Camera Review

Batis 25mm Review [AND $100 B&H GIVEAWAY]

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The Batis 25mm lens is another stellar lens for Sony cameras. This wide angle lens is perfect for landscapes, street photography, events, or travel. I found myself grabbing this lens for quick day trips and outings. Due to the fact that it’s lightweight, wide enough for most situations. But also versatile enough to shoot pictures of people and their surroundings. Don’t forget to join our giveaway at the bottom of this post!

THE DESIGN

Once again the lens body is amazing coming from Zeiss. This lens feels like quality in your hands. From the moment you take it out of its foam and fancy packaging. You know you’re holding something amazing. Plus the Oled display that comes with the lens makes you want to show it off to your fellow photography geeks.

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IMAGE QUALITY

The image quality of the Batis 25mm is beautiful. Something about the look of Batis lenses leaves me impressed. I understand that Sony’s G Master lineup is the top of the line. Yet, I find that Batis lenses have comparable image quality. The color and the contrast of this lens helps it stand out amongst other lenses on the market. This lens is tack sharp, which for me isn’t a big selling point. As I like my images to look more cinematic and less digital. The easiest way to make it less sharp is to use a Black Pro Mist Filter to soften it up. But it's better to have a lens that handles sharpness well. Then adjust later as needed in post editing.

FOCUS

This lens has a close focusing distance that you wouldn’t expect from a wide angle lens. Making this lens perfect for Marco images and video. It won’t replace a dedicated macro lens. But it’s great to have a feature like this when shooting in a pinch.

Another thing I love about the Batis 25mm is how it handles backlight and lens flare. The flares that come from the lens are gorgeous. The way it retains detail when shooting in bright situations is a plus for my type of shooting.

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CONCLUSION

The Batis 25mm is one of my favorite lenses I’ve used on my Sony A7III. My plan was to buy this lens and be done with it. However, I preordered the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 and I’m super excited for that lens to come out. If it’s anything like my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8, it will be exactly what I need as a hybrid shooter. Once I get my hands on that lens I’ll be able to decide if I want to keep the Batis 25mm or not. Regardless look out for a lens review of the Tamron once it is released.

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GIVEAWAY

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Wide Angle Portraits? [Sony 24mm G Master Review]

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Photo: Model in White - Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model in White - Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model in White - Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model in White - Wide Angle lens Portrait

Recently shot with the Sony FE 24mm 1.4 G Master lens for an agency model shoot. First impressions of this lens are that I’m impressed by its quality. I wanted to test the question -  Can you shoot portrait photography with a wide angle lens? I decided to have some fun and use this Sony FE with on A7III to shoot some portrait photos of the model. The general rule, when shooting portraits, is to use a telephoto or medium telephoto lens. The most popular focal length for portraits being the 85mm lens. 

Why are telephoto lenses the best for shooting portraits? Telephoto lenses compress features on people. Creating a slimmer and flattering appearance. This is the main reason It’s not recommended to shoot portraits with wide angle lenses. In fact, it’s a major no-no among professional photographers. Yet, being creative means being adventurous in your decisions. Learn the best techniques and then do whatever feels right. Some of the best art  has disregard or no knowledge of “the rules.”

I’m going to give you my review on the main features of the Sony FE 24mm 1.4 G Master lens when shooting wide angle portraits:

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Distortion

The main issue you will find when shooting wide angle is distortion. There are two types to look out for barrel distortion and perspective distortion. Perspective distortion for me is the one you have to be careful to avoid. It can make people look bigger than they are. Which is fine if that’s the style you’re looking for. The best way to avoid this is by having the model further away from the lens. For our shoot, I didn’t want to worry about limitations and I shot what I felt was right. What was great was with the Sony 24mm GM Master I felt it handles distortion very well. Making it easier to pull off wide angle portraits.

Image Quality

The image quality of the Sony 24mm is amazing. G Master has a reputation for high-quality lenses so this doesn’t disappoint. I like to have cinematic images. So I enjoyed how this lens handles sharpness without being "too sharp." Since too much sharpness look can throw off an image. Comparing this lens to the Sigma Art Series of lenses are too sharp. I found the Sony 24mm GM was at a perfect medium.

