Sony 16-35mm F4 FE T* Lens Review & Sample Photos

Sony 16-35mm F4 Review & Sample Photos

I hate that I didn't buy this lens sooner. It's a perfect match for the Sony A7(r)(s) II series of cameras both old and new and I'm absolutely in love with it.

The lens is only F4, but I would like to think a lens like this would be used mostly by landscape or architecture photographers where wider apertures would not really be needed. But for those occasions when you do need the lens in low light and are going handheld, the OSS saves the day.

There are a lot of things I love about this lens, and very few things I don't like, making this lens one of my favorite, go-to lenses with the Sony A7r II.

Stealth Building, Culver City - Sony A7r II

Stealth Building down Hayden Ave in Culver City

The other night I went down to Hayden Ave in Culver city to shoot a couple of cool buildings for some lens reviews and found this building. I think it's called the Stealth Building. One of Eric Owens Moss' designs. The whole street is actually filled with cool architecture like this, making it a really nice place to do architectural photography.

The bright light peaking over the left side of the building is actually the Moon. One night before the supermoon, so it was a little brighter than usual.

Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey - A7rII

View from a park in Marina Del Rey.

I've been working on a Sony 16-35mm f4 review but got called in for some work, so I had to put a delay on that.

This photo was taken with that lens and all I can say is this - It's been a phenomenal lens and is well equipped to handle 42 megapixels no problem. It's sort of rekindled my desire to shoot around town and has been a lot of fun so far.

Sometimes we get caught up thinking we need to go somewhere special to shoot and completely forgetting about all the great areas around where we live that have become mundane. New gear tends to be a great cure for that. It suddenly turns you into a tourist in your own town.

All I need now is my lime green fanny pack, an I ♥ LA shirt and a thick German accent and I'm good to go. :)

And speaking of German, something else I got on the way, the Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 Ultron. It was just released last month with a fresh optical update. I've had my eye on this lens for a little while and saw Steve Huff using it with only great things to say, so I thought I would pick it up.

I actually bought it to use as more of a 50mm on my Fujifilm XT1, a range I desperately need on that camera. So we'll see how that works out next week. Hopefully it fits the Leica M to Fujifilm Adapter.

Los Angeles And The Observatory - Canon 5DSR

Los Angeles behind the Griffith Observatory

This is a quick shot of the Observatory. I wanted to test out the Canon 5DSR so I hiked up the mountain overlooking Los Angeles. This was my first time up and wow, what a view!

If you ever visit Los Angeles this is something you must do. Just bring a long lens. I shot this with the Canon 70-200 but did a pretty mean crop. But hey, that's what having 50 megapixels is for right?

There are also a lot of different angles from a lot of different places you can shoot this from. This is just the first one I picked.

Macro Baby - XT1 + MCEX-11

I've been shooting so much with my Sony A7r II these last few weeks, I kind of forgot what it was like shooting with the Fujifilm XT1. 

After using it today for awhile, it hit me - man this thing is really fun to use. I mean, I knew that, but I guess I just forgot for a little bit.

I've always reserved my Fujifilm cameras for the time when I just want to have fun. When I don't care about specs, speeds, bit rates, fps, 4k or 2k etc, etc, etc. They're the cameras I keep around as my toys. Besides, let's be honest, it's 2015, none of that crap even matters anymore. Even the shittiest camera today is so good compared to what we had to use ten years ago, you have to really suck to not be able to get good pictures with it. :)

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