All purpose lens set for beginner?

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
trax87
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Re: All purpose lens set for beginner?
In reply to Dennis, May 9, 2013

Dennis wrote:

I'm not sure what you're looking for ... there are no faster zooms for NEX.  You could adapt lenses from other systems (including Alpha mount lenses via the LA-EA2 adapter) but then you may as well have bought a DSLR.

The zooms are certainly slow.  Fast zooms are big, heavy and expensive.

I've never been crazy about an f/2.8 midrange zoom.  Too much of a compromise to me in terms of both range and speed.  For an event photographer who needs flexibility, they're probably essential.  I used an f/2.8 zoom (28-75) on my DSLR for quite a while before opting for a slower zoom paired up with faster primes.  On my DSLR, the motivation for the slower zoom was to get better range (5X instead of 3X zoom).  On NEX, the motiviation is to keep the zoom small.  Then the faster primes give you shallow DOF and/or better low light capabilities.

So my recommended NEX kit is:

18-55 or 16-50
55-200 or 18-200 (I don't mind the redundancy with the 18-200 and the short zoom because I want the option of a smaller lens)
35/1.8 OSS
rumored 85mm or, if you really can't wait, 50/1.8 OSS

Not for everyone's taste, but that would work for me.  I don't really need an ultrawide, particularly if choosing the 16-50 over the 18-55.  The 24/1.8 is nice, but big (and expensive) and I prefer a more normal lens anyway.  The Sigma primes are sharp & cheap, but lack OSS and at f/2.8 aren't much faster than the kit zooms at the WA settings.  The new CZ primes are very expensive and lack OSS.

- Dennis

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First, a thank you to everyone for your helpful replies.

I'm not specifically "looking" for anything so to speak.  Of corse there are many who use a NEX as a backup or in addition to a DSLR, but I know that a number of people are now using a NEX instead of a DSLR.  Some were prior DSLR owners and others, like myself, are upgraders who didn't want the bulk of a full DSLR.  I realize that there are compromises in any system and that one of the NEX compromises is that the native lens lineup is not extensive.  Given the lenses that NEX users do have available, I guess I was wondering what is recommended as a general starter set of lenses  since some of the lenses that were suggested to me as good all around lenses aren't available for the NEX (at least not natively).

Your suggestions are very helpful.  It sounds like my current lenses plus one fast prime (probably the 35/1.8) would work well for me for some time.   I guess those who need more than what is available currently either have a DSLR for those purposes or use the Sony adapter and Alpha lenses.

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