Best "2 Lens" travel setup for Sony A7C

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Trym Regular Member • Posts: 142
Re: Best "2 Lens" travel setup for Sony A7C

David_KG wrote:

Trym wrote:

Have owned the a7c for about a week now. Purchased the Sony 35mm and 85mm 1.8 together with the body. Must say i enjoy the lightweight and low profile.

I also purchased the Tamron 17-28mm and 28-200mm but will be returning the 17-28, found the zoom range to limiting. Already have the 1635GM for my a7riii so will instead add the 20mm if i want a wide angle for a 3 lens setup for the a7c.

My motivation for getting the a7c was FF image quality in a small form factor. Therefore adding big zooms kinda going against the purpose.

The AF of the a7c is really good, way better than the a7riii.

Hi Trym,

That sort of setup sounds pretty similar. I was really tossed between the 35mm f1.8 and the 40mm Batis which I ended up getting.

I think I switched them in my Amazon cart like 5 or 6 times before I pulled the trigger, but so far happier with the close focusing capability, which we end up using a lot, and hopefully will provide lots of utility in the future.

The 35mm f1.8 looks like a great lens.

How do you like the 28-200 - I'm very tossed on this one. Out of any of the telephoto lens, this one looks like the best fit for the A7C, but even at it's 600 or so grams, it still looks like it would make the system possibly large or unwieldy, especially as the lens zooms out and extends, and makes the camera front heavy - what do you think?

I was thinking it would be a good lens for hiking, or a trip to disney world or the zoo or things like that where the kit 28-60 just isn't going to be as flexible.

I find the 35mm focal length very useful but had sold my Sony FE 35mm f1.4 about a year back (soft copy) and switched it for the 50mm f1.4 planar. The 50 planar is super sharp and a very good lens but it is to big and heavy for me on the a7c. I was also considering getting the 40mm Batis when I switched but got a very god deal on the 50mm. Therefore now I wanted the small and light and decent fast 35mm as a general do it all prime. Great lens.

The Tamron 28-200mm works from a size point of view for the A7C. I didn't mention it specifically in my post. I brought it for a hike together with my A7Riii this weekend and it is actually as sharp as ppl are saying. This is surprising since it is a 7x zoom. I tried the 24-240mm Sony a few years back but returned it, poor image quality.

I would say that the 28-200mm is a perfect hiking lens since you get both reach and good form factor at a good price. I was however a bit surprised that it struggled a bit with focus (hunted) a couple of times. Checked the firmware when I got home and see that I had v1.0. Tamron has now released version 3.0 so I expect this to be a firmware issue.

Personally I would really like Sony to make a updated G version of their 16-35mm f4. Similar design as the 24-105mm and with the formfactor of the old 1635mm. I have owned the 16-35mm f4 two times but both copies was a bit to soft at 35mm for my liking. After last time I sold the f4 I purchased the 16-35mm f2.8 GM. That lens is extremely good but a bit to big (for my purpose) on the a7c.

My ideal setup for the A7C is 16-35mm f4 G, 35mm f1.8 and 85mm 1.8.

 Trym's gear list:Trym's gear list
Sony a7R III Sony a7C Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Sony FE 28mm F2 Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM +10 more
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