So, I need a new lens
I primarily use old Minolta lenses, and they've been getting the job done, but the limitations (which I have worked around so far) are becoming more obvious with time:
- Asides from my 50mm f1.8, my other Minolta lenses start at f4.5. This works fine but when the light gets dim, I have to jump up the ISO ladder too quickly (and I don't have a problem with high ISO on the Sony A850, I have a problem with high ISO on all cameras
- The focusing (again, with the exception of the 50mm f1.8 ) is really slow, especially for the 100-200mm f4.5 (which optically, I love, and is probably my favourite lens, though not necessarily my favourite focal length).
I've decided that I wanted a fast focusing lens, with a reasonable minimum focus distance and wide aperture of 2.8 or larger. I've narrowed it down to three choices:
- Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8
- Zeiss 135 f1.8
- Sony 70-200 f2.8
Optically, I can't find anything to separate these lenses and since they are all equally expensive, price isn't an issue.
For my purposes (wedding and portrait photography), 24-70 would probably be the most ideal focal length as that's primarily what I shoot at (well, probably 50-130mm, since I don't tend to go too wide).
The 70-200 is the lens I "want" to get, but it'll probably not get used as much as the 24-70 since I tend to be in the action rather than on the sidelines taking photos. But, when I do go out to 100-200mm, I think that's when I get my best photos (or at least the ones I like the most). And since I tend to crop A LOT, I think the 70-200 might actually get me closer to what I want before I take the picture.
The 135 is also tempting, as I really like using my 50mm prime, and really forces you to think about the shot, rather than zooming. But, there are situations when you can't step back any further, or you can't move quickly enough so it can be a little limiting.
So, to sum it up; The 24-70 is more practical, the 70-200 is the lens I like the most, and the 135 is probably one of the most optically superb lenses on any DSLR system (or so says reviewers).
Which should I get?
Also, is there any danger of Sony coming out with updates to any of the above listed lenses within the next 6 months?