Five years back when mirrorless systems were introduced, I had a perception that mirrorless was great and convenient but not capable as a tool to photograph assignments.
When Sony approached me to become their brand ambassador, I was slightly skeptical. Although 70% of my photography is from the streets, I also photograph weddings.
Thankfully, things have changed over the past couple of years. While I was using Sony as my 2nd setup from 2015, I have finally shifted to Sony earlier this year.
I see plenty of other photographers are thinking of getting into Sony. But they are unsure about the lens lineup and pricing, and somewhat confused if the jump is going to be worth it.
As wedding photographers, we want a proper lineup of lenses to work with. Personally, I usually suggest two camera bodies with 2-3 lenses overall.
COMBINATION-1: THE PREMIUM PRIME LOVER.
A group of wedding photographers only shoot prime lenses. I belong to this group. I’d recommend a maximum of 4 lenses.
Sony Distagon 35mm f1.4 (1500$): A fantastic lens by all respect. The price is similar to Canon or Nikon’s 35mm f1.4. A cheaper alternate(half the price) can be the newly released Samyang 35mm f1.4 (800S)
Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 (795$): Another under-rated gem. Lightweight and possibly one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used.
Sony 85mm f/1.4 G-Master (1790$): Nothing beats a fast 85mm for wedding portraits. You wont get creamier bokeh than this lens. The price is comparable to Nikon and Canon’s premium 85mm lens.
You can make interesting 2 camera combinations with these 4 lenses- Like the 18mm/55mm combination or the classic 35/85mm combination.
COMBINATION-2: LIGHTWEIGHT AND CONVENIENT
Sony 28mm f/2 (423$): Under-rated GEM.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 (198$) : Havent used this personally. Might not be the best lens in the lineup, but for under 200$, it is a nifty-fifty I am sure .You can also look into Samyang’s 50mm f/1.4(548$) which is much cheaper!
Sony 85mm f/1.8 ($540): Under 350g, extremely sharp and fantastic AF speed makes this a winner.
COMBINATION 3: ZOOM LOVERS
Depending on budget, you can buy any 3 lenses from the following:
- Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM (2100$) lens or Sony 24-70mm f/4 (1100$)
- Sony 70-200mm f/2.8GM (2598$) or Sony 70-200 f/4 (1398$)
- Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 (2198$) or SONY 16-35MM F/4 (1248$)
Combination 4: The Allrounder
4.1: Sony 16-35mm(F2.8 or F4) + Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 + Sony 70-200mm (F4 or 2.8)
4.2: Sony 24-70mm f2.8 + Sony 85mm f/1.8
4.3: Sony 24-70mm f2.8 + Sony 85mm (F/1.4 or 1.8) + 70-200mm (F4 or F2.8).
4.4: Sony 12-24mm f/4 + 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 + 55 f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.8.
#SIDENOTE: Previous canon users can always use their lenses on SONY bodies using the new Metabone Adapter (399$) which supports extremely quick autofocusing. Especially the new lenses work wonderfully well. You can then slowly change one lens at a time.
SONY A7R3 (Buy here): Sony’s latest offering. Priced at 3300$(similar to Canon 5D Mark IV), this is a game changer and a true professional’s camera. Comes with the added battery life (upto 1500 shots), dual card slots, responsive joystick to shift autofocus points and the ever stunning 42 megapixel sensor.
SONY A7R2 (Buy here): What a great time to get this stunning camera. With the introduction of A7R3, the camera has seen 500$ drop, and now retails for 2398$. Dont expect prices to fall more! The sensor is stunning, produces brilliant color and details. I have been using one for the past couple of years and this camera never lets me down(except that I need to carry 3-4 batteries). But thats okay, because I carry them in my pocket and that never gives me a backache!
SONY A9 (Buy here): Lot of people will tell you that this is for sports shooters, or photojournalists. I say this is a wedding photographer’s dream camera- shoots without any blackout, no mirrorless lag, brilliant silent mode(which supports upto 20fps). The 24mp sensor hits the sweet spot and the camera features an improved battery (same as A7R3), dual card slots and a joystick to shift the AF points. The AF points cover an astounding 96% of the frame, meaning you can compose photographs exactly the way you want.
The other Sony cameras:
Sony A7S2 is a fantastic camera if you think you need the extra sensitivity and if you work a lot at high ISO.
Sony A6500, despite being a crop factor body, packs a punch with 4K video and extremely fast autofocusing and high FPS.