Proposed native lineup
- Batis 18 (debating whether to eventually replace this as well)
- Batis 25
- Some native 35 (possibly the 1.4, but I can wait to see if Sony finally comes out with a 35/1.8 or 35/2) Alternatively the FE 28???
- FE 55/1.8
- FE 85/1.8
- FE 70-200/4 or FE 70-300G...Need some feedback here.
- FE 100-400 (possibly, after it comes out, we'll see...)
The biggest questions I have are:
- What native lens at 35?
- Do I go 70-200/4 or 70-300? For those of you who have owned or tried both (Charlie!) how do the 2 compare?
I also have a completely unrelated question:
Do any of you guys use UV or similar protective filters on your lenses? I shoot at the beach, and apparently, when I'm not at the beach, I end up in dusty places (Zion, the desert, etc). I am always conflicted between the whole "don't put extra inferior glass in front of expensive optics" and having to constantly clean and wipe the front element of my lenses in funky conditions.
I have 3 native lenses, the FE 28/2, the Loxia 35/2, and FE 55/1.8. I use the Loxia 35/2 the most of the three and I don't see myself going to another native 35mm lens just to get a faster lens with AF. I really like the compact size of the Loxia.
For now with the longer larger lenses I'm staying with the Canon EF 100-400L II and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L II on a Canon body. I'll revisit that when I see what comes after the A7RII.
My quandry is whether to get a Batis 18 or the Loxia 21 and whether to replace the 28/2 with a Batis 25.
I use filters when wet or dusty conditions warrant. Otherwise I don't use them.
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com has two recent blogs on using filters and ranking filters. He also talks about the economics of using filters versus the cost of replacing the front element of a lens here.