SHG/HG VS Zeiss ?

Started Mar 8, 2013 | Questions thread
alatchin Senior Member • Posts: 1,055
Re: SHG/HG VS Zeiss ?

Jeepit wrote:

Which one do you feel is the better lens, in terms of sharpness, value for your $, lens build and overall quality?

I bought into the Sony system for a few years and shot with the a850. In the lens department I had the 85mm and 135mm lenses from them, along with their 50mm macro, 50mm f1.4, 100mm macro, minolta 135mm f2.8, minolta 35mm f2, minolta 70-210 f4 and a couple of others.

The macro lenses were good, but when compared to the 35mm and 50mm Zuiko lenses, I honestly prefer the Zuikos. The 35mm is more versatile than the 50mm (bit more working room), and the Sony 50mm lens kept getting odd lens flare which was a pain. While the Zuiko 50mm is such a good size. All of them focused slow.

Minolta 135mm f2.8 was fun to use and small, Zeiss lenses were nice, but big and expensive, and the 135mm was very large. Sony just released an update to their 50mm f1.4 from zeiss and it costs an arm and a leg.

There are lots of minolta pieces available for the system, but they are all screw focus which can be slow, however the glass is nice enough.

Now I dont know what your plans are for shooting, but I got rid of my sony kit, and bought into m43rds. An OMD can be had today for around $850, if you add the Panasonic 25mm, and the Olympus 45mm you have a new sensor plus a couple of really very nice primes that focus fast and are small and portable. Compared to buying the A77 and 2 zeiss primes, you may even have enough left over to buy the E-5 replacement later this year.

Honestly, I wouldnt buy into sony unless you had a very specific need that was served by something they offered. Otherwise there are other options which might be worth considering in the interim.

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