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vipul128
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Hello all.  I've been reading up on these forums for a few months after purchasing my first camera and was hoping that someone would be able to help me in the right direction.

I purchased the lens kit with the a6000 and like the pictures that it is putting out but I am also interested in getting an good, affordable prime lens for taking portraits and pictures of a new baby and kind of every day quick snapshot use.

I know that the SEL35f18 is out there at about $450 but was wondering about any other options that might be better and are either slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive.  I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a lens but I also know they are not cheap either.

Thanks in advance for any advise you could give and sorry if these questions sound silly.  Still trying to learn everything about photography and taking pictures properly.

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If you want to spend a little more I suggest the Touit 32.  IMO it's the best lens you can put on the A6000.  If you want to spend less the Sigma 30 and Sigma 60 make a great combination.  They are only f2.8 lenses, however, and the IQ is not that far behind the Touit.

Then there are the legacy lenses -- good IQ at really cheap prices.  You lose the AF of the 6000, however.

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vipul128 wrote:

I purchased the lens kit with the a6000 and like the pictures that it is putting out but I am also interested in getting an good, affordable prime lens for taking portraits and pictures of a new baby and kind of every day quick snapshot use.

I know that the SEL35f18 is out there at about $450 but was wondering about any other options that might be better and are either slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a lens but I also know they are not cheap either.

The SEL50F18 would be bit less expensive with a focal length better suited for portraits, and it's a great lens.

It's perhaps a bit too long for the "quick snapshot use", but you could continue to use the kit lens for that or get the 30mm Sigma to go along with it - both of those together would be about the same price as the SEL35.

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For a low price you could get 2 or 3 of the famous legacy lenses. Are you interested in learning to hone your skills with manual focusing, and having fun doing so?

I'd suggest:

- definitely one of the 'fast 50's' from Canon, Minolta or Olympus . etc.

- A good 28.

-A compact rugged 135mm like the Minolta MD f2.8 or f3.5

These should cost you no more than $100 each. If you set out to make all your purchases from the same brand, you should only need to purchase one adapter.

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In reply to vipul128, 1 month ago

A comprehensive list of native E-mount lenses available/announced as of now. Most Samyang/Rokinon lenses also have Cine version:

Premium Zooms

Sony E 10-18/4 OSS
Sony E 16-70/4 OSS ZA
Sony E 18-105/4 OSS G PZ
Sony FE 24-70/4 OSS ZA
Sony FE 28-135/4 OSS G PZ (announced, not yet available)
Sony E 70-200/4 OSS G

Consumer Zooms

Sony E 16-50/3.5-5.6 OSS PZ
Sony E 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS LE (Lighter, smaller version)
Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS PZ (Power Zoom version for video)
Tamron Di III 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 55-210/4.5-6.3 OSS

Primes

Rokinon E 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Rokinon CS 10mm f/2.8
Rokinon CS 12mm f/2
Zeiss Touit (E) 12mm f/2.8
Rokinon FE 14mm f/2.8
Rokinon CS 16mm f/2
Sony E 16mm f/2.8
Sigma DN (E) 19mm f/2.8
Sony E 20mm f/2.8
SLR Magic E 23mm f/1.7
Rokinon FE 24mm f/1.4
Sony E 24mm f/1.8 ZA
Rokinon FE 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift
Sigma DN (E) 30mm f/2.8
Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro
Zeiss Touit (E) 32mm f/1.8
SLR Magic E 35mm f/0.95
Rokinon FE 35mm f/1.4
SLR Magic E 35mm f/1.4
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA
Handyvision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 (supposedly the fastest lens on any mount in production today)
Mitakon FE 50mm f/0.95 (new "Pro" version just announced)
SLR Magic E 50mm f/0.95 Noktor
Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
Zeiss Touit (E) 50mm f/2.8 Makro-Planar
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA
Sigma DN (E) 60mm f/2.8
Rokinon FE 85mm f/1.4
Rokinon FE 300mm f/6.3 Reflex

