First impressions of the new Voigtlander 65mm f2 APO Lanthar lens are ‘oh my goodness’. I’ve taken a handful of frames and nothing serious, but this looks like a very interesting addition to the Sony FE lens family. Every now and again Voigtlander produces something that really is breathtaking. The Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 II was […]
For almost a year now, I’ve been shooting the Fujifilm X-System as my primary tool for commercial photography. I still have my Sony equipment and when I sold my Canon 5D III, I did not sell off the lenses I valued the most. Six months ago, I got my hands on a Canon 5D IV […]
Sony A9 Reaction The new Sony A9 has created a lot of excitement, but I find myself a little disappointed. I’m also wondering if Sony hasn’t just made a whopping miscalculation. I could very well be wrong, but I’m just being honest about my thoughts at this stage. Like many, I have been eager to […]
One of our readers, Callum, asked me about the angle of view of the Sony 28mm f2 FE compared to the 35mm f2.8 Sonnar. As some of you may know, the Sony Zeiss 35mm Sonnar is slightly longer than most 35mm lenses (in the region of 36-36.5mm at a guess). The 28mm f2 FE is […]
Following on from my last post here, I can now explain what I’ve been up to and what an experience it has been. A few weeks ago, I realised I was so caught up in other activities that I had not taken nearly enough photographs for myself. I wanted to get away to a place […]
Coming soon… Some of you will have read that I am leaving the Leica M user base and expanding my Sony FE system in its place. With the 35mm f2.8 FE Sonnar, 55mm f1.8 FE Sonnar and Sony 70-200 F4 G OSS already in my bag, the obvious gap is at the wide angle end. This is […]
That’s it – pack it all up! Our mirrorless dream is over ladies and gentlemen! We can go home – there’s nothing more to see here… in fact, we should hang our heads in shame, for we have been fooling ourselves! Had we applied just a little basic arithmetic, we’d have realised that we’ve become […]
Thankfully, everything points towards the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 Distagon and 85mm f1.8 Planar lenses being superb. The system needed this and, assuming other focal lengths follow, these lenses have the potential to bring the Sony FE system ever closer to being ‘mainstream pro viable’ for ever more applications. While the Loxias offer smaller size and manual […]
You early adopters out there, you’re feeling like darned prophets now aren’t you? So precisely what has happened and why do I think something very exciting has just crystallised (with the Sony A7R II being only part of it)?
Reader Report: Streets and People of Zanzibar, by Hassan Abba Introduction While out in Tanzania for a family wedding, I got the opportunity to take same time and visit the Island of Zanzibar. I had planned Zanzibar to be a history and photography trip (candid, documentary, heritage, portraits and scenery).
Tomorrow morning I will land in Iceland and enjoy 11 days of dawn to dusk photography! As with my last trip, its not a holiday as such. Instead, I will probably burn myself out and collapse in a heap at the end, but the aim is the same as always: the best images I can […]
Sony A7R vs Leica M Monochrom: Resolution Contest As you’ve gathered from my last post, I’ve conducted a simple Sony A7R vs Leica M Monochrom comparison, using the following matches:Leica MM with 35mm Summarit-M f2.5 vs. Sony A7R with Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8 Sonnar (review). Leica MM with Zeiss 50mm ZM Planar f2 vs. Sony A7R with Sony […]
Ladies and Gentlemen, there are three 35mm Full Frame resolution monsters available for purchase at the moment and they are the Nikon D810, the Leica Monochrom (or ‘MM’) and the Sony A7R. I’ve shot neither the Nikon D800, D800E or D810, but I own both the Monochrom and the A7R, but until now they have not […]
Finally, the number of lenses is starting to catch up. The FE 16-35 f4 OSS came to the rescue of those needing a native lens wider than 35mm, we have a very respectable 70-200 f4 OSS and we have a number of new lenses just around the corner. I am, however, a little worried. I […]
Continued from Part 1. I’ve talked about how my Sony A7 and A7R cameras performed on the Iceland trip and I thought I’d discuss the optics and file quality that play a crucial role in the end product. So here goes: File Quality is not something anyone can seriously attempt to criticise, because it just […]
If you’re interested in photographs, you’ll have seen the Iceland shots by now (if not, they are here and here) and I have blogged a little about the trip. All that remains is to talk about the ‘equipment experience’. So, after almost ten days working intensively with the Sony gear, am I in love? Not […]