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    Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I am considering getting an A850 or 900. Which lens would you start with? I shoot mostly candid portraits and some landscapes. Thanks

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    Well, I will say first that I chose the a850 as a complement to my M8 system. The a850 is a fantastic camera! Great file IQ, very easy files to work with in post, excellent skin tones, etc... Just love the camera!

    While there are not a ton of FF Sony lenses (discarding the Minolta offerings), Sony has a great lineup for people who want one thing: great IQ. Of course I am talking about the Zeiss lenses! I bought the 16-35 and the 135... What can I say, other than fantastic lenses! For my midrange zoom, I chose the Tamron 28-35 (loved it on my Canon 5d/5d2, Nikon D700, and love it on the Sony). Cheap, great color, sharp, and the bokeh (IMHO) is more "desirable" than the busy bokeh of the Zeiss 24-70. I also picked up the sony 50 1.4... Not blown away. Decent lens, but seems to have average sharpness and bokeh, and is not up to Canon's 50 1.4.

    Anyway, I think that with the 16-35, the tammy 28-70 and the 135, that you have a fantastic lens kit. The 135 is a gem, with smooth bokeh (unlike the other Zeiss offerings. --rob

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I don't have a huge Sony Kit
    A900

    Sigma 12-24
    Zeiss 24-70
    Sony 70-300
    Zeiss 135
    Minolta 24-105 (incredibly inexpensive for a very nice TINY lens under $250)

    If I were buying again today I might
    skip the 12-24
    buy the 16-35 (seems to not vignette as much as the 24-70 with filters)
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I was using the Minolta 85 1.4D version, but, now i love the CZ 135 for candids. Superb lens.
    I also have the CZ 16-35 for landscapes.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Obviously my answer is in my signature. I have already purchased all the lenses that I consider worthwhile having in the current Sony line-up. I will probably get rid of the 70-300 in favour of a 200mm prime (Zeiss or G) with 1.4X converter when I need the longer reach. The 50 and 100 macro will also be replaced eventually when better options are available from Sony (probably Zeiss). As a first lens though, I would very seriously consider the Zeiss 24-70.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I'm like Edward, the lenses I have and like are in my signature.
    However while the Zeiss zooms 16-35 & 24-70 are both excellent.

    The Zeiss 85 & 135 are in another league all together. The 135 is just a stunning portrait lens and where space allows is my go to lens. Failing that, when space is tight the 85 works wonders.

    I guess if I was to limit myself to a 2 lens setup, it would have to be either the 16-35 / 85 ZA or the 24-70 / 135 ZA combination to give the best focal spread. IMO the 135 would win out in this choice, regardless of the space needed to shoot this FL.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I use the following on my A900

    CZ ZA 16-35
    CZ ZA 24-70
    CZ ZA 135
    Sony 100/2.8 macro
    Sony 70-300G
    Tamron 200-500 AF (A mount)

    All the ZA's are great lenses with only the 24-70 open to criticism for vignetting wide open, but the 16-35 doesn't so I use that for wide view use.

    I agree with Edward, the 100 macro is a very capable lens but not in the ZA class, so we need a macro from Zeiss please!!

    The huge Tamron is the big surprise......it is incredibly sharp at 500 mm but of course slow at F6.3 max aperture and a definite need to stop down to at least F8, but F10 is better. It is very light for such a huge lens, not much heavier than the ZA 135. So far I have only used it hand held too, it should be stellar on a tripod. The bokeh is nice it also has a fairly fast AF for such a big lens.

    The Sony anti shake system works really well particularly with this lens which I have successfully used as low as 1/80 at F10 at ISO 400 handheld.

    There are so many used and excellent Minolta lenses available that the Sony way of life is a never ending adventure of discovery!
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Great advise. My thanks to all. Now I have to go find some cash!

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    sounds like the best choices for u would be...

    Landscape: Minolta 20mm f/2.8 RS ~ $350usd
    Candid Portraits: Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G RS ~ $850 usd

    People who have owned both the 20/2.8 & 16-35CZ have found the 20 prime is sharper and the 85G just almost matches the 85CZ for sharpness and bokeh, but it has warmer classic Minolta G colour.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    great posts--very helpful for me (an "eavesdropper")

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I'm pretty much with everyone else here.

