Sony where are your fast zoom lenses?

Started Jan 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
hip2 Regular Member • Posts: 452
Re: Sony where are your fast zoom lenses?

Mike Fewster wrote:

hip2 wrote:

tko wrote:

If you're doing landscapes you should use a tripod, and you don't need fast lenses.

If you want hand held and light weight, you don't go with fast (big) lenses.

If you're going a/small body, you don't load it up with lenses and adapters and tripods and junk, because that defeats the entire purpose

If you really want low light zoom, you go w/a Canon 5d. It's bigger, but you can't eat nothing but cake

I think there are some discriminations or prejudices here.

why don't we need fast lenses for landscapes ? as soon as people say "landscapes" everyone assumes that we want everything in focus having a shallow depth of field can bring some nice effects and moods to dull landscapes, IMHO.

and if we have a small body, having lots of accessories for it, even heavy and cumbersome accessories does not defeat the purpose. if you have a very nice body that takes great pictures, you can hand held with light lenses for casual pictures, or if you want only a light package, but you can also want to get serious sometimes and bring out the tripod, and big lenses with adapters for serious night sceneries, for example.

we are very lucky to live in the times that now allow us to have the choice with a single mirrorless body.

with adapters, you can bring any lens on almost any mirrorless body, the 5D is not needed or mandatory at all

incredible pictures come out of amazingly small bodies even at astonishingly high iso now, why would you limit yourself with such a narrow way of thinking ?

even more so with all the great software, if you allow yourself to go that to that length.

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But just how narrow do you need? I agree that narrow dof is desirable for composition. 2.8 is not regarded as a fast lens but with APS-C and FF sensors I'd have thought that wide open you get a narrow enough dof for most composition requirements. Shooting with smaller sensor cameras that argument may have some validity however. I reckon a better case can be made for built in nd filters on modern large sensor cameras than for fast lenses.

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Mike Fewster
Adelaide Australia

it was only as an argument to defeat the mindset of everyone when they see "landscape" written and automatically associate it to big depth of field.

i don't know why you selected specifically 2.8 but f/2.8 is indeed not that fast, but it is the threshold at which people begin to think of a lens as fast enough because of standard kit zoom lenses, and also at which lenses tend to become noticeably bigger.
though if you meant it as an acceptable limit for narrow depth of field in landscapes, i couldn't tell you, it depends on the subject and setting, as you have guessed.

and yes, built-in nd filters could be a nice thing for us to look forward to, now that we have full frame and we know we won't get sensor stabilization soon the nd filter in the RX10 might be a market experiment for sony to check how we will react to it.

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