The objective is to kit out an NEX-FS100 with a total budget of no more than $19,000 - including camera - for shooting an indie feature.
Rules of the Game
Feel free to make your own suggestions; there's no "right" answer. However, there is a basic budget, so don't go suggesting the Zeiss Custom 7-Lens Compact Prime CP.2 Set, which at $26,700 is about $9,000 more than the total budget! If you suggest a different lens, also indicate which one(s) you would do away with!
The lensing choices get interesting, because his requirements were:
- full set of fast primes
- short, medium and long zooms
Having already acquired several Canon lenses, and found that they aren't the ideal thing to put on a non-Canon camera, if I did start buying lenses with another mount I'm not too sure I'd jump on the Sony Alpha mount. I'm not saying I wouldn't, but I'd at least consider going with the Nikon mount instead, as it almost seems the most neutral mount around (I can find adapters for Nikon to Canon, E-Mount and Micro Four thirds easily...)
The Sony Alpha mount does let the camera control aperture, which if you want that, then that's a reason to go with the Alpha lenses. Also, they may support focus, though I've heard very mixed things about that and it's probably something you don't want to use.
I also noted that a couple of the lenses are APS-C lenses; fine for the NEX-FS100, but maybe not for the Canon 5D Mark III (if they ever make one!) and concluded with:
I've come to the conclusion that lenses will -probably - outlast the cameras, so buy the best you can....as long as you know what mount to get!
Nikon Mount - maybe
He promptly changed to Nikon mounts...
...then back to Alpha because of the lack of stops on the lenses
I then pointed out that the MTF Services Ltd Nikon G to Sony E Mount Adaptor [$375.95] lets you control aperture, though I didn't know how fiddly it is to operate. Certainly there's an advantage to having the camera talk to the lens and tell you in the viewfinder what's going on...
But now he's back to Nikon again...but is that the right choice? What would you get?
- Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT Autofocus Lens [$749.99]
4.5 stars out of five with 31 reviews. Zeiss lenses in Sony made body. Personally, I'm ambivalent about this; I'd probably get the kit lens as this lens isn't that much faster, but I know a lot of people hate that kit lens!
- MTF Services Ltd Nikon G to Sony E Mount Adaptor [$375.95]
- Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens [$899.95]
5 out of five stars with 147 reviews, people seem to like it!
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens [$359.95]
4.5 stars. Not that fast; I'd almost be tempted to use the kit lens with the NEX-FS100 instead of this too...
- Super Wide Angle 20mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF RF Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D [$629]
Seems to do okay in user reviews.
- AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens [$259.95]
A popular lens. No aperture ring though.
- AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Autofocus Lens [$369.95]
f/1.4 and aperture ring!
- AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens [$489.95]
- Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Nikon) [$299.95]
I have the old one with the flexible tube; I think this is a big improvement!
Opinions? Post them below in the comments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them in an update.