Conversion Lenses:

ECU1 - Ultra Wide Converter (0.75x, turns 16mm to 12mm, 20mm to 15mm lens, apparently also works with E 30)
ECF1 - Fisheye Converter

Smart Alpha Adapters (To use A-mount lenses)

LA-EA1 (APS-C, Uses native CDAF, slow, does not support AF for screw driven lenses)
LA-EA2 (APS-C, Uses SLT PDAF, Fast AF on all AF lenses)
LA-EA3 (FF, Uses native CDAF, slow, does not support AF for screw driven lenses)
LA-EA4 (FF, Uses SLT PDAF, Fast AF on all AF lenses)

Glossary:

Lenses designed to cover only APSc image circle are: Sony "E", Samyang/Rokinon "CS" (or "E"), Tamron "Di III", Sigma "DN", Zeiss Touit "E".

All lenses can be used on APSc bodies. FF bodies can also use all lenses, but APSc lenses will usually have vignetted corners (switching the FF camera to APSc mode is designed to do in-camera crop).

Image Stabilization: Sony OSS (Optical Steady Shot), Tamron VC (Vibration Control)

Others: ZA (Sony Zeiss Alpha lenses), G (Sony G lens), PZ (Power Zoom)

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Thank you for the list.

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EinsteinsGhost wrote:

A comprehensive list of native E-mount lenses available/announced as of now. Most Samyang/Rokinon lenses also have Cine version:

Very impressive list that you put together.

For the OP, I highlighted the obvious first lenses to consider:

  1. E1650 kit zoom
  2. E35 fast prime w/OSS
  3. E1018 wide zoom
  4. E55210 tele zoom

This cover a very broad spectrum of photo-styles, and will be easiest on the budget. If you are just experimenting, instead of the pricey E1018, do consider the E16+ECU1 (UWA) - this gets you to 12mm for a lot less money.

For a walk-around, compact lens - the 'pancake' E20 surely delivers. It is better mated to the (much smaller) 5N/5T/5R models, but even on the a6000, it makes for a compact setup.

All the 'ZA' marked lenses in the list below are premium lenses - they get you extra IQ at a higher price point. The 'G' market lenses are still to be proven - they seem to have a video applications in mind sometimes (maintain constant 'video' aperture during zoom). The Sigma's have been popular as their IQ is very high for a fairly inexpensive lens. The Zeiss Touits are very good, but wait for a special discount.

Premium Zooms

  1. --> Sony E 10-18/4 OSS
  2. Sony E 16-70/4 OSS ZA
  3. Sony E 18-105/4 OSS G PZ
  4. Sony FE 24-70/4 OSS ZA
  5. Sony FE 28-135/4 OSS G PZ (announced, not yet available)
  6. Sony E 70-200/4 OSS G

Consumer Zooms

  1. --> Sony E 16-50/3.5-5.6 OSS PZ
  2. Sony E 18-55/3.5-5.6 OSS
  3. Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS
  4. Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS LE (Lighter, smaller version)
  5. Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS PZ (Power Zoom version for video)
  6. Tamron Di III 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS
  7. Sony FE 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS
  8. --> Sony E 55-210/4.5-6.3 OSS

