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Confusion Buying Video Lens for Sony a7iii

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Hi Good day.
Sorry for a long post... I am messed up with too much info online, so seeking help from forum members...

I have bought Sony a7iii body, but totally confused with a video lens to choose (at present due to budget has to go for only 1 lens - any lens <$1000, better if less best)

Purpose of Usage is making Self Content (not for client): 

  • 50% Videos Shoot (Youtube Videos & Short Indie Films but good cinematic quality) 
  • 30% Vlogging Videos (Still with tripod in a room not travel handheld, buying external monitor to lookup)
  • 20% Still Photoshoot (For Thumbnails & Social Media Graphics)

#1 Most pref. i might need autofocus lens so non professional helper can use it to make my videos, if lets say i am anchoring/acting in video.
#2 Might use with DJI gimble in future, so not too long / heavy lens
#3 Confused with 50 mm vs 35 mm (as most videos will be indoor/rooms, so i think 35 better ?) any disadvantage of 35 over 50 ??? for full frame body
#4 With sony a7iii eye / face tracing autofocus, do we still opt for fixed cinelenses / prime still lenses ? Is focus breathing and light change a big issue in making videos ?
#5 What to choose Samyang cine 1.5  vs Sigma Art vs Sony G vs Other options ? Keeping in mind <$1000 range

A detailed suggestion will be wonderful and life saving...

God Bless...

PS: Have recently used a7s2 with Samyang Cine lens 1.5 - the output with proper led lights was decent / good, not out of the world... and sometime face out of focus
       (its a manual lens, too much time consuming retakes, espc if its time to time movement based / kids game / walking type)
       you know many time actors face/body move forward and backward while talking.... bokeh was okaish, as in rooms you really dont have much distance behind...

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    • Hi Pieter, Not yet. I've thought about that, to use a tripod. But I've no time to try that yet. I'll try it this weekend and let you know.  Thanks!
    • Did you try manually focussing at 135mm, camera on tripod / solid ground, delayed release? If you can get sharp pictures that way, at least you know the optics are fine.
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