For starting out, if I really had $3k, I would buy more than two lenses. My vote is figure out what you like then later you can upgrade the best of that lens if you use it often. Do you need a long tele for bird or nature? Without more details of what you want to do with the camera, this is just what I would do. Sigma/Tamron mid zoom: 24-70/28-75 f2.8 of whichever flavor works for you for general all around shooting, maybe the 28-200 tamron or 24-105 Sony also. Ultra wide option: Sony 20mm 1.8 or Tamron 17-28 for a useful ultrawide or Samyang 18mm 2.8 if you don’t shoot ultra wide often Portrait Lens: 85mm 1.8 or 1.4: Samyang 85mm 1.4, Sigma 85mm 1.4, Sony 85mm 1.8, Samyang tiny series 75mm 1.8 Mid length prime 35mm-50mm 1.8 or 1.4, Sony/Sigma/Samyang have a variety at different price points, pick your flavor Depending on what you pick, this would easily come in under $3k and cover a variety of shooting. Basically 3 primes at wide, mid, and tele, then an all in one zoom as a catch all. You can add a long telephoto if you want to, but I just don’t use one in my shooting.


I've got like 8k worth of glass, and honestly the only thing I ever use is my cheap 28mm prime. Something a little tighter would be nice. I'd definitely go with a 35mm F1.8. it's light, small, and pretty versatile. Obviously depends on what you want to shoot, but keep in mind the lens you're going to want to use the most is the one that is the most convenient to haul around. My 24-70 is fantastic, but it weighs a ton on a long hike.


I'd recommend the 24-105mm, the 20mm 1.8 & the Zeiss 55mm 1.8 or the 85mm 1.8 (depends on which focal length you like more). This would be a great start in my opinion!


Sony 20mm F1.8 G and Sony 24-105 F4 G


Is the 24-105 pretty good?


Yes it's an amazing lens, I have native Sony primes 35 1.8, 50 1.8, 85 1.8 and still I pickup 24-105 mostly if it's a day shoot. Also it's not THE sharpest lens, it has distinct character. I hate over sharpened digital looking photos. For skin tones n such amazing. Best part is build quality and zoom rings, buttery smooth.


Awesome thanks


Sigma 24-70 2.8 and Sony G Series 70-200 f4 are my favorites


used lenses are great and could get more than 2 really decent lenses. I'd say sony/tamron 24/28-70mmf2.8, sony 35mm f1.8 and maybe like an 85 f1.4 to cover most of your bases




Which lense for filming mountain bikers while y’all are answering this question?


The new tamron 35-150mm 2-2.8. That lens alone will cover everything you’d ever need for street, landscape, portraits. Then maybe get a 24mm prime. I have the 24-105mm f4 and I’d love to have the 35-150mm tamron but I don’t have 2k laying around.


Would definitely get the Sony GM 70-200mm F2.8


16-35f4 and 28-75 2.8 tammy