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Sony A7iii – Best Full Frame lenses to buy

October 25, 2019

a few months ago I made a video talking
about the Sony a7 3 and which lenses I use for it well since then I’ve changed
around might use a little bit perfected it if you will trim the fat göran of
what I’m not using and added a couple of things back into so I want to use this
video to talk to you about which full-frame lenses I use maybe which ones
you want to consider using and why use them their purposes what they’re used
for if there’s any negatives involved with those lenses and which potential
lenses I could have got instead of those ones but opted for these ones instead so
let’s talk about it so each one of these lenses has their
own specific use I use every single one on a regular basis if I didn’t I’d end
up selling it why bother holding on to something that you’re not going to use
it can give you money and you could put towards other stuff a quick recap of who
I am and what I shoot if you’re new to my channel and you have no idea if you
are new to my channel as well welcome it’s good to have you
I shoot weddings a little bit of commercial stuff some small business
things travel films family shorts that I do for myself a lot of martial art
events my Thai boxing anime that kind of stuff some basic vlog in and of course
YouTube videos talking head segments whatever these are called
I don’t know but stuff content for YouTube so that is what I shoot and what
use these lenses for so if you shoot stuff similar to that then this might be
of use to you also it’s getting really dark let’s brighten up a little bit
there we go let me preface this by telling you something that you probably
already know if you start to look at Sony for friend lenses they ain’t cheap
before I bought all these lenses I did a ton of research like any normal person
now before you buy something you don’t just go to the shop and buy it you go
online that you read articles you read reviews you watch videos you absolutely
research the ship a bit because that’s how we buy stuff now in 2018 so I wait
up a lot of the pros and the cons to spending more money to getting different
quality glass or better quality glass or different features compared to saving a
little bit money and maybe not getting quite the same quality quite the same
features so I’m always looking to spend less but get the same quality features
or as close to the same quality as features as I can without having to
spend any more if that makes sense I’m sure you’re all in the same boat as
I am now also I am talking about basics here just using these lenses in a basic
form I’m not doing pixel peeping reviews or anything like that so if you are
looking for that and sorry head back up to the search bar and maybe search
someone else there’s a lot of people that do good stuff like that
just not me alright let’s get started so I’ve got to swap the lenses out quickly
because the first lens I’m going to talk about is the one I use all the time and
I’m filming on it right now so let’s swap to that right now the Sony
1635 F for I use this for a lot of different things but the main thing that
I use is for is when I’m on a gilmore stabilizer I don’t wish
nice and wide when I want to gimble so I can go all the way to 16 for super wide
and you can go into 24 even if you want to go to 35 you can do that with this it
gives you the flexibility to go between I also use this lens for document in the
day and for vlogging so if I’m using the lens and pointing at something and talk
into the microphone vlog in 16 is really really nice wide field of view for
vlogging all of the videos I shoot like this apart from this one because I have
the lens right here I’m using me 55 right now
but I use this for all of my youtube videos I like to have it nice and wide
sometimes it’s 16 sometimes a little bit closer at 24 YouTube videos and for
talking hood stuff that works really good another great use for this lens
it’s a run-and-gun photo lens if you’re out about any one lens for the day this
is the one you want to take with you if you shoot an architecture landscapes
pretty much anything wide which is a lot of what I like to shoot 1635 at 16
everything is super wide and everything looks really nice those landscape shots
and looking up at buildings that kind of stuff at 16 perfect lens for this and of
course for port traits are 35 to 35 is a very natural-looking length popular
length for portrait photography if you’re out about street photography that
kind of thing this lens gets that too I call it the everything lens before
because you can use it for everything there is no limit to what you can use
this lens for put on your camera take out for the day and it will cover
everything you needed to cover em all it’s the everything lens I can guarantee
you if I’m traveling if I’m out for the day this lens is gonna be on my camera
90% of the time I can get everything I want to get with this lens so let’s talk
about the cons of this lens the reason you might not want to get it a lot of
people gonna say f4 is not great for low-light shots and a lot of people will
be right however if you’re using the a7 3 you can crank the ISO all the way up
to 10,000 and you really don’t have any issues there’s not gonna be a lot of
noise and everything is completely usable in my opinion being able to use