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Photo: Model Wide Angle lens Portrait

Autofocus

One of my main issues with the Sony G Master lenses is price. The Sony 24mm is $1,400. Most G Master lenses are pricey. One of the main benefits that make this price tag worth it is autofocus. The handle autofocus better than third party lenses. The autofocus on the Sony 24mm was fast and responsive. Making it hard for me, as a hybrid shooter, to justify buying a cheaper lens with slower autofocus. If autofocus isn’t a deal breaker for you then there’s a lot of cheaper options out there.

The Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master is an impressive lens. The build quality is nice, the image is beautiful and it handles autofocus well. It can be a great addition to your kit if you’re looking for a good wide angle prime. I plan on testing out the Zeiss 25mm f/2 next to see if it's any better than the G Master. Keep you posted when I finally compare the two.

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Fuji Vs Sony

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Model shot with a Fuji X100F

Model shot with a Fuji X100F

Model shot with Sony A7 III

Model shot with Sony A7 III

Fuji vs Sony. There is a lot of buzz around the Fuji cameras lately. Which is funny because everyone is acting as though the Fuji brand has always been a favorite. Let’s be real when you think of Fuji you remember the film you put in a camera. You don’t think about the brand identifying with the physical cameras. I’m going to compare the Fuji X100F to the Sony A7III.

What I liked about the Fuji X100F?

We recently got our hands on the Fuji X100F to see if the hype lives up to the camera. For specs, this camera has a good blend. The 24 megapixels mixed with the Fuji color science give a great crisp image. The body of the camera is lightweight and has an old-school throwback design.

This camera is a good choice for street photography. It’s a fun camera that you’re going to want to take with you since it feels like you’re shooting on film. Even though it’s digital. There are manual shutter speed, ISO and aperture dial. This camera wants you to take your time in getting the shot. Which helps in strengthening your skills. This camera will force you to check the composition and your settings to get a killer shot.

The camera image quality in comparison with my Sony A7III is pretty nice. Both have good image quality. The Fuji X100F produces a more “film like” style of photography. It has a film emulation that uses Fuji film colors. One of my favorites to use was the classic chrome. You should play around with this function if you get your hands on this camera.

The dynamic range on the Fuji X100F surprised me. When I was editing in post-production it was holding up well when I pushed into the image. But, if you want a sharp image you want to stick with the Sony A7III or similar DSLR. Since the Fuji is attempting to emulate film, your image will be softer.

Model shot with Fuji X100F

Model shot with Fuji X100F

Model shot with Sony A7 III

Model shot with Sony A7 III

What I disliked about the Fuji X100F?

A few things I’m not a fan of when it comes to the Fuji 100XF. My number one issue is the fixed lens on the camera. The lens is a 35mm equivalent which is a functional all around lens. Yet, I wish I could have switched lenses a few times. I loved the image I was getting but felt limited with only one lens.

Another point I didn’t love was that this wasn’t a high-quality hybrid camera. There are not any video functions that are competitive with other cameras. It does shoot video, but only 1080p and issued 60p. The autofocus is also lacking - for video and photography. When the autofocus does lock on a subject it’s a bit slow. Which isn’t a deal breaker.

Model shot with Sony A7 III

Model shot with Sony A7 III

Model shot with Fuji X100F

Model shot with Fuji X100F

Should you buy the Fuji X100F?

To be honest, there's a lot of better cameras out there for the same price point. The Fuji X100F is about $1,200 the Sony A7 III is about $2,000. In addition the new Fuji XT3 which camera out at the end of last year is a way better all around photography and videography camera that cost $1,400. For the limitations, the Fuji X100F has you're better off spending a little more to get the Sony A7III or Fuji XT3.

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Canon 1DX Mark II vs Sony A7 III

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Canon 1DX Mark II Photo

Canon 1DX Mark II Photo

Sony A7 III Photo

Sony A7 III Photo

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.

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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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Top 3 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

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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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