Mike Kobal

January 2, 2012

Studio fashion with the Sony SLT A77


My first studio editorial with the Sony A77 (full spread here) the camera does not cease to impress me. I found the EVF to be perfect in the studio and never felt the need to review the captures. And I have a new favorite studio lens! more after the break





the Rokinon 35mm 1.4 MF lens, stellar performance on this sensor, no problems with MF (due to the high contrast already wide open), field curvature wasn’t and issue and I was shooting at F2 to F2.8! This lens is tack sharp from F2 onwards and totally usable at 1.4!
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Filed under: Models Fashion,Photography Fashion — mike.kobal @ 10:58 am


  1. Great work, Mike. I’m looking seriously at this lens. Philip Bloom likes it too: http://philipbloom.net/2011/05/12/samyang35mm/

    Best of the New Year,


    Comment by Bill — January 2, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  2. and a happy New Year to you too, Bill! you can’t go wrong with this lens!

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 2, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  3. I have two a65’s for portrait and editorial work, and I find myself almost exclusively using my Rokinon 35 & 85 — the focus peaking makes them both an absolute pleasure to use, and the image quality is gorgeous. Tremendous value, both the lenses & the body. Beautiful work above. :)

    Comment by Devorah — January 4, 2012 @ 12:39 am

  4. thanks Devorah, I agree, can’t beat the price/quality on those items!

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  5. Mike do you prefer this more then the 35 mm 1.8 ? Glad iI found your site I too have the a77 and want to build my own little studio with some brxi fron elinchrom. Could you tell use more wat u use to shoot this beatifull photos?
    Greetings from the Netherlands, Patrick

    Comment by Patrick — April 21, 2012 @ 4:55 am

  6. I like the 35mm 1.4 because of the smooth manual focus for video, the 1.8 is really good optically. I used two Elinchrom Ranger units and 4 heads to shoot this

    Comment by mike.kobal — April 21, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  7. helo mike, i really love your photoshot! great work man!
    btw i really curious what elinchrom you had been use? are there elinchrom ranger quadra? how it can be work with radio wireless trigger? are you use pocket wizzard or other similiar like phottix odin? thanks man! really help

    Comment by RVN — March 21, 2014 @ 10:04 am

  8. thanks RVN, I don’t have the A77 anymore and can’t really give you any specific info on hss, this shoot was shot with continuous lighting,
    I do use the Elinchrom Ranger on a regular basis, love it.

    Comment by mike.kobal — March 21, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  9. thank you, i i like elinchrom ranger quadra when i first saw it, and i want to buy it for my work with A7/A7r, before that i want to make sure are this elinchrom ranger quadra can work with these camera (A7/A7r)? thank you very much sir :D

    Comment by RVN — March 26, 2014 @ 12:23 am

  10. I haven’t tested it on the A7r, on the A7 it syncs wireless at 1/160 and below

    Comment by mike.kobal — March 26, 2014 @ 9:37 am

  11. thank you very much for your information sir, it’s very useful to me :D

    Comment by RVN — April 4, 2014 @ 12:15 am

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