Multiple Options for a First Lens paired with a Sony A7iii

Started Jun 26, 2019 | Questions thread
bsas
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Re: Multiple Options for a First Lens paired with a Sony A7iii

Entropy512 wrote:

bsas wrote:

Entropy512 wrote:

dkloi wrote:

Get the Tamron 28-75mm/2.8 to start off as your only lens, then add to that when you get the funds and know what you need to supplement the zoom. Can't think you would be able to effectively cover all the things you mention (short films, some medium sized event coverage in both photo and video, and the casual street/travel photography) with a single prime.

A somewhat more expensive alternative which may or may not be in the OP's budget is the 24-105G - it's a solid lens. Slower, but more versatile as far as zoom ranges.

The OP also mentions using Canon bodies in the past - the question then is:

1) What Canon glass do they have

2) Does their budget for a new body/glass assume selling the old Canon gear, or is that still around?

The OP might be well served by a Metabones if they have a strong Canon glass investment.

I honestly would never get the Metabones and I would get the Sigma MC-11 for $150 (very common deal that comes and goes) instead. Metabones is overpriced and I honestly think that the Sigma is the perfect Canon adapter, and works better.

Metabones officially supports non-SGV lenses. Sigma does not.

It's as simple as that. If you cheap out by using an adapter in a non-intended configuration, you WILL pay the consequences - like anyone who relied on "incompatible lens fallback" and accidentally flashed firmware 1.05 - they were hosed for more than 1-2 months, and for the majority of that time, Sigma tech support was telling anyone that complained about the 1.05 regressions, "We don't support that, so tough luck".

Metabones, on the other hand, has almost ZERO risk of getting stuck with a firmware update regression breaking you, because they officially support reverting firmware in these scenarios and now provide EVERY firmware release from the preceding two years with any current firmware download. They'll also treat a report of a regression as a valid bug report, unlike Sigma who will ignore complaints of regressions in "unsupported" functionality until the Internet whining gets loud enough.

OK, you prefer Metabones, I prefer Sigma MC-11, and I understand your reasoning. I am not "cheaping out", I tested BOTH with my EF lenses and the Sigma just worked better, then I sold my Metabones.

I also understand that Metabones "must" somehow support multiple lenses and Sigma is just required to support Sigma lenses, so, if this is an issue for you, I can understand that too.

But, again, going back to the OP, I would NEVER suggest adapting lenses as my "first lens" for a Sony camera. Get a native lens and explore all that the camera can do.

If you DO have a bunch of EF glass already, OK, get the adapter. But buying an EF adapter to "buy" and EF lens sounds reverse logic for me. If you want to use EF lenses in a mirrorless system, just get the Canon R stuff (that requires to be 100% compatible by factory, even better than Metabones).

Again, don't go for adapters unless you ALREADY have the legacy glass. It is counter-productive...

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