The best APS-C Lenses for Video for Sony E-Mount (A6000, 6100, 6400, 6600)

The best APS-C Lenses for Video for Sony E-Mount (A6000, 6100, 6400, 6600)


I have been using my Sony APS-C camera mainly
for shooting video for quite some time now. I’m still impressed by the outstanding image
quality that can be achieved with a camera of the A6000 series. In this video I will show you which lenses
I have bought in the course of time. I will also briefly show you the possible
alternatives and explain why I have made certain decisions. This video will only be about APS-C lenses,
but of course I am aware that some full frame lenses are also excellent for shooting video
on a camera of the A6000 series. For current prices and offers for all the
lenses discussed here, I have put a few links in the video description. My name is Werner, I live in the Italian Alps
and this channel is about filmmaking tutorials and reviews of consumer cameras. If you’re interested in these topics, consider
subscribing. Have fun with this video. Before I come to the individual lenses, I
would like to briefly explain what I mainly use my camera for, so that you can better
understand certain decisions. For me, filmmaking is a passion and not a
profession. Apart from these videos for Youtube, I mainly
make travel videos, which means I usually shoot hand-held and sometimes with a gimbal. For this reason, image stabilization plays
a role for me. You may own a camera with IBIS. In this case, image stabilization in the lens
may not be so important for you. Of course, it is also possible to shoot handheld
without stabilization. However, this requires a lot of practice and
a little more time and patience. Since I am not a professional, the price of
the lens also plays an important role for me. In this video I would like to give you an
overview. If you want to know more details about the
individual lenses, then have a look at the respective videos. Now let’s have a look at the different lenses. I’d like to start with the lens that certainly
I use the most. It’s the Sony 18-105 F4. If I could buy just one lens for filmmaking,
I would probably still choose this lens today. The reason is quite simply that it is a very
versatile lens. You have a good zoom range, you can take wide
shots for an establishing shot, and with 105mm and F4 you can also take very cinematic shots
with a shallow depth of field. The Bokeh is very pleasant and creamy. The lens has a constant aperture, so you don’t
have to change the exposure settings when Zooming. At the same time the lens does not change
its length when zooming, so you can also change the focal length on a gimbal without having
to rebalance the gimbal. The lens also has image stabilization and
is therefore very suitable for shooting video hand-held. The lens is relatively big for a camera of
the A6000 series, it’s not the sharpest lens and the minimum focusing distance is also
rather weak. The price of $500-600, however, is very interesting
considering its positive qualities. Before we come to the prime lenses, I’d like
to briefly show you what alternatives there would be among the zoom lenses: The Sony 16-70 Zeiss: This lens also has a
constant aperture of F4 and image stabilization. It’s smaller and much lighter and the minimum
focusing distance is also better than that of the 18-105. However, the zoom range is smaller, which
means you can create less shallow depth of field. The lens is also much more expensive than
the 18-105. The new Sony 16-55 2.8: This lens has an excellent
constant aperture of 2.8. It is very compact for the high aperture,
but has no image stabilization. It’s also very expensive for an APS-C lens. The Sony 10-18 F4: This zoom lens is practically
made for shooting video. Its wide-angle is very suitable for establishing
shots, action, vlogging and so on. It has an image stabilization and is also
relatively small and compact. But with F4 at a maximum of 18mm you are not
able to create a shallow depth of field for cinematic shots. Therefore I decided to choose a prime lens
for the wide-angle. Before we get to the prime lenses, I’d like
to briefly talk about the KIT lens. In my opinion it is quite suitable for shooting
video. It is extremely compact and lightweight and
can therefore also be used well on a very small gimbal. Interestingly, it also has a relatively low
minimum focusing distance. Optically it is of course not perfect, but
it comes at a very low price and especially if you shoot with a higher aperture you will
often hardly notice the difference to a better lens. As for prime lenses, I can definitely recommend
the Sony 35 F1.8. With a focal length of 35mm on APS-C it is
very versatile. Close-ups of people turn out very well and
without distortion, you can also capture landscapes very well. All my videos for Youtube, that means these
talking head shots, were taken with this lens. With a maximum aperture of 1.8 you can create
a nice shallow depth of field and get beautiful cinematic shots. The Bokeh is soft and beautiful. In addition, the lens is of course also very
suitable for low-light situations. It is one of the few APS-C prime lenses for
Sony that has image stabilization. It is therefore well suited for shooting video
handheld even if your camera does not have IBIS. The price is also very interesting. Of course, there are a few interesting alternatives
to this lens. First of all the Sigma 30 1.4. With 1.4 it has an even larger maximum aperture
for very cinematic shots. Optically it should be at least equivalent
to the Sony and I would probably prefer the 30mm to the 35mm as focal length for filmmaking. With This lens you get a lot of value for
your money. The only disadvantage I can see is the lack
of Image Stabilisation. If you can live without it, this lens is an
absolute recommendation to buy. I would also like to mention the Zeiss 24
1.8. With 24mm on APS-C it has a versatile focal
length for filmmaking. However, it doesn’t have image stabilization. For me this lens was never an option because
of its very high price. Finally, I’d like to show you my favourite
lens, the Sigma 16mm 1.4. An excellent lens for filmmaking. It is incredibly sharp and has a very low
minimum focusing distance. With a maximum aperture of 1.4 you can also
take very cinematic shots. In my opinion, the focal length of 16mm is
ideal for filmmaking, especially when it comes to travel videos. It doesn’t have image stabilization, but due
to the wide angle you can compensate a lot with a little practice. Despite its larger size, the lens can still
be used very well on a smaller gimbal. If you are interested in more details about
this lens, have a look at my review. This should give you a good overview of what
are probably the best lenses for shooting video on APS-C. If in your opinion I didn’t mention one or
the other lens, please write it in the comments. With this I would like to say goodbye for
today. If the video was interesting for you, give
me a Like as feedback and see you next time!

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4 Replies to “The best APS-C Lenses for Video for Sony E-Mount (A6000, 6100, 6400, 6600)”

  1. Even though I heard nothing new, I enjoy your videos. I own several of the lenses you praise except the 18-105 but that is now the highest on my list. I fully agree with your choices.

  2. I love your videos, you are very precise and your voice is pleasing 🙂 I recently tried the 16-55 and was quite impressed with it, but without a gimbal it is hard to use for good video. The rest of the lenses you have are the best options for a hobbi video and photo.

  3. Thank you for this video! You validated the lenses I already own and use. The 35mm 1.8 and the 18mm to 105mm! Cheers

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