March 19, 2016 at 12:22PM, Edited March 19, 12:28PM


Sony's new 24-70mm f2.8 G for video?

Sony is about to start shipping their new 24-70mm and it costs a pretty penny.

I just switched all of my gear recently from the GH4 to an a7sii. I really like it and am glad I made the switch, but I just bought the Sigma 50mm f1.4 and the Sigma 24-105 f4 with a metabones. I have no qualms with the lenses. They're great, but I'm really missing autofocus (which is worthless because of the Metabones). I primarily shoot video, so I can cope without the AF most of the time, however, I'd like to get a small gimbal, in which case having a lens with continuous AF might come in really handy.

Anybody have thought about the new Sony 24-70 in terms of video use?

To make matters more ambiguous, Sigma is rumored to come out with an adaptor of their own to Sony E-mount, which might improve AF, but I'm sure it won't be nearly as good as a native lens...

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The iamge quality itself is astonishing. But there is ony big problem with the Sony if you want to use it for video: Manual Focus. You cannot go manual especially with a follow focus because it has a servo motor which transmits all signals from the focus ring electronicly to the focus motor. And auto focus isn't really an option as film maker (by the way auto anything isn't an option as film maker).
I would rather recomand to buy the Canon 24-70 f/2.8. It doens't have IS bit the A7s II has build in stabilization and the Canon is a bit cheaper.

March 25, 2016 at 7:08AM

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