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Content Creators Making Magic With Sleeper Lenses

We love seeing less-well-known lenses being used in ways that show off their abilities. These “sleeper” lenses punch above their weight despite living in the shoadows of their headline-grabbing bretherin. Check out how these content creators are making magic with the sleeper lenses in the Sony lineup. For more inspiration and incredible Sony content, subscribe to the Alpha Universe YouTube Channel.

We love seeing less-well-known lenses being used in ways that show off their abilities. See how leading content creators get the most from these Sony sleepers.

Kensei Akatsu using the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G

Kensei Akatsu is a filmmaker and photographer from Japan. On his YouTube channel he shares gear reviews and documentaries that he’s produced. In the video below, Akatsu is reviewing the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G lens with his Sony Alpha 7 III. He touts the lens sharpness and vibrant colors. He even describes it as a “wallet-friendly G Master.” Be sure to check out his channel!

Nate Luebbe - Nateinthewild using the Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ

Alpha Collective member Nate Luebbe is a fantastic outdoor adventure photographer, filmmaker and YouTuber. Luebbe’s channel is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about creating adventure films. In the video below, he is talking about why he loves the Sony 16-35mm f/4 G PZ, or as he describes it, the “ultimate travel lens.” Since Lueubbe spends so much time backpacking and making content, this lightweight option has been a “gamechanger” for him.

Ben Martyn Smith using the Sony 40mm f/2.5 G

Ben Martyn Smith is a filmmaker based in the UK. In the video below, he’s testing out the Sony 40mm f/2.5 G. The footage in the video, shot with that lens and the Sony Alpha 7S III is beautiful. Smith describes the lens by stating, “recently I picked up one of Sony's NEW G Primes, the 40mm f/2.5 G! … I've been using this lens for about two weeks and I'm really enjoying it so far. It's super lightweight and compact, and the depth of field at f/2.5 still looks very cinematic. The build is premium and the actual lens itself looks great.”

Jesus Martinez using the Sony 18-105mm f/4 G PZ

Jesus Martinez is a San Diego-based cinematographer and photographer. With expertise in video and stills, he is uniquely situated to review the Sony 18-105mm f/4 G PZ for both mediums. And that’s just what he does in the video below. He showcases video footage and stills from shoots with this lens and the Sony Alpha 6400. He states that he loves this lens for portraiture because of the compression it offers. He also mentions that this lens is great for those days when you’re not sure what you are going to shoot, as you have a wide focal range covered.

Chris Turner using the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master

Chris Turner is a full time wedding photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He shares gear reviews, tutorials and general life vlogs on  his YouTube channel. In the video below, Turner walks through an engagement shoot he did with the Sony Alpha 9 II and the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master lens. He describes this lens as his “most-used lens.” We also love how he talks about working with his clients to help pose them and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. Check out his channel for more great wedding photography insights!


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