    I have:
    Sigma 12-24
    SZ 24-70
    SZ 135 f2.8
    Sony 70-300 G (great lens if you don't want the size or colour or expense of the 70-400)
    Sony 100 macro
    sony 20 f2.8
    sony 50 f1.4

    I'd like the 16-35, but can't quite qualify buying it!

    Like Terry, I bought a 24-105 secondhand for silly money. I love it, it's small, it's an excellent focal length range, and it produces good results. Can't lose with it really! I think we both feel that it's the best photographic value ever!

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I started my a850 using 24-105. However my dad insists having that lens so I moved to a new 24-70. I usually will add 85/1.4 and 50/2.8 macro in my camera bag

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I hope it’s OK if I join in. I am seriously looking into getting an 850 and have many of the same questions as durrIII. The 24-105 looks like a good first lens for my needs. Is there any difference between a Minolta version and a Sony version? I see the Minolta version at KEH for an acceptable price. Is this lens noisy?

    After the 24-105 the next choice is between selling off existing toys and going for the Zeiss 135/1.8 or adapting some of my Leica R lenses to alpha mount (Leitax). I know most of you have good things to say about the Zeiss but does anyone have any experience with adapted R lenses? The Zeiss has auto focus, which in the end maybe the determining factor but the 135 is huge/heavy. I really like my R lenses (24, 50 cron, 80, and 180 telyt) and would like to get more use out of them.

    Perhaps off topic but what is the best way to go for flash (F58 or F42)? I am an amateur (probably quite obvious by now) but I use flash fill on travel photos a lot and I do some portraits. So the ultimate studio set up is not important but price, flexibility and size are.

    Thanks for any advice and by the way I have enjoyed this forum a lot.

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    Anyone tried Leica R with the Leitax replacement mounts? I understand several of the lenses (19mm current, maybe even 35Lux) that do not clear Canon FF will clear the Sony. I am very tempted by the A850/900 and will get it once Leitax figures out a way to fit the ROM zooms.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Quote Originally Posted by apsheng View Post
    Anyone tried Leica R with the Leitax replacement mounts? I understand several of the lenses (19mm current, maybe even 35Lux)
    Currently using Leica 15/3.5 (need to sell for a 19 or 21), 50/2, 90/2 and 180/2.8. Need to get an adapter for my 35-70/4 ROM now that he lists it as an approved lens.

    The Leitax mount is a generic mount/adapter and leaves the aperture rign pretty loose. David said that if you know what specific lens you will use a mount on he can customize it for that lens. While the mount is a quality product, I'm not blown away by the end result. He offered to tweak my mounts so they would fit better, but I really didn't want to take them off and ship everything back to Spain for an undetermined period of time.

    I also am using a Minolta 35-70/4 and it is a decent lens. Wish it went down to 28, wish it had a closer min. focus distance, and wish it handled flare better, but overall I'm quite pleased with it.

    figures out a way to fit the ROM zooms.
    No problem with the ROM zooms, just have to do a little surgery on the lens to bury the wires. Not a big deal compared with what the Canon guys are doing to clear the mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Green View Post
    Currently using Leica 15/3.5 (need to sell for a 19 or 21), 50/2, 90/2 and 180/2.8. Need to get an adapter for my 35-70/4 ROM now that he lists it as an approved lens.

    The Leitax mount is a generic mount/adapter and leaves the aperture rign pretty loose. David said that if you know what specific lens you will use a mount on he can customize it for that lens. While the mount is a quality product, I'm not blown away by the end result. He offered to tweak my mounts so they would fit better, but I really didn't want to take them off and ship everything back to Spain for an undetermined period of time.

    I also am using a Minolta 35-70/4 and it is a decent lens. Wish it went down to 28, wish it had a closer min. focus distance, and wish it handled flare better, but overall I'm quite pleased with it.



    No problem with the ROM zooms, just have to do a little surgery on the lens to bury the wires. Not a big deal compared with what the Canon guys are doing to clear the mirror.
    Thank you very much for your reply. Really appreciate your input. Forgive me for asking more questions. I am struggling with the decision whether to go Canon or Sony with my R glass. I would like to use all my R glasses. The 19 current vers, 35 Lux, 80 Lux, and the two f4 ROM zooms 80-200, 35-70.

    The loose aperture ring does not sound good. Does the lens at least mount solidly to the camera? What exactly does the ROM zoom conversion involve? Can it be converted back? And lastly, how do the pictures turn out?

