If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

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Bokai New Member • Posts: 11
If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

Let's say you wake up one day and you now own only a A7riii body and nothing else, but with €4000 in the bank that can only be used for lenses. What would you buy?

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

Or maybe a wider range of more budget friendly lenses, and have a lot to play with?

Or something entirely else?

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MOD Labe Forum Pro • Posts: 12,056
Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?
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Here’s what’s on my list ...

these are what I want to replace  my 28-70 and fe50 f1.8 I have now.

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Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

Tamron 17-28/2.8 & 28-75/2.8 plus Sigma 100-400 = £2,400.

Sony 90/2.8 macro £750.

All today’s prices at Wex.

Given typical lens price differences, that would leave a bit over. I’d put it towards a Sony 35/1.8 as a small walkabout lens or a filter set.

This is the landscaper’s lightweight and good enough full kit that you can shoot almost anything with that doesn’t need very fast AF or very shallow DoF.

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Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

Bokai wrote:

Let's say you wake up one day and you now own only a A7riii body and nothing else, but with €4000 in the bank that can only be used for lenses. What would you buy?

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

Or maybe a wider range of more budget friendly lenses, and have a lot to play with?

Or something entirely else?

I think it entirely depends on what you intend to shoot.

Are you a working wedding photographer or a hobbyist who shoots insects (just for example).

An astrophotographer perhaps? Or ... maybe you shoot portraits for a living? A street photographer?

And so on... the best choices might be completely different for each.

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PanzerSGT Junior Member • Posts: 41
Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

The trinity from Tamron:

17-28mm f/2.8

28-75mm f/2.8

70-180mm f/2.8

And a Viltrox 85mm f/1.8

Since you said I have a body and nothing else I'd like to use the $1500 that's left over for a bag, a pair of godox speedlights and a trigger, memory cards, batteries, etc.

But you specified lenses only so I'd add:

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro

If you can catch them all on sale there might still be enough left over to pick up a nifty-fifty.

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JSalk53 Forum Member • Posts: 92
Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?
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12-24 2.8 GM

Sigma 85 mm 1.4 DG DN

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UBrot Regular Member • Posts: 126
Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

As pure hobbyist it might be:

Sony 20G, Batis 40, Batis 85 and the Tamron 28-200. If i buy all these used I might fit a Sigma 100-400 in??

OTOH: If I really would buy all these, I might sell most of them next near and have a completely different kit...

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Magnar W
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A small but powerful lens collection

Bokai wrote:

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

This is my choice. You don't need many leses to do great work - one wide, one normal, and one short telephoto lens - and maybe something longer if your interest is sports/action/wildlife/birds in flight etc. The short telephoto lens might be a macro lens if you want to alternate between portraiture/landscape/macro.

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joger
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What do you shoot normally? What do you intend to shoot in the future?

Bokai wrote:

Let's say you wake up one day and you now own only a A7riii body and nothing else, but with €4000 in the bank that can only be used for lenses. What would you buy?

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

Or maybe a wider range of more budget friendly lenses, and have a lot to play with?

Or something entirely else?

Hard to give advise in case it is not know what you're intending to achiev?

With 4 k EUR I'd try to get a mint condition G 12..24 and GM 135 => 2500..2700 EUR and with a little down the road the new GM 35 and I'd be done with lenses.

Each of them is a stunning lens and offers so much options:

  • G 12..24 => absolute asterpiefe for architecture and landscape
  • GM 35 seems to be the best 35 mm lens ever and it's fast
  • GM 135 best 135 mm lens to date any maybe best lens over all

In case you want to go a bit further for bringing add a G 200..600 and your photo bag show die complete.

the good thing on GM lenses is that their MF capabilities with linear actuation is almost like real MFing

Best ist always to get your own hands on gear and test lenses over the weekend or at least ½ h in the shop.

BUT it all comes down to your needs - in case you can specify a bit more your shooting style I am sure the lens mixture could look different to my suggestion.

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Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

Bokai wrote:

Let's say you wake up one day and you now own only a A7riii body and nothing else, but with €4000 in the bank that can only be used for lenses. What would you buy?

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

Or maybe a wider range of more budget friendly lenses, and have a lot to play with?

Or something entirely else?

First, congratulations for waking up with €4000

I'd probably start out with

Voigtlander 21

24 GM

35 GM or Sigma 35 1.2

50 ZA

85 GM

I think I may have already blown past €4000 oops

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OP Bokai New Member • Posts: 11
Re: What do you shoot normally? What do you intend to shoot in the future?

joger wrote:

Hard to give advise in case it is not know what you're intending to achiev?

This was more a question of hypothetical nature, to see how others think. If I would like advice on what to buy, I would of course be a little more specific.

My choice would probably be something like:

- New Sony 35 1.4 GM as my main lens - 1700 €
- Tamron 17-28/2,8 Di III RXD - 785 €
- Tamron 70-180/2,8 Di III VXD - 1255 €

And perhaps a Sigma 105/2.8 DG DN Macro(750€) if I somehow could get one or the other of the above cheap.

Trollmannx Veteran Member • Posts: 7,485
Re: If you had €4000 to buy a set of lenses, what would you buy?

Would not buy any lens before needing it.

And getting €4000 is wonderful until one realize that it was just a dream... 

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What I bought for event work

Bokai wrote:

Let's say you wake up one day and you now own only a A7riii body and nothing else, but with €4000 in the bank that can only be used for lenses. What would you buy?

One or maybe a couple top notch GM-lenses of your favourite focal lengths?

Or maybe a wider range of more budget friendly lenses, and have a lot to play with?

Or something entirely else?

In late 2019 and early 2020, I bought the following for my event photography business:

  • Samyang 18/2.8
  • Zeiss Batis 25/2
  • Sony 35/1.8
  • Sony 85/1.8
  • Sony 24-105/4

Due to low light, f2.8 zooms made no sense for me. Primes for low-light no-flash handheld use. 18/2.8 for tripod use. 24-105/4 for flash and outdoor abundant-light use.

Sadly, I haven't had opportunities to use any of it since March 2020...

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Re: What do you shoot normally? What do you intend to shoot in the future?

Bokai wrote:

joger wrote:

Hard to give advise in case it is not know what you're intending to achiev?

This was more a question of hypothetical nature, to see how others think. If I would like advice on what to buy, I would of course be a little more specific.

My choice would probably be something like:

- New Sony 35 1.4 GM as my main lens - 1700 €

probably excellent choice

- Tamron 17-28/2,8 Di III RXD - 785 €

tested it against the G 12..24 - 12..24 wins hands down - fully depends whether you really need the shorter end - G 12..24 is sharper at 17..20 mm

- Tamron 70-180/2,8 Di III VXD - 1255 €

Excellent lens - was really surprised -

And perhaps a Sigma 105/2.8 DG DN Macro(750€) if I somehow could get one or the other of the above cheap.

ultra sharp lens - can't go wrong with that either

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