Playing with the new Sony 100-400 G Master

Portrait at Sony Kando1.0 ©Tony Gale

Portrait at Sony Kando1.0
©Tony Gale

As a Sony Artisan at Sony Kando 1.0,  I was able to play with the new Sony 100-400/4.5-5.6 G Master. I love the range an dbeing able to shoot full length and tight portraits easily. The lens is fairly compact for such a long lens and is crazy sharp! I was very impressed with the lens and I am looking forward to buying one when they become available!

Above image

Sony a9 with 100-400 G Master at 146mm

ISO 400, 1/800, f/5.6

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Portrait at Sony Kando1.0 ©Tony Gale

Sony a9 with 100-400 G Master at 324mm

ISO 400, 1/3200, f/5.6

Portrait at Sony Kando1.0 ©Tony Gale

Portrait at Sony Kando1.0
©Tony Gale

Sony a9 with 100-400 G Master at 169mm

ISO 400, 1/1600, f/5.6

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The same photo as above, cropped to show sharpness

Cropped to show sharpness

Poets & Writers cover with Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy ©Tony Gale

Arundhati Roy ©Tony Gale

I had the privilege to photography author Arundhati Roy for the cover of the July/August issue Poets & Writers magazine. She was a charming woman and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Set up for cover shoot

Set up for cover shoot

My setup was a Lastolite by Manfrotto black collapsible background, with a Bowens XMS head with a red gel for the background. Adding a colored light to black gets a really nice saturation. The main light was a Bowens XMS with a 5′ Octabank. I also had a Bowens Gemini head bouncing into the ceiling for a little fill. Shooting tethered with a Sony a7RII and a Sony 85/1.8 lens into Capture One Pro for Sony. External monitor is a BenQ to make it easy for the editor and art director to see what I was getting.

 

Playing with the new Sony a9 at night

El Capitán State Beach in Santa Barbara at night

El Capitán State Beach in Santa Barbara at night

As a Sony Artisan of Imagery I was fortunate to attend Sony Kando 1.0 in May at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara. While there we all had the brand new Sonyalpha a9 to play with! It is a pretty amazing camera, and I was excited to get my hands on it. I’ll talk more about it in other posts, but for this post I wanted to show the results of shooting at night. I was quite pleased with the photos.

Above, Sony a9 on a Gitzo Traveler Tripod with a Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4, ISO3200, 30sec, