More Sony A7 Fun!!!

This is a quick addendum to a previous post (click HERE to see the previous post) about my first shoot with the Sony A7. I am now able to share some of the images.

Here is a list of the gear used

Camera: Sony A7

Lens: Sony 2,8/100mm Macro (A-Mount)

Lighting: Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS, 210cm Parabolic Umbrella, 5 in 1 reflector

Model: Michaela Baranov

Hair & Make-Up: Charlotte Ravet

Enjoy the images!!!

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

Huge Savings for Subscribers – Fuji 18mm lens for only $199 – Plus $200 Cash Back on all Fuji XF lenses!!!

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Fuji Australia iis offering Cash Backs of up to $200 on all XF lenses from October 30 to December 24. In conjunction with Georges Cameras, Josh McLeod Photography is able to offer all of its Australian subscribers an additional $100 discount for the Fuji 18mm f/2 lens. You can now buy the Fuji 18mm lens for just $199!!!

Here is how:

You must buy the lens from Georges Cameras and be an Australian Resident.

Fuji Australia is offering a Cash Back of $200 (by redemption) on the Fuji 18mm Lens (RRP $499 which is already $100 cheaper than BHPhoto and Adorama)

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Tumbling Waters and the Sony A7S

I was engaged to shoot some promo images for Tumbling Waters Retreat in Stanwell Tops (south of Sydney) and whilst I am unable to share the images that will be used by my client I am still able to share a few additional images I shot on the day as well as a “Behind the Scenes” video of the shoot.

A big thank you to everyone involved, from the talent, hair and make-up, video crew, and to my assistants! The shoot was very much a team effort and everyone involved played a crucial role in the final result.

Here is a quick “plug” for the crew:

Assistants:
Pia Moore
Chris Eyre-Walker
Andre Brito

Hair & Make-Up
Gina Guirguis

Models:
Maddison Clare
Stevie Shumack
Nat Landy

Video Crew:
Adam Dodd – Octopus Films
Owen Rennie

Everything went relatively smoothly on the day with the only real problem being the patchy, cold, wet and windy weather.

I tried to keep the lighting setup as simple as possible. For most of the shoot I used an Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS with an Elinchrom Rotalux 100cm Deep Octa. I occasionally used an Elinchrom Quadra when I needed a little more light (mainly for fill). As you can probably see from the BTS video and images we also used a number of diffusers and reflectors and obviously used the Sun as an additional light source.

Here is a complete (almost) list of gear used on the day:

Sony A7s
Sony A7
Olympus O-MD E-M1
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 1,8/55mm
Sony 2,8/100mm Macro
Sony G 4/70-200mm OSS
Manfrotto Tripod
Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS
Elinchrom  Quadra Hybrid Li-Ion
Lastolite Skylite Rapid 1.1 x 2m
Lastolite Skylite Rapid 2m x 2m
5 in 1 Reflector/Diffuser
Elinchrom Rotalux 70cm Deep Octa
Elinchrom Rotalux 100cm Deep Octa
Elinchrom High Performance 26cm Reflector
21cm Refelctor with Gel holder
CTO Gels
Elinchrom Maxi Spot 40cm Reflector
Manfrotto 1004BAC Light Stands
Westcott 210cm Parabolic Umbrella (to keep the rain off)
Manfrotto 035B Super Clamps

Please enjoy the video and images below…

Behind the Scenes video:

 

BTS images:

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

BTS @ Tumbling Waters

Edited images:

Stevie & Nat

Stevie & Nat

Maddison & Nat

Maddison

Nat

Stevie

Maddison

Natalya Alessi & the Fuji X-T1

This is from a quick photo shoot I did the other morning. Not too much to say except enjoy the images!!!

Model: Natalya Alessi
Camera: Fuji X-T1
Lens: Fuji 1,2/56mm
Lighting: Elinchrom  Quadra Hybrid Li-Ion with standard reflector (see image below for lighting setup)
Settings: Click on any of the images to see the camera settings used

Botany Bay

BTS

Natalya

Natalya

Natalya

Natalya

Natalya

Natalya

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Michaela Baranov and the Olympus OM-D E-M1

This was my second shoot with Michaela Baranov. My last shoot with her was supposed to be on the beach but was rained out so we thought we would try again. (Click HERE to see my previous shoot with Michaela)

I only had about an hour to get the shots I wanted due to other commitments and not all went to plan. We started a little too late (my fault) and the sun was already quite high in the sky and it was extremely harsh. Not ideal.

I used 2 cameras for this the shoot. The Fuji X-T1 with the Fuji 2/18mm lens (a new addition to my kit) and the Olympus O-MD E-M1 with the Olympus 1,8/75mm lens.

