NEX 6 lens choice - 18-55, 18-105, 16-70 ... or new system?

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
WarrenPeas Regular Member • Posts: 452
Re: NEX 6 lens choice - 18-55, 18-105, 16-70 ... or new system?

trax87 wrote:

John Knuhtsen wrote:

Zoom, zoom, zoom. A good idea ?

The nex6 sensor deserves something resolving better. So my bid would be:

- get the E-mount 55-210. It is cheap, and rather good when stopped down to F8. Stabilized.

- get the pancake 16 mm F/2.8 plus the UWA adapter: giving 12 mm focal length. Zoom is not very important with such a wide lens. Image quality is not worse with the UWA.

These two will extend your working range and creativity.

- get one prime lens and evaluate using manual lenses. To me Nex6 is unique for that. I can recommend one with 24 to 40 mm focal lenth. But get a very sharp one to use the image sensors full capacity. It would be economically wise to get a legacy one. I can recommend a Olympus Pen F 38 or 40, since the adapter is tiny.

Just my 2 cents.

Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts and understand why many people prefer to rely primarily on prime lenses.

I have the 55-210, the 16mm F/2.8 with UWA and the 35mm f1.8. I also have a 50mm minolta manual lens that has a bit of a sticky focus ring at one spot, so I haven't used it much. What I feel I am really missing is a good walk-around zoom lens. Sometimes that is really the best option for me. When wandering around a city, for example, especially if with someone else and not necessarily on a photo outing, changing lenses can be a real pain. Also, as I continue to try to expand my skills, i will sometimes take a photo workshop and they often suggest zoom lenses for convenience and to be able to experiment with multiple focal lengths for the same shots quickly. I have been using my 16-50pz in these situations, but I find the constantly retracting power zoom and the awkwardness of adjusting the zoom focal length to be a pain (not to mention the looks one gets when pulling out a NEX with the tiny power zoom when everyone else at a workshop is using a DSLR with a "real" lens. lol).

Being in the same boat as you, moreover for the sake of convenience, I'll be getting the 18-105 F4 in a few days.  I don't have any power lenses, so I really wish it was a manual lens.  Then again, I'm hoping down the road Sony will give up more lenses, especially manual, across the board.  Happy shooting!

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