‘t mean that you can‘t take very fine images with legacy lenses or that I would change most of my recommendations in older articles. All in all a capable landscape lens with some limitations for a decent price. I’d like to get an ultrawide but I’d also want to be able to stay with NISI 100mm filters. Used by David for a while, then sold. I’m in the market for a replacement of my older voigtlander but may also be considering a fisheye lens as that could work with the jobs I mostly undertake. Furthermore, real estate indoor photography (if I got it right and that is what you want to do) may be one of the fields where I would prefer a zoom lens. Strong distortion at the wide end which is still significant at the longer end. My overall finding for best/favourite IR lenses on my converted A7 are: “I can vouch for the Silver nose, single coated OM Z 21/3.5, 24/2.8. Status: Used a lot by Phillip then sold to fund the FE 4/16-35. My biggest concern with this lens is the questionable build quality and the quality assurance problems. Phillip is still happy with the 16-35mm 4.0 but he is not really into astrophotography. Somehow it didn’t save my edit. (I’m using it on an Infrared converted A7). The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Zoom Lens is the ultimate choice for those seeking the highest possible optical performance for portrait, travel and event photography or even simple everyday shooting. But it looks like a reader may provide a review sample this month. The following is a guest post from Phillip Reeve. No wonder, then, that a deep sigh of relief went up among Internet commentators with the revelation that this new camera showed that Sony had recognized the earlier folly of its ways. I bought a Sony A7II without knowing its true potential. The University of Amsterdam asked him to become professor of comparative political and economic institutions, a position he held until retirement seven years ago. I wanted to download your LR profile, but the link is dead? No visible field curvature. Status: bought (on release day 🙂 ) and reviewed by Bastian, ended up selling it to fund smaller Loxia 21mm 2.8 with even better sunstars. At 18mm it is almost impossible to catch flares or ghosts and it even takes 77mm screw-in or 100mm square filters and is also comparably cheap. Can anybody give information about manual focus? While excitingly sharp in most of the frame, I kept seeing that something was wrong on the right side. These cookies do not store any personal information. This switching of viewing method is of more than passing interest. I had it once, seemed very good. You have to use f/8 for best sharpness across most of the frame, the extreme corners still gain a little contrast at f/11, Almost no distortion, quite good flare resistance, beautiful 10-stroke sunstars, heavy vignetting, No significant sample variation reported (In contrast to the 4.5/15), Much better performance on Sony E-Mount cameras than the M-Mount version II, Not as fast as the 15mm, not as wide as the 10mm and maybe therefore it has already been discontinued. Yes I do. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. 18-pointed sunstars with pretty average definition from f/11. Pronounced distortion at the ends, average vignetting. As I am searching for cheap options ,therefore these two lenses I googled for and found very good considering ‘ bang for bucks’ .But other lens ideas are also welcomed unless pricey. I like your reviews on lenses, and I really want to get Voigtlander 21mm but the problem is I would like to use Lee filters with this lens, the problem is with lens hood, is there any way I can use Lee filters with this lens Flare can be an issue in demanding scenarios, the only real weakness of this lens. This is one of the few legacy UWA that does not cost a fortune and at the same time doesn’t totally suck. Is it inadvisable to use the 10mm in APSC format to get 15mm equivalent if I am struggling to frame a shot in 10mm, especially in the initial part of the learning curve? At f/5.6 most of the frame is pretty sharp, only the extreme corners are somewhat soft. Status: Not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available. There's always something new to discover here, not least for our popular Live Rumors and Live News feeds. Prices are all over the place for that lens, I picked mine up for 100€ (+ 20€ for the lens hood, how are people always losing their hoods?). I love reading your reviews – always so balanced and fair. The best 50mm legacy lens for Sony A7 Most of the legacy 50 1.4/1.7/1.8 lenses will perform great. Coma performance wide open not bad, a little worse than Samyang 14mm. I think I’ll buy the Contax T* 18mm f4. what is your opinion about this lens? Anyway, I only got the Tokina shortly before sending the A7 off, so I have only had a brief time to test it, during which it impressed me. I have a sony Aiii and I am want to buy an ultra wide angle lens. We haven’t reviewed it. best regards Sharp and with pleasant contrast. Pentax. 680g | $2198 | MTF | TDP review | vs FE 4/16-35, buy from amazon.de | amazon.com | B&H | amazon.de (affiliate links). i cant wait to see your reviews on the latest voigtlander lens My conclusion is shared by many a commentator that life is simply too short to have to bother with NEX menus. I mostly use wide lenses for astro and architecture. Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian, who bought a new copy from retail aferwards. 1. and i seen some wide angle lens called irix 15 2.8 that claim to be awesome as well what are your thoughts on that. Get me your contact information and the next time in Europe I can let you borrow my AIS Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 ultra wide lens. I think the Canon FD 2.8/20 is your best choice here because you can use filters without a hassle and apart from the flare resistance it is a very good lens for landscapes. 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