the ISO up to ten thousand or getting an EF 2.8 version and spending a lot more
money give me F for now people going to say the boat was not going to be as good
on the f4 compared to point a and you know what that’s right
when you buy a 1635 you’re not buying it for its crazy amount of Boca so really
do you need that little bit of extra that being said Boca does exist on this
you just have to learn how to use it properly separate your subject a lot
further away so I have your subject close and have your background a lot
further away that’s going to give you better bokeh so you can get on this
honestly if you can live with those two cons it’s gonna save you a lot money go
with the f4 the f4 is 1300 us the 2.8 is 2200 that’s $900 it’s a lot of money 900
bucks that is a trip somewhere you can use the money you saved by this lens to
go on a trip and make some awesome content why not do that instead take my
honest opinion go with the f4 and very happy with it I haven’t once regretted
getting this and wish I got the EF 2.8 instead yeah just go with your 4 save
that money okay on to the next lens which I shot this whole segment with the
Sony 55 F 1.8 so this is my newest and quickly becoming one of my favorite
lenses I’m starting to use a lot more and more on a lot of different projects
this lens can be used for anything where you have ability to move around and what
I mean by that is moving in and out instead of having to zoom because
obviously it’s a prime lens so great for portrait shots both photo and for video
fantastic for b-roll if you want to get some really nice b-roll segments just
blows out that background at F 1.8 detail shots at weddings or events if
you want to show the scale of what’s going on some little details in the
events little things going on people that kind of stuff
really great uses for this lens as well you can use it for interviews again
blows out that background it also works really well for YouTube videos so as you
saw in a lot of segments I did on the 1635 a second ago it gives a completely
different field of view to this background just drops off completely you
can’t see anything because it’s got such a shallow depth of field something you
don’t get on the 1635 F for but at f/2 1.8 it just disappears a really nice
view that some people really like if that’s the look you’re going for it so
really great lens for that so this you can use for pretty much anything as long
as you can walk around instead of having to move in and out now some of you might
be thinking well why not go for the 24 to 70 Sony or the Tamron the Newtown run
25 to 7 no 28 to 75 instead and then you get a little bit flexibility you can
zoom in instead of having to around well i firmly believe the image
on this is just so much superior to those lenses having done a lot of
research that i’d rather use this the image on this is just that much nicer
that in my personal preference i just would rather use this so that’s the end
of that discussion my opinion you don’t have to agree but i like the prime
lenses look it just looks so much nicer now 55 is obviously quite close to 85
which is another lens that you own too but they’re both used for completely
different purposes 55 is a very natural look and what i mean by that it’s very
close to where your eye sees because of that you can walk around and get some
very candid very natural real looking shots of pretty much anything when you
have it on your camera that’s part of the reason i really like it also for an
85 sometimes if you’re in a little small room you don’t have a lot of space to
move around any five might be too tight you might not have enough space to get
everything in you and your frame so if 55 gives you a little more room
works better it’s also small enough that if you wanted to you can put it on a
gimbal and give you some really sweeping cinematic shots with a blown out
background that ever 2.8 so you can still focus a little bit and it just
looks really nice it gives you an image that you wouldn’t be able to get with a
1635 is an f4 and that background just disappears so that’s a nice thing so
yeah it works completely fine on a gimbal if you wanted to as well so the
cost of this is a thousand bucks now the step up from this the other one that i
considered is the 50 mil sony f 1.4 planar which is 1500 us so $500 more is
it worth it some people might say yes some people might say no point for of a
stock more which will give you more bokeh more low-light abilities just not
worth that $500 in my opinion with a 73 again that’s why i learnt for this guy
take my word as of the hundred million other people that have reviewed this
this is a very good lens just save yourself about five hundred dollars and
use that for something else the only corner of this lens the only
negative of this lens really is the minimum focusing distance so that is the
distance from which the lens will actually focus to your subject so your
my hand is the subject you’re not going to have to get too close it takes quite
a way back for you to be able to physically focus so you’re just not
gonna be able to shoot macro shots don’t do a lot there anyway but if you did
maybe don’t go for this get a macro lens instead
so next up is the 85 again superb and no like goes down to an F 1.8 he
beautifully built lens nice and big gives you the buttery separation for
your subject 2f 1.8 isolates for subjects completely and again a great
