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Sony 16-35mm f/4 if I've already got 24mm & 35mm ?

Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by SAW, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. SAW

    SAW Active Member


    Recently switched to Sony from Canon. My main interest is astro but not the usual wide field stuff, I normally used 135mm or even 200mm on my Canon with a tracker but I've only got the 24mm GM for some wide field astro/milky way plus I've just picked up the Zeiss 35mm as a walk around/street. I'm unlikely to use the 24mm on a tracker, I may do. I'm not going to get a 135mm for the Sony just yet, I'm looking to build up on some other focal lengths first. I'm thinking of getting the Zeiss 55mm as another walk around/street but I'm also looking for a wide angle for landscape. Is it worth me getting the 16-35mm f/4 if I've already got the 24mm and 35mm ? Or is it worth swapping the 24mm for the 16-35mm GM ?

  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It's up to you really. I don't see that preferences transfer that well. Personally I prefer the flexibility of a zoom to primes but I regard my 16-35 (Canon) as more a speciality wide-angle than a walk-about. I use a 24 mm TSE for architecture but my next smallest prime is a 100 mm macro, then a 300 ....
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  3. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    We all have our individual requirements which makes your question difficult to answer. Buying anything carrying the Zeiss name is costly, have you looked at Samyang lenses? They are excellent optically and don't carry an eye-watering price tag.
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  4. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    For walk around my preference is the Tamron 17-50/2.8, or if I'm likely to need a bit longer then the Tamron 18-270. For more specific subjects like air shows or folk festivals I have a bag full of zooms ranging from 11-16m/2.8 to 70-200 all at 2.8 and a Tokina 80-400/4.5-5.6 and a few primes including the Minolta 500 AF mirror.(thank goodness I have a walking aid to carry them)
  5. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    You don’t say which Sony camera you have but from your question I assume that it has a cropped sensor (smaller than 24 x 36mm). In which case the 16-35 may be an ideal “standard” lens, though I would prefer something longer. Zooms are convenient but primes are more specialist, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have the same focal lengths in both zoom and prime lenses. I have a 24-70 as well as 24, 50 and 85 prime lenses, though the primes get little use.

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