November 5, 2016 at 1:06PM


Three essential first lenses for Sony a7sii

Which three lenses do you think are essential with this full frame E mount camera? I want to have
1) super wide for blogs and real estate
2) flattering portrait for interviews
3) general drama use with a decent zoom.
4) macro for insects and flowers.

Any thoughts?


Would say the G Master Series lenses from Sony. But those are very expensive (but very good as well).
Until now there are only 3 in that series.

November 7, 2016 at 5:10AM, Edited November 7, 5:11AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Rokinon has primes with E-mount. Cine and Still lenses. I am planning on getting the 14mm next week or so. I just picked up the Sigma Art 24-105 that works like a native lens with the MC-11 adapter. Great piece of glass.

November 9, 2016 at 9:09PM


+1 for that roki 14mm. Super fun lens and makes a really nice image.

@OP - For something in the portrait range - it's maybe way out of your price range and might be better for a rental, but the zeiss batis 85mm is downright amazing. By far my favorite E-mount lens.

November 10, 2016 at 9:23AM


3 & 4 - The Canon 24-70 f4 is a great general use lens, with a macro mode built in
2 - I've heard great things about the Sony 55mm f1.8. Also the canon 85mm f1.8 which
is a fair bit cheaper (but not native).

I'm not v clued up on super wide lenses.

Hope this helps.

November 10, 2016 at 3:58AM


For most commercial jobs I will almost certainly hire lenses as a job calls for it. So for general running around purposes and personal work I prefer to travel light. So here's my lightweight nice variety set I've been using for a while now.

They're all manual primes, so if you need the zoom, or the auto then these aren't going to be for you. Not only are they really small and light weight (the 40mm is in particular very small and beautiful to look at) but they work nicely together and you get great diversity in your footage with these 3. What I particularly like is the certain feel and texture that they all have. They're just very 'filmic', not necessarily right for something that has to be super clean but they definitely have a place for a music video, short film, or the right branded content.

Would love to hear if anyone else has worked with these?

Anyway, here they are;

Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm F4.5 Asf VM III (If you're into Alejandros films Birdman and The Revenant then you'll love this lens, I think he shoots 16mm but it's close. New £500)

Voigtlander 40mm F2.8 Heliar VM Lens - Silver 19628 (you have to have a look at this one and how it looks, it's tiny and opens out in an interesting way, solid. New £330)

Helios Auto 135mm 1:2.8 Lens M42 Screw Mount (possibly my favourite 135mm and its only £10 on Ebay)

November 10, 2016 at 4:28AM

Mario Epsley

excelent article!

November 10, 2016 at 6:22AM

Horatiu Randasu
VideoEditor wannabe

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