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    [QUOTE=wbhstlouis;148415]I hope it’s OK if I join in. I am seriously looking into getting an 850 and have many of the same questions as durrIII. The 24-105 looks like a good first lens for my needs. Is there any difference between a Minolta version and a Sony version? I see the Minolta version at KEH for an acceptable price. Is this lens noisy?

    I have the a850, and I've been a Minolta/Sony user for the past 6 years. I have no eperience with the 24-105, but you might check Dyxum or Kurt Munger (http://kurtmunger.com/lens_reviews_id21.html).

    Munger is strong on the Minolta 28-135 "I really like the Minolta AF 28-135mm lens, and would prefer it over the Sony 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5. At the time of this review, I think the Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 is the best walk-around lens for a Sony full frame camera; are you listening Sony?".

    I can recommended the Tamron/Minolta 28-75 f/2.8. I also like the Sigma 20 f/1.8 and the Sony 50 f/1.4. The new Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM is well regarded (and compares well to the Sony CZ 24-70).

    After the 24-105 the next choice is between selling off existing toys and going for the Zeiss 135/1.8 or adapting some of my Leica R lenses to alpha mount (Leitax). I know most of you have good things to say about the Zeiss but does anyone have any experience with adapted R lenses? The Zeiss has auto focus, which in the end maybe the determining factor but the 135 is huge/heavy. I really like my R lenses (24, 50 cron, 80, and 180 telyt) and would like to get more use out of them.

    Your R lens collection would seem to make the Leitax solution attractive. Of course, if you're not a manual focus shooter... . I think I'd have to consider the resale value of the Leica lenses and investing in Sony CZ lenses. On the other hand, I'm personally intending to purchase several Contax CZ primes and mount them with the Lietax adapter. Contax lenses seem to be a bargain compared to the Leica R's.

    Perhaps off topic but what is the best way to go for flash (F58 or F42)? I am an amateur (probably quite obvious by now) but I use flash fill on travel photos a lot and I do some portraits. So the ultimate studio set up is not important but price, flexibility and size are.

    The Sony HVL-f20am flash would be an excellent solution for you. http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/sony-hvl...630_page1.html


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    [QUOTE=Bill_Green;148757]Alan, I went with Sony because I liked the feel of the body and ergonomics, the overall look of the images, and Sony's apparent commitment to image quality over gadgets I don't want. The lenses were secondary.

    The lens mount is very solid, but it does not exert as much pressure on the aperture ring as the stock Leica mount giving a bit of play in the ring. David said that the adapters are designed to work on all lenses, some of which required a little play. If you ask, he can adjust the mount for the individual lens.
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    Thank you Bill. I am definitely leaning towards the Sony since it has better IQ (at lower ISO anyway) and can utilize all my R glasses.

    Alan

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    Many thanks to GrahamB and Bill Green for your replies on this subject – very helpful.

    I am going to settle on the 24-105 (or maybe the 28-135) and adapt my 50 cron. The plan is to get some experience with the A850 and these lenses and then decide whether to adapt other R lenses or go for the CZs. Who knows, by the time I get there maybe other choices will be available too.

    The Sony HVL-F20AM looks like a perfect flash for my needs, great suggestion.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Currently using a pair of A900s for diverse shooting needs, travel, portraits, but mostly weddings.

    Lenses:

    ZA 16-35/3.8, ZA 24-70/2.8, Sony 50/1.4, ZA 85/1.4, ZA 135/1.8, Sony 70-200/2.8 APO. (speciality Sony 500/8 Mirror, which is the only AF mirror lens made, and is basically optically the same as the Leica R500mm mirror which Minolta made for Leica).

    For a 2 lens kit, I'd recommend the ZA 24-70/2.8 and ZA 135/1.8. and add the inexpensive Sony 50/1.4 for low light work from less distance.

    Not sure about the comment on the busy bokeh of the ZA 24-70/2.8 .. hasn't been my experience with that lens, which I use a lot. Less distortion compared to the Canon version.

    The 50/1.4 IQ compares to the Canon 50/1.4 but seems slightly better built, but in actual practice yields better results than either Canon or Nikon 50/1.4s because it is mounted on an image stabilized body. Same for the ZA 135/1.8 compared to the Canon 135/2L, which is no slouch in terms of IQ.

