A pessimist's take on the new Sony lenses

Started Aug 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
GaryW Veteran Member • Posts: 8,549
Re: A pessimist's take on the new Sony lenses

sidebyside wrote:

I agree that a little more speed on that new 16-70 would be nice, but don't forget the OSS will give you a couple of stops in low light. The fact that it only goes out to 70 on the long end and has OSS should make it fine for a walk-around lens - even in relatively low light.

But it wouldn't be "pocketable".  Even the kit lenses do OK with OSS, but it's really the high-ISO that makes them more flexible, IMO.  I mean, when you feel that you can go one or two stops more in ISO (over past cameras), then that's a huge difference -- equivalent to going from f5.6 to f2.8.  Now, of course, when you're at f5.6 you're not going to have the bokeh of f2.8, but if you're a real bokeh fan, you really should just use a prime with a large aperture and be done with it.

For people who need pocketablility and a longer zoom range, the RX100 looks like a nice option.

The problem is that we're pushing the limits of what can be done.  Smaller lenses tend to have other problems.  Zooms have more compromises than primes.  Etc.

Andy

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