TalkEmount - Sony Alpha E-Mount Camera User Group
I don't live near a beach, but I found myself driving an hour the past couple of weeks to catch the Sunrise at the beach. I must say the drives were well worth it.
This one with a 10stop ND
Another Day... by Gary, on Flickr
This one using the aperture to get just the right shutter
Tranquil Morning by Gary, on Flickr
The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens is a relatively new macro lens for the Sony E-Mount. The "FE" designation means that this lens works well with both full frame and APS-C Sony E-Mount cameras.
Lens specifications and current pricing can be found on this B&H page: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1126140-REG/sony_sel90m28g_fe_90mm_f_2_8_macro.html
See the brief video below for my impressions of lens build quality, features, and performance:
You can click through any of the images in this review to see full-resolution captures from my A7II.
Not being a macro photographer, my first step was to put this 90mm f/2.8 lens through its paces as a family portrait lens. For the most part, I found it very much up to the task.
First things first, this is a brutally sharp lens. Quite possibly the sharpest lens I've ever used. Below is a shot my wife took of me with our daughter. Despite the shot being taken wide open, you can see everything from the food stuck between my teeth to the fine hairs on my daughter's lip:
ƒ/2.8 90 mm 1/400 ISO 100
Likewise, this lens isn't kind to the the skin of my 12-year-old son:
ƒ/2.8 90.0 mm 1/100 ISO 250
A few more family photos taken with this lens at or near wide open:
ƒ/2.8 90.0 mm 1/100 250...
I just posted the following on my blog (link) and I thought I'd share it here:
I had the great pleasure of shooting two weddings in June. I'm not a wedding photographer. I never envisioned myself as a wedding photographer. I came into both of these as someone who has centrally focused on landscape photography with a bit of dabbling in concert photography. These two weddings really stretched me in terms of my knowledge, experience, and abilities--especially the second one, where I was the primary photographer. Is it something I would consider doing again? Yeah. I think so--in fact, one of the bridesmaids and groomsmen from the second wedding asked if my wife and I would also do their wedding next year. I learned a whole lot and could go in with far more confidence than initially. My experience with event shooting is finally getting into something of substance now. Still, I would really love the opportunity of working under someone on an event. Lower pressure practice would only benefit.
At the very least, I learned that I could do it, if I chose.
The first one was a little more relaxing since I was a second shooter, focusing entirely on candid moments in a more photojournalism style.
#1. Don't jump into shooting a wedding on your own without some experience a second shooter first.
Honestly, I really wish that I could have been a second shooter at least a half a dozen times or more before ever doing an entire wedding on my own. There's a lot more to do than you could imagine from simply watching from the outside. Simply put: come out the other side of the second wedding: I had no idea that I knew so little. There is no other kind of shooting that can...