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Small But Mighty: YouTube Creators Share Their Favorite Compact Lenses

In the fast-paced world of vlogging and YouTube content creation, the demand for high-quality visuals often competes with the need for portability and convenience. Enter the era of Sony's small and compact lenses, which have become the secret weapon for many successful YouTube creators. From crisp, cinematic footage to vibrant vlogs, these lenses are redefining what’s possible to capture on the go. Check out these YouTubers who are leveraging the capabilities of their favorite small lenses to make a big impact with their videos.

A group of YouTubers who are constantly on the go reveal the tiny lenses they rely on to make a big impact.

James Popsys

In this video James Popsys calls the Sony 24-50mm f/2.8 G the best lens he’s ever bought because it perfectly suits his needs. “In short, I absolutely love it. I think it’s fantastic. It’s so well-balanced and I love the fact that it’s not extended my most common focal length, eg 50.” Watch below as he pairs the lens with his Sony Alpha 7R V to capture one of his most favorite parts of the world – Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland.

Dylan Blackburn

Travel photographer and YouTube creator Dylan Blackburn’s approach to his gear is to be as minimal as possible. In this video he shares why he’s settled on the Sony Alpha 7CR and Sony 35mm f/1.8 as the ultimate compact setup for on-the-go photography and content creation. Read more about his complete kit in What’s In My Bag: A 2-Camera, 4-Lens Kit For Travel Photography & YouTube Video Creation.

Teppo Haapoja

While YouTube creator Teppo Haapoja typically is used to shooting with a 16-35mm focal length, he says the compact size, light weight and value of the Sony 16-25mm f/2.8 G makes it a great option. “What I really love about this wide angle lens is that it’s just so compact and small.” Watch below as he shares more of the reasons this lens might be the best choice for you.

Pat Kay

Creator Pat Kay provides an update on his gear in the video below. His mainstay camera for recording video is the Sony Alpha 7 IV. To keep the combination light and compact, he’ll pair it with small primes like the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G and Sony 55mm f/1.8. Watch below as he shares his complete Sony setup for his work.

L. Renee Blount (Alpha Universe)

When adventure photographer L. Renee Blount is exploring the outdoors, she often needs gear that limits the variables so she can focus on safely and successfully creating. The Sony 35mm f/2.8 lens is light, small and easy to take with her wherever she goes. Watch below as she shares more about the small “powerhouse” lens.

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio

In this video, the two Matts from B&H pair three different compact vlogging cameras, the Sony Alpha 7C II, Sony ZV-1 II and Sony ZV-E1, with two compact vlogging lenses, the Sony 16-25mm f/2.8 G and Sony 24-50mm f/2.8 G. See some of the impressive footage they were able to produce with such small and lightweight setups.


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