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Learn to Dance in a Year

July 17, 2013 by Documentary, Music Video

This is a fun video about how Karen Cheng learned to dance in a year. … Continue Reading

Meet LaMont

July 2, 2013 by Documentary

Keith Lanpher found a great story in his own building. Meet LaMont is a fabulous mini-doc about a great character that Keith sees every day. The video has a great production value and a nice narrative through line. It’s amazing what you can find right outside your door.

It also should be said that the video won Best Documentary in the APA video contest. … Continue Reading

Zeiss Touit 12mm

June 8, 2013 by Gear, Reviews

I am a big fan of Zeiss lenses so when I was given an opportunity to shoot with their brand new Touit lenses on my Nex-7 I happily took it even though I’m really in the market for portrait lenses. Like anyone who has been a photographer for 30+ years I have the accumulated knowledge and experience to shoot almost any subject from people to landscapes and everything in between and I’ve been paid to do it at one time or another. That being said, the only times I’ve ever shot wider than the 24 end of a 24-70 zoom is on architectural interior jobs where I rented a lens. I’ve never really walked around with a wide lens framing the world searching for a great shot. … Continue Reading

Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN Art Lens for Nex 7 Portraiture

May 13, 2013 by Gear, Photography

My friends at Sigma hooked me up with one of the first samples of their new 60mm f/2.8 DN Art Lens in Sony E mount for the Nex 7. With the lens in hand on Friday I called Lauren who occasionally models for the photo classes I produce at Samy’s Camera and we were able to schedule a 2 hour test session at my downtown loft for Saturday. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this lens because 60mm on APS-C sensors is a nice telephoto focal length which translates to a 90mm full frame equivalent. I really like the SEL 50mm 1.8 but find myself wishing for a little more compression when shooting portraits. The Sigma 60 should fit the bill nicely. … Continue Reading

Voigtlander 75mm on Sony Nex 7

May 5, 2013 by Cameras, Gear, News, Reviews

Continuing my search for portrait lenses on the Sony Nex 7, I found a mint condition Voigtlander 75mm f/2.5 LTM on ebay for around $400. This lens is in Leica Thread Mount (LTM) and was designed for rangefinder cameras. I already owned a LTM to Sony Nex adapter so I bought the lens. There are also Leica M mount versions of this lens if you have a M to Nex adapter. I imagine resell value will be a little higher for a more current lens mount like the M over the old screw mount.

Voigtlander has been making lenses for over 250 years. It is now owned by a Japanese company Cosina which has started to reinvigorate the lineup with new lenses aimed not only at rangefinders but the mirrorless segment as well. They recently released an update to the 75mm with a 1.8 aperture but because of the larger glass needed for this design it’s significantly bigger than the older 75 f/2.5 and it sells for around $700. I decided that the weight and price ratio added to the compression of an approximate 110mm (35 full frame equivalent) the older f/2.5 was the better choice for me. … Continue Reading

Sony Nex Portrait Lenses SEL 50 f1.8 Compared to Leica Summicron 50mm f2

April 23, 2013 by Photography, Reviews

I’ve been trying out a lot of lenses and adapters on my Sony Nex 7 so I decided to write up my tests in a series of articles on portrait focal lengths. This first comparison covers the only shipping portrait lens for the Sony E mount which is the SEL 50mm 1.8. On an APS-C sensor the 50mm focal length translates to a field of view similar to a 75mm lens on a full frame sensor. It won’t show quite as much compression as a 75mm but the depth of field does shrink a bit and there is a slight telephoto effect on faces. I’m putting the Sony 50mm up against the Leica 50mm Summicron 2.0 using a Novoflex NEX/LEM adapter. I chose this lens for two reasons. One, I have access to this lens from the Samy’s Camera rental department. Secondly because Ken Rockwell says this about it:

There is no better 50mm lens on Earth than the LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2. The SUMMICRON is the world’s reference for a 50mm photographic lens.

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