Average size and weight, decently priced. Furthermore, real estate indoor photography (if I got it right and that is what you want to do) may be one of the fields where I would prefer a zoom lens. Huge vignetting wide open, rather bad flare resistance, 6 bladed aperture. Overall optical performance is similar to the Voigtlander 12mm 5.6 at shared apertures and slightly better than Voigtlander 10mm 5.6, Features a standard 62mm filter thread but the non removable hood spoils the filter holder party, Interesting and cheaper alternative to the 10mm 5.6 and 12mm 5.6 Voigtlander lenses, but optically not as good as the 9mm 5.6. best regards You have one of the best – if not the best – review sites for Sony users on the web. Sharp and with pleasant contrast. My targets are cheap third party lenses like 7artiSan 7mm f2.5 E mount or the Samyang 8mm fisheye for APSC e mount. Almost no distortion, fair flare resistance, not so well defined but okay sunstars, very high vignetting even stopped down. I see Bastian has already replied, but I should put in a +1 doe the Samyang 12mm fisheye too. Already at f/2.8 the sharpness across frame near infinity can be very good but mind a little field curvature. This and other unbidden conduct are simply habits of the NEX. Still often in use for astrophotography. Far better than I expected. Status: sample loaned by manufacturer reviewed by Bastian. From f/5.6 it is good across the frame, very good at f/8 and for the very good corner performance you should stop down to f/11. The second one being a sharp improvement on the first one. You also can put the 10mm Voigtländer on a real APSC camera. Juriaan, David and me are not using any ultra wide angle zoom as we prefer much faster primes at the often lacking long end of the zooms. With adapter about the same length as Batis 18mm but a little thinner and a bit heavier. Jannik’s Choice: Sigma Art 14-24mm 2.8 DG DN, David’s Choice: Zeiss Batis Distagon T* 18mm f2.8, Juriaan’s Choice: Voigtlander 15mm 4.5 SWH E. The following two tabs change content below. Awesome! Thank you for this article, and your site. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. This is also the reason I tend to mostly avoid Tokina lenses nowadays. Good center performance, never great in the corners, As always with Samyang lenses, make sure you did not get a. This is one of the rare cases where a zoom outperforms many primes. I had my A7R modified and it worked wonders -- no more edge smearing for adapted WA lenses. Because of field curvature issues a bad idea to use in on Sony cameras (no PCX filter available because of big filter diameter). He uses it regularly. for me it is important that it has little distortion/small need for software corrections and focal length between 18 and 20mm. This is neither a light nor a small lens but it isn’t huge either. Much like considering the Voigtländer or Zeiss rangefinder lenses as an interesting imaging resource for Sony E+mount via Techart adapter, for example. Used by David for a while, then sold. The LAEA4 adapter that allows us to use A mount lenses on the A7R is a must. would be happy to know if you got something … IF You need a Lensbaby Fisheye for your Fisheye review,i would If you were to include Loxia 21mm in the list, would someone choose it? Sony A7 Series Thin Filter Legacy Lens Upgrade - Kolari Vision Without the Kolari mod, the best M-mount 28mm for adapting to the A7 series might be the Hexanon-M 28/2.8. The best zoom lenses for the Sony a7 III. Sony now has three new cameras coming soon! Bought and sold by Jannik. At f/3.5 the center is quite good, midframe and corners are ok, also quite contrasty. Many lenses suffer from a different diseases, mainly all kind of aberrations. Here are two more possibilities for review: Tokina 11-16/2.8. Only the 20mm F2.8 disappointed me so far — not sharp enough in the corners. Yeah, it would be interesting to hear if any of you swapped the Sony16-35 f4 for the Tamron 17-28. Canon FD 4/17 Also I'd not limit the list to 20mm – 22 might be more logical threshold as 'still less than 24mm', namely 21mm is still uwa for many people. Phillip, do you have any opinion on the use of these adapters? There was no one else besides me when I picked up a Sony A7R one hour after the giant Yodobashi Camera store in Akihabara had opened its doors. Very big and very heavy, decently priced on the used market. 