lens for use of weddings events anything where you just want that separation
completely from the background give you that super cinematic look for weddings I
use this off to the side or the left or the right focusing are you the bride or
the groom bother than the center there just gives you a little bit of isolation
between them and what’s going on behind them I just like that look that you get
from this lens 85 is obviously tighter than 55 to 55 sometimes isn’t enough
reach 85 gives you a little bit of a bump that’s why it’s good to have both
it’s also another good lens for interviews and talking head segments if
you have to be a little bit further back because it’s an 85 it gives you a little
bit more zoom it does mean you’re also gonna get more compression which means
more bokeh which is a good thing so the bokeh @f 1.8 on the 85 is going
to be better because of the compression then the bokeh @f 1.8 on the 55 so
better and mind this will always have better polka also a great lens for
b-roll because of that extra compression and better for bokeh peter MacKinnon’s
b-roll beast is an 85 this is obviously a sony not canon but yeah that’s this
lens the 85 when you need it only the 85 will do nothing else will do
the 55 want suffice so this is one of those lenses where when you want to use
it you know you’re only using this and nothing else will work also this lens is
only 600 us the one up from this is the zeiss batis 8500 double the price and
when you look at all the reviewers online there’s a lot the difference that
you can tell between this and the ballast is negligible so just don’t
spend the extra $600 you don’t need to I did the research for you I’m telling you
you do not need to spend the extra $600 get this you’ll be very happy
cons of this lens I don’t have any some people don’t like Prime’s because you
have to move in and out I really like it it’s such a good lens no cons at all and
then finally the Sony 72 200 F for the lens I probably use the least in
comparison to my other lenses but I still use it and at the same time it’s
one of those lenses that I just couldn’t live without this is the sniper lens the
lens is where you stand at the back and get exactly what you
to get without people seeing you without people hearing you you’re not in the way
it’s the sniper let’s our weddings you could set this up right at the back off
to the side and film the entire thing and no one’s gonna see you
same thing for speeches at an event or if you’re filming an event and there’s
someone talking you can stand right at the back everyone that’s watching that
person talk you’re not stood right in their way you’re not annoying them
you’re out the way and you’re getting what you need to get you cannot get the
same results from this using any of the other lenses that I’ve talked about
today you just don’t have that reach and sometimes you need it you can still have
bokeh to people with a 70-200 f/4 when you’re zoomed in at 200 the compression
is so large that the bokeh is just fantastic your background just
disappears into nothing it’s so nice no I’m not into it myself but this is also
a popular lens for using for sports photography again where you’re off on
the sideline for wildlife photography if you’re shooting animals or birds and you
don’t want to disturb them that’s this lens when you need to be undetected and
you don’t want anyone knowing you’re there 70-200 it’s also a great lens for
portraits very unique in terms of the look that it gives off add 200 you can
zoom right into a person get them nice and crisp and completely blow out the
background that the background still looks huge because of the compression so
it’s a really nice unique look that you can get from this that you can’t get
from anything else so don’t underestimate this for portraits so
there are two sony 7200 so you can get the F 2.8 and then this the F for the
cons of this lens kind of similar to why talked about with the 1635 you only have
f/4 but with a sony a7 3 you can bump up to 10,000 iso just as i said before and
completely compensate for the fact of not having their 2.8 version if that’s
what you want in terms of low-light you’ll be amazed at the bokeh this
produces f/4 at 200 mil do you really want to spend the extra money and buy
the 2.8 for probably not a lot of difference in boca my opinion no and
that’s why I went with this one so this is 1,500 us the f/4 version and the F
2.8 version is 2600 us I just saved you $1,100 you’re welcome
so that is why I’m using on my Sony a7 3 right now as of October 2018 this is
what I believe is the perfect lens selection for the Sony a7 3 when it
comes to using full-frame lenses I talked about the reasons why I think
these are the best ones and why you don’t need to spend money to buy the the
GM versions or the higher-end versions save that money invest into something
else or just don’t have to save up as much money to buy those lenses because
they’re super expensive as we all know hope that helps you hope it took
something away from it today I appreciate you watching if you have any
other questions hit me up down below I’ll do my best to respond to everything
as long as it’s positive if you’re posting negative I will just ignore you
giving you the full one and now all right I’ll see you guys in the next
video see ya can you hear that plane I can I got if
you can it’s really annoying

