May 4, 2016 at 11:58AM

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First Lens for the Sony A7s ii

I'm a newb. I'd like to buy a Sony A7s ii and need some lens suggestions. I like the cinematic look and feel, but not exactly sure how to achieve.

I'll be using the camera for short videos for small businesses.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Cinematic look is achieved with the right lighting in the first place.

But I won't bore you with the topic how important that is because there are a lot of other people around here who can tell you that (and you think you need to know that yourself).

To answer your question:
You have two possebilities: Go with E-Mount from Sony with another mount and a adaptor.

If your chose the E-Mount you can go with one of this lenses:

Sony 24-70 f/3.5-5.6 ($300-400)
Sony 24-70 f/4.0 ($800)
Sony 24-70 f/2.8 ($1.700)
or if you want a wider lens
Sony 16-35 f/4.0 ($800)

If you want to use another lens mount (i. e. Canon EF) you need a adaptor (and I highly recommend the Metabones, they work jsut fine). Lenses you could use are:

EF 24-105 f/4.0 ($700)
EF 24-70 f/4.0 ($700)
EF 24-70 f/2.8 ($1.600)
EF 16-35 f/4.0 ($700)
EF 16-35 f/2.8 ($1.300)

May 6, 2016 at 9:08AM

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Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller
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If you don't know anything about filmmaking at all - in my opinion - the A7s ii is just way too much for you! Get a Canon 650D (or whatever they're called in America) and learn with that. They certainly offer a nice quality... But something like that would be a good camera to learn with. I'm by no means a professional but I have shot several commercial type videos on my Nikon D5100 which has horrible video capabilities. But everything is somehow possible.

I would suggest getting a 650D/700D/750D (depending on your budget), get some nice glass and stabilizer (Glidecam/DJI Ronin), tripod, audio accessories and all stuff necessary to make films. You also need a capable computer, a few SD cards, additional batteries, some editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro/Sony Vegas Pro/Apple Final Cut Pro X). Otherwise you won't get a cinematic look with just the A7s ii.

Later you can sell (or even keep as a B roll/BTS camera) the Canon and get a A7s ii (if that is still a thing in a few months/years) and just a Metabones adaptor for the Sony. I do not recommend buying Sony glass. It's quite overpriced from what I've seen on Amazon and B&H. Plus you can't adapt it to another lens mount, if you would ever upgrade to the C lineup from Canon or even something like a RED. Canon EF glass is just the most practical, because it can be adapted to other cameras or most professional cameras even offer an EF mount version.

Hope I could help...
Robert

PS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxtoc6tIOtY a promotional video I recently made. Shot on a Nikon D5100 and D5200 on a Glidecam and a shoulder rig, edited in Premiere Pro and After Effects (for the flickering effects) on an 27" iMac.

May 6, 2016 at 9:13AM

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Robert Friedriszik
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thank you for the info. I totally get that lighting and movement create that effect. I'm pretty good at both of those and will have a ronin to move the camera around.

Friend of mine suggested a sigma 24 1.4 art lens.

Thoughts?

May 6, 2016 at 10:44AM, Edited May 6, 10:45AM

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If you get that, you will have only one focal length (24mm). However, if you get a zoom lens (such the ones suggested on the1st post), you will have a variety of focal lengths to choose from.

Stelios Kouk

May 6, 2016 at 1:10PM

Go with some super affordable older Nikon lenses.

You can build out a great prime kit for under $500.

50mm f1.4 in excellent condition for $149 and the adapters are under $20 on Amazon/Ebay.

https://www.keh.com/shop/nikon-50mm-f-1-4-s-ai-manual-focus-lens-52.html

May 6, 2016 at 6:12PM, Edited May 6, 6:12PM

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Do you have a budget on lenses??

No budget: What Kyle above said.

Little Budget: I'm a big fan of Canon L series and Sigma lenses. Rokinon Cine series lenses are great too.

Big Budget: Any cinema set. I love the Zeiss Super Speeds. Generally rent for projects though.

May 10, 2016 at 7:50AM

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