Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while have probably figured out that I have a catholic attitude towards lens selection. Yesterday on DPR there was an opportunity for me to bloviate on the subject. Here’s what I had to say to someone who wanted to use only one brand of lens on his current Nikon and his prospective a7RII in order to ensure consistency.:
Do you shoot video and want to intercut shots from different lenses without grading? Or do you just use the OOC JPEGs without editing?
Those are the only reasons that I can think of to limit oneself to one lens brand, and even that won’t work unless you have a lens of lenses specifically engineered for the same color look, like sets of cinema lenses.
Absent that, remember that all lenses have a look to them, and different designs have different looks, even from the same company. Also, color differences among lenses can be corrected easily in post.
By not using Zeiss lenses on your Nikon bodies, you’re giving up some lenses that greatly outperform their Nikon equivalents. But, if you move to the Sony world, the universe of excellent lenses open to you is much larger. It would be a shame if you closed yourself off to that.
You can use your Nikon lenses on the a7x, but the G ones currently suffer from imprecise diaphragm control (look for that to change soon).
- You can use F-mount Zeiss and Sigma lenses.
- You can use Canon lenses with AF support.
- You can use Batis, Loxia, Sigma and other E-mount lenses.
- You can use Leica M, Leica R, Pentax, Contax, and a whole host of legacy lenses.
It is unlikely — verging on impossible — that every lens in one vendor’s line will be the best lens of its type regardless of vendor. By restricting yourself to one vendor, you are cutting yourself off from choosing the best tools to do your photography.
John Denver wrote a song called Berkeley Woman, which ends with the line: “I’d no more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine.” I don’t think that way about women, but I certainly do about lenses.