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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!
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
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...
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
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.
May 6, 2016 at 10:44AM, Edited May 6, 10:45AM
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.
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.
May 6, 2016 at 6:12PM, Edited May 6, 6:12PM
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