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Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by addieleman, May 29, 2016.

  1. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    A 2-day event organized by a photo store chain, where also a lot of distributors were present. Lectures, models, workshops, activities like bmx and wrestling. So I decided to try out some stuff like the Sony FE 4.5-5.6/70-300mm, Sigma MC-11 converter with a 24-105mm ART, Batis 2.8/18mm (no Loxia 2.8/21mm present :() and, last but not least, the FE 2.8/35mm which I could borrow at the Sony stand for 30 minutes. I'm hoping to acquire a used copy of this lens tomorrow so I grabbed the opportunity to see how I liked shooting with it: I want to have a small kit with an AF lens. In preparation for that I made the preemptive strike of buying the beautiful Thinktank Retrospective 5 bag; my wife agreed that there's no such thing as having too many bags, although I'm not sure we were talking about the same kind of bags.

    And I practiced with action shots and candids; I figured no one would object there if I pointed a camera at someone.

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  2. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Great stuff!! Looks like a fun time for all.


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  3. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    This looks really cool. Would love to go to something like this. Nice candids btw. :)
     
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  4. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Ad how was the 70-300?
     
  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Didn't disappoint at all with the quick-and-dirty test shots I made. I shot with f/5.6 at 300mm and AF was decisive and accurate, and sharpness was very good. The results are as good as what I've seen in sample images on the web. It's a big chunk of glass and metal and I feel it should have come with an optional tripod mount like the FE 4/70-200mm. It was nice to try it out but I don't think I'll replace my FE 4/70-200mm by this new lens.
     
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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I wish we had something similar around here - looks like fun and a great day for a gear-holic as me :) Would love to be able to try gear because buying.

    We share the same taste in bags too - I love my ThinkTank Retrospective bags ;) (if i knew you were looking for a 5 I would have offered you mine)

    How did you like the 18mm Batis?

    Nice photos too ;)
     
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  7. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Gearhead fest for sure :). Must say I didn't like the Thinktank slingbag at all I had before, I almost always end up with a Lowepro bag but this Retrospective 5 Leather may be the exception. It's not as boxy as the Lowepro Nova 3 and nicely fits an A7 with the FE 4/24-70mm and/or FE 2.8/35mm and some room for other stuff. It doesn't look too much like a photo bag either and will hopefully serve me well when I go out and want to carry a serious camera in a small kit.

    The Batis 18mm left me completely indifferent I must say. I'm sure image quality is top notch, can't judge that from the 5 grab shots I made. It's light but really big, for that space in my bag I'll pick the FE 4/16-35mm any day for its zoom range, an 18mm prime is just not my cup of tea.
     
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  8. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Funny line about your wife agreeing that you can't have too many bags! ;) That's a nice ThinkTank. It doesn't scream PHOTOGRAPHER!

    What an excellent time! Like the idea that you can try out the lenses for 30 min.
     
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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Fun looking event

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  10. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    You know how to live, Ad! :laugh:

    Seriously, what a great opportunity. I swear, we should all chip in and send you to these events.

    And... What's the verdict on the 35/2.8?
     
  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    My tribe. :2thumbs:
     
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  12. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 21, 2014
    And the Sigma 24-105 f4? I really would like this focal length and aperture in a zoom as a walk around lens but I am not sure it justifies the additional size and weight over the 24-70.
     
  13. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Ah. Now that starts to sound like work :eek:.
    I loved it. It is soooo petite. I used it for making candids with continuous AF, trying to work as fast as I could. Small package, even with the grip I could comfortably hold the camera with one hand and shoot around, long live IBIS! I missed focus here and there but when I nailed it the images were excellent. Not much depth of field at f/2.8, it's all too easy to pick the wrong focus point. It'll be in my bag one day or another.
     
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  14. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Exactly my preferences and reservations after having tried it. It felt like a serious lens, metal barrel, hefty, smooth zoom action if a bit too stiff too my taste. Heavy, big, really something else than the FE 4/24-70mm, but it handled well on the A7R2 with grip. Being able to zoom out to 105mm was very nice, I forever bump at the 70mm mark with the 24-70 wanting to go further. I mostly shot wide-open at f/4 and the images looked very good, at least where I focussed; I didn't make an effort to check for across-the-frame sharpness, no scenes there to do that. AF-C was a bit erratic, it mostly worked but sometimes it surprised me by taking longer to focus, only focussed after a little repositioning or threw focus completely off at times. I shot a lot of AF-C with the FE 4/24-70mm that day and it felt much more reliable.
     
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  15. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, I love that lens, both for its size and IQ. It was the first FE lens I bought with my old A7. At the time the only others were the 28-70 kit lens, which didn't appeal to me, and the 55, which I couldn't afford. It stays on my A7II most of the time now, and makes for a deliciously small FF package. I was chagrined to see how many of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Patagonia, taken with the 24-240, ended up exactly at 35mm. :rolleyes:
     
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