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  1. Great Video man thanx 👍🙏👏What lenses do you prefer for travel pics and Video ? What so you think about the new 24mm 1.4 GM ?

  2. Sony 70-200 GM is way superior than the f4 version. It's not just the bokeh. It's the amount of captured details and much higher contrast when exposed to backlight.

  3. I'm still struggling with the decision to get the 85 mm 1.8 or the 55 mm 1.8 . I already have the 16-35 zeiss and I can only afford to get one more lens. I want something that works well for weddings, portraits, and do what my 16-35 mm cannot. From all the reviews, they are both sharp, great for portraits, and have amazing bokeh. Which would you choose to pair with my 16-35 mm?

  4. I love the 85mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lenses… I have no regrets about not buying the f/1.4 version of the 85mm or the f/2.8 version of the 70-200mm. Size, weight and price made the difference in my decision making process,,,

  5. The Sony 55 1.8 is not cheap, but has just superb IQ- won''t ever sell mine and 1.8 is fast enough for me.

  6. The 85 1.8 has superb IQ is, for a native Sony lens, is excellent value for the money…no need for xtra $'s for the 85 1.4.

  7. Hey Brother, love your videos! I actually need your expert opinion. I was looking for a versatile lens as I don't like changing lens too much. However, I do a little food vlogging, Travelling and Food photography and videography. Which lens would you suggest me? (Using A7iii)

  8. Oh boi this is an outstanding video! It's a pleasure to listen to you and having good facts at the same time. Can't wait for my a7iii! Definitely a subscription worth.

  9. This video should be titled gettin cheaper lenses and telling yourself your happy with it 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  10. One of my biggest fears with the A7iii is highlighted on the back wall of this video…check out the horrible banding. This camera doesn't handle gradients well with the 8 bit. Did you shoot this on s-log?

  11. I've owned the 55 1.8 for quite some time now and my god i love that lens. It has just such a nice look to it. I own the 85 1.8 as well und it's just so much bang for your buck. I compared it to the Batis and there was no visible difference in 99.9 percent of the situations we used it in.

  12. You think Sony lenses are expensive try Phaseone Schneider K lenses, but you know what you say, "You get what you pay for".

  13. a big factor in lenses that you didn't really touch on is OSS. That would be a big reason to go for the batis for me. Is it not important to you because you are mainly on a gimbal? Just curious. Man this is such a hard decision haha

  14. Love your information, just got a A7iii today with the 24-70mm kit lens. I also own the Sony 85mm F1.8, Sony 70-200 F4, Sony 18-105mm F4. I also have a bunch of Canon lenses since I used to shoot the Canon 5DMii. I also have a Sony A7Rii and a Sony A6500 and a Sony A57.

