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A7S studio session with a zoom lens?

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by taz98spin, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    I'm a portrait photographer who shoots mostly with prime lenses.
    However, I only have one AF lens; the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G.

    I already had 2 studio sessions since I got the A7S, but my Fuji gear were my main cameras and the A7S got a little play. I adapted my Voigtlander M lenses and fiddled with manual focusing, but it really broke the flow of the shoots..

    So today, for the first time I used a zoom lens during my shoot, and I am very pleased!

    The A7S was the main camera today, and my Fuji X-T1 barely got any action :p

    Here are the first 3 edits so far! Just wanted to share them here with you all!

    15272914962_8ba381a5ab_b. Molly by Taz Spin, on Flickr

    15086552689_c68fee9830_b. Molly by Taz Spin, on Flickr

    15272912252_344b05e1b6_b. Molly by Taz Spin, on Flickr

    I'll share more in the A7S thread as I get through more photos :)
     

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  2. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC
    Beautiful shots! Good to see you here...
     
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  3. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    Thanks!
     
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Love that first one. Stunning!
     
  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Nice work ;)
     
  6. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

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    May 5, 2014
    australia
    Chris
    these are great
     
  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Great results from a non-typical portrait lens.
     
  8. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    Thanks! The first B&W is my favorite so far too :)

    Thank you!

    Thank you for the kind words!
     
  9. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    Yes, I'm surprised that a zoom lens works this well!
     
  10. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    IMO, I think there has been a disproportional amount of criticism laid on zoom lenses over the years, to the point where some just repeat it because they've heard or read it somewhere else...good quality zooms have a lot going for them
     
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  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Amen brother! :thumbup:
     
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  12. sonicbuffalo

    sonicbuffalo TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 7, 2014
    North Carolina
    Chris
    I've taken family (large family) portraits with mt Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, and everyone loved the way they turned out. It who's behind the camera that will make or break you every time. With that being said, love the shots taz!
     
  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Oh it can be done well with a zoom lens, it is just not typical.
     
  14. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Taz, the black and white shoot is excellent!
    Roundball you are spot on! I have tried many times to change my ways and shoot more primes, but I like the quality of many of my old and new zooms so much and the versatility is so great for me that I almost always end up with a zoom on [emoji6]
     
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  15. sonicbuffalo

    sonicbuffalo TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 7, 2014
    North Carolina
    Chris
    What's the difference? I'd just use a zoom that I could set from 70-110 mm or something that allows you the freedom to move around, and I think a good quality zoom works fine. I really don't like get pigeon holed into using a prime.
     
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  16. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    Thanks! Who's behind the camera is important too, but the image quality I'm getting out of the A7S helps a lot too! :eek:
     
  17. taz98spin

    taz98spin TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 14, 2014
    Thanks! I started photography off (? well.. really started getting serious with photography..) with a prime lens, so I'm much more comfortable with a prime lens. But the FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G has shown me the light!
     
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  18. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
     
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  19. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Agreed! I am looking forward to bringing the 70-200 f/4 into my "collection". Now I just needed to figure out how, without lying to my wife!

    I have the 16-70 f/4 and am very pleased with it so far. I think the combination of size, versatility, and overall quality - IQ as well as physical quality - are in good balance. I think that Sony is on a good path with their f/4 zooms. But I do hope they aren't so focused on FE that they forget about the APS-C sensor folks! (as is being discussed a bit in another forum post)
     
  20. GateCityRadio

    GateCityRadio TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 9, 2014
    Kev
    I feel zoom lenses work just fine in the studio, most of the time even a kit lens will work just fine in a studio situation.