355g | $800 | full Review | aperture series | sample images, buy from Amazon.com | Amazon.de | B&H (affiliate links). The pictures are very sharp (I can’t even apply some sharpness in LR) and the character is similar to those $2000+ lenses. as well so we can compare it with mine. Status: Not reviewed by anyone in the team but reliable information is available. which of these lenses would you recommend specifically for interior photography? But I never put much emphasis on lens „look“ I always judged lenses by their performance and was very conscious that I accepted a number of compromises. How much of difference will the 5.6 stop of 10mm be a hindrance compared to the 4 of 15mm in the verstality of the lenses to take good images If I was to get the m mount version I could use it with a close-focus adapter (there are many cheaper third party adapters now). I also wanted to tell you about a video I just saw of a Sony G 20mm F1.8 lens that will be released soon un march. Interesting I have a Canon A1 and recently I also bought an a7ii and I owned few nice FD lenses. I like your site. Discover our high quality range of over 40 interchangeable camera lenses including A-mount and E-mount lenses crafted for a range of shooting situations. Haida has announced a so far unique round filter system for this Sigma zoom. Made in Russia from the mid ‘50s to the ‘90s this ponderous 6-element Double Gauss lens is said to be based on Zeiss… “Vignetting at 12 mm …”. My priorities have certainly changed in recent years. While not perfect the Laowa is much better in handling lens flare. One of the best performing ultra wide angle lenses for astrophotography, low coma and very low vignetting in comparison to the competition (less than 2 EV at 14mm and 2.8). It’s a Zeiss with autofocus and image stabilization, in a classic portrait … I am a big fan. For me this is the achilles heel of this lens. I already have the Carl Zeiss Contax 24mm f2.8 and 135mm f2.8 and i am very happy with them. … I’d recommend to stop down to f/11 for usable sharpness across the frame albeit it never gets tack sharp, Very low distortion (the biggest quality of this lens, especially in the film era), bad flare resistance and 6-bladed aperture, Medium size, not too heavy but a tad more expensive than the Tokina 3.5/17 due to the collector’s value. Linear coupling? I’ve had 15/f4.5 which was ok on original A7 (i.e. Pretty strong vignetting. GM 16-35 Status: bought by Bastian and used for some time on Nikon DSLRs until 20mm 1.8G hit the shelves. At f/2.8 center as well as midframe region is very sharp, corners suffer a bit from field curvature. I would be prepared to reach deeper in my pocket for the 15mm distagon if image quality remains more or less intact with adapters. PS: Laowa 15mm 2.0 on Sony A7s is an amazing combination for astrophotography! Great and clearly useable information – thanks for the hours you spend bringing such valuable insight to us all. The build quality of my sample is very nice. At f/4 the center is excellent across the zoom range, for best corners I would stop down at least to f/5.6, better f/8 where they are quite good. I love reading your reviews – always so balanced and fair. Thank you very much! Almost no distortion, quite good flare resistance, beautiful 10-stroke sunstars. Do you know if there is a big difference between the emount version and the m version? Easy to focus in magnification-mode? Only be aware if you store in raw+jpg mode, jpg is only in saved in fine. There's always something new to discover here, not least for our popular Live Rumors and Live News feeds. Proh ‘inspired’ by Batis but more budget friendly.. Nisi 100mm filters will neither fit on 12-24 nor on 14-24 zooms. Already at f/2.8 the sharpness across frame is very good at all focal lengths, Very low coma at 14mm, still low coma at 24mm, High vignetting at 14mm and f/2.8 (~ 2.8 EV), still comparable to most of the competition, Very good flare resistance for an ultra wide angle zoom with bulbous front element, If the GM 12-24mm 2.8 is too expensive or you simply don’t need the 12mm angle of view this is a really great alternative and you won’t feel like giving anything up in terms of optical qualities. But one thing you cannot customize is the monitor or viewfinder selection. Below, I’ll be posting some examples that I’ve taken with my lenses and some tips and tricks for you to get started. I have a sony Aiii and I am want to buy an ultra wide angle lens. Really useful articles, Hallo Phillip,Hallo Jannik,Hallo Bastian. High performance modern wideangle lens which is also very good for astrophotography but comes at a price. All in all a capable landscape lens with some limitations for a decent price. 305g + adapter | $160 | full review | aperture series | sample images, buy from ebay.com | ebay.de | Sony E-mount adapters (affiliate links). Karel left the Netherlands in 1960 at the age of 19, with one hundred dollars, with the idea to hitchhike to India (before there were hippies). Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 is very hard to focus manually. When the A7R was announced, the question in my mind — and I imagine with other lovers of photography as well — was whether it could be customized into a genuine photographer’s camera. Let me say that my hope have been given a lift. Well worth the ten minutes. With the Metabones adapter the problem with the right side of the frame disappeared. Flare resistance, bulk and price seems to be the only disadvantage compared to the better primes. And for quite a few people, that means M lenses. Nevertheless there are a few lenses that simply stick, so we decided to let each of us pick one of the aforementioned lenses and tell you why we like it and/or keep using it. 490g | $699 | full review | aperture series | sample images, buy from amazon.com | amazon.de (affiliate links), buy from amazon.com | amazon.de | B&H | ebay.com (affiliate links). One note which might be of interest for owners of older VC ultra-wides for M39 (have no experience with the newer one): their (comparatively) poor performance on A7 may be at least partly due to the unscrewed rear element (or other misalignments caused by assembly issues or abuse during lifetime). There is no coma, no flares (comes with collapsible hood) and very easy to focus (I feel this is the best big lens I used in MF – because it has reachable focus ring and very easy to navigate unlike zoom lenses). Quite big but very lightweight and also very expensive. Karsten. Looking forward to your review of the Sigma 14-24/2.8…. Across frame sharpness stopped down is definitely usable and a standard 67mm filter thread is very nice to have on a lens this wide, but watch out for flares. The optics are the same between the III-version of the M-mount lens and the E-mount lens. Is it advisable to buy the 10mm and get used to it and during that time also use it if needed in APSC format (A7iii allows you to) when the effective focal length will be 15mm. At f/2.8 good to very good across frame performance even in the extreme corners. Dan, Please don’t forget to bring your 300mm f2.0 AIS With the 2/15 on the A7s compared to the 2.8/11-16 on the D5200 you will gain several stops. This all goes to show that working with adapters is to a large extent hit and miss. Minolta MD 35/1.8: Veiling flare wide-open, resolution is there in the center. Vignetting at 12 mm is strong and doesn’t go away. He lived in Turkey, India and SouthEast Asia before arriving in Japan two years later. Thank you for the advice. At 24mm not nearly as good compared to 14mm, needs to be stopped down to f/8.0 for best performance here. The point is, they appear to be quite sensitive to that. Absolutely brilliant throughout most of the frame, this can of course be remedied by post-processing and, as far as I could notice, it does not cause smearing. The 2nd one I own is way better than the Tokina 17mm 3.5 (I own the vivitar version) and really excellent. The A7R is on the right track for people like me and others who believe in detail. and i seen some wide angle lens called irix 15 2.8 that claim to be awesome as well what are your thoughts on that. There is no reason not to use the M-mount version on a helicoid adapter and if you can live without EXIF information the M-mount version is a good choice. Required fields are marked *. Regarding legacy wide angles problems on A7 ? As a happy owner of Sony 12-24G I’d suggest 2 ‘corrections’: Salar, As soon as I found it on my HDD I will send you a new link 😉. Not by a long shot– FD lenses are a great value, but there are several other legacy and modern lenses you have access to with the a7S II’s versatile lens mount such as Nikon, M42, and even Canon EF. I also prefer my Minolta 20 mm 2.8 to my Vivitar 17mm 3.5 (Tokina formulation)… but I use it on the A6000. For some reason, the Minolta MD 20mm 2.8 performed very badly when compared to Canon 20mm FD 2.8 by P. Reeve. And of course some of what was Minolta can still be found in the better cameras produced by Sony since the electronics giant swallowed the camera maker. 2. Thank you guys so much for this great write up. Have any of the team adapted Milvus lenses for F-mount on E-mount? A little coma in the corners. His second life in photography, which saw the building of three 8×10 darkrooms in Tokyo, has continued with all manner of digital experimenting in which I mix techniques to achieve super realistic images. Maybe you like to share a link to some of your Infrared work with this lens? 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