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Eric Brody

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Longer Sony primes?
« on: June 07, 2020, 07:35:39 pm »

Currently the longest "affordable" Sony prime lens is the 135mm f/1.8. The Sony 400 & 600 are both well over US$10k.  I'd love to see 200, 300, and even 400mm primes. They could be f/4 and thus smaller and less expensive. Canon supplies such primes at 200 f/2.8, 300 f/4, 400 f/5.6. All of these are less than US$1,500. While I love zooms, I also would like more choice in primes. Below 100mm, there is a plethora of lens choices from Sony, Sigma, Voightlander, Tamron and others. There are more super wide primes than super long ones.

I'm curious what others think about this.

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Eric
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Re: Longer Sony primes?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2020, 08:26:13 pm »

I think the 100-400 and the 200-600 cover the range nicely.
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Re: Longer Sony primes?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2020, 03:30:04 pm »

Fujifilm has the only long, fast mirrorless prime I can think of in any mount other than the two very long Sonys already mentioned. They have a 200mm f2 that is essentially a 300mm f2.8 equivalent for APS-C. Neither Nikon Z nor Canon RF has any long primes at all, although both access their respective DSLR lenses (I've never tried the Canon combo, but I've done quite a bit with the Nikon FTZ and the PF telephotos, and it works very well - I would suspect the Canon combo would as well.)

I think that 200mm primes, other than the exotic f2 versions, have largely been replaced by the long end of 70-200mm zooms (and Sony has two nice ones).

300mm primes exist in numerous variations - Sony's lack of a 300mm f2.8 has always been inexplicable to me, especially when they have two much more exotic long primes. A 300mm f4 released today should probably be a PF/DO type lens, especially for a mirrorless mount - the Nikkor is a joy, since it looks like a 24-70mm f2.8.

A slower 400mm or 600mm should likely also be a PF/DO type lens to maximize the size and weight savings compared to the existing monster lenses, while a 500mm could either be a f4 G-Master that meshed with the other two or a f5.6 PF/DO...

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