16-35 ZA vs GM for environmenal portraits?

Started Nov 19, 2017 | Discussions thread
SeanHew Regular Member • Posts: 115
Re: 16-35 ZA vs GM for environmenal portraits?

Grenn1e wrote:

Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm still a bit unsure. Part of me shouts to just buy the ZA f/4 and 35/1,4 which together costs about the same as the GM alone. But then I'd give up the f/2.8 in a one lens solution (and would probably need to keep the Samyang 14/2.8 for astro). I like to travel light but don't feel like 150 grams would do a big difference between the two.

Of course there are different kinds of environmental portraits but I do also like to shoot them with large apertures often. Even blurred (more or less) the background can help to tell the story behind the person. Sometimes I stop down to f/5.6-f/8, but I know both of them are fine at those settings.. What I don't know is how different they draw at f/2.8 vs f/4.

I mainly shoot Landscapes, Astro, Environmental Portraits and General Travel. The solution that I came up with was to use the 16-35mm f2.8 for Landscapes, Astro and general travel and 85mm f1.8 for portraits and general travel.

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Sony a7R III Sony 1.4x Teleconverter Sony FE 70-200 F4 Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sony FE 85mm F1.8 +2 more
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