AlphaMirrorless 02: Making Sense of the Lens Options

AlphaMirrorless Episode 02: Making Sense of the Lens Options

We have all heard the saying “you are always better off spending good money on lenses than on camera bodies”. Yet there is such a variety of options when it comes to lenses for the Alpha mirrorless system that it can get confusing and a little intimidating.

In this episode of the Alpha Mirrorless podcast, Juan and Andy will attempt the clear things up a bit and give you some basic understanding of the myriad of options as well as provide a few recommendations on equipment.

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14 Comments

  1. Thanks for trying to demystify this whole lens thing, but I’m afraid after this episode I’ve gone from confused, to totally confused on the verge of hopelessly confused. Not your fault — you did great. It’s apparently beyond my ability to comprehend all this E, FE, A, Zeiss, Sony, Sony-Zeiss, Metabones, etc., etc. I’ve decided if I need to buy another lens I’ll contact one of you to tell me what to get!

  2. Carl,

    Thanks for the kind words. It’s not all the Hard. All you have to remember is that if you have a full frame alpha (one of the a7) you want FE, if you have one of the a6000 or a6300 you want E. However all alpha cameras can use either E or FE.

    Hope that helps, but feel free to contact with any questions.

    -J

  3. I am so glad TWiP has decided to have a Sony Mirrorless podcast! I have an A6000 and love it. I use my old NEX 5n 18-55 kit lens on the A6000. ‘

    I want to upgrade it to something better. I shoot mainly event photography, live music performances, and some videos. I am looking into the Sony SELP18105G Zoom Lens for Sony E‑Mount, and the Sony 24-70 FE GM lens (which I think is 16- 46mm for APS-C)

    Finally the calculations to convert for the 1.5 crop factor is the following true?

    85mm FE full frame lens on an APS-C is about 56mm (85mm/1.5 crop factor)

    50mm APS-C lens on a Full Frame Sony is about 75mm (50mm x 1.5 crop factor)

  4. I am so glad TWiP has decided to have a Sony Mirrorless podcast! I have an A6000 and love it. I use my old NEX 5n 18-55 kit lens on the A6000. ‘

    I want to upgrade it to something better. I shoot mainly event photography, live music performances, and some videos. I am looking into the Sony SELP18105G Zoom Lens for Sony E‑Mount, and the Sony 24-70 FE GM lens (which I think is 16- 46mm for APS-C)

    Finally the calculations to convert for the 1.5 crop factor is the following true?

    85mm FE full frame lens on an APS-C is about 56mm (85mm/1.5 crop factor)

    50mm APS-C lens on a Full Frame Sony is about 75mm (50mm x 1.5 crop factor)

  5. I am so glad TWiP has decided to have a Sony Mirrorless podcast! I have an A6000 and love it. I use my old NEX 5n 18-55 kit lens on the A6000. ‘

    I want to upgrade it to something better. I shoot mainly event photography, live music performances, and some videos. I am looking into the Sony SELP18105G Zoom Lens for Sony E‑Mount, and the Sony 24-70 FE GM lens (which I think is 16- 46mm for APS-C). What do you folks think of these two lenses?

    Finally the calculations to convert for the 1.5 crop factor is the following true?

    85mm FE full frame lens on an APS-C is about 56mm (85mm/1.5 crop factor)

    50mm APS-C lens on a Full Frame Sony is about 75mm (50mm x 1.5 crop factor)

  6. Just a comment on the 32mm Zeiss touit’s auto focus being slow and noisy. Sony released a firmware update for the lens which allows the lens to utilize the a6000’s/6300’s phase detect autofocus. Previously this was not an option. I find the focus to be almost as fast as the kit lens now. I would love to hear if you agree!

  7. My experience with the Canon EF 100-400mm version II has difficulty from 300 to 400mm with the Metabones. Others have indicated the same issue. Can you provide the firmware versions you tested with for your Metabones adapter.

  8. Steve,

    Try the latest firmware update for both the A7R II and the Metabones adapter. I just shot eagles in flight in Alaska with that combination very successfully.

    -J

  9. Sorry, but neither of us have this lens to actually test it. But if you see an improvement that is great to hear.

    -J

  10. Carl,

    yes the landscape is a little confusing, but it’s great to have all of these options. Hope we shone a little light on the subject.

    -J

  11. Juan. I have the 0.49 Metabones firmware and the A7RII has version 3.1. Tried it again and between 300-400 it does not immediately lock on to an object and I’m using AF-s mode.

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