Sony 35mm 1.8 vs 18-135mm for A65.

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In reply to photolover77, 6 months ago

With those 2 lenses it's not an either or because they are completely different. Probably get the 18-135 first then get the 35 or, if you can afford it, get both.

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splashy wrote:

The low light discussion is distorted.

If the light really is so low that you need F1.8, the picture will almost never be beautiful with a low handheld shutter speed. (on A65)

Can't agree with this. The 35 f1.8 works great in low light allowing either a full stop or more lower iso or faster shutter speed.

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Sony 16-50 F/2.8 is the best lens for any Sony APS-C sensor.

I can't agree with that.

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tbcass wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

Sony 16-50 F/2.8 is the best lens for any Sony APS-C sensor.

I can't agree with that.

May be the best is not in my knowledge. What is the best lens in your knowledge for kit lens replacement?

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There is no single best, as the need differs. Some say the 16-80mm CZ is best. Others would swear on 18-35mm f/1.8. It really depends on.
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I highly recommend the 16-50 f/2.8 Sony DT lens. You will be stunned at the sharpness it provides.
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Re: Sony 35mm 1.8 vs 18-135mm for A65.
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Yeah guys, I would get the 16-50 if I could afford it. But between those two lenses for someone first getting into dslr photography, which one would you recommend?

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Yeah guys, I would get the 16-50 if I could afford it. But between those two lenses for someone first getting into dslr photography, which one would you recommend?

Between those 2, the 18-135 for its versatility if you are starting off.
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If you can stretch your budget get the 16 50 2.8. If not, then get the 18 - 135, but you might soon outgrow it and desire a higher end lens which the 16 50 provides in terms of sharpness etc.

I would get the 35 1.8 to compliment either of these lenses, but as a second lens, not first.

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There is another option, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. It does have a little loud AF, but it is fast. Image quality is like the Sony 16-50mm. I owned the Tamron for a week too. But this one is half the price you would pay for the Sony equivalent.
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Vikas Rana wrote:

tbcass wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

Sony 16-50 F/2.8 is the best lens for any Sony APS-C sensor.

I can't agree with that.

May be the best is not in my knowledge. What is the best lens in your knowledge for kit lens replacement?

There is no such thing as best as no single lens can do it all. What is best for one person's uses may fall short for another. For example I find the 16-50 range too narrow for a walk around kit so I bought a Sigma 17-70 which suited me better. For indoor available light f 2.8 is a bit slow so I prefer the 35 f1.8. For sports I need a longer telephoto so I use a 70-300. That lens is a bit slow for some indoor sports venues so I am considering buying a 70-200 f2.8. If pure IQ is your goal there are a number of primes that will best the 16-50.

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Yes and don't forget about macros. I love to take macros handhold. But doing some wide angle shots with 10mm, my macro is useless with 90mm.
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You can find out what is the most common zoom range that your pictures are in.

You can download the free software exposureplot here. http://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html

Using that software, you can determine the most useful lens for you.

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tbcass wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

tbcass wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

Sony 16-50 F/2.8 is the best lens for any Sony APS-C sensor.

I can't agree with that.

May be the best is not in my knowledge. What is the best lens in your knowledge for kit lens replacement?

There is no such thing as best as no single lens can do it all. What is best for one person's uses may fall short for another. For example I find the 16-50 range too narrow for a walk around kit so I bought a Sigma 17-70 which suited me better. For indoor available light f 2.8 is a bit slow so I prefer the 35 f1.8. For sports I need a longer telephoto so I use a 70-300. That lens is a bit slow for some indoor sports venues so I am considering buying a 70-200 f2.8. If pure IQ is your goal there are a number of primes that will best the 16-50.

Yeah, there is nothing like perfect camera/lens. I knew about Sigma 17-70 but didn't mention it because its aperture falls very quickly to f/3.5 at 23mm only, so this way I think 18-135 provides a better range than Sigma 17-70.

Now I think Tamron/Song 17-50 with Sony/Tamron 70-300 is an option I would prefer, for missing range Sony 55-300 isn't bad also.

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Yeah, there is nothing like perfect camera/lens. I knew about Sigma 17-70 but didn't mention it because its aperture falls very quickly to f/3.5 at 23mm only, so this way I think 18-135 provides a better range than Sigma 17-70.

True about the Sigma but for low light indoors I use the Sony 35 f1.8 or most of the time my Sigma with Sony Flash.

Now I think Tamron/Song 17-50 with Sony/Tamron 70-300 is an option I would prefer, for missing range Sony 55-300 isn't bad also.

Actually that is the combination I have for my 2 bodies, A65 & 77. Sigma 17-70 on one and Tamron 70-300 USD on the other.

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tbcass wrote:

Vikas Rana wrote:

Yeah, there is nothing like perfect camera/lens. I knew about Sigma 17-70 but didn't mention it because its aperture falls very quickly to f/3.5 at 23mm only, so this way I think 18-135 provides a better range than Sigma 17-70.

True about the Sigma but for low light indoors I use the Sony 35 f1.8 or most of the time my Sigma with Sony Flash.

Now I think Tamron/Song 17-50 with Sony/Tamron 70-300 is an option I would prefer, for missing range Sony 55-300 isn't bad also.

Actually that is the combination I have for my 2 bodies, A65 & 77. Sigma 17-70 on one and Tamron 70-300 USD on the other.

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Thats good to know, Thanks !

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I got the 18-55 lens when I purchased my A55.  Since then, I have added a Tamron 18-270mm, and a 35mm F1.8.

They are very different lenses, and do not conflict.  The zoom is the walk-around lens.  The 35mm is available light.  It works very well with my Tamron 60mm F2, which is acceptable as available light (a bit slow focusing at times is the only drawback).

HOWEVER - if I were doing it again, I am not sure i would get the 18-270mm.  Main reason - 18mm is not quite wide enough at times.  I use the long end a lot, and the wide end a lot, and I don't like changing lenses when out and around if not necessary, so maybe the 18-270 is the best comprimise, but I wonder at times about a 16-105mm instead.

If there was a 16-250mm or 14-300mm......

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I'd go for pure hardcore quality, and avoid anything like a 18-135 kit.

I think the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 + Sony 55-300 is a better combo. You'll end up with many more indoor photos without flash, far more natural. And the 55-300 is much sharper than the 18-135 as well.

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just a tip to above: maybe superzoom is for you
In reply to rfielder, 6 months ago

We live in a world full of compromises. Even if such a lens like 16-300mm would exist, it would be big, heavy and expensice and on top of that, the quality wouldn't be good. I can understand that you dont want to switch lenses, but that is one of the reason why interchangeable lens cameras are made for.

Maybe a fixed lens camera with smaller sensor is for you? You could use both cameras. The DSLR for special needs like low light or macro and regular stuff with a superzoom camera. It even does not cost more than a lens. In example DSC-HX300 with aps-c equivalent of 16-800mm. I know, having two cameras sound stupid. But you can see this as another compromise.

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Dont forget slow sync flash.
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