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Old February 7th, 2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Seeking Sony A7s lens advice

Hi all -

Does anyone have any thoughts on using the 18-105 f/4 on a Sony A7s for a wedding shoot? I do not own any Sony gear, but would like to rent an A7s (not the Mark II - I'm not sure I can get that into my budget) for a couple of shoots coming up in the next few weeks. The 18-105 in APS-C mode seems like a sound choice as I don't need 4k, but I am curious if there is anything I should watch out for, or if maybe the 24-240 might be better in full frame mode for a wedding... Shooting conditions will range from an evening (about 1 hour before sunset) outdoor ceremony to an indoor reception which may have poor lighting, to a dance which will almost certainly be fairly dark...

I will also have a 55 f/1.8 with me if I need a shallow DOF, but I am thinking the A7s should be fine in low light, even at f/4 - f/8. I am I off base here?
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Old February 8th, 2016, 03:46 AM   #2
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I use the 24-105 for ceremony and speeches and it's fine - why in APS-C mode though as it's a full frame lens?

F4 is ok for all but the darkest of churches with the A7s

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Old February 8th, 2016, 08:30 AM   #3
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I use the 24-105 for ceremony and speeches and it's fine - why in APS-C mode though as it's a full frame lens?

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Thanks Pete - I was wanting a bit more reach, and that lens seems to be very cost effective - but it is an APS-C lens, so I would shoot in crop mode unless there is some compelling reason not to use crop mode. I was also kind of intrigued by the motorized zoom, but have realistic expectations for it.

The 24-105 - is that A mount? Sigma maybe? I'm going to rent both the lens and camera, so I'm kind of at the mercy of the rental house...
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Old February 9th, 2016, 03:41 AM   #4
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Ah sorry - for some reason I though in your OP you had said 24-105 which is a Canon lens - my mistake
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Old February 9th, 2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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Full frame is about 2 f stop or more cleaner than APS-C, I would not go pass ISO12800 on APS-C but have no problem going up to 32000ISO in full frame.
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Old April 4th, 2016, 12:54 AM   #6
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Maybe you can rent the new g-master lens 24-70 2.8 when it comes out. I know its expensive though. But I would assume 2.8 would be enough dof for events and you may not need to carry around the 55 1.8 if the quality is almost up to par.
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Old April 4th, 2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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Still waiting for user reviews of this lens - is it released yet?
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Old April 25th, 2016, 11:12 AM   #8
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Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals did a review of the new Sony G Master 24-70 f/2.8. Bottom line - as good as the Canon and Nikon equivalents, and also as good regarding copy-to-copy variation (which apparently is a problem with the Sony FE 24-70 f/4. Because they rent lenses they have many copies.
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