Primes

  1. Rokinon E 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  2. Rokinon CS 10mm f/2.8
  3. Rokinon CS 12mm f/2
  4. Zeiss Touit (E) 12mm f/2.8
  5. Rokinon FE 14mm f/2.8
  6. Rokinon CS 16mm f/2
  7. Sony E 16mm f/2.8
  8. Sigma DN (E) 19mm f/2.8
  9. Sony E 20mm f/2.8
  10. SLR Magic E 23mm f/1.7
  11. Rokinon FE 24mm f/1.4
  12. Sony E 24mm f/1.8 ZA
  13. Rokinon FE 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift
  14. Sigma DN (E) 30mm f/2.8
  15. Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro
  16. Zeiss Touit (E) 32mm f/1.8
  17. SLR Magic E 35mm f/0.95
  18. Rokinon FE 35mm f/1.4
  19. SLR Magic E 35mm f/1.4
  20. --> Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS
  21. Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA
  22. Handyvision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 (supposedly the fastest lens on any mount in production today)
  23. Mitakon FE 50mm f/0.95 (new "Pro" version just announced)
  24. SLR Magic E 50mm f/0.95 Noktor
  25. Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
  26. Zeiss Touit (E) 50mm f/2.8 Makro-Planar
  27. Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA
  28. Sigma DN (E) 60mm f/2.8
  29. Rokinon FE 85mm f/1.4
  30. Rokinon FE 300mm f/6.3 Reflex

Conversion Lenses:

  1. ECU1 - Ultra Wide Converter (0.75x, turns 16mm to 12mm, 20mm to 15mm lens, apparently also works with E 30)
  2. ECF1 - Fisheye Converter

Smart Alpha Adapters (To use A-mount lenses)

  1. LA-EA1 (APS-C, Uses native CDAF, slow, does not support AF for screw driven lenses)
  2. LA-EA2 (APS-C, Uses SLT PDAF, Fast AF on all AF lenses)
  3. LA-EA3 (FF, Uses native CDAF, slow, does not support AF for screw driven lenses)
  4. LA-EA4 (FF, Uses SLT PDAF, Fast AF on all AF lenses)

Glossary:

  1. Lenses designed to cover only APSc image circle are: Sony "E", Samyang/Rokinon "CS" (or "E"), Tamron "Di III", Sigma "DN", Zeiss Touit "E".
  2. All lenses can be used on APSc bodies. FF bodies can also use all lenses, but APSc lenses will usually have vignetted corners (switching the FF camera to APSc mode is designed to do in-camera crop).
  3. Image Stabilization: Sony OSS (Optical Steady Shot), Tamron VC (Vibration Control)
  4. Others: ZA (Sony Zeiss Alpha lenses), G (Sony G lens), PZ (Power Zoom)
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vipul128 wrote:

Hello all. I've been reading up on these forums for a few months after purchasing my first camera and was hoping that someone would be able to help me in the right direction.

I purchased the lens kit with the a6000 and like the pictures that it is putting out but I am also interested in getting an good, affordable prime lens for taking portraits and pictures of a new baby and kind of every day quick snapshot use.

I know that the SEL35f18 is out there at about $450 but was wondering about any other options that might be better and are either slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a lens but I also know they are not cheap either.

Thanks in advance for any advise you could give and sorry if these questions sound silly. Still trying to learn everything about photography and taking pictures properly.

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170. Then buy the very good Sony 50mm f1.8 for $299

Two lenses for about the same money as the 35mm

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tomtom50 wrote:

vipul128 wrote:

Hello all. I've been reading up on these forums for a few months after purchasing my first camera and was hoping that someone would be able to help me in the right direction.

I purchased the lens kit with the a6000 and like the pictures that it is putting out but I am also interested in getting an good, affordable prime lens for taking portraits and pictures of a new baby and kind of every day quick snapshot use.

I know that the SEL35f18 is out there at about $450 but was wondering about any other options that might be better and are either slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a lens but I also know they are not cheap either.

Thanks in advance for any advise you could give and sorry if these questions sound silly. Still trying to learn everything about photography and taking pictures properly.

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170. Then buy the very good Sony 50mm f1.8 for $299

Two lenses for about the same money as the 35mm

The E 55-210 OSS lens is very popular and inexpensive.

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captura wrote:

tomtom50 wrote:

vipul128 wrote:

Hello all. I've been reading up on these forums for a few months after purchasing my first camera and was hoping that someone would be able to help me in the right direction.