    The ZA 85/1.4 is fine, and again is image stabilized which helps IQ, but in terms of actual optical IQ is no better than the Canon 85/1.2-II ... The ZA 85/1.4 exhibits considerable CA in back-lit or rim lit scenarios, which ACR nor LR fringe controls can fix. C1 does a bit better job controlling the purple fringing and CA from this lens, but doesn't completely eliminate it.

    The advantage of the FF Sony A850 or A900 over Canon for use with adapted Leica R lenses is that all the lenses are in effect Image Stabilized. Can't remark on the relative value of adapted R or CZ lenses ... the only lenses I use adapted are Zeiss FE lenses like the 110/2FE, 250/4FE and 350/4FE which marry nicely with the ZA optics in terms of character and IQ ... and they are also in effect image stabilized on the Sony bodies ... unlike Canon or Nikon.

    Perhaps the only R lens that would be truly tempting to adapt is the R100/2.8 Macro ... which IMO has no equal from anyone in 35mm optics. Less need for AF with a Macro anyway.

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    Btw, my 70-300G is posted on the Buy/Sell forum if anyone is interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    I use the following on my A900

    CZ ZA 16-35
    CZ ZA 24-70
    CZ ZA 135
    Sony 100/2.8 macro
    Sony 70-300G
    Tamron 200-500 AF (A mount)

    All the ZA's are great lenses with only the 24-70 open to criticism for vignetting wide open, but the 16-35 doesn't so I use that for wide view use.
    Hello all, this is my first post here. I own a Sony A900 and I have the CZ 24-70 and the Sony 70-300G lenses. I think the CZ 24-70 is a great lens, with the exception of the corner shading I have experienced with pictures taken at 24mm - 30mm. So, I'm very interested in the above comment that the CZ 16-35 doesn't show any vignetting.

    The pictures shown in the following review of the CZ 16-35 do show some corner shading when used with the Sony A900:

    http://kurtmunger.com/sony_cz_16_35mm_f_2_8id96.html

    An example of the corner shading I am experiencing with the CZ 24-70 used on my Sony A900 can be seen on my "home made" hobby photographic web site here:

    http://www.robsphotography.co.nz/Whi...g-example.html

    So, do you know of any reason why there may be less (or no) corner shading with the CZ16-35 as compared with the CZ24-70? I am thinking of purchasing the CZ16-35, and I think this is an important aspect to consider (even though good imaging programs can lessen / remove the effects of vignetting).

    Thanks very much for your help.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Hi Rob, welcome to the forum.

    I have looked at your images and the test site. The A900 being full frame is very sensitive to filter rim width! The image shown on your web site looks very much as if it was taken with a circular polariser filter.....but I could be mistaken.

    A standard rim filter does vignette with the 24-70 at 24 plus a bit,but not so much with the 16-35 and I don't know why. I have taken to using expensive thin rim filters on the 24-70 which has helped a great deal.

    The following image is using virtually all the frame taken with the 16-35 against the light. No flare and no vignetting with a standard rim UV filter attached:-
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    Hi Rob, welcome to the forum.

    I have looked at your images and the test site. The A900 being full frame is very sensitive to filter rim width! The image shown on your web site looks very much as if it was taken with a circular polariser filter.....but I could be mistaken.

    A standard rim filter does vignette with the 24-70 at 24 plus a bit,but not so much with the 16-35 and I don't know why. I have taken to using expensive thin rim filters on the 24-70 which has helped a great deal.

    The following image is using virtually all the frame taken with the 16-35 against the light. No flare and no vignetting with a standard rim UV filter attached:-
    Thanks very much Dave for your comments. The image I referred to wasn't taken with a circular polariser filter, just a thin Hoya Pro1 Digital 77mm UV filter. I have tried removing both the filter and the lensehood, but the corner shading image results are almost identical at 24mm, both with and without filters and lenshoods.

    The corner shading doesn't occur much at 35mm as can be seen with this image, which was taken in the same place and same day as the earlier 24mm one:

    http://www.robsphotography.co.nz/Whitireia-Park.html

    I think the corner shading is more pronounced when the lens is focussed on infinity, than it is when focussed at a closer distance. It's great that you could get such a good image from your 16-35mm lens, what focal length was this image taken at? Is there any more evidence of corner shading at 16mm than at 35mm with this lens?

    Of course, owners of APS-C cameras don't have the same corner shading problem when they use wide angle lenses, due to the fact that the smaller sensor, in effect, crops some of the image that is actually recorded when the same lens is on a full frame camera. So, when using the A900, I don't take many photos at 24mm, I try to stick to 35mm or greater to avoid the vignetting problem.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Rob, I have just checked the exif data on this image viz:

    Focal length 16mm on the Zeiss 16-35. Aperture used was f5.0 at 1/60 hand held using aperture priority setting.

