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dktravels85
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Mar 29, 2018
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Hello camera enthusiasts. I have gone on a few websites but would also love feedback from everyday shooters. I am planning to get the a7r ii (hoping it shows up on here in the next few weeks). I wanted to know what people would recommend for my first two lenses. I am getting the camera for an upcoming trip to Australia and New Zealand where I plan to shoot a lot of landscape, some city shots and the occasional portrait (I realize I am probably talking about 3 lenses here but I want to keep my backpack as light as possible). Any thoughts and recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you. Also if anyone has seen the a7r ii somewhere (body) for under $2400, that isn't grey market, would really appreciate that as well.
Mar 29, 2018
Mantequillas
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Mar 29, 2018
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I have had this same discussion with the staff photographer at work, as soon as i save my pennies I will be switching from Canin to Sony. What we’ve decided would be my dream rig would be a Sony with Rokinon 35mm and a Rokinon 85mm, and possibly something in he 400mm range, for wildlif. I know the Rokinon‘s are great lens I use one on my Canon and my staff photographer uses them exclusively they are reasonably priced and provide great optics.
Tamron also make an 18-200mm that is amazing it is a little on the slower side but, great everyday lens.
Mar 29, 2018
mr_duong567
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Mar 29, 2018
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Sony just released the 24-105 G lens which is a good all around travel lens for the city and some landscapes. The Sony 50mm F/1.8 is also a pretty good, compact and affordable lens for portraits and city photography. If you really need serious zoom for landscapes, the Sony 70-200mm is excellent.
Mar 29, 2018
photo
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Mar 29, 2018
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Hi, dktravels85, I currently own the Sony a7rii and the canon 5d mark IV, i focus mainly on landscape and underwater photography. In my opinion, the best suggestion as to what lens to have for landscape is in my opinion, the Sony FE 16-35, despite its rather steep price tag, the focusing is extremely fast and for a F4 wide angle, the distortion is surprisingly small. However, as this is a ultra-wide, its usefulness will be very limited in other situations. Sigma's line of contemporary lenses give a excellent balance between lens quality and pricing, plus, with the mc-11 adapter, Sigma's canon mount lenses can be used with near 100% compatibility. I strongly suggest that you do get a mount converter, either the mc-11 or the metabones. Of course, as people before me have mentioned, the 50mm 1.8 is an excellent lens and will be a useful addition as well!
Good luck on your search!
Mar 29, 2018
MAdphotog
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Mar 29, 2018
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First off I would check out the A7iii which will be coming out on April 10 smaller Pixel count but better focusing system, frame rate, battery length, dual SD slots, high ISO capability, and it’s only 2k. In order to condense my bag I would choose the Sony 12-24 f4 for landscapes and city shots/architectural the super wide perspective will really take everything in. Then the Sony 85 1.8 would be more of my portrait lens, or you can bring a Smaller zoom such at the 28-70 that comes a kit option with A7iii. For ultimate portability and versatility I would either bring the zeiss 55 1.8 for its size and sharpenss or the Sony 24-105 f4.
Mar 29, 2018
btimup
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Mar 29, 2018
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I agree, the A7III is looking like a great camera. Unless you're a professional photographer who needs huge prints made, I think a lower MP count is the more realistic and cheaper route to go in terms of how much storage you'll have to purchase and manage.
Mar 29, 2018
Dr.McCoy
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Mar 29, 2018
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In case you can't get a good deal in time - have you considered renting the camera from somewhere actually within those countries? Saves on packing space because you only need to bring memory cards.
Mar 29, 2018
bobkoure
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Mar 30, 2018
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As someone who's shot NZ NI and SI in FF (but Nikon, not Sony) I realize that, although I had all my lenses along, I mostly used a 20mm fast prime and a variable 70-300 - at 250 or longer, So either pretty wide or isolating a detail / pulling distant mountains closer to the foreground. Even with a FF, if you want to shoot in other than good light (e.g. blue hour) you will need a camera support. If you are backpacking, a decent table tripod will work - and is small and light. Leofoto makes a good one in CF. Under $90 on ebay, or 125-ish with head on amazon. 500g or so, packs down to maybe 200mm long. NZ has a very good backpackers hostel network. You can join the network when you get to NZ. Be sure your backpack has a good raincover. It may not rain, but if it does, it'll be impressive. Also, do not leave your camera gear in a wet - or even damp - backpack overnight.
Mar 30, 2018
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