The Olympus 1,8/75mm lens is one of my all time favourite lenses and is one of the reasons I can’t give up the Olympus O-MD E-M1. I simply love the results this lens produces. As well as being extremely sharp and fast to focus the look of the images it produces is quite unique. It it not the most practical lens with an equivalent focal length of 150mm but my preference is to shoot a little longer so it sort of suits me. (one of my other all time favourite lenses is the Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* 1,8/135mm).

I have actually just sold all my other MFT lenses and am in the process of deciding on another portrait lens for the Olympus. I want something that will produce images that are a little unique and so far the decision is between the Panasonic Leica Noctitron 1,2/42.5mm and the Voigtlander 0.95/42.5mm. I know they are very similar in focal length to the Olympus 1,8/45mm lens, which is a great lens, but it just didn’t produce the kind of images I am looking for. I have spoken before about the “digital” look of the E-M1 and the Olympus 45mm lens kind of exaggerated that look. I am looking for something a little less perfect!

Back to to the shoot… Lighting was an Elinchrom Quadra with a 26cm reflector and a “5 in 1″ reflector. Many of the shots were actually shot without the flash and only using the reflector and available light.

And yes the ISO was set at 1000. As I mentioned earlier, time was extremely limited and I neglected to change the camera settings from a time-lapse I was doing the day before. If I was shooting with the Sony A7s it wouldn’t have been a problem but with the Olympus you can definitely see some image degradation.

Here are the images. I look forward to your feedback!

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

Michaela

The next 2 are shot with the Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm lens

Fuji X-T1 & 2/18mm lens

Fuji X-T1 & 2/18mm lens

Sony A7

I recently picked up a Sony A7 to compliment my A7s. It was a toss up between that and the A7r but ultimately price determined the decision. With Sony’s recent cash back offer I was able to pick up the Sony A7 for a little over $1000. An absolute steal for a full frame camera in anyones language.

I also picked up the Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* 2,8/35mm lens (which I will do a quick review on in the near future). I was considering waiting for the new Zeiss 16-35mm, but I rarely shoot wider than 35mm so I went for the lightweight prime.

Sony A7 & Zeiss Sonnar T* 2,8/35mm

I thought I would test out the performance of the A7 at a recent beauty shoot and also used Sony’s A-Mount (with adapter) 2,8/100mm Macro lens.

Sony A7 & Sony 2,8/100mm Macro

The camera performed flawlessly and produced excellent results. What I expected really. To be honest I thought It would be comparable to the Sony a99 given they share sensors, but I think the results were actually better. It may have the same sensor but perhaps the newer processor and software have made the difference (or perhaps it’s all in my mind).

Either way, I was happy with the results and the images look amazing… probably more to do with the amazing model, Michaela Baranov, and talented make-up artist, Charlotte Ravet. Below is a BTS shot of Charlotte working her magic.

BTS

Unfortunately, at this stage I cannot share the images as they have been submitted to various publications but I will definitely post them as soon as I can.

Fuji 18mm f/2.0 Lens

I have been playing with this little gem for about a week now and although it is one of Fuji’s older lenses it is still a stellar performer.

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm

So why the Fuji 18mm lens? It’s extremely compact and a great walk around or travel lens for the Fuji X-T1. Although not as wide as the Fuji 2,8/14mm (which is also a fantastic lens but much more expensive) it is substantially smaller and lighter and with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 it is more practical in low light conditions. The lens is so small it barely takes up any room in my bag at all.

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm

As I mentioned it is one of Fuji’s oldest lenses for the X-Mount and the focus is relatively slow compared to some of the newer generation lenses. It also comes with that extremely annoying lens hood (like the Fuji 35mm lens). I found it so annoying that I haven’t been bothered to use it and to be honest it’s sort of a waste of time anyway. Even when shooting into the sun, flare is kept to a minimum.

The Fuji 18mm is one of those lenses I never thought I would even consider but I have been pleasantly surprised by its overall performance. It has definitely found permanent place in my camera bag!

I was so impressed in fact that I actually used it on a recent beach (portrait) shoot. I almost never shoot portraits with a wide angle lens and certainly not one this wide (35mm is usually my limit), but I thought I would give it whirl. The results were much better than expected.

Fuji X-T1 & 2/18mm lens

I am not going to carry on and on about the technical specs, focus speed, sharpness, micro contrast, colour rendering and whatever else. What I will say is that I very much like the images this lens produces and I can see myself using this lens more and more.

Here are and handful of images I snapped over the past week with the Fuji 2/18mm lens. It is highly recommended!

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm

Fuji X-T1 & Fuji 2/18mm