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      05-15-2019, 02:51 AM   #1
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Sony A7 III, lens choices?

Gday,

So after my recent M3 purchase, I'm looking to expand my photography knowledge and skills which as it stands is at a novice level. I want to start by equipping myself with the right gear.

I'm looking towards the Sony A7 III at the present time, but I'm not sure which lens I should go with first.

There are so many lens choices, it's hard to know the right one to pick, would love some guidance on what would best suit my needs going forward.

Now my main focus is to expand and grow my instagram page, it gives me an opportunity to combine two hobbies, one is my car and the other which I'm trying to get better at is photography.

So I guess my main source of pictures for my instagram will be the car with a scenic backdrop(day and night shots), throw in some rolling shots and some close ups.

At the moment, I've only posted a handful of pictures using only my smartphone and brief photoshopping. Once I get my hands on some proper gear, I'll start travelling a bit further out and finding much better locations to take a lot more pics.

With that in mind, is there one lens which can do it all or would I need to buy multiple lenses to get the most of what I want? What len/s do you guys recommend?

Cheers.
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Ghosn, welcome.

The a7III would be an excellent choice. In 2017 I moved from Canon full-frame to Sony full-frame and I've completed my set-up.

I'm a wildlife specialist, but also do a lot of travel and scenic photography. I sell through Getty images, with decent success. (I need to upload way more pictures).

Anyway, my full kit is a9, a7RIII, FE 12-24mm f/4 G (a fantastic "big sky" lens), the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS (if you only get one lens, this is it), the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM OSS (my go-to portrait lens), the FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS (a super duper lens for wildlife and bird photography) and the FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS (an incredible lens, but only for very serious sports or wildlife photographers).

Start with the 24-105mm and don't be tempted by the 24-70mm f/2.8 GM (I've got one for sale if you want it ;-) or foolishness, such as 24mm, 35mm 50mm primes. I came up when primes were the only choice and the image quality of zooms sucked. That is not the case any more. The dynamic range of the a7III is so great that f/4 is plenty fast. Really, you can shoot at ISO 40,000, if need be. See below:

Big Buck After Sundown by David Stephens, on Flickr

So, if I could have only one lens, it'd be the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, with Optical Lens Stabilization and In Body Image Stabilization, hand holding the 24-105 at 1/15th second is a breeze.

An f/4 70-200mm is an option for those that don't need the reach of the 100-400mm. A 70-200mm makes for an excellent portrait lens, as well as outdoor sports from the sideline and even macro, with a 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter.

When you buy any lens beyond the 24-105mm, I recommend both the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters. On Sony's bodies, they AF with almost no deterioration in AF speed, tracking and image quality. My FE 2.0x teleconverter is on my 400/2.8 almost all of the time.

If at all possible, go with native Sony lenses. Sony is constantly updating the firmware on their bodies and all updates take into account the native lenses. The bodies have many AF modes. When I tried adapting Canon lenses, many of the modes were not available. Also, the AF performance speed and tracking was not as good with the non-Sony lenses. Try to find a way to afford the Sony lenses. You will not regret it.

See my Flickr link below to see lots of examples.
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Thank you for the detailed response dcstep.

Been very helpful and informative.

I think this is the one you are referring too?
https://www.amazon.com.au/Sony-FE-24...srs=5875664051

If so, I'll order one of those with my a7 III.

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Thank you for the detailed response dcstep.

Been very helpful and informative.

I think this is the one you are referring too?
https://www.amazon.com.au/Sony-FE-24...srs=5875664051

If so, I'll order one of those with my a7 III.

Exactly what I suggested. Good luck.

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Thank you for the detailed response dcstep.

Been very helpful and informative.

I think this is the one you are referring too?
https://www.amazon.com.au/Sony-FE-24...srs=5875664051

If so, I'll order one of those with my a7 III.

Well, what do you think?
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Well, what do you think?


Camera and lens are solid, couldn't be happier with them! Thanks again

Only problem is, it's winter here and it's been cold and raining for most days so I haven't had the chance to take the car out and really test the camera. I've only been able to play around and test it around the house.

I've watched a heap of youtube vids to learn more about the camera and photography in general and it seems I'll have to watch a heap more . There is so much to learn and understand in photography.

I'm absorbing most of it but a lot of it will come from real world usage and trial and error.

I think we might get a couple of nice days this weekend so I'll give the car a clean and go for a drive and find some nice spots. I'll post up some pics when I get a chance.
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Camera and lens are solid, couldn't be happier with them! Thanks again

Only problem is, it's winter here and it's been cold and raining for most days so I haven't had the chance to take the car out and really test the camera. I've only been able to play around and test it around the house.

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I think we might get a couple of nice days this weekend so I'll give the car a clean and go for a drive and find some nice spots. I'll post up some pics when I get a chance.
Winter!!! Time to get out:
Snow-storm Workout by David Stephens, on Flickr

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