Best Zoom Lens For Sony

Tamron 28-75mm Model On Tennis Court

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We’re on the hunt for the best zoom lens for the Sony Alpha Cameras. Especially our favorite camera, the Sony A7 III. The two lenses we decided to test are the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 and the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. We enjoyed using both of these lenses. Keep reading to see the head to head comparison.

SIZE & WEIGHT

The Canon 24-70mm 2.8 is heavier and bulkier compared to the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. The build quality is sturdier and it feels more professional. It’s about 805 grams, compared to the Tamron which weighs in at 510 grams. The Tamron is more plastic feeling, I wouldn’t say it’s cheap though. But it’s definitely lesser build quality than the Sony. Both lenses look professional. I actually prefer the looks of the Tamron over the Canon.

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Canon 24-70 - Model Posing

 Tamron 28-75mm - Modeling Posing

Tamron 28-75mm - Modeling Posing

AUTOFOCUS

The Canon lens on the Canon 1DX handles autofocus better than the Tamron 28-75mm. In photography modes, you won’t have any problems with either lens’ focusing. But, if you plan on shooting fast motion or sports photography, go with the Canon 24-70mm. It handles burst modes better.

IMAGE QUALITY

Both lenses have stellar image quality. At F2.8 they are both sharp lenses. The Tamron 28-75mm is a tad bit sharper but it’s actually hard to tell. As both lenses have great contrast and sharp optics. I will say, the Tamron does vignette more than the Canon. Keep that in mind.

 Tamron 28-75mm - Model in Bodysuit

Tamron 28-75mm - Model in Bodysuit

 Canon 24-70 - Model in Bodysuit

Canon 24-70 - Model in Bodysuit

BOKEH

Excited to have an affordable zoom lens for the Sony A7III. Until now our options were either shoot F/4 lenses or adapt Canon or 3rd party lenses to the Sony cameras. The Tamron is F2.8 which creates awesome bokeh. I’m excited about not having to spend that extra money on adapters or buying the expensive G Master Sony lenses. But the Canon and the Tamron bokeh is comparable and beautiful. The bokeh is delicious.

My favorite lens out of these two is the Tamron. It’s affordable, gives good quality and it’s lightweight. When you’re traveling those are the best points you can have in a lens.

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Canon 1DX Mark II vs Sony A7 III

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Canon 1DX Mark II Photo

  Sony A7 III Photo

Sony A7 III Photo

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For our latest camera comparison, we put the Canon 1DX up against the Sony A7 III. Let’s start with the dynamic range. It’s great on both cameras. The Sony A7 III has 15 Stops of DR. While the Canon 1DX has 13 Stops of DR. If you’re not experienced with color grading you might have a problem dealing with Sony Log footage. When it comes to obtaining Dynamic Range. The Sony has many options when it comes to Log Profiles for Color Grading. The 1DX Mark II doesn’t have flat color profiles for grading. But, if you hack the camera, you can access them.

SKIN TONE

When it comes to skin tones Sony Cameras aren’t usually praised. Yet, the Sony A7III has stepped up their game with new color science. Which makes the A7 III better than previous Sony Alpha Cameras. Yet, out of the box the Canon 1DX produces better skin tones in camera. One trick around this for Sony Alpha Shooters is to buy EOS PRO Color. I’ve found that with these color profiles, you lose a little dynamic range. Gaining a better highlight roll off and better skin tones.

AUTOFOCUS

Both cameras perform well when it comes to autofocus. The Canon 1DX working better when it comes to tracking in-video modes.

  Sony A7 III Photo

Sony A7 III Photo

  Canon 1DX Mark II Photo

Canon 1DX Mark II Photo

VIEWFINDER

The Canon 1DX has an optical Viewfinder so that can be hard for video in bright situations. As you have to look at the screen to watch the video. The Sony A7 III screen is not the best quality. But I find the viewfinder awesome when shooting photography and Video.

CODEC

The Sony A7III has more options when it comes to video codecs and more usability in post production. The A7III files are smaller and easier to edit or create proxy files.

