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Old August 27th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Sony Anounces 3 new E-Mount Lenses

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Old August 27th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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I'm quite excited about the 18-105 f4 power zoom. It would be perfect for shooting live shows in smaller venues. The kit lens is too slow for that but with f4 I would have a tad bit more light at least when I don't need the full range of the 18-200...
They were also much cheaper than I thought they'd be, expected them to be close to €1000, but at €599 they are almost affordable ;)

And I wish there was a trade-in program to exchange the silver 50mm for the new black ones... The silver lenses just look silly on the EA50...

I still dream of a 35-150 2.8 power zoom though... ;)
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Old August 27th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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I find a massive difference between F4 and smaller and my constant F2.8 lenses. They are a joy to use. So a constant F4 isn't really going to give you a huge amount of advantage when wide (actually slower than the stock lens at 18mm) but I can see the gain higher up if you tend to use high zooms.

I would be perfectly happy with a 16 -70 zoom at F2.8 in an eMount ... For wide stuff I still love my Tokina 11-16 F2.8 and at present I'm using a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 for higher zooms but that's where it ends (of course both are manual zooms and manual focus but the EA-50 does a good job with auto exposure!)

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But if you want constat aperture on the stock lens you have to set it to f6.3 if you don't want it to change when zooming. f4 then is quite a bit of a difference. Maybe then I can use 15dB of gain instead of 21dB ;)
I'd say I'm usually in the 40mm-100mm range, and the stock lens is already at f4.5 at about 30-35mm.
And as I'm filming live events with one camera, sometimes two, the power zoom is invaluable. It won't be the huge difference I would like, but hopefully a nice step.
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Dmitry,

The fast 50MM f1.8 with the digital zoom would put you close to your working range at 75-150?

For your stage shows bringing down the ISO would compensate for the small amount of loss with the digital zoom. Just a thought.

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The new lenses look great but I have the 35mm 1.8 and kit lens and find it harder to manual focus with them.... turn the focus ring a 1/4 turn clockwise then a 1/4 counter and you are not back where you started .

The 18-105 is really looking good to me, and the fact that I could use it in a matte or just zoom without the balance changing is really nice

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Ray,

Yes it zooms and focuses internally, but it is still a "servo" lens. If you are expecting it to feel and focus like a traditional all manual lens you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but I have never yet found a servo lens that focuses well manually.

Fortunately, the EA50 has an amazing focus peaking function. The best I have ever used. I run mine on yellow, fine or medium. It is spot on.

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But if you want constat aperture on the stock lens you have to set it to f6.3 if you don't want it to change when zooming. f4 then is quite a bit of a difference. Maybe then I can use 15dB of gain instead of 21dB ;)
I'd say I'm usually in the 40mm-100mm range, and the stock lens is already at f4.5 at about 30-35mm.
And as I'm filming live events with one camera, sometimes two, the power zoom is invaluable. It won't be the huge difference I would like, but hopefully a nice step.
That's how I'm looking at it. I like a zoom indoors as most of the time I'm restricted in space for re-framing shots and maintaining aperture for close ups is a bonus. Also having OIS due to a lot of these shots turning freehand like when roaming around a busy restaurant or wedding. I would do more freehand work indoors if I had OIS in a lens like this but I really think its the 600 dollar price tag that gets me as for that price the lens options are beneficial to me. The other two lenses I really don't care about, I already have the silver 50mm 1.8.
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Dmitry,

The fast 50MM f1.8 with the digital zoom would put you close to your working range at 75-150?
For your stage shows bringing down the ISO would compensate for the small amount of loss with the digital zoom. Just a thought.
I've been using the 50mm on occasions. The digital zoom is only 2x so it gives me 50-100. And the digital zoom seems to be adding artifacts I'd rather avoid, if possible... Also, I'm still hoping to soon(ish) upgrade to a FS100 or FS700, then no digital zoom will be available... But with my current financial situation, that will be a while ;)
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