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A Brief Overview of The Sony A7s Lenses

If you’ve recently purchased a Sony A7S, you’ll most likely want to get your hands on a few lenses which are compatible with the body.

A7s Lenses

The Sony A7S is a full-frame, mirrorless camera which is directly compatible with e-mount lenses. This means that you’re given the freedom to use a different range of brands when looking at new lenses and if you’ve got some old lenses lying around from your vintage 35mm camera, these might just be compatible with the Sony A7S body, too.

It should however be noted that using a different lens (other than the new lenses that were specifically designed for the A7 camera) will result in a cropped APS-C format. Let’s have a look at the compatible Zeiss-designed lenses that will allow you to enjoy the full-frame experience the mirrorless Sony A7S has to offer.

  1. Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZAThe 35mm f/2.8 ZA is the widest of the Zeiss lenses and has a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture which is perfect for shooting in low light conditions and also allows for greater control over the depth of field. Three double-sided aspherical elements have been incorporated into its construction, giving a total of six aspherical surfaces, which will greatly reduce spherical distortions and aberrations.
  2. Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZAA lightweight prime lens, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is sleek in design yet versatile, making it a great choice for everyday shooting. The maximum aperture of f/1.8 makes it an excellent lens for low-light scenes and provides beautiful depth of field.One aspherical element is included in the optical design to control spherical aberrations as well as a double-gauss configuration providing sharper images with reduced field curvature. The DC actuator provides speedy and precise autofocus that is also quiet enough to record video.
  3. Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSSThis wide-angle to portrait zoom lens features a f/4 maximum aperture which provides consistent performance with regards to exposure settings and focus throughout the entire zoom range. An application of Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating significantly reduces ghosting and lens flare, resulting in beautiful contrasting images with colors that pop.
  4. Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS This recently released lens is absolutely amazing, boasting impressive resolution characteristics ranging from 16mm to 28mm. Performance does decrease slightly at the long end of 35mm, but is not noticeable enough to make a huge difference. Also worth noting is the slight field curvature when opened up to 16mm. Although the lens is quite heavy and large, it balances well on the A7S, particularly on the sturdier A7S II.

An additional lens, the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS, is available as part of a kit when purchasing the A7S body and is an extremely good choice due to its versatility. The wide-angle to portrait zoom lens offers image stabilization which minimizes the effect of camera shake when working with slow shutter speeds. Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element ensure enhanced clarity as well as minimal chromatic aberration on your images.

The A7S delivers beautiful images with each lens providing great versatility and amazing performance. Choosing a lens will depend largely on what type of photography you will be using it for and if you’re not sure, it’s best to go with an all-rounder lens which can perform well in different situations.

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