Lens for the FE mount
I am little spoiled for choice when it comes to Sony FE mount lens, I currently have the following available for me to use on the a7 series of cameras.
Sony FE 28mm F2, A lens that is sharp, small and light, it is priced reasonably, making this lens really good value and a great little lens to put into any lens collection.
Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA, A good small lens that is a great all rounder and you will not notice it in your camera bag. It is a very capable lens that suites the small form factor of the a7 series of cameras.
Zeiss Loxia FE 35mm F2 The only way to get manual focus depth of scales and distance to subject information on an FE mount lens is to use Zeiss lens. As Sony uses focus by wire on their lens, they do not have a distance to subject info on the lens and for street photography this is very helpful for pre-focusing your lens. You can also see the band for the TAAB attached to the lens in this image.
Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA A big lens that performs beautifully, it is sharp into the corners, better than any other FE mount lens at this focal length, it is fast at focusing and it is great in low light. While large it balances well on the a7II series bodies.
Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA, So many people rave about how sharp this lens is and I agree with them, as this a great performing lens, it is sharp, not to heavy and is a must have lens if you are building a fixed lens kit for Sony a7 series cameras.
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS, I love this lens, I do not get to use it enough, it is my portrait lens and in this capacity is is really wonderful, as I can focus as close as I want to. I particularly like a 90mm focal length for portraits, as I think 85mm, is still a little wide for my personal taste. You can see the lens above with and without lenshood.
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS, This lens is essential for wide angle images on the Sony a7 Cameras, it performs well and is not to heavy to carry. I really wished that I would have had this lens when I was in China, as it is so useful in places where you want a big view.
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, This lens is fine on my a7RmkII and good on the a7S. I will however change this lens for the f2.8 G Master Lens when I get one as I often need to have the additional F-stop. I also prefer to have fixed lens in this range as they suite the type of work that I currently do.
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS, This is the option that I like for this type of zoom as I so rarely use focal length beyond 90mm these days for my social documentary work so I do not see the point in having a big lens like the f2.8 version. This lens is not to heavy to carry, if I think I will be using something longer than the 90mm macro, I am happy to take this lens. Images of lens with and without lenshood.
The lens that I want to use for video on the a7 series is the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS, I have used this lens and it is a great lens for video, in my opinion it is wide enough on a full frame camera to be useful and at 135mm it is long enough for great portrait close ups, that and it does not breath when zooming and it holds its focus as well.
If it was not for my liking of 35mm focal length lens I could very easily have a three lens kit of the Sony a7 series it would consist of the: 28mm, 55mm and the 90mm macro. With this lens set, I would be able to photograph 90% of my work. Because of my preference for 35mm focal lengths, I could settle on a four lens kit and the lens I would add would be the manual focus Zeiss Loxia 35mm as it brings different things to my camera bag.
On to part Three: Sony Camera and Lens In Use: Part Three