The Canon 1DX has huge files when it comes to video, about 30 minutes of footage is around 128GB. So memory cards are going to fill up fast. This is due to the camera using motion JPEG. I know a lot of people like the quality it produces. But a lot of professionals think it’s a huge pain, especially the processing power it takes to edit these files.

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I still prefer my Sony A7III over the Canon 1DX though it has some wonderful features.

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How To Shoot Male Models

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How to shoot male models. We’ve gone over how to shoot a lot of amazing female models from glamour to lingerie. In this tutorial, we’ll tackle how to capture male models. You’ll find that it’s as fun and that you can play around with different aspects of photography. We shot our male model with the Sony A7III. Our favorite camera in the game right now. Here are some tips when shooting male models.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF HARSH LIGHT

When it comes to shooting we usually tell you to stick to natural light to have a soft look on your models. That’s perfect when working with female models. When working with males you can also use natural light. But, if the sun is glaring don’t be afraid to use harsh light. This can add a sharpness to your model. Highlighting his jawline and giving a more rugged aesthetic. This look might not always be great for a glamour shoot. But it will be cool to help your male models look badass.

POSING

When it comes to male models it’s good to have a few go-to poses that they can do. To loosen them up in front of the camera. It’s a good idea to have movement added to the shoot. You can do this by having the model move around, pretend box, take the jacket on and off. In this shoot, we even used an empty box of cigarettes to add movement. The great thing about male models is the ability to have them put a hand in a pocket if needed. Find ways to add movement and it will bring your photos more life.

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EXPERIMENT WITH LOCATION

When shooting with male models don’t be afraid to experiment with location. Since you don’t have to rely on natural light as much. You can find places that are darker that can add cool shadows to your shot. This will give your photos a dark and moody flare. Also, bonus tip is to have a good battery operated light you can travel with. This can allow you to play with locations that might seem too dark to use. We find alleys, wire fences, parking garages, and alleys are great backdrops. They're places to use harsh light and experiment with location.

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Top 3 Glamour Photography Tips

Top Three Glamour Photography Tips
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We’ve been having a good time playing with the new Sony A7 III. Recently used it during a glamour photography shoot and wanted to give top tips on how to pull off this style on a budget. We used the Sony 24-70mm F/4 Zeiss to see how it works in a different shooting environment. My Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 should be coming any day. Can’t wait to do a head to head lens comparison when it does. We’ll have a chance to see which is the better lens for the Sony A7 III.

In the meantime, here are the top three tips when shooting Glamour Photography.

WARDROBE

It’s easy to think glamour and thinks diamonds, vintage fur coats, and long gowns. Which are glamorous but you see how our bank account works. We have to find a way to be glamorous on a budget. You have to walk the line between gaudy and high fashion. Meaning, it’s best to find one flashy statement and make it the focus of your shoot. Even downplaying it a bit. Pay attention to trends, it’s good to have at least one high fashion magazine in your arsenal. You want to study before you jump into this style. Since too many accessories or the wrong clothing can come off as cheesy. Don’t think you have to break the bank on wardrobe and accessories. A lot of the fast fashion companies (F21, H&M) copy from high-end designers.

IMPROVISE WITH LIGHTING

We planned on shooting with backdrops and strobes. Going for a studio look. I even shot a few images that came out great. But, in the middle of shooting, I decided I’d rather go outside and find a location. I felt that the model would do better in a natural environment. You have to be okay with changing your initial decisions. I loved my studio shots and the ones I got in different outside locations. When it comes to lighting, don’t be afraid to scratch an idea completely and move on instinct. Sometimes it’s best to improvise and plan new ideas.

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WORK WITH NEW MODELS

Working with experienced models is great. But there is something genuine about working with new talent and watching them rise. I find that there is a lot of untapped talent out there. You have to look. It’s easy to find the model that has thousands of followers. But you’ll find models with great looks that have less. Where you can create great work with less pressure. These models are looking for content and are great to bounce ideas off of. That doesn’t apply to models. Work with new people when it comes to all creatives once in a while. It’s nice to get a fresh perspective on the industry.

