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    Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Hello again. I need suggestions on an excellent 35mm lens to use with my A900. So here are my requirements.

    1. Slowest it can be is f/2.8
    2. It can be a focal length on a zoom, e.g., 16-35mm f/2.8, but it must be sharpest at 35mm
    3. Must have creamy bokeh
    4. Must be AF
    5. D for ADI metering not important
    6. It doesn't need to be a Sony or Minolta lens

    I will be using the lens primarily for weddings and events. Thanks for any input.

    Regards,

    George
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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    If you want creamy bokeh, the Sony 35G is the best you can get. For everything else, especially sharpness, the Zeiss 24-70 is at its best at 35mm and in my not so humble opinion, is better at this FL than most primes out there.
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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Edward,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I see you have both Zeiss 16-35 and 24-70. So you think the 24-70 is sharper at 35 than the 16-35 at 35? Which lens has the creamier bokeh?

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    In general, most (if not all) Sony zooms perform their worst at the long end of the zoom range, from what I understand.

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by goonygoogoo View Post
    3. Must have creamy bokeh
    Go for a Sony or Minolta 1.4/35mm if you really want creamy bokeh.

    The Minolta 2/35mm are very good, but concerning bokeh
    not a competitor to the 1.4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    In general, most (if not all) Sony zooms perform their worst at the long end of the zoom range, from what I understand.
    Not only Sony, Douglas. Most, if not all zooms, I know, perform this way. If not, it's the other way around
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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by goonygoogoo View Post
    Edward,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I see you have both Zeiss 16-35 and 24-70. So you think the 24-70 is sharper at 35 than the 16-35 at 35? Which lens has the creamier bokeh?

    Regards,

    George
    Well, as Douglas said, the 35 setting on the 16-35 is probably its weakest. The 24-70 has the sweet spot at 35, and it is stellar. It easily outperformed my manual focus Contax lenses. But the bokeh cannot be described as creamy. It is not bad, but I don't think anyone would buy this lens for the bokeh
    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Not only Sony, Douglas. Most, if not all zooms, I know, perform this way. If not, it's the other way around
    Agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    In general, most (if not all) Sony zooms perform their worst at the long end of the zoom range, from what I understand.
    The Minolta 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom that I have is significantly better in the 45-75mm range that it is at the wide end (I'd guess that the Sony 28-75mm is similar). One reason I really like this lens, but wish it went even longer (I'd love a really good 35-105/2.8 zoom that was really good at the long end). I'm not that much of a wide angle user (or a really long lens user either). Seems like I remember reading that one of the old Minolta mid-range zooms was a bit better at the long end as well, but can't remember which one it was (maybe the 28-105). Not that many zooms that are better at the long end, however.

    Back to the original subject, I have a Minolta 35/1.4 lens that definitely qualifies on the creamy bokeh front. It isn't all that sharp, unfortunately. Not bad, but noticeably less sharp than my other lenses. The Sony 35/1.4 is supposed to be a redesign, but I don't know how much different it is.

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    I didn't see much difference between the Sony and Minolta 35mm lenses. Mind you, this is a 2-copy sample. The Sony has ADI encoding and better coatings, must like the 50mm upgrade. Both were "in work" with Minolta before Sony bought them out.

    Sounds like if you can live with 2.8, though...a zoom will be more useful for you.

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Thank you all for your recommendations. I think I've decided that the 35G will be my next purchase followed by the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8. And as many camera owners have said at least a few times, that should do it for my lens purchases for a good long while.

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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by goonygoogoo View Post
    ..... And as many camera owners have said at least a few times, that should do it for my lens purchases for a good long while.
    Stop kidding yourself, you're never done with lens purchases......ever!
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    Re: Need a 35mm Lens Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by goonygoogoo View Post
    Thank you all for your recommendations. I think I've decided that the 35G will be my next purchase followed by the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8. And as many camera owners have said at least a few times, that should do it for my lens purchases for a good long while.
    Don't know how many times i said that myself

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