  15. Great video from a top YouTuber. I've recently moved from Canon 5D mark 2 to Sony A7 mark 3 and loving the benefits. I'm still using my old Canon L lenses with a Sigma adapter which is working fine but will invest after these reviews – probably starting with Sony 55mm 1.8 – although also look at the Sigma 1.4 art lens which is similar money. Any views on which you would opt for?

  16. You should call this video what it really is and that's a budget guide. Nothing wrong with that. Better lens are more expensive and yes there is a diminishing performance to price ratio but that's true of all things. Lenses included. Some things in life are worth a premium for, I wouldn't trade my 70-200 F2.8 for anything.

  17. Very refreshing seeing the budget version of what we see from other tubers who typically give the “yeah it’s an arm and a leg but *shrugs*”. Not saying that the f2.8 lenses aren’t objectively better but some people might not need them, especially if you’re starting out. If you can get two good f4s across more range as opposed to a single f2.8 lens in a limited range it might be the right choice for you.

  18. Thanks Chris. Good advice all round. As I also shoot sports , motorsports I have just ordered a Sony 400 mm f2.8 G but I had to rob a bank first. 👍

  19. Great videos!….on a side note…..If you look at the movie "Jumper"…..(a sci-fi movie)…..there is an actor in the movie……who has your look…and your way of talking….it is really amazing the similarity…. 🙂

  20. Hi:) good job! I did a short film with my SONY A7III and the kit lens SONY FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS 🙂 all you need is creativity 🙂

  21. I unloaded my 85 when I bought the Tamron everyone went crazy over. Of course now I miss it, and want it back lol. I’m using the 70-300 G lens for my long lens. It’s not fast, but perfect for the wildlife stuff for my travel films (typically in well lit situations). I’ve been watching your stuff lately realizing you’re a Sony shooter (who has gone through a couple of the same cameras I have, and now I’m buying an a7iii it seems). Nice content! I think we’ll inevitably run into each other, being somewhere in the same vicinity.

  22. The Sony zoom lens except the Zeiss 16-35 f/4 and 24-105 f/4 are not that good. the 24-70 f/4 is awful and the GM's are also not that great. The prime lenses on the other hand are dope.

  23. for a ca. 4000 budget , can't decide between a7r ii and 2 lenses or iii with one lens , what would you buy ?

  24. What's your opinion on the new tamron 17-28mm 2.8 for sony e mount cameras? I'm not sure if i should get it or if i should get a sony 16-35mm f4, it's wider, it has oss and it's by sony, im not sure if i want to sacrifice that for the 2.8 aperture that the tamron offers. What would you do if you were me?

  25. Thanks Chris. I’m about to move to a sony A7iii from a Fuji XT3 system and this video was really useful in getting me to think about what I really need and what I don’t need to duplicate . I never considered the 16-35 and was looking at the 24-70 but the 16 could really be useful and can fill in the gap with the 55. I am considering the 70-200 F2.8 as I shoot low light sports and the f2.8 will really help at fast speeds and keep the iso down. Thanks again and just subscribed !

  26. I'm going to switch to Sony's A7 iii very soon and I love how you're being practical about your lens selection. I've always been the same way when I'm shooting with a canon.

  27. Thanks for this. I’ve been struggling over some purchases I want to make. I watched this and own all of these lenses. You made me realize I don’t need anymore. Well except the 24mm g master:) great channel!

  28. Thank you for your informative video. I just bought a sony a7iii. Now i need some good lens to go with it. Richard in Dallas, Texas.

  29. I just bought the 85mm 1.4 samyang and I love it, the only cons is the thing is humongus and heavy at roughly 1kg. So if you went mirrorless hoping to reduce the weight, go with the 1.8, if you don't mind the weight, the samyang it is.
    BTW, I love this straight forward video!

  30. Wow. In the last 2 days, I have sold/traded my a6500 with 4 lenses, 12mm, 18-105,24mm and 50 mm all for a 16-35 plus cash. I bought the a7iii and got the fe50mm. I want the 85mm next and then that exact long range zoom! Pretty much right on par! Great video.. glad I watched.. I feel much better about keeping the 16-35 as I was about to sell and get the 24-70.

