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What Lens Do You Use For Your Sony A7s?

Published: 16/09/2016
By: larry

sony16-35zeissMike in Maryland asks:

I am interested in the A7s for video of homes. I am new to video and currently shoot stills with a Nikon D4 (too heavy for video).  The A7s seems to get very favorable feedback regarding low light and general picture quality. Can someone help me with recommendation of a wide angle lens for the A7s?

Also, what is the difference between A mount and E mount lenses.

One popular alternative lens for the A7s to use for property video is the Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar. What are others using?

Here is an article that explains A mount and E mount lenses.

5 comments on “What Lens Do You Use For Your Sony A7s?”

  1. The FE 16-35 virtually lives on my a7rII - RE photography, video plus general walk around street photography. Video is usually at 24mm and balances well on a stabilizer, and as usual with any lens, don't adjust the zoom when balanced or you are re-balancing. The biggest difficulty with the Sony system is the specialty focus pull B-roll clip, such as dropping a flower out of focus and shifting focus to the front door in the background. Besides requiring a telephoto (FE 70-200) for the compression, the focus by wire system really doesn't support it, I am thinking about getting a cheap adapter for an obsolete Canon FD 135 I have laying around the house or an older longer Minolta that will fit an adapter I already have just for focus pull scenarios. That is probably the beauty of the Sony system that so many lens can be adapted - but wouldn't use as a primary on video as can get bulky with an adapter adding weight on a stabilizer.

  2. I use a Canon L-Series 16-35 for wide work and Canon 24-70 and 70-200 for closer. All with a Metabones adapter. The 70-200 has a particularly nice look to it for close-up / detail shots and for interview head shots.

  3. I have a Vario-Tessar FE 16-35 attached to a Sony a7ii. At F8, the lens is extremely sharp. I'm just now starting to break into video, so I don't have a demo yet. I have footage shot, but it's stuck in post until I have some free time...ha ha ha.

  4. I used my A7s with the sony zeiss 16-35mm f4 lens, it's sharp and smooth. Very front heavy but worth it. Another option is one of the prime lenses with a low aperture for those detail shots of the house, such as 50mm f1.8. Your Sony A7s is an E-mount system, the range is smaller than the A-mount but it has what you need. You can buy a sony adapter from E-mount to A-mount if you chose to use those options!

  5. I own the FE 16-35 f4 on my A7. Its the only lens I've been using for real estate. Its sharp and doesn't have much distortions.

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