    I have never seen vignetting with this lens at either 16mm or 35mm or anything in between. However I am careful about the rim size of filters since experiencing vignetting with the 24-70. I hope that this helps.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I've definitely been surprised with the vignetting on the 24-70 even without a filter. I bought the Sigma 12-24 and then the 24-70. I think I may have been better off with the 16-35 for the wide end. Sigma takes no filters and the 24-70 vignettes and I do have the slim Sony filter. With a normal filter it will vignette all the way up to about 35mm.

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    I've definitely been surprised with the vignetting on the 24-70 even without a filter. I bought the Sigma 12-24 and then the 24-70. I think I may have been better off with the 16-35 for the wide end. Sigma takes no filters and the 24-70 vignettes and I do have the slim Sony filter. With a normal filter it will vignette all the way up to about 35mm.
    Thanks very much for your replies, I will have to see if my friendly photographic retailer will let me have a test run with the CZ 16-35mm lens! It would be great to have a 16mm lens and not have the vignetting problem that I am experiencing with the CZ24-70mm lens.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Has anybody here compared the 24-70/2.8 Zeiss with the Sony 28-75/2.8?

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I am using a good sample of a Tamron 28-200mm XR Di as a carry anywhere lens. It does the job when a fuller kit is not practical.

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    For those that use adapted Leica R (or other) lenses on Sony, how well does manual focus work?

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Well, mostly Minolta glass at my A900:

    2,8-4/17-35, 2,8/28-70G (not good below 40mm, no way to get sharp corners below 35mm), 2,8/80-200G, 1,7/50, 1,4/85, 1,8/135CZ, 4,5/400, 4/600, 1,4xTC. Only 28-70 needs replacement, everything else is "OK"...

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    FWIW, vignetting on the 24-70 isn't so much caused by slim filters as it is by the lens hood. I notice little difference in vignetting when I take filters off and on, but I do notice a larger difference when I remove the lens hood.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    For lenses used see my sig below, most used tend to be 24-70 & 85 CZ. However favorite lenses are the 16-35 & 135 CZ.
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    on camera I always have minolta 28 85 f3.5 (22) 4.5 macro
    and in the bag sony 50 f1.4 , minolta 28 f 2.8 .( light pack and versatile)

    for certain shots CZ 85

    travel minolta 28 135 f4 (22) 4.5 macro

    for very very light and some zoom ( little ) minolta 35 70 f4 macro

    all great .and cheap kit

    I hate heavy lenses ,

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Quote Originally Posted by robsphotography View Post
    I think the CZ 24-70 is a great lens, with the exception of the corner shading I have experienced with pictures taken at 24mm - 30mm.

    http://kurtmunger.com/sony_cz_16_35mm_f_2_8id96.html

    An example of the corner shading I am experiencing with the CZ 24-70 used on my Sony A900
    For me the vignetting hasn't been a problem. If it were a problem I have several programs that can fix it. I think it would be wiser to fix in post processing than it would be to replace it as it is a very good lens. The vignetting is only 1.5 stops at f/2.8 and 24mm, many lenses at such a wide focal length are much worse. The shorter wide angle zoom has less of it because it is the middle of its range. It doesn't need to go up to 70mm. It is the finest lens I've ever owned.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    For overall versatility the 28-135 gives a lot of bang for the buck. I've had mine for many years and it's my favorite walk-around lens. With this lens in my bag, I find myself lusting after the CZ 135 more than the CZ 24-70, but your mileage may vary.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I kept either the 50/1.4 or 24-70 all the time with my a850 though I have many other to use.

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    I use a850.
    I feel a lot comfortable with this lens.
    It gives me the most proper & best results.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    FWIW, vignetting on the 24-70 isn't so much caused by slim filters as it is by the lens hood. I notice little difference in vignetting when I take filters off and on, but I do notice a larger difference when I remove the lens hood.
    I am wrong!! Sorry. I retested this, and it is exactly opposite to what I said. There is a negligible difference in vignetting at 24mm 2.8 with the hood on or off, but my slim Heliopan filter does cause noticeable vignetting. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    After testing the 24-70 on the a900, for a Sony commercial, which din't take place any ways, I felt in love with the Sony IQ and ordered the a850, and I decided to get the 16-35, I do not like zooms, not very much, said that I really don't like when they extend as the 24-70 does, so I chosen the 16-35, and will never look back, as to my opinion is better then the 24-70 from 24 to 35, and I get the ultra wide 16 to 24 fro Landscape work.