  31. Hi Good day.

    Sorry for a long post in someones else channel… I am messed up with too much info online, so seeking help from youtube film maker…

    I have bought Sony a7iii body, but totally confused with a video lens to choose (at present due to budget has to go for only 1 lens – any lens <$1000, better if less best)

    Purpose of Usage is making Self Content (not for a client):

    50% Videos Shoot (Youtube Videos & Short Indie Films but good cinematic quality)

    30% Vlogging Videos (Still with a tripod in a room not travel handheld, buying an external monitor to lookup)

    20% Still Photoshoot (For Thumbnails & Social Media Graphics)

    #1 Most pref. i might need autofocus lens so the non-professional helper can use it to make my videos if let's say i am anchoring/acting in the video.

    #2 Might use with DJI gimble in future, so not too long/heavy lens

    #3 Confused with 50 mm vs 35 mm (as most videos will be indoor/rooms, so i think 35 better ?) any disadvantage of 35 over 50 ??? for the full-frame body

    #4 With sony a7iii eye/face tracing autofocus, do we still opt for fixed cine lenses / prime still lenses? Is focus breathing and light change a big issue in making videos?

    #5 What to choose Samyang cine 1.5 vs Sigma Art vs Sony G vs Other options? Keeping in mind <$1000 range

    A suggestion will be wonderful and life-saving…

    God Bless…


    PS: Have recently used a7s2 with Samyang Cine lens 1.5 – the output with proper led lights was decent/good, not out of the world… and sometimes face out of focus

    (its a manual lens, too much time-consuming retakes, espc. if its time to time movement-based / kids game/walking type)

    you know many time actors face/body move forward and backward while talking…. bokeh was okayish, as in rooms you really don't have much distance behind…

  32. thanks for your very informative video. i just purchased a sony a7iii and am very interested in buying an "Everything" lens. I am wondering if i would be smart to buy the first one you mentioned in this video, the 16-35mm f4. im looking for a wide angle lens but also a zoom lens also. is there one that may have come out more recently that can do both or do you think the first on you mentioned in this video is the most cost effective bang for your buck? Thanks in advance for your help

  33. With A7Riii now just 500$ more than A7iii, is it worth going for camera with more megapixels, especially if you want to use super 35 mode and still retain more details? When I go to stores or talk to people, I hear about the concern for image size and flooding computer hard drive with more images but on the other hand we can always buy external hard disc. What’s your opinion and experience been? I am not a pro but just an enthusiast and planning to upgrade from Nikon D90 which I have been using for 10 yrs.

  34. Chris…… I'm debating 2 lenses – Sigma 50mm F1.4 art or… Sony Zeiss 50mm F1.8. Debating which one for night shots of subjects/planes….. does 0.4 make a difference in terms of low light? Sigma F1.4 looks huge. So debating between the two….. plus for my A7iii, I think it'd be nice to have a native Sony lens! in your professional view….. what do you reckon? Sigma or Sony F1.8? Price is say……. £80 difference!

  35. Chris, planning on getting back into the filmmaking game soon and purchasing a Sony A7 in the very near future. Your content is excellent and extremely helpful on planning out projects while I am still on a tight budget. Already subscribed, but now going to ring that bell. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  36. Thank you for your informative video. I have the 55mm 1.8, 70-200 f4, Macro fe 90mm f2.8 and Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 for my A7iii.
    I'm debating if I should pick up the Sony 16-35mm f4 or the Tamron 17-28mm. Will really appreciate your thoughts on this.
    Thanks, Chris

  37. Playing background muzak during your presentation is analogous to showing us samples of you're photography while holding a piece of lace between it and the lens! Please don't.

  38. Thinking of picking up either the 85mm or the 55mm. Not sure though. Would you recommend them for the a7rii? Just curious.

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