November 27, 2014 at 9:03PM

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Best lenses for Sony A7s?

Wondering what would be ideal lenses to form a kit for a Sony A7s - will be used for video recording only.

Planning on purchasing 3 lenses and wanting to know which would be best to start with.

Thank you!

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Well I came here to read, but there are no comments. I'm thinking about going A7S as well. If your not doing any photos then check out the Rokinon Cine lenses. They look great and are fully manual with de-clicked aperture.

December 5, 2014 at 3:02PM

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Kyle Sanders
Editor
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Hi all,

I own an A7s, and depending on the shoot use the following lenses:

Documentary: 24-105 f4 Canon L Lens (has image stabilization and full aperture control with a Commlite EF to E mount adapter)

Commercial Shoots: Rokinon 35 and 85mm lenses

Of course, I'm sure the 50mm f1.8 cheapo canon lens would give amazing results as well.

December 5, 2014 at 5:38PM, Edited December 5, 5:38PM

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David Luderer
Associate Producer / Director
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Hey David,

Whats the Commlite like? Im looking to run the same set up and am weighing my options up in terms of adapters. Right now its between that and the metabones.

Thanks

kieran ryan

December 19, 2014 at 10:47AM

Hey David,

Whats the Commlite like? Im looking to run the same set up and am weighing my options up in terms of adapters. Right now its between that and the metabones.

Thanks

kieran ryan

December 19, 2014 at 10:47AM

David,

"Documentary: 24-105 f4 Canon L Lens (has image stabilization and full aperture control with a Commlite EF to E mount adapter)"

Any reason to use this instead of Sony E PZ 18-105mm f4? What are the advantages? I can't find any unless you want to use Canon on other cameras as well..

zetty

September 20, 2015 at 7:42PM

While putting it in to crop mode gives it a different focal length technically. It doesn't actually change the astethic of the lens. You can't expect a 50mm lens to perform like an 85mm lens event though they'll be the same focal length. Am I right? I only say because I thought the same when using my cropped sensor dslr. someone told me the same thing

Daniel Boulton

April 4, 2016 at 11:26AM, Edited April 4, 11:26AM

Keep in mind, popping the A7s into APS-C crop mode turns every lens you have into 2 different lenses. Very handy.

December 5, 2014 at 5:39PM

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David Luderer
Associate Producer / Director
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Hi,I have doubts about this. The APS-C mode it can be done with the adapter metabones only?

Cecilia Casas

February 19, 2015 at 7:16AM

I mostly use the Canon 50mm f1.4 with metabones iv (although I've got a few lenses), which combined with the APS-C mode works really well as David Luderer said.

December 6, 2014 at 4:48AM

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Neil Asher
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I have the 50 1.4, and I think it will be much more practical on a FF cam than my current crop sensor. But having both in one camera will be nice.

Kyle Sanders

December 6, 2014 at 3:16PM

the APS-C mode is only with the metabones adapter?

Cecilia Casas

February 19, 2015 at 7:20AM

Any Canon L lens works great as well as old Nikon lenses which I actually prefer for certain applications and can be quite cheap. All still lenses are gonna give you focus issues though. Only the Rokinon/Tokina/Zeiss CP/Canon Cinema will suffice under critical focus in controlled professional applications.

December 8, 2014 at 3:32AM

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Brad Watts
Filmmaker/Creative Director - Redd Pen Media
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I would use the same lenses many people use on 5D's. I personally own a 5D MKIII and a BMPC 4K.

My Lenses All EF Mount:
Tokina 11-16mm F2.8
Canon 24-70mm F2.8
Canon 24-105mm F4
Canon 70-200mm F2.8
Canon 2X Extender
Tiffen VND'S

This is the best list for a wide range of focal lengths good for video better for stills, but they get the job done and are easy to work with.

December 8, 2014 at 11:39AM

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Caleb Rasak
Camera Operator / AC
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my flatmate has one and uses it daily for his documentary.
He only uses my Sigma Art 18-35 1.8 when its in a tripod and a control environment (film shooting, interview, music video) but for performances, live shows, run n gun style, he uses his old Voigtlander lenses for Leica M, which are sharp, relatively cheap and SMALL
Voigtlander Nokton 1.4 (40mm or 50mm)
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0

December 17, 2014 at 7:52AM

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Is the Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 good for shooting videos/short film? Or is a still camera lens? Thanks

Tommaso Frangini

February 29, 2016 at 6:04PM

What kind of shooting will you be doing because while everyone is saying get this lens and that lens, i think application comes first. If its Run and Gun then Zoom Lenses are awesome, if its narrative/ commercial work then primes would best suit you. the Brands to keep in mind would be: Rokinon, Canon, Sigma, and if you can pick up some vintage lens with the appropriate adapters you could be in luck and yes nikkor lenses are sharp and way cheaper than their canon counterpart (trust me im a canon guy)

December 17, 2014 at 11:11PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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Hi Everyone, I plan on getting an A7s too but also plan on paring it with the new FS7 in the future. I've been shooting with a couple of NX5's up until now so the whole lens business is new to me. I would like to invest in a lens kit that will complement both the A7s aswel as the FS7. I'll be using it for run and gun stuff. Documentary corporate films so a zoom lens would be the first start. I like to control as I can much manually. Any advice?

