With the introduction of Aurora HDR into my workflow, editing is getting pretty cool and a lot quicker, but it now means I have to use three different programs (Lightroom,
Traveling though New Mexico with the Sony A7rII, Fujifilm X-T2 and the X100F. Plus a look at Aurora HDR, my new favorite software.
I pulled out my ol Sony A7rII again. I had to take a break from it for awhile and focus on some of my Fujifilm lens reviews. You know, I never did a full review on the Sony A7r II. Weird right? But there is a good reason . . . I don’t really love it. And because I don’t love it, it’s hard for me to get excited enough about it to spend the time reviewing it. It’s almost a super cool camera, almost, but there are a few things that really bother me.
It might seem like I’ve been shooting a lot with Fujifilm, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on my Sony A7rII.
I actually still love my Sony, but because of the larger sensor with a ton of megapixels and larger files sizes, it’s become my special occasions camera. Mainly my landscape photography camera and it especially shines after the sun has set when you’re on the edge of complete darkness. Like with this shot.
There was only a sliver of light and it seemed the colors were all but gone. But after a thirty second exposure, the colors just exploded. And that’s where the Sony A7rII out shines any other camera out there.
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.
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.
Some of the strangest weather I’ve experienced in Southern California this last week. We were driving south on the 405, it was 100 degrees outside, then 10 minutes later, it was 75 and raining.
Usually, when we get this crazy weather, we also get insane sunsets. I’m glad I was able to make it to Huntington Beach. I was thinking the sunset was going to be a dud, but nature gave a nice surprise.
I finally got a chance to take the Sony A7rII out for her maiden voyage. I’ve had the camera about a month now and have hardly used it. It was with me during the birth of my daughter, but I’ve yet to take it out for landscapes. We just hadn’t had anything interesting happen with the weather in the last few weeks . . . until now.
My wife needed to get out of the house, so I found this awesome little park in the marina called Burton Chance Park. It was so peaceful. I didn’t know peace like that excisted in LA. The weather was perfect, the sunset was perfect and there was even a random dude playing guitar there all night that was actually really good.
Now that the Sony A7r II has 42 megapixels of madness, it’s a good idea to look at how it handles diffraction with a few lenses.
Right now the consensus is that your aperture and megapixel count will have an impact on your image detail due to diffraction. Shooting higher apertures like f16-f22 will result in softer images vs shooting at f4-f8. Also more megapixels will impact how your images look at higher apertures.
However, from what I’ve been seeing from doing various diffraction tests with different cameras and different lenses, it’s not only aperture and megapixel count that impact diffraction.
The last week of my life has been very exciting, exhausting, and exhilarating. There was a certain moment during all this where the importance of photography really hit me. Without it, I would not be able to capture these amazing moments in life, that will now forever be remembered.