Best "2 Lens" travel setup for Sony A7C

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Re: Best "2 Lens" travel setup for Sony A7C
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Scott Alan wrote:

David_KG wrote:

Scott Alan wrote:

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 have the 20mm Sony lens and am very happy with it. But 20mm's is very wide and hard to compose a good shot. In general it needs a good foreground subject that is not human or animal due to the way all 20mm and wider make anything closer to the lens out of proportion. Humans and animals can be a good midground subject. Finding these compositions takes time, thought, experimentation, and effort. So not a good focal length for quick takes. I am still getting use to this focal length and find it challenging but fun.

Scott, thanks for the feedback.

Do you have any thoughts on whether the 20mm fixed focal length has ever held you back in composing a shot?
I'm really tossed right now on what attributes I should be evaluating the 20mm f1.8 vs 16-35mm f4 against each other at this point...

On one hand, I understand zooming with your feet. On the other, it seems most landscape photographs mention a 16-35 as being more useful in the field for those types of shots. And if we're shooting some street photography, I'm not sure if I want to change lenses if I get a shot that something more like 35mm would fit better.

I think on paper my preference is the 16-35 f4 zoom - but am I giving too much up in F-stop or sharpness for versatility?

I should go out and shoot, but it's been hard to go on any trips which would really showcase the types of shooting situations / travel we'd eventually want to use these lenses for.

Thanks - comments welcome by all.

Hi David, a zoom is always more versatile. And it is not always practical to zoom with your feet. So yes it can force me to change my approach and lens to get a good composition. The 20mm lens is my widest and the one I struggle with the most. Things I think will work just don't sometimes. And sometimes the opposite is true. So I am still learning to compose good shots with my 20mm. But I enjoy the challenge and appreciate the results when it all comes together. It definitely requires a slower more methodical approach.

Thanks Scott for the thoughts.

I had a chance to compare both the 20mm f1.8 and 16-35mm f4 against each other, and after taking some photos and comparing with my wife (it’s her camera) we decided to keep the 20mm f1.8.

On paper, the 16-35 sounds great, and for the stated purpose (landscape, more popular) and the zoom range should be more versatile.... but...

- My wife didn’t like how 16mm renders (the perspective distortion) - even though this is really popular for landscape, we’ll also spend a lot of time using it in the city, events, etc..

- We preferred the Bokeh and low light advantages (minor) of f1.8

- The 20 is just so much lighter

- She preferred the close focussing ability of the 20mm

So, that’s the conclusion to this thread for 2 primes for travel for us and our A7C.

- 20mm f1.8 for wide shots, street

- 40mm Batis for everyday (great colour, sharp, food shots, environmental portraits)

- 28-60mm kit for everything else

One thing I did find is that I do want to eventually get something in the 85 or 135 range as I prefer to shoot street photography from a distance, but that’s not an immediate priority, and there are plenty of good 85mm choices (Sony, Sigma) to consider - future post for a future time.

Thanks to everyone who helped contributing to this thread!

 David_KG's gear list:David_KG's gear list
Sony a7C Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF Sony FE 20mm F1.8G Sony FE 28-60mm F4-5.6
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