Category Archive: Shop Talk

Discussions on photography that aren't directly technique related, and don't qualify as news or reviews.

Jun 02

Shooting Golf with the Sony A9

So, I had a chance to test out the new Sony A9 over the past week, and I’ll have a full review soon.  However, I wanted to share my experiences shooting with this new camera in an area where it may find a very strong following: Golf.  I took the camera, along with the 70-200mm …

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Apr 01

First Impressions – Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

So, I just got my copy of the new FE 85mm f/1.8, and I’ll be putting it through the usual paces over the course of the next week or two, but I wanted to get out some initial impressions from my first day with the lens. This lens is the fourth 85mm lens created for …

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Mar 28

Fuji 50mm f/2 vs. 56mm f/1.2

Today I decided to do a quick test of the new 50mm f/2 compared to the excellent 56mm f/1.2.  The new 50mm f/2 is a compact, weather-resistant prime lens, while the older 56mm f/1.2 fills the class 85mm portrait focal length with an ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture.  Obviously, the 56mm f/1.2 will provide over one stop …

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Nov 07

Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar vs. Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Sony continues to crank out new lenses, and the release this summer of the new Zeiss branded FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Planar T* came as a bit of a shock, considering there is already a Zeiss branded normal prime that is widely considered to be one of the best autofocus normal lenses ever made, but …

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May 10

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM vs. Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 100mm f/2

Today I’m comparing the new Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master against the two full frame portrait primes I happen to own.  I know many would like to see a comparison with the Batis 85mm (reviewed here), but alas, I do not have one handy.  Still, this is an interesting comparison, as it pits the newest …

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Mar 09

Fuji X-Pro 2 vs. Sony A7 II: Noise Comparison

The new Fuji X-Pro 2 is the first camera from Fujifilm since the release of the X-Series to feature an all-new image sensor.  The new APS-C sized sensor is a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor with Fuji’s X-Trans filter array.  The new sensor is also said to improve high ISO shooting when compared to the previous …

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Feb 28

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L

Today, I’m taking a quick look at two telephoto zoom lenses: the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS and the Canon 70-200mm f/4L, and how they compare on the Sony A7 II.  These two lenses may seem like odd things to compare, given that one lens is a native Sony E-mount zoom, while the other …

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Feb 12

Hands-On: Fujifilm X-Pro 2, X70 and XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6

Today, the fine folks at Fujifilm brought the new releases to my local camera store, Midwest Photo Exchange, for some hands on interaction with the latest Fuji releases, including the X-Pro 2, the X70 and the new 100-400mm f/4-5.6.  I spent a fair bit of time with each camera, but of course this falls well …

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