Sony Lenses 101
When we moved from Canon to Sony one of the biggest decisions we had to make was whether or not we were going to purchase Sony lenses or lens adaptors for our Canon glass. We decided to fully embrace Sony, including their limited lens selection (at the time). We learned a couple of hard lessons when beginning to use Sony glass... The simple fact was that in the early days Sony lenses didn't compare to Canon's tried and tested line. However, as we've acquired new lenses, and as Sony has released new units, we've become totally confident in our decision to embrace Sony glass. This post is a breakdown of all the Sony Lenses we use, and how we use them!
SONY FE 24mm f1.8 ZEISS
This is a lens that we've had a love-hate relationship with. When we first purchased it we used it exclusively on our Glidecam. I had loved using the Glidecam stabilizer on our Canon's, but for some reason the pairing didn't fit with our Sony bodies. In retrospect I don't think that 24mm was wide enough for the Glidecam. Because of the fact that we didn't like how the footage was looking, this lenses was relegated to the back burner. It's saving grace was when we acquired the Sony A6300. This body pairs perfectly with the 24mm (36mm equivalent) and we now use it all the time!
SONY FE 24-70mm f4 ZEISS
This lens is a staple in our kit. When shooting Canon our favourite lens was the 24-105 f4. It was so versatile and always looked great. This was before Sony had released it's 24-105, so we went with the next best thing, a 24-70mm. Right now this lens finds it's home on our Zhiyun Crane. The ability to change focal length on the go, without having to rebalance the Crane is something we absolutely love.
SONY FE 85mm f1.8
This is a new pick up for us! We had purchased an 85mm Rokinon, without autofocus, just to see the feel of an 85mm, and we fell in love instantly. So, naturally, we ordered the Sony unit. This lens is fantastic on the dance floor! We love the bokeh effect, especially shooting into LED lights. It brings a unique depth to our footage that is really, really important.
SONY FE 70-200mm f4 G
Again, another staple lens! This is a ceremony powerhouse, our bride lens. It's really important for us to be able to capture a solid angle of the bride when reading her vows, and for that we rely on his piece of glass. It's crisp, and produces a beautiful bokeh. Lauren will also use this lens during our glamour shoots, while fixed to a monopod for moody pan and focus pull shots.
SONY FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3
Here is an interesting lens. It's both wide, and a superzoom. It came with our A7siis upon purchase. Lauren will sometimes use this lens in awkward and rushed morning prep situations, but other than that, it'll sit at the back attached to a C cam during the ceremony.
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Lauren & Jordan