There has been something I think all Sony shooters have been waiting a long time for and it’s not more megapixels.
Pretty much since I got the X-Pro 2 I’ve either been working or stuck inside with the flue. Finally I’m about 90% healed and was able to go out again. This time to the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
It’s a small old house / architectural marvel from 1922, kind of reminds me of old houses in Japan, except it’s been somehow converted into an art installation. In other words, there is a teddy bear sitting on the floor that you’re suppose to interact with and of course a tennis shoe sitting on a podium.
As part of my Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 review, I took a stroll down to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to get some test shots.
Actually the truth is, the Japanese Consulate is right there and I had to bring my half Japanese daughter there to get some paper work done. I paid for two hours of parking so took the rest of that time to shoot.
This was my first chance to really use my Sony A7r II for something other than landscape work. Usually, or I should say, always when I go and just shoot for fun, I take a Fujifilm with me. They’re just more fun to use and you can actually shoot JPEG with them with great results, so post processing isn’t as heavy.
But I do still like my Sony and wanted to share some thoughts.
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.
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.
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?