The perfect lens starter kit  for your Sony A7s Camera

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Since its launch in 2014, many video production newbies have chosen the Sony A7s camera (or one of its successors) as an entry-level product for professional shoots. These full frame, mirrorless cameras owe their success to their stunning image quality and high-end features, all in a remarkably small body.

There still is plenty of reasons to buy a Sony A7s for video. The new models are the third generation of Sony’s professional mirrorless line, so their main benefits are well known by this point. If you’re new to this product, you will notice they are  significantly smaller and lighter than other comparably equipped DSLRs from Canon or Nikon, while still being one the cheapest ways to full frame video.

To express their full potential, you will need to choose your lenses wisely.

We agree with Bing Putney that these 5 lenses are a perfect set to start with, taking into account performance, portability and value for money. If you’re launching your video production business, this lightweight kit will allow you to tackle most types of video projects on a budget, with professional results.

Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 ZA

This was one of the first lenses announced with the original A7. Despite not being cheap nor that fast for a prime, it is still the best combination of performance, size, and price. It is incredibly sharp compared to other professional-grade 50mm lenses. Also, it has approximately the same size and weight of cheap, plastic offerings from other lens makers, but comes with solid metal construction, weather sealing, and Zeiss heritage.

Zeiss Batis 85mm F/1.8

This Zeiss lens is the most expensive prime lens on the list, but definitely worth the price. It features a quick and accurate autofocus and image stabilization, has a sharp definition and includes an OLED display for focus distance and depth of field.

Sony FE 35mm F/2.8 ZA

This 35mm is the smallest E-mount lens with full frame coverage, it’s quite affordable and a good performer for most purposes. It does have a couple of limitations: it’s not as sharp in the corners as some other options on this list, and f/2.8 is downright slow for a shorter focal length prime lens. Its lack of maximum aperture is fairly compensated by price, but brings some downsides in terms of low light shooting and depth of field. The other option, the 35mm f/1.4 ZA, is 2 full stops faster, but it costs about double the price and is about 5 times heavier.

Sony FE 16-35 mm F/4 ZA OSS

The 16-35mm f/4 zoom covers the wide end of the focal range, offering impressive performance and versatility. The depth of field is a  bit shallow, but this shouldn’t be a big issue with super wide angle work. Distortion is minimal and the rendering of colors and contrast has the classic Zeiss pop factor.

Sony FE 24-70 F/4 ZA OSS

The 24-70mm f/4 is a nice choice for photojournalistic or event coverage needs. This normal-range zoom is solidly built and lightweight, so that you can move quickly without getting too tired. It features good image stabilization, quick AF and weather sealing. The f/4, however, brings a bit of distortion when wide open.