March 14, 2017 at 10:42AM, Edited March 14, 11:22AM

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Looking for lenses for Sony a7S (for filming).

Hey there.
I'm now switching to the Sony a7s so am quite new to the Sony and have no lenses yet.
I'm looking to get a 28 or 35mm, f1,4-2,4 and another 85mm 2nd lens (not as important atm).
Looking for some help from existing users of lenses for the Sony E mount.
Only looking to get primary lenses atm.

I have a budget of ~700€ for the 28 / 35mm and another ~300 for the second (could also skip the 2nd lens for just getting the 28 / 35mm before i get more cash for a 2nd one).

What I'm looking for in the 28/ 35mm:
I film mostly in MF (scened footage), but having an AF function is a nice feature to have for cases when I'm on the go (not a necessity, but a nice bonus that would be mostly turned off). I'll be using this lens mostly with a shoulder rig.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I have been checking out the Zeiss and would like some feedback from users of their lenses for the Sony E-mount?

March 14, 2017 at 11:08AM, Edited March 14, 11:08AM

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In that price range, look at Rokinon E-mount lenses. But, you say you're switching to sony, so does that mean you're invested in Canon glass, or another company? A lens adapter might save you some money in that case.

March 14, 2017 at 11:57AM

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Craig Douglas
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An adapter would most probably save me money on lenses, but I would like to upgrade the quality either way (even if I sticked with Nikon).

The only of my lenses that i would get an adapter for is my 50mm Nikkor from the 70's (creating a smooth transition between light).

evil monkey

March 14, 2017 at 1:59PM

You can't afford the Zeiss glass, too bad because it's nice; I own several. I've heard the Rokinon lenses are decent. But for the best bang for your buck, if you can live without AF, is buying used Olympus Zuiko OM-mount lenses. The 28/2 and 35/2 each can be had for around $250 (see KEH.com) and both are outstanding.

March 14, 2017 at 12:29PM

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Bruce Hyer
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I have seen that there are plenty of 28 & 35mm lenses from Zeiss for 800-1000€ though?

I was also looking at the Rokinon. But would like to invest more in the 28 & 35mm (which is the focal length i predominantly use).

Do you have any recommendation on the 1000€ Zeiss glasses?

evil monkey

March 14, 2017 at 2:02PM

I'll second this. I've found that for video work, vintage glass is just as sharp and sometimes even sharper than modern day lenses as long as you get the right models. I've had plenty of Pentax K glass, Pentax M42, as well as an Olympus Zuiko 50mm 1.4 and they have all blown me away.

Wyatt Spalding

March 14, 2017 at 3:11PM

I agree with Wyatt. Old Olympus OM lenses are great. I know of several people who professionally use Canon FD on Sony e-mount. FD is only usually suitable for use on mirrorless cameras due to its shallow flange depth. Old Soviet lenses may not be the sharpest but have a very pleasing look (and price tag).

Julian Richards

March 16, 2017 at 10:03AM

So I've come to a hard choice between the
ZEISS Loxia 2/35
https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/camera_lenses/loxia/loxia235.html
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Sonnar T* FE 2,8/35 ZA
https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/camera_lenses/csc/sonnartfe283...

Anyone has some experience with the 2?
Is the 400€ extra worth it to get the Loxia?

March 14, 2017 at 7:09PM

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https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1107511-REG/rokinon_cine_ds_lens_... You can get a rokinon set for that price. You want cinema lenses and specifically ones that are for a full frame sensor. Or individually you can get slr magic lenses https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1278170-REG/slr_magic_slr_3512fe_...

March 16, 2017 at 4:57PM

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Josef Lorenzo
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