Your Holy Trinity of lenses

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Harry Lew Senior Member • Posts: 1,629
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

djp58 wrote:

.... Just ordered the AF adapter for the Contax G - can't wait to see how well it works.

I'm with you on the Contax G lenses. Also keenly interested in that new AF adapter. Will you let us know how it performs when you receive it. Pretty please???!!!!

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boardsy Senior Member • Posts: 2,215
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

1) Canon FDn 35/2 - all-rounder for normal/landscape/street/portrait/DoF-bokeh

2) Canon FDn 100/2.8 - great for extra length in a discreet light-weight package

3) SEL1628 - for the occasional wide angle

+ Minolta Close-up #2 to make the 35/2 a pseudo-macro completes my lightweight do-everything kit!

Will possibly add the UWA and/or fish-eye for the SEL1628, and maybe a tele-extender for the FDn 100/2.8.

Currently enjoying a fine new FDn 24/2.8, but it may go the way of my great FDn 50/1.4 & 28/2.8, elbowed out by the 35/2! And I still keep my SEL1855 around for easy snapping on hot holidays (who wants to  manual focus in 40+ degrees? :-)). And a few lovely fast fifties and a large heavy Vivitar 90/12.8 macro and Tokina 80-200/4...

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baltimorecaesar Regular Member • Posts: 470
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Sigma 30mm 2.8 (razor sharp all-round lens, may replace with SEL35f18)

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 (low light situations)

and either the Sigma 19mm 2.8 (likely going to replace with the upcoming SEL20f28 pancake) or Canon FD 135mm f/2.8 (compact, sharp, and semi-fast tele) depending on situation.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX (with Nikon F mount)

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS (or maybe the SONY SEL50f18)

Nikon Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED AIS

Special mention goes to the Nikon Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AIS & Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS

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Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,894
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

bparanoid wrote:

With the recent discussions of picking a favorite lens I figured we should also have a thread to provide opinions on what you would consider the three lenses for the NEX system that would make it complete for most shooting situations because IMHO one is never enough..

Such a strange concept... 3 lenses to do everything?

EinsteinsGhost
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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 E

Sony 20mm f/2.8 (would like to have)

Sony 35mm f/1.8

I love my Zeiss 50/1.7 Planar as well, but that would make it beyond trinity.

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DihLin Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Sigma 19mm - Relatively fast wide angle, hopefully replaced with the SEL20 when that comes out.

SEL50 - Short tele with fast aperture and OSS. Kinda wanna get SEL35mm instead.

MD35-70F3.5 - Very fun lens, no quips about it thus far. No problem with the kit lens, but I just don't have one as it didn't come with my Nex-7. Probably just wait till Sony comes with a faster standard zoom instead of buying the 18-55.

cptobvious Contributing Member • Posts: 810
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

The Sigma 19 & 30 and the Sony 50 cover just about everything for me.  There are times I wish I had an ultra-wide (Sony 10-18 looks good but too expensive right now) or longer (thinking about a Rokinon 85).

LouMeluso
LouMeluso Contributing Member • Posts: 622
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

My three main lenses are:

Sigma 19mm

Sigma 30mm (Replaced my Contax G 28mm, nearly as good and AF. If the new AF adapters    work well I may go back)

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS

I also carry the Contax G 90mm for walk around (so compact and light) or the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 for portraits (big and heavy but...wow). I also pull out my Nikon mount Tamron 14mm when I want ultra wide angle. The Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Close Focusing is used for reach and the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 for close up studies.

That's it!

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Tapper123
Tapper123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,727
I wish I could answer this... :-/

I wish I had a "holy trinity" for NEX but I don't. I'm actually pretty frustrated about the NEX lens selection to the point where I'm considering changing to another system (no idea what yet). I love NEX cameras, and am eager to see what the 7n is like, but the lens selection is sad.

Mainly I want two lenses similar to what I owned for Canon DSLR:

Good quality 15-85 zoom

Excellent quality 100mm Macro

So far nothing to match those. MFT, on the other hand, has some good options...

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dark13star
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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

I haven't found a trinity on a single platform yet, but the Nex may get me there this year, sooner than Nikon FX will. I've been mostly a Nikon shooter and my current trinity on FX is:

28mm f/1.8
50mm f/1.4 (not ideal)
85mm f/1.8

I don't like the 50mm fov as my middle lens. I find it boring and I don't really take anything interesting on it. I prefer 35mm, but Nikon does not have a good f/1.8 option and the 1.4 is huge and expensive, which brings me to my Nex-7

I've had the 24mm lens for a while, but only recently started using it a lot. I've decided that the Nex plus Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is my favorite combo for general photography. What is lacking is a good wide prime in a native mount. Later this year, I think my trinity will be:

12mm f/2.8 Zeiss (hoping it will meet expectations)
24mm F/1.8 Zeiss (best combo imaginable)
50mm various (I have the Nikon f/1.4 and the old Nikor-H f/2, but will probably buy the SEL for native mount and size)

I actually like 50mm on the APSC sensor.

This trio, combined with the size and weight advantages could mean my Nikon sits home more often.

