Sony Mirrorless Camera Equipment Buying Guide

This is a rough equipment guide for people semi-unfamiliar with what to buy if you’re a Sony shooter.

Wedding Photography

Lighting:

The AD400 Pro is more colour accurate than the Profoto B1.

 

Street Photography

Street photography has a lot of options with Sony and there’s too many to mention. I can’t really recommend a specific setup but I can suggest looking at these lenses you might not have heard of. It can be as small and simple as a Sony a7sII with a Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 or numerous lenses. I quite like Zeiss prime lenses (due to their size):

  • Sony a7III, Sony a9 or Sony a7rIII
  • Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 and Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
  • Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8, Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2.0 & Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4. I think the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 is underrated. I’m listing a bunch of these lenses because they’re often ignored due to the lack of focus, and people switching from a DSLR might think manual focus is bad. With an EVF, it’s a lot easier to nail focus.

Lighting:

Portrait Photography

Again, there’s a lots of options in this range, so I’m not going to list them all:

Lighting:

Here you can go crazy with lighting… For the high end stuff, I’d go with Broncolor (if money is no object). Failing that, again with Godox.

Landscape Photography

If you’re doing long hikes (2o miles per day, repeatedly), I’d stick with the first two items. There’s loads of options here:

I’ve picked the 100-400mm although it’s rather bizarre, because sometimes telephoto shots of mountains can look really cool. Personally I think that any wider than 16mm, and mountains can begin to look really small. Composition is harder and wider lenses often don’t accept filters. For that reason, I don’t think the Sony 12-24mm f/4.0 lens is the best landscape lens to get.

For primes, the Voigtlander 15mm, Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 and the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 lenses are great.

I’ve put the weight by the side of the 16-35mm f/2.8 G master lens. If you’re hiking a lot and weight is of importance, the 16-35mm f/2.8 G master lens is considerably lighter than the competition, plus the camera is also lighter.

Interior Photography

Sony a7sII, Sony a7rIII or the Sony a9. Nothing is particularly bad here. The Sony a7rII is good if you want to keep the budget down a bit.

Retouching is important for every type of photographer but especially interior photography. Interior photographers tend to do a lot of composites, so don’t forget to add a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium to your budget.

If you’re doing it as a job, you might want to take close up shots of things and also an external shot of the house. For that reason, I have recommended the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G master lens. If you already have a 16-35mm, then you have the external shot covered and you might want to consider a prime for closeups.

Lighting:

The V1 is kind of the “pro” version of the speedlight and I don’t see any reason to get something else. The round head makes a huge difference, when unmodified, in the shadows. If you want to keep the budget down, the Godox TT685 or even the Godox TT600 is a good flash. The Godox TT600 does not have TTL capabilities.

Macro Photography

High resolution is important for this type of photography, especially if you want to crop in a bit. I do not recommend any dedicated Sony macro lenses. The sharpness of the Sony 90mm f/2.8 lens is great but there’s more to a lens than sharpness

Sony a7rIII

Three additional lenses might be useful:

The Sony 135mm f/1.8 G master and the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G master both can get quite close up, for flowers and whatnot. They cannot be used as a 1:1 macro, but for product photography they might be good enough. The Sony 85mm f/1.4 G master lens gets good results with a marumi achromat 77mm filter but I don’t know about the other lenses.

Wildlife Photography

Any lens can be used for wildlife, so it depends what you’re doing.

I’ve put the weight by the side of the longer lens, as it’s incredibly lightweight. Especially compared to some of the competition.

 

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