To Recap:

  • When you’re shooting glamour, make sure you pick the right wardrobe that’s simple and not too gaudy.

  • Make sure you experiment with different styles of lighting. To get different looks and different moods.

  • Don’t be afraid to venture to new fresh faces when booking your shoot.

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Sony 24-70mm F/4 vs Sony 55mm F/1.8

Tiffany Toto Model
Sony Lens review

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Recently got the new Sony A7 III and have been looking at possible lens choices for my camera. We have been looking for a good hybrid camera. Since we do both video and photography for most of our clients. For video, we wanted a lens to capture commercial and documentary work. For photography, we needed a lens that can capture fashion and product. Having a camera and the right lens - that shoots it all and portraits was a must.

With the new Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 being back ordered for a few months. I needed a lens to work with for the time being.

Decided to schedule a last minute shoot to test out two lenses. Sony 24-70 F/4 vs Sony 55mm F/1.8 and see what we can capture.

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Size and Weight

I like how the Sony 24-70mm looks on my camera. Seems professional and feels more sturdy. With a good weight to it. But, it is heavier than the Sony 55mm. If you’re shooting for a while you’ll want a wrist or neck strap. To help with the weight. The Sony 55mm is lightweight and more easy on the hands. I’ve shot with the Sony G Masters in past and these lenses are way lighter in comparison which is great.

Autofocus and Speed

Both lenses have quick autofocus in both video and photography modes. The Sony 55mm at 1.8 is fast and the Sony A7 III autofocus kills it. The Sony 24-70mm is an F/4 lens so the camera has a better time locking focus. Both lenses rock at autofocus and are fast and snappy to use.

Image Quality

The Sony 24-70mm at 50mm has amazing quality. The image is super sharp and great contrast. It would be hard to tell which lens is which at the same focal length. Both have great color rendition. I recommend either if you want high-quality images.

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SONY A7 III Review

Sony A7 III Review
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The Sony A7 III is a new camera on the market that’s in high demand for photographers and videographers. After two months on the waitlist, we were lucky to get our hands on this hybrid camera. If you’re looking to order the camera now it’s currently backordered 1-2 months on Amazon. I was so excited to get my hands on this camera that I had to test the features ASAP and let you know my initial thoughts. We wanted to see if the Sony A7 III lives up to the hype. Seeing if it's a good camera for photographers, videographers, and filmmakers.

SETTINGS

Sony cameras have a history of not being the best when it comes to menu settings and ease of use. But if you’re like me, you’re used to the Sony camera menus. After working with a variety of cameras over the years. I’ve come to the conclusion that we as photographers/videographers are getting pretty spoiled. We expect cameras to fit our exact expectations. We should pick up a camera and shoot work like Kold, Peter McKinnon or Jessica Koblessi. That’s not how it works. What I like about the Sony cameras is they’re customizable. After a good time investing in manual, you learn how to work with the Sony Cameras pain points. Because it’s a great camera at an affordable cost.

With customization, the Sony works magic. Here are some custom button settings that I love:

  • C1 to APSC Super 35 Mode to punch into subjects.

  • C2 to Zerba’s for exposure and to make sure I don’t blow out highlights

  • C3 I keep as the Focus modes so I can switch between manual and autofocus settings.

  • C4 I like to set to zoom for clear image zoom, to add another zoom function for added reach with my lenses.

AUTOFOCUS

The Sony cameras autofocus isn’t as good as the dual pixel autofocus from Canon. But Canon has yet to come out with a camera that has the video and photo functions with a 24mp sensor. The Canon 1DX is a great camera yet their video codec sucks. Plus the cost is absurd, ain’t nobody got time for that.

The autofocus on the Sony A7 III when tracking the subject is amazing. The 693-Point AF System is second when it comes to the Canon cameras. But, it’s light years ahead of Canon cameras with the extra pro settings.

The Autofocus was my favorite part of the Sony cameras. It’s what made me look at them apart from the Panasonic cameras, GH5, or GH5S.

Tracking subjects are not always reliable, but about 80% of the time it seems to do an awesome job.

