Sony FE 85mm 1.8 First look

I was wandering around Gulf Photo Plus this evening and I overheard one of the Sony reps say to a friend of mine that they received a copy of the new 85mm 1.8, despite having one foot out the ears perked up and I turned around.

Up until now the only native mount offerings that included auto focus were Sony's G-Master 85/1.4 (priced at $1800 USD) and the Zeiss Batis 85/1.8 (priced at $1200 USD).  Both of these lenses have amazing build qualities, brilliant optics and are simply in a class of their own.  But, what do you expect out of lenses >$1000.  They should be amazing no?

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Why the Sony A7R2 is not for you

Just over three years ago I wrote an article titled "Why the A7r is not for you" shortly after I sold all my Canon gear and made to switch to the newly released full frame Sony e-mounts.  The a7r was by no means the perfect camera and Sony's e-mount game wasn't ideal for prime time.  I had some specific gripes about the A7r, has Sony addressed any of these?

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First look: Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE for Sony E-Mount

If you're no stranger to photography, then you have more than likely heard of Korean lens manufacturer Samyang (branded Rokinon in other parts of the world).  For years Samyang has made affordable, manual focus only lenses for pretty much every modern camera mount out there. A very popular lens is their 14mm/2.8 and recently I have come to really like their 135/F2.  Owning both of these lenses I can say that I've been very pleased with Samyang's glass over the years.  The problem is that all of their lenses are manual focus and this puts a lot of people off.  I shoot MF quite a bit and focus peaking on Sony's A7 series cameras makes it a breeze and for video shooters, well it's preferred and majority of Samyang's lenses are cine lenses like their new XEEN line which look very impressive.

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Sony RAW compressed versus uncompressed

Soon after Sony released the A7r Mark II it happened.  Just like every other camera that gets released these days.  Within a few days of release there is an outcry.  Someone somewhere finds an issue and the internet forums cry bloody murder.

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Long Exposure Tutorial

In the past I've gotten quite a few emails regarding my processing and process in general.  Recently I had a discussion on Facebook with a photographer in Seoul and she was asking about long exposure photography.  I figured why the hell not just make a blog post about it.  Maybe this will put me back on track from being the slacker ass I've been.

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No Pants Day #9 - Canon FD 50mm/1.4 versus Sony FE 55/1.8

One of the shitty things about the Sony full frame E-mount line of cameras is the lack of native lenses.  Now, my stance on it is's a 13 month old system.  What the hell do you expect?  Of course Sony doesn't help this by releasing FOUR bodies in the past 13 months...but hey...that's Sony doing Sony things.

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No Pants Day #8 - Infrared on the Fuji x100s and x100t

A little while ago I wanted to try out infrared (IR) photography on my Fuji x100s.  There's something different about IR that really makes it interesting.  The obvious is what you often see and that is the white foliage and dark water and skies.  Since plants (and most living organisms) reflect a lot of IR light they become ghostly white.

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A look back at 2014

So here we are....two thousand and fifteen.  The year Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future II.  I've managed to keep this blog up for a year now.  I haven't written all that much, but since this isn't an ad driven website (I have zero ads) I don't really need daily blog entries with some click bait title in order to keep my numbers up.

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No Pants Day #7 - Sony A6000 + Voigtlander 15mm/4.5 (CV15)

The two most popular blog posts week after week are my day with a pre-production model of the Sony A6000 and my A7r Voigtlander 15mm/4.5 review.  So why not put them together right?  Well lets see how well this pans out.  As always, click photos for larger version.  I've also taken the liberty to include a shit ton of pictures, all processed in Lightroom.

So where to start?  Since I haven't really done a full on review of the Sony A6000 I guess I should first hit a couple of points regarding this camera in general.

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10 Reasons you want the Sony Xperia Z3


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No Pants Day #6 - Fuji x100s How I love to hate thee

You ever have one of those things in your life that always seems to frustrate, but you just can't seem to part with it emotionally?  Many folks have had that car, that burned oil, would randomly not start (and by randomly I mean at the most inconvenient time possible), yet anytime someone would recommend you get rid of it, you'd quickly start making excuses on why you should keep it.

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No Pants Day #5 - Heat and humidity

Over the past few weeks an annual event here in Dubai has been happening.  It's not overly special and happens pretty much everywhere.  It's call summer...and it sucks.

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No Pants Day #4 - Sony A7r + Voigtlander 21/1.8 Ultron

A few months ago I wanted to pick up a fast wide angle lens for my Sony A7r.  My main super wide angle is the Canon 17mm TS-E but not only is it not something I want to carry around for cost and size reasons, it's an f/4 lens and wasn't fast enough.

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No Pants Day #3 - Back from vacation

So this year for vacation, my wife and I decided to head to Ireland and France.  Naturally, my number one priority was to pack up the camera gear and passports.  Everything else is second...

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Lightroom Mobile and why it's not for me

So I must admit...I woke up this morning and saw there was a Lightroom Mobile announced, I was pretty damn excited.  I only had a little bit of time so I didn't have time to read anything about it.  I grabbed my iPad mini and downloaded it.

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No Pants Day #2 - Excuses

When I was a youngin, I got a old Vic20 as a gift from my uncle in Chicago.  Years later that was upgraded to a Commodor64.  Somewhere around 1991/1992 my dad bought me a 386sx 25 (as in 25 megahertz)

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A day with... Sony A6000

In the past I've never been a big fan of the Sony NEX cameras.  The first time I picked one up it felt very very point and shoot-ish and cheap.  Much like the early days of digital photography 15 years ago, the early small interchangeable lens cameras just didn't feel ready for prime time.

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Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

Ever shoot with your x100 or x100s and think...damn....I wish this thing was a little bit wider?  Well you bought a fixed lens camera dummy, you should have thought of that sooner!  But that's ok...Fuji's got your back.  

Enter the WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens, aka Fuji wide angle adapter.  

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No Pants Day #1 - Buying a camera

I was involved in a conversation recently on Facebook regarding someone almost purchasing a lens until they read a review somewhere where they conclusion was a bit less than stellar.  What lens it was and what review it was is irrelevant.  The bottom line is this...

Does anyone really make a "bad" lens these days?

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A day with... Fuji 56mm 1.2 R

In the middle of moving apartments, everything is in boxes, my new apartment is small, where the hell are my flash triggers.  My loaner Fuji 56mm 1.2 R arrives...who cares about the move anymore?

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