Remember contact sheets? Indispensable in the days of analog photography, obsolete when shooting digital. I was cleaning out my closet (remember that song?:) and came across a box of old negatives and contacts. There is something magical about the process of analog photography, don’t get me wrong, I am not a sentimental guy, more after the break
however, looking through them, there is something about the process of “louping it”, marking and choosing. This inspired me to try a digital version, ironically shot with the latest offerings from Sony, the A77 and Nex 5N. But one thing didn’t change and is still true when shooting digital, the real magic happens in front of the camera
Sony Nex 5N
30mm 3.5 Macro which I really like as a standard lens
Sony SLT A77 with kit lens
Rokinon 35mm 1.4
No problems setting up WB on both cameras to match using K setting, Sharpness/Saturation/contrast down to -3
I am totally impressed with the Rokinon 35mm 1.4 which makes a fantastic standard lens-if you can live without AF- on the A77 and is crazy sharp from f2 onwards (and already very good at 1.4), I have no worries shooting full length at that aperture! When shooting full length wide open field curvature is often a problem and you have to choose carefully what to focus on, not so on this lens, I am able to get the outfit, face and feet into focus.
I don’t really pick my lenses based on MTF charts, sometimes a lens can perform poorly in the lab and admirably in real live situations, the Canon 50L 1.2 is such a lens. But I admit, this lens has been rated #2!!! , tested on a full frame body by DXO Mark and 5 stars by photozone.de
(on Nikon and Canon full frame) and I agree with them, when a lens is that good, you can see the difference and it is a joy to use! Exciting times!
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