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The Best Lens for the Sony a6000/a6300

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Sony FE 28mm f2

Using the "Sweet Spot"

If I were to recommend one single lens for the Sony a6000/a6300, it would have to be the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. It's the perfect balance between focal length, size, weight and price, and as a bonus, it can also be used on the full frame A7-series cameras without cropping the image. I give it a 5-star rating and highly recommend it. All the photos in this post were shot with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens on the a6000. For the images samples, I attempted to shoot a wide variety of situations, f-stops and distances from the subject as well as different lighting situations. I hope the samples give you a good idea of how nice this simple little lens draws a scene. If I had to say in one word how this lens renders a scene, it would be: "Beautifully."

  • F.O.V. - Field of View: It's a great focal length on the APS-C Sensor at just over 40mm. If you flash back many years, a great camera called the Leica CL came standard with a 40mm f2 lens. And only a few years back, when Micro 4/3rds was launched, the tiny 20mm pancake was all the rage. It too was a 40mm equivalent lens.
  • It's a full frame (FE) lens so it works at it's original focal length, 28mm, on the A7-series bodies and therefore can do double duty. This is extremely helpful if you're someone hoping someday to upgrade to the A7 bodies, or a pro who needs a good full frame lens but also wants an everyday lens for your a6000/a63000.
  • It's relatively small, and very lightweight and never becomes a burden to carry even all day.
  • You're using the best part of the glass when shooting on APS-C bodies. In other words, "The Sweet Spot."
  • It's a downright amazing piece of glass for the money and features crystal clear, sharp images, smooth, even creamy bokeh at wide apertures and a Zeiss-like 3D pop. Most of the reviewers agree and give it a high rating.
  • The price is right.

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The Wedding Photo Booth

 

The only thing more fun than a barrel of monkeys is a wedding photo booth

This past weekend I attended a family wedding in Sarasota's beautiful Selby Gardens, and took along my trusty Sony a6000 with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. I love this combination because it's so small, light and a joy to carry around and shoot with. I spent some time shooting the hilarity on the dance floor (trying hard to stay out of the way of the official photographer), but I also camped outside the photo booth. The photo booth had a large bright light in the front just above the camera that was always on whether the curtain was open or closed. It was like a giant softbox, and it produced marvelous light. It was especially noticeable in the very dark outdoor location of the wedding lit only by a few bulbs hanging overhead. As subjects entered the booth facing the camera, I was able to grab a few images right before the attendant closed the black curtain, capturing a few fun moments. I was also trying to stay out of the way of the second attendant, so I wasn't able to hang out there very long. The activity outside the booth, where people were trying on different hats and props, was also interesting but too dark to shoot. So next time you're at a wedding, gravitate towards the photo booth--that's were all the great photo ops will be.


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TESTING THE SONY FE 28MM F2 LENS

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I have enjoyed shooting with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens in the last few days. I especially love that it's so light that you forget that you have a camera on you. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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Testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 Lens

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Hop-a-Long

I was out at my usual hot spot today testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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