    The Sony/Zeiss 85 and 135 are a must for my work in portrait, but I did not have tested the 85 as of yet, while I'm definitely looking to get the 135!!

    NOw that I got the a850,

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Congrats on the new system. FWIW, the 16-35 may be better than the 24-70 at 24mm (I'm not sure, Edward?) but I don't think that's the case at 35mm. 35mm on the 24-70 is about as good as it gets.

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    Thanks Douglas, I guess it could have been one of those cases of unit variation, were my 16-35 is extremely good, and the 24-70 was a no so good one.

    One thing for sure I can't wait to get my hands on the 135.

    Apart form lenses, I just simply am amazed to be able to shoot just over 6k Panoramic and Portrait with this camera, I no wil be hard to make people believe that I will have shot my entire gallery material on this system, once they will see the HUGE size prints.

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    Ketch, congrats on the new camera. Without a doubt the 16-35 & 135 are the best of the zoom / prime Zeiss offering. I also hate the extending front section of my 24-70 but I'll forgive it for the IQ in the range.

    The 85 has taken a while to grow on me, again an extending front element makes it feel strange when focusing, but I've started to become partial to the look of the lens. But where space permits, the 135 is my absolute favorite piece of glass ever.

    Enjoy!.
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    Thanks Eoin, this is what happens when you stop been so focused on one camera type, and explore all possibilities, and Sony sure delivers on IQ.

    I think we are both on the same page here, and will most likely not purchase an 85 till I really see I couldn't do with out, for most of what I do, space is almost never an issue, so I believe that the 135 and 16-35 will give me just about all I need off the Sony FF, as I also have the RED cameras, and soon Epic and a Scarlet with a full set of Cine Primes ranging form 18mm to 300, while till then the Sony will serve me very well, and very happy with the very large prints size.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    FYI, those interested in WA primes may be interested to know that San Jose Camera has NIB Minolta 20 2.8 and 24 2.8 lenses on the shelf. IIRC the 20s are labeled ~$530 but they are willing to consider "any reasonable offer" according to the salesman.
    α900+VG|F20|2xF58|16-35,24-70,135Z|STF|70-400G|50,85 1.4|16,20,28,100M,80-200APO f/2.8|28-135|500f/8|1x-3xMacro|2xMFC-1000|Tiltall+RRS, Bellows, etc.

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    Hi,
    The carl zeiss 24-70 f2.8 G is a great lens that I use quite often, same sharpness as its big brother.Battery life is very good, I never counted the shots on 1 battery, but I never have to recharge during a day of taking a lot of images (several hundreds).Other lenses I use:minolta 16mm f2.8 (yes you get the full wide angle on the A900),minolta 50mm f1.7, minolta 100mm macro f2.8 minolta 50mm f2.8 RS macro, minolta 300mm f2.8 HS G, minolta 400mm f4.5 G, minolta 85mm f1.4. All of these have great performance on the A900.

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    I own the CZ 24-70/2.8, and I can only say right now that I'm very disappointed in my copy wider than 30mm, and discouraged after the lens has now spent the entire month of January in Laredo and they seem to think it's "fine." I'm so frustrated today that I may be selling my Sony gear next month and going back to Nikon.

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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    I agree that the CZ24-70 is useless (because of vignetting) below 30mm but from there until 60 it is one great lens.

    I have just obtained a very clean copy of the Minolta 24-105 F3.5/4.5 which doesn't vignette, it is feather light to carry around and cost me silly money.

    I shall take it whenever I travel to sunnier (usually hotter!) climes when the slower speed won't matter to me, but the weight of the 24-70 does!

    I agree that the CZ135 and 16-35 are absolutely dream lenses. The 16-35 being my all time favourite.
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    Re: Which lens do you use with A850/900?

    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    I agree that the CZ24-70 is useless (because of vignetting) below 30mm but from there until 60 it is one great lens.
    Vignetting is not my problem with the CZ 24-70, and vignetting can usually be mitigated by stopping down. My problem is that my copy doesn't resolve the corners at all at any aperture or any focus distance.

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