January 29, 2015 at 1:59PM

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Thomas Brand
Filmmaker
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A7s is very forgiving lens-vise. I have a bunch of fast Canon glass: 85 f1.2, 35 f1.4 which was a must for my 70d's low-light. With the A7s I am thinking about getting the kit 18-135 IS and just using that.

I.e. these were shot at f5.6:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km8VFR6BTF4

May 2, 2015 at 1:28AM, Edited May 2, 1:29AM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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I recently got an a7s and its miles ahead of any camera I've used below 3000 (I've used gh3, gh4, BMPCC, 5d).

It all depends what your main uses for the camera are. Personally speaking I don't like zoom lenses, however due to the a7s superb lowlight performance slow zoom lenses that would normally perform badly in lowlight are a lot more useful.

I have
Samyang cine 24mm t1.5
Samyang cine 50mm t1.5
Samyang cine 85mm t1.5

I really love these lenses. The added bonus of moving to aps-c mode allows me to have effectively 6 focal lengths from three lens. The punch in in aps-c mode is so handy and very effective when in a run and gun situation, takes away my need for a zoom lens. A lot of people use zoom lenses though so you just need to figure out what's best for you.

May 4, 2015 at 5:21AM

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Gino Lynch
filmmaker
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Great info everyone commenting. Im also wondering what lens to get with my sony a7s. Im planning to travel to 3 different countries and Im looking for 2 lenses to take with me. It's good to know that I can have two focal lengths with the ape-c crop...I have the canon 50mm which looks fantastic...I'm wondering though if I should spend a huge chunk and buy a zeiss lens (35mm) or just use the canon kit lens 18-135 since a7s can do well in low light...so my question is, what really is the difference between lets say a kit lens at 24mm vs a prime lens at 24mm...I would like to know, thanks.

May 17, 2015 at 6:11PM

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Nima Tajbakhsh
Writer/Director
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We have zeiss ze lenses. 28, 50 and 100mm. We got the a7s in a promotion with the metabones mk3 adaptor. They were unusable. Kept disconnecting and needed to turn the camera off and on. Fortunately we got the adaptor for free. I dont know if the mk4 has solved this problem... anyone know? Butwegot the sony 24-70 f4 as an all rounder. It's usually our bcam and we just use that lens. Sharp nice lens. And shooting in s35 its closer to a 100mm+ .... so i do recommend that lens. Great for stills too but terrible TERRIBLE for pulling focus... not smooth at and short focus throw. The zeiss ze and zf lenses are great for pulling focus as far as stills glass goes. No image stabilisation though. If you go zeiss and dont mindthat nikon focus in an opposite direction, maybe look at a zf. easily adaptable to canon and sony and the iris isn't electronically controlled

June 25, 2015 at 8:15AM

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Dean Butler
Writer Director Shooter Editor
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I am surprised there hasn't been mention of Nikkor lenses yet. We have been using a growing set since starting on t2i's and 5d MkII's almost 5 years ago! Now we have 2 a7s bodies that they get used on.

In our kit we have:

24mm f2.8
28mm f3.5
35mm f2
50mm f1.4
85mm f1.8
105mm f2.5
105mm f2.8 Macro
180mm f2.8

The adapters are next to nothing and really solid on the body. But the best part is the affordability. I do not recall what exact lenses are AI, non-AI, AIS, and so on without looking. All have yielded really good results, there is some color shift with the 85mm, nothing that can't be worked with.

July 7, 2015 at 2:58PM, Edited July 7, 3:00PM

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would just like to add my input regarding rokinon lenses.

I have been using them for a little over 2 years on a professional enviroment. They are definitely a step up from the classic starting filmmaker setup (some canon kit lenses and cheap 50mm lenses and such), but in my opinion you get frustrated with them quickly once you try better glass. They are good if you are smart with them, but can produce very soft images if you open them up. Depending on the lens, it can even look like a 70's Christmas music video, with everything that reflects light glowing and stuff. If you have a poor low light camera body and really need to have the f stop at the minimum, you are going to have a bad time. For a sony a7s, close them up to the optimal point (around f5) and crank up that ISO! :)

November 12, 2015 at 5:55AM

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Miguel Pinto Ferreira
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