Rich

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Charlie Lab
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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Takumar 50mm f1.4 (great portrait and all-around lens )

Zeiss e-mount 24/1.8 (great wide/normal, very sharp)

Takumar 105mm f2.8 (fast enough super-sharp telephoto still small enough to pocket)





Zeiss 24/1.8



Takumar 105/2.8

I also use the 16mm and longer telephoto sometimes, but will likely end up with the 12mm Zeiss or 10-18 for my wide angles... and still looking for a 300mm+ lens for long telephoto work.

So many great lenses out there, and all so different.

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Scottsphotos Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

So far for me its ...

1. Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (Indoor low light and landscapes)

2. Tamron 18-200mm (walkaround lens - outdoors only and landscapes)

3. Tokina AT-X 80-200mm f/2.8 (Use with LA-EA2 for sports)

I'd prefer a wider lens for landscapes though and may pickup the SEL1018 this week or wait for the new Zeiss 12mm f/2.8.  Decisions, decisions ...

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verybiglebowski
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Leica, Leica, Zeiss
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1. Leica Summilux 21mm f/1.4 aspherical - quite solid landscape lens with or without Metabones Speed Booster

2. Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 - great all rounder

3. Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 1700mm f/4, when I need some more reach

The last one is not perfect though, I would replace it in a second with a Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6, but for some reason I can't find one on eBay... In fact, I would replace my Mother in Law for the transport case for that lens, if only prince Al Thani would agree.

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JayDreamer
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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

The basic all rounders

16/28 with VCL-ECU1 wide angle converter attached

18-55 kit

55-210 Tele

As of now it covers whatever I need as a hobbyist. May be I will go for a prime and a tele-extender.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm f/2.8 fisheye - my UWA option for now, excellent optics

Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 - my go-to lens. used about 70% of the time, excellent optics

E-mount 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 - nothing to write home about for optics, but gets the job done when I need that extra reach

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Re: Leica, Leica, Zeiss

verybiglebowski wrote:

3. Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 1700mm f/4, when I need some more reach

The last one is not perfect though, I would replace it in a second with a Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6

WOW, seriously?

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Leica M, Novoflex adapter:

1. 35Lux

2. 90AA

3. WATE

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Re: Leica, Leica, Zeiss

Steven-T wrote:

verybiglebowski wrote:

3. Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 1700mm f/4, when I need some more reach

The last one is not perfect though, I would replace it in a second with a Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6

WOW, seriously?

Ops, the Sheik told me that his only Leica lens is not for sale, even if you offer USD$200million.

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bparanoid wrote:

With the recent discussions of picking a favorite lens I figured we should also have a thread to provide opinions on what you would consider the three lenses for the NEX system that would make it complete for most shooting situations because IMHO one is never enough.

So lets hear what you would conisder your three all stars and why.

My three:

Sel 16-50 pz

My all arounder. Small and light weight and covers wide angle to portrait. For times i desire portabilty.

Sel 35 1.8

My superstar. Sharp, low light, indoor, and portrait use. For times I desire the quality of a Prime lens.

Sel 18-200le

My work horse. Wide to telephoto and everything in between. For times I am purposely going out to shoot but not sure on what and don't want to be switching lenses.

the"Holy Trinity"? Well, Noctilux 50/1.0, Summilux 35/1.4, and Zeiss 12/2.8.

But I have none of these ....

Oh, and do add in the Sony 70-400G/f4-5.6 for fun.

As to your question, there is no single lens that does it all.

Imo, to do it all, a lens must include:

  • fast (f/2.0 or wider)
  • standard FOV (24mm-35mm)
  • OSS (for video, some low light)
  • fast-focusing
  • AF

But, if you add in small, then this lens is out as it is too big, and only the SEL16F28, SEL20F20 and SEL1650PZ lens do qualify. These are the only lenses that will fit the LCS-EM1A and LCM-EM1A cases.

Note: the LCS-EM1B jacket holds all lenses up to the SEL1855 in size: both Sigmas, the SEL35F18, the SEL30M35, all RF lenses, some SLR lenses (on adapter), but not the SEL24F18 and SEL50F18.



So, I grab different lenses, depending on different days. My smallest setup is a small bag which holds just the Nex-6, SEL35F18 and SEL1650PZ. I use the CIZ on the Nex-6 to double the FL range of the 1650 to 100mm.

But I grab different lenses on different days, and different size bags that hold anywhere from 2 to 11 lenses, plus the Nex camera(s).

1. For compact traveling:

  • SEL20F28 (waiting), SEL35F18, SEL1650PZ
  • The SEL20F28 and SEL16PZ do overlap, but the SEL20F28 yields f/2.8 (one stop) which makes it more practical. The SEL becomes a wide angle to mini-tele.
  • Ultra-compact: all three lenses are equally small, and fit the half jacket case IF on a Nex-5N. 

2. For high IQ in small setup (bulkier and heavier than 1):

  • SEL24F18Z, SEL18200
  • I usually also add in the SEL16F28 + ECU and ECF adapter



When a FF Nex becomes a reality, ask this question again - I can see lots of changes ....

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