SLOW MOTION

One of the reasons people tend to gravitate to the GH5 or the Canon 1DX is the slow-motion videos they can create. The GH5 can do 4K 60p which the Sony cannot do. Yet the Sony A7III is a beast when it comes to slow motion. It's up there with the Canon 1DX which is a $5k camera.

The Sony A7 III is a killer camera, with a bunch of features, and professional settings. Before I say it’s the best camera of 2018 I have to put it through more tests. I want to know how well it does fashion, documentaries and commercial work.

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How to Shoot Bohemian

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How to shoot Bohemian Style

Bohemian photo shoots are a lot of fun. They’re a great addition to your portfolio. If you want to shoot for brands like Free People, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie. What is Bohemian or boho chic? Think a hippy style with flowing fashion, neutral colors, and a laid-back feel. At first glance, you would think this style is easy to capture. It can be but it takes more planning than street fashion or an impromptu photo shoot.

Wikipedia gives a definition I can get behind: 

“Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people and with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may or may not be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.”

 

Here are our tips for pulling off a bohemian photoshoot.

Location

The fun part of a bohemian shoot is finding the right location. If you’re doing this on the cheap, you can stay outdoors. If your budget allows, find a cool location that can provide many settings. With indoor and outdoor options. With locations find ones that have character and adds flair to your photos. In a bohemian case, this means old furniture, plants, and curated places. For our location, we found a place where the owner was a world traveler and an amazing decorator. This meant that every corner of his home was a photographer’s dream. Including the outside which was an oasis with rich greenery blooming. Giving us the perfect backdrop for our model. In fact, we plan on visiting again because we didn’t have enough time to use each nook. 

If you’d like to book this location for your shoot visit his page on peerspace: https://www.peerspace.com/pages/listings/59ebeb43d834760c013dc29b#

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How to do Bohemian Style

Styling

For a bohemian shoot to pop off right. The styling needs to be perfect. With this style, it’s good to find a model that already embodies this style. Since they’ll be able to provide their own wardrobe. If not, you can visit stores and get inspiration online. When it comes to a bohemian style you want to include accessories - rings necklaces and headwear. Also, it’s good to find clothes that drape off the model's body. Find some inspiration online and make a mood board. That way you can share it with your makeup artist and model. Here are some things that work well for bohemian shoots:

  • Beach Waves
  • Curly Hair
  • Body Jewelry
  • Long Skirts
  • Earthy colors
  • Sandals
  • Bare Feet
  • Tattoos
  • Henna
  • Flowing Dresses
  • Hats
  • Maxi Dresses

Those are some ideas to get your creativity flowing.

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How to capture bohemian photography

Lighting

Time to get technical. When shooting like this you’ll want to capture the photos with natural light. This means shooting outside and scheduling your time to include some golden hour. This can be in the morning or at night. But, in Los Angeles we find the golden hour lasts longer in the evening. We always plan our shoots more midday to evening to take advantage of this. The golden hour will give your shoot a more earthy feel. Which is perfect for the free spirit vibe that you’re capturing. For the camera settings, I like to shoot at a high shutter speed. That way we can freeze the movements of the model. Which is important in this style of shooting. This allows the model to move without feeling rigid with poses.

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Top 5 Tips For IGTV

Top 5 Tips How to Use IGTV

Video is taking over. Instagram has created IGTV. Which is their platform dedicated to everything video. It connects through your Instagram page and you can post videos up to one hour on the platform. The coolest aspect is the default for videos, is vertical instead of horizontal. Recognizing most people watch videos on their smartphones.

With IGTV being brand new, the time is perfect for content creators to dive in and make magic happen. Now before you start repurposing old videos remember that IGTV wants you to be native. This means they want people to stay within their app. So to get preference it’s best to not cut your video in half and direct people to watch the rest on YouTube. You should use IGTV as a separate audience. Yes, both platforms can live in the world of social media. But with the rumors that IGTV will be making monetization easy soon. YouTube should question what’s next in for innovation.

