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Looking for sports zoom for Sony a7ii full frame camera

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I have to say that I get a bit confused about what third party leness will fit the Sony a7ii full frame camera.

    I'm looking for something around a 70mm-200mm lens. The Sony f2.8 is too expensive for me, the f4 version is possibly - at a stretch - affordable second hand - but what other third party alternatives should I be looking at?

    All ideas appreciated.
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Must be someone using Sony full frame gear here, no?

    Johnny Canuck3
     
  3. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Sony and Zeiss both make E Mount lenses for the full frame 7 series. I believe Rokinon/Samyang has them as well.

    Because the Sonys are mirrorless, any lens can be used with an adaptor.

    I use a Sony lens for autofocus street shots; for anything else where the scene is stationary, I use second-hand Nikon and Canon manual focus lenses with cheap adaptors. I think it's possible to get expensive adaptors that will allow the use of third party autofocus lenses; but I haven't really looked into that.
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Trouble is that the adapters make an already big zoom lens even more mahoosive.
     
  5. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    That's true - it is a drawback. It's not a big issue for me, though: I prefer prime lenses, which tend to be smaller; and the older third party manual lenses tend to be a lot smaller than more recent products.
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've decided to pick up an old manual focus Olympus Zuiko OM AUTO-Zoom 65-200mm f/4.0 and see how I get on with it. It only cost £48 and has great reviews - and if I can focus quick enough for my sports needs, I woul dhave saved around £900!

    I picked up a £12 adaptor so OM lens will fit my Sony and here's a bloody great tip: Sony A7 II – using MF assist with the lens adapters
     
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So I tried out the Olympus 60mm-200mm zoom lens at a football game. The optics are pretty good but bloody hell it's hard to manually focus quick enough at a sports event. Makes me realise how good the old sports photographers must have been back in film days.

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    I got some decent results, but trying to shoot at f4 proved a real challenge, so I stopped down. At some point, I'm going to have to flog off a load of gear and shell out for the Sony f4 70mm-200mm...
     

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