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#1 mlevin77

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 02:05 AM

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I have a Sony a6000 with a few basic lenses. I'm wondering if there's a decent walk-around lens (for shooting people, scenery) that is quite flat (not long) so as to enable the camera to more easily be carried in a thin-ish shoulder bag. Suggestions?



#2 Jeffreykmd

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 02:18 AM

I have a Sony a6000 with a few basic lenses. I'm wondering if there's a decent walk-around lens (for shooting people, scenery) that is quite flat (not long) so as to enable the camera to more easily be carried in a thin-ish shoulder bag. Suggestions?


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:40 AM

I would recommend, depending upon your budget:(these all produce very sharp images which is what is most important to me)

 

#1.The Sony Zeiss 35mm 2.8 this will be approximately a 50mm lens on your A6000 but is expensive...but a wonderful tiny little lens

#2Sigma 19mm about $100 used on Ebay.Great value lens with wider field of view.

#3. 24mm 1.8 Sony Zeiss. Small lens, sharp, and large aperture.


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#4 Jaf-Photo

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:00 AM

I like using Sony 35mm f1.8 OSS for that. It is small enough for the camera to fit in a coat pocket. The IQ is very nice and it works well with the A6000 hybrid af. Face recognition and Eye-AF for photographing people. A normal 50mm view. Affordable price. An essential lens for A6000.

No actual need to go for the expensive Zeiss-branded lenses (the 24/1.8 is long) and the Sigmas have crippled AF. The kitlens is terrible, never use that for anything. Get the older 18-55 if you want that kind of lens, but it's longer (and slower) than 35/1.8.
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#5 tinplater

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:23 PM


No actual need to go for the expensive Zeiss-branded lenses (the 24/1.8 is long) and the Sigmas have crippled AF. The kitlens is terrible, never use that for anything. Get the older 18-55 if you want that kind of lens, but it's longer (and slower) than 35/1.8.

 "Long" is in the eye of the beholder.The 24 1.8 is 3 inches in length, weighs just 8.5 ounces and I recommended consideration because of wider focal length on crop sensor; plus it has a wonderful quality to the rendering of the images.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:13 PM

I have the 24/1.8. On the camera, it's too long to fit in a small shoulder bag or a coat pocket. It is also 3-4 times more expensive than the 35/1.8. It has nice IQ, I agree, but due to the size I don't use it as a compact walkaround lens.

"Long" is in the eye of the beholder.The 24 1.8 is 3 inches in length, weighs just 8.5 ounces and I recommended consideration because of wider focal length on crop sensor; plus it has a wonderful quality to the rendering of the images.



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:53 PM

I have the 24/1.8. On the camera, it's too long to fit in a small shoulder bag or a coat pocket. It is also 3-4 times more expensive than the 35/1.8. It has nice IQ, I agree, but due to the size I don't use it as a compact walkaround lens.
 

I guess "thinness" is in the eye of the beholder as well.My a6000 with the 24 1.8 fits with plenty of room to spare in my Lowepro tlz mini....5 inches "thin" 7 deep, about 6 wide (tapered). (way way smaller and thinner than anything my wife lugs around under the label of a "purse")



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

It's anecdotal but I have a bag that is small enough to fit inside most other bags. I holds several different configurations, icluding analogue SLRs. I put this bag inside whatever other bag I am carrying which means I always have a decent camera with me. It does not hold A6000 with 24/1.8. The OP was not asking for a bag recommendation, though.

I guess "thinness" is in the eye of the beholder as well.My a6000 with the 24 1.8 fits with plenty of room to spare in my Lowepro tlz mini....5 inches "thin" 7 deep, about 6 wide (tapered). (way way smaller and thinner than anything my wife lugs around under the label of a "purse")



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:22 PM

Sony 35mm f1.8 oss lens. I have it on my A6000 and hardly ever taken it off. Its good for every situation shots.


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