Now here are our Top 5 Tips for tackling IGTV like a Boss

1. BEST USES FOR IGTV

Since the IGTV favors vertical video. You need to think vertical when creating content. This means that your long vlogs in cool locations may not work the same. You have to realize most of the video will be on your face unless you pan away. As long as you know that, you can make vlogging happen. You have to make sure that you have a story to tell. Here are some creative ideas for IGTV: Behind the Scenes, Travel Films, Fashion, Music Videos, Recipe videos, How To’s and Fitness. That should get you started!

DO NOT FILM LANDSCAPE/HORIZONTAL. This is a big no-no. I’ve started looking through the app and I've seen quite a few people posting old videos that are landscape. If your video causes me to turn my phone horizontal. I’m never coming to your page again to watch videos. In a world where first impressions matter. Make sure yours is in the right format!

If you’re hoping to use the same footage for YouTube as you do for IGTV. Make sure you are always centered in the frame to make cropping easy later. Keep reading for tips on cropping and settings!

Use your Smartphone for IGTV

2. USE YOUR SMARTPHONE

Though you can use a fancy DSLR camera, don’t let your lack of high tech gear stop you. You can jump in and start making cool content with the iPhone. A quick and easy way is using Instagram Stories to film. Instagram stories allow you to film small chunks that you can add words or fun effects to. The best way to use it, is to save individual videos from your story. Save each small clip right after you film. It’s easy to use later and piece together a story. The reason I don’t think you should post an entire IG Story into IGTV is that they’re different. No one wants to see a video if you have a selfie photo in the middle. If you’re boomerang crazy like us! Downloading individual clips eliminates the unnecessary selfies and boomerangs. Once the clips download we like to use an iPhone app like inShot to piece them together.

3. REPURPOSE OLD CONTENT

If you have existing content that is horizontal, it might be able to fit in the new IGTV aspect ratio. Use professional editing software such as Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, or Avid. We use Final Cut Pro X for its ease of use and quick turnaround. Especially for YouTube and IGTV videos. Using Final Cut Pro X here are the steps we like to use:

  • Duplicate the project
  • Go into the info tab on the right of your duplicated project
  • Click on modify settings
  • Create a custom video resolution of 1080 x 1920
  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • Make sure it says Standard Rec - 709
  • Click Surround Sound make sure it’s set to 44.1 kHz for the audio.

Once in your new project, you have two options for resizing your horizontal video using Final Cut. The first option is using spatial confirm (in the side panel) setting that to “Fill”. The problem with that is you can’t change the composition. Use the transform tool to resize the video and move it around until it fits your needs.

Professional Gear for IGTV

4. BEST PROFESSIONAL GEAR

If you feel you’ll be making content for IGTV long term. It’s a good idea to invest in some professional equipment to stand out from the crowd. The best suggestion is to get a lightweight DSLR or mirrorless camera. For most YouTube content we use the Sony Alpha Series cameras. They have awesome autofocus, shoot 4k video and have a lightweight body and design. To shoot vertical video, get an external monitor, camera cage that has mounting points and a flexible ball head. By using the camera cage you can turn the camera on its side and mount to a tripod. With a flexible ball head, you can flip the monitor so you can check your framing. This lightweight camera rig setup is great for quick videos and (possibly) light enough for vlogging.

Bonus Tip: The most affordable IGTV microphone is the Rode Micro.

5. IDEAL EXPORT SETTINGS FOR IGTV

For IGTV, the length of your video has to be between fifteen seconds and ten minutes for smaller accounts. For larger verified accounts they get between 15 minutes and an hour.  The sweet spot for your videos should be between one to three minutes.

Audio and playback issues came up when we uploaded our first IGTV video. If you’re wondering how to fix audio issues with uploading to IGTV? Here are some export settings that fix the upload using Final Cut Pro X:

  • Make sure your video codec is h.64
  • Audio format Quicktime AAC
  • Make sure that the audio below says 44.1 kHz
  • The size must be lower than 650 MB for videos less than 10 minutes

IGTV has a lot of potential to be huge for audience interaction and content creation. We plan on using IGTV for behind the scenes, native content and fun travel videos.

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