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Converting from Canon to Sony - Lense equivalents.
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:26:40 AM »
I am currently the owner of a Canon 450d but with a baby coming along in 4 weeks I want to upgrade to a camera that also has high quality video (with automatic focus) - so I'm opting for the brand new Sony A57.

Currently with the Canon I have a great all round 17-85 lense. Understanding that I need a lense that will allow the Sony A57 to use auto focus in video mode, and that I want to get great shots of my new baby but also be able to handle anything that comes my way, what's the best equivalent Sony lense or lenses?

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« on: March 18, 2012, 06:26:40 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 09:06:40 AM »
Ask on a Sony forum, maybe?

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 09:27:07 AM »
I would recommend you one of this two´s haven´t found anything else on the Sony Homepage;
Both works with full time Autofocus; but you have to know that these lenses aren´t cheap; alternate you can look on SIGMA or Tamron, both should also work with full time Autofocus; As far as I know. At least it worked on A55, which i saled very often when i was a Seller; Sorry that it´s German but you will find it also on your Sony Homepage;

The quality from first one should be like standard 18-55 bit with both wider and longer zoom;

http://www.sony.at/product/ddl-aps-c-lenses/sal-16105

http://www.sony.at/product/ddl-carl-zeiss-lenses/sal-1680z


By the way the autofocus on the A Series isn´t that like on Nikon or Canon, we learned between the course (for A55/33) it don´t have Contrast AF, which mean it won´t be as sharp or as good as CANON or nikon ; so it was told to me; But maybe they have changed it in A57

Hope i could help you.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 10:34:20 AM »
Isn't the Lumix GH2 ok for AF? But really, I think a camcorder is the way to go for decent AF at a reasonable price. Or, if you want it to look more cinematic, use any video-enabled DSLR & loupe and learn to turn the focus ring. It's not that hard!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 11:39:53 AM »
Or, if you want it to look more cinematic, use any video-enabled DSLR & loupe and learn to turn the focus ring. It's not that hard!

I think his point is he doesn't want to have to think too much, because he'll need to be paying attention to his new baby. So, adding in a loupe & having to worry about focusing in a potentially fast moving situation (ok, not day 1, but within some months/few years).
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Re: Converting from Canon to Sony - Lense equivalents.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2012, 05:58:34 PM »
I am currently the owner of a Canon 450d but with a baby coming along in 4 weeks I want to upgrade to a camera that also has high quality video (with automatic focus) - so I'm opting for the brand new Sony A57.

If I were leaving Canon for Sony I would look hard at the NEX line rather than the much larger Alpha line.  That NEX-7 is a game changer and the 5n(?) is no slouch either.  Same size sensor.  Much smaller body.

Just a thought.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 07:38:58 PM »
I would suggest waiting for the 650D with its rumored in-video AF. Paired with the apparently silent-AF 18-135 II, it should fulfill your requirements very well. Plus you can use whatever lens you own currently on it too. But since you've got a baby due in 4 weeks, just take some stills with your 450D first! Congratulations on the baby BTW
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 07:38:58 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2012, 09:48:56 AM »
Just out of curiosity I googled "lense" and I even found something. Although Oxford dictionaries do not mention this one, at least it is mentioned in dictionary.com as a variant:

lense

noun
a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images [syn: lens]

It is even mentioned in Wikipedia as a variant spelling, although as a generally not accepted variant.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2012, 10:37:04 AM »
i was in the same boat as the OP. had 2 kids now.

always like the video continuous AF for chasing toddlers. the equivalents of your 17-85 would be a Carl Zeiss 16-80, it will be like Canon IS since Sony has OSS in the body, but this lens got no SSM (equivalent to USM), you may hear some sound.

i end up keeping a 5D classic for portraits, and buying a NEX 5n. but the A57 will use the same sensor.....

i wonder what the new rebel will do for AF.  that maybe a hot seller for a lot of parents. 

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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2012, 12:02:18 PM »
Don't buy into the hype. 

I bought a A55 when they first came out with a 24-70 and 70-400.  I'm so much happier with the Canon lens selection, the old-school mirror, etc.  The Sonys overheat, take terrible high ISO images, don't take in as much light, have a mediocre lens selection (mostly rebadged Minolta lenses), have mediocre accessories, etc.  I wrote a long post on DPreview about my experiences that the Sony fanboys hated and helped to delete. 

If you're going to buy Sony, buy a NEX.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 10:10:26 PM »
Don't buy into the hype. 

I bought a A55 when they first came out with a 24-70 and 70-400.  I'm so much happier with the Canon lens selection, the old-school mirror, etc.  The Sonys overheat, take terrible high ISO images, don't take in as much light, have a mediocre lens selection (mostly rebadged Minolta lenses), have mediocre accessories, etc.  I wrote a long post on DPreview about my experiences that the Sony fanboys hated and helped to delete. 

If you're going to buy Sony, buy a NEX.

I looked at the Nex 5n and fount it had no viewfinder.  The Nex 7 has a EVF that looks like it might breakoff, but seems like a good camera, just overpriced.  No really wide lenses either, 16mm (24mm equiv) being the widest..
 
As to lenses for a A57, you can, I believe pick from a big selection of Minolta AF lenses as well as the Sony.
 
there are tests of a limited number of Sony lenses here.
 
http://www.photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 10:10:26 PM »