I purchased the lens kit with the a6000 and like the pictures that it is putting out but I am also interested in getting an good, affordable prime lens for taking portraits and pictures of a new baby and kind of every day quick snapshot use.

I know that the SEL35f18 is out there at about $450 but was wondering about any other options that might be better and are either slightly more expensive or slightly less expensive. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on a lens but I also know they are not cheap either.

Thanks in advance for any advise you could give and sorry if these questions sound silly. Still trying to learn everything about photography and taking pictures properly.

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Then buy the very good Sony 50mm f1.8 for $299

That is a very good lens for a good price.

Two lenses for about the same money as the 35mm

The E 55-210 OSS lens is very popular and inexpensive.

In what way is this relevant? The OP is asking about primes. Maybe you should investigate befor you irritate (read befor you post)

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The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

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AHM wrote:

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

I have the Sony 50mm and the Sigma 30mm and AF is a shade faster on the Sony on the a6000, but you have to try hard to notice a difference.

No argument that f1.8 and OSS are nice but for many they don't justify 3X the price, especially considering that at like apertures the Sigma is a tad sharper, especially f2.8. And the Sigma is smaller.

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tomtom50 wrote:

AHM wrote:

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

I have the Sony 50mm and the Sigma 30mm and AF is a shade faster on the Sony on the a6000, but you have to try hard to notice a difference.

No argument that f1.8 and OSS are nice but for many they don't justify 3X the price, especially considering that at like apertures the Sigma is a tad sharper, especially f2.8. And the Sigma is smaller.

I have the Sigma 30mm f2.8 and the Sony 35mm f1.8 and autofocus on the A6000 between these two lenses is no contest, the Sony 35mm wins it is noticeably faster.

Having said that I cannot bear to part with the Sigma 30mm, for the price it is an outstanding lens and I like a lot of the images I have taken with it. Also video is just not my thing so the lack of OSS is easily fixed by carrying a lightweight tripod.

For the price of the Sony 35mm you could have both the Sigma 30mm and also the 19mm f2.8. I used these lenses just about exclusively for 2 years, I did use an old Minolta MD 50mm f1.4 that I found for $50 at times, but I am not the worlds best manual focus proponent so it was never my go to lens.

When I bought the 2 Sigmas the Sony 35mm was not available and if I had to make a choice today I have no idea what I would do.

Good Luck

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The problem with Sigma is that PDAF does not work with them. With vintage lenses AF does not work at all. If that is OK great. If you want AF performance than buy the Sony, Sony-Zeiss, Zeiss lenses.

Your options are rather limited if you do want Sony/Zeiss E lenses.  With a baby the 50mm may be best but its not a decision the net will make for you.

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After much considering I'm going to order the zeiss 24/1.8 today. The second choice would be the touit 12mm.

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rogjil wrote:

tomtom50 wrote:

AHM wrote:

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

I have the Sony 50mm and the Sigma 30mm and AF is a shade faster on the Sony on the a6000, but you have to try hard to notice a difference.

No argument that f1.8 and OSS are nice but for many they don't justify 3X the price, especially considering that at like apertures the Sigma is a tad sharper, especially f2.8. And the Sigma is smaller.

I have the Sigma 30mm f2.8 and the Sony 35mm f1.8 and autofocus on the A6000 between these two lenses is no contest, the Sony 35mm wins it is noticeably faster.

Having said that I cannot bear to part with the Sigma 30mm, for the price it is an outstanding lens and I like a lot of the images I have taken with it. Also video is just not my thing so the lack of OSS is easily fixed by carrying a lightweight tripod.

For the price of the Sony 35mm you could have both the Sigma 30mm and also the 19mm f2.8. I used these lenses just about exclusively for 2 years, I did use an old Minolta MD 50mm f1.4 that I found for $50 at times, but I am not the worlds best manual focus proponent so it was never my go to lens.

When I bought the 2 Sigmas the Sony 35mm was not available and if I had to make a choice today I have no idea what I would do.

