Lens Stories: What do these Sony Artisans have to say about their favorite lenses?


posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT


Over at Sony Alpha Universe, a trio of Sony Artisans have shared their perspectives on a variety of Sony E-mount lenses. While the company is of course trying to advertise their products, it is nonetheless interesting to hear what these pros think about certain lenses and learn more about how they utilize their glass to deliver their artistic visions.

First up are a pair of videos featuring Brian Smith, who is well-known for his celebrity portraiture work in particular. In the first video, Smith discusses the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. Having used this lens, I can say that it's a versatile and excellent standard zoom lens. While it may not be a common choice for portraiture, Smith says it's "the essential portrait lens."

For street photography, Smith is a big fan of the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8. The 35mm f/2.8 is one of the smallest and lightest FE lens in Sony's lineup, weighing a mere 4.3 ounces (120 grams).

Another Sony Artisan, Ira Block, prefers the Sony 24-70mm f/4 lens for his work for National Geographic. The lens is sharp, reasonably compact and it's versatile.

For those looking for wider lenses, Pete McBride took the 16-35mm f/4 zoom lens with him on his trek along the length of the Grand Canyon. He undertook a massive challenge and in the video below he explains why the 16-35mm f/4 lens was a great companion.