Sony A7SII or A7RII Lenses advice needed from professionals

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Arizona Sunset
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Re: Sony A7SII or A7RII Lenses advice needed from professionals

Slaginfected wrote:

Maybe a few notes from someone who just toyed around with video so far.

Firstly, most photographers don't know about it, but there is a 28-135/4 video lens available for the FE mount. That thing is pretty heavy, but geared towards video; some of these video specific features have been mentioned elsewhere already. It is also not exactly cheap.

For a video lens, it's cheap.

In return it comes with OSS, which works decently well as I've tried that on an A7s which has no IBIS built in.

The other thing to note: If you use FF sized readout, you want to have at least f/4 for video unless you are ok with having super-thin DoF. With Super35 it is maybe less critical; it also depends on how fast things are moving, if you use AF or focus manually etc.

And one last thing: You will never be able to get the reach of the old equip, as you'd need expensive tele lenses for that. With Super35 and 200mm you may reach around 300mm equivalent focal length; in return the stages where you need more usually have more light available, too, i.e. you can use equipment which is not that light sensitive and still get something usable in the end.

I used the 28-135 and A7S II extensively over a period of about six months and liked it. I would have preferred the R II for autofocus, but the 1080p 120fps was great on the S II. Both the camera and the lens are not bitingly sharp, but are filmic in look and stabilization, with excellent CDAF (accurate, not fast) and crash zoom. The footage felt and looked smooth, rich.

Regarding lenses (not sure on price for the OP, just posting for awareness):

What about the new Fujinon E-mount lenses? They are S35 only but have all the hooks and T2.9, split across normal zoom and telephoto ranges.

Or the Sigma options?

Or the new Sony SELP 18-110 G? Another S35 lens, with better reviews than the big 28-135 FE / FF f4.

Have you given thought to the new FS models specific to video that were released?  I have, and am skipping everything until 4k 60fps comes out on the S III.

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