Good Luck

Just wanted to add that if bokeh is import to you with a 30mm lens, then try the Sony E30 macro.

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I just bought a Samyang 85mm f/1.4 for my a6000, to supplement the 16-70 f/4 zoom for portraits.

The Samyang is simply excellent, and at max aperture it will give you the creamy bokeh that is not possible with either the 16-50 or the 16-70.

The Samyang is a manual lens, and the depth of field will be quite thin shooting at 2 meters distance with f/1.4. But with the a6000's implementation of focus peaking and magnification I do not find manual focusing too hard for portraits - provided that your motive is not running around.

The lens costs less than USD 300, and comes as a native E mount lens (or you can buy e.g. a Canon version plus an adapter).

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AHM wrote:

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

I have the Sony 50mm and the Sigma 30mm and AF is a shade faster on the Sony on the a6000, but you have to try hard to notice a difference.

No argument that f1.8 and OSS are nice but for many they don't justify 3X the price, especially considering that at like apertures the Sigma is a tad sharper, especially f2.8. And the Sigma is smaller.

Well if pdaf and tracking across the frame is important then the Sigma is out. It can only do that in the center.

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rogjil wrote:

tomtom50 wrote:

AHM wrote:

The Sigma 30mm f2.8 is just as sharp as the 35mm and goes for $170.

This is good advice for still photography in not to dark situation, for video the OSS in the Sony lens is very good. The larger aperture is important for low light and for better bokeh.

Additionally, I don't believe the Sigma has as fast and good autofocus as the Sony 35mm.

I have the Sony 50mm and the Sigma 30mm and AF is a shade faster on the Sony on the a6000, but you have to try hard to notice a difference.

No argument that f1.8 and OSS are nice but for many they don't justify 3X the price, especially considering that at like apertures the Sigma is a tad sharper, especially f2.8. And the Sigma is smaller.

I have the Sigma 30mm f2.8 and the Sony 35mm f1.8 and autofocus on the A6000 between these two lenses is no contest, the Sony 35mm wins it is noticeably faster.

Having said that I cannot bear to part with the Sigma 30mm, for the price it is an outstanding lens and I like a lot of the images I have taken with it. Also video is just not my thing so the lack of OSS is easily fixed by carrying a lightweight tripod.

For the price of the Sony 35mm you could have both the Sigma 30mm and also the 19mm f2.8. I used these lenses just about exclusively for 2 years, I did use an old Minolta MD 50mm f1.4 that I found for $50 at times, but I am not the worlds best manual focus proponent so it was never my go to lens.

When I bought the 2 Sigmas the Sony 35mm was not available and if I had to make a choice today I have no idea what I would do.

Good Luck

Just wanted to add that if bokeh is import to you with a 30mm lens, then try the Sony E30 macro.

The 30mm macro is a much forgotten lens in the E-mount system.The lens is very cheap for a macrolens (I think it is one of the cheapes autofocussing macrolenses at this moment. And it is a good lens too...

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In reply to Michael Everett, 1 month ago

Michael Everett wrote:

If you want to spend a little more I suggest the Touit 32. IMO it's the best lens you can put on the A6000. If you want to spend less the Sigma 30 and Sigma 60 make a great combination. They are only f2.8 lenses, however, and the IQ is not that far behind the Touit.

Then there are the legacy lenses -- good IQ at really cheap prices. You lose the AF of the 6000, however.

Michael

Yes the Sigma 30 in good and cheap and the Touit is lovely and dearer, I think the SEL35f18 is just right!

  • compact
  • light
  • even though it has plastic body I think its well built
  • pretty fast at f1.8
  • OSS
  • Very good IQ
  • Good bokeh
  • Fast to focus
  • nice big lens shade gives me confidence to not need a protective UV filter
  • on my A6000 (and NEX6) perfect proportions and balance
  • for me the 50mm eqv focal length is the work horse, all rounder lens. Don't hesitate to spend some money on it.

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