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Arvid Utas
Lenses for the Sony A7S
on Oct 21, 2014 at 4:58:44 pm

Any suggestions for a wide to normal (or short telephoto) lens for the new full frame E mount cameras?

I was looking at the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD but it turns out that it doesn't have Image Stabilisation on the E mount versions (because some E mount cameras has that built into the body, not the A7 ones though...frustrating).

The other alternative was Sony's Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS which does have stabilisation but I'm not keen on the motorised focus ring which also doesn't allow for repeating focus pulls.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM with a Metabones adapter?

Any thoughts?


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Bill Bruner
Re: Lenses for the Sony A7S
on Oct 22, 2014 at 12:17:10 pm

Hi Arvid - You might be able to save yourself a little money by sticking with Sony lenses - for a few dollars more than a $399 Canon to NEX Speed Booster, you can get the $498 Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE OSS kit lens.

Here is what this lens can do on the A7s:

Hope this is helpful!

Hybrid Camera Revolution

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Arvid Utas
Re: Lenses for the Sony A7S
on Oct 22, 2014 at 4:45:49 pm

Hi Bill,
thanks for your reply. I don't know about the kit lens, in that case I might just as well get the Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS i mentioned above (a bit more expensive but f4 throughout and Zeiss) but they both have that dreadful motorised focus... Hmm maybe I'm being to demanding...?


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Kaileen Fitzpatrick
Re: Lenses for the Sony A7S
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:19:34 pm

I've been using the metabones adapter to EF and put my canon lenses on there. I have been shooting on this for about 2 months now.

i've gained confidence in this setup. At first the adapter plus the lens seemed heavy--too much for the camera to handle (Tamron especially). But i've been flinging this stuff around quite a bit, and i feel better about it.

one troublesome issue is that sometimes the camera won't give me control of the iris through the metabone, but i found manually resetting the adapter or the lens itself does the trick.

I made this choice because i was not impressed with the E-mount lenses at this time. I would recommend doing the same.


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