Best lens for a Sony a6400 Mirrorless ????

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Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 18,446
Re: Best lens for a Sony a6400 Mirrorless ????

The Von-ographer wrote:

Gerry Winterbourne wrote:

The Von-ographer wrote:

There is no "best" lens; only a lens or lenses that suits your own individual needs. Unless you can define those precisely we can't really help.

Hi, I have a Sony a6400 mirrorless (E or FE mount) and on my trip to Uluru last week I noticed a black dot ( a chip/scratch) is on all of my pics. I can photoshop them out but it time to replace the lens. I broke the 18-55mm lens that came with the camera. Its ok, but i want a more professional lens

What do you mean by that? There's no such thing as "professional" lens; if you mean "better" you need to explain what it is about the lens you have that is letting you down. I see from your later posts that there is, in fact, no damage to the lens.

but my max budget is $1200 AUD ($1000 US).

My research came up with these 3 options..... (I looked at the Sony G lens range but they are way too dear for my little Mirrorless.. i only paid $800 for the body!)

These are al relatively slow lenses. There's nothing wrong with that but in terms of light gathering they are only slightly better than the zoom lenses you already have (and significantly slower than your primes).

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

This covers the focal length range of your 18-55 and part of your 55-200.

Sony E 16-70mm F4 Carl Zeiss ZA OSS

This gives you slightly (12.5% each way) more fields of view than your 18-55.

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

This gives narrower field of view than your 18-55.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated... Thank you.

I can't see any worthwhile difference with these to what you already have.

This is what I already have:

Wow. Thanks Gerry.... I was looking for a faster lens with image stabilisation built in and the a6400 doesnt have it built into the camera body.

Stabilisation is obviously a good thing in the circumstances you describe below. It makes up to a large extent for the slowness of the lenses so the fact that they are all f/4 isn't a big thing.

I take the majority of my pictures of kids on mountain bikes. So i need fast speed and quick focusing.. and often the light is in the shade as I am out of the tracks with them and i can have 12 kids go by in 20 secs! And i dont want to miss each one.

Of the lenses you mention the 18-105 is the most versatile so I'd say it is the best choice for this job.

Good to know that the lens I am looking at aren't any better. the little research I did pointed to the G range in Sony for a more professional lens.

SAs I've said, "professional" doesn't really mean anything in relation to lenses. The G series is a little better than the most basic lenses but for what you are doing I doubt if you'll find a visible difference.

I don't want a large body camera and i had one and never took it out! I want a light one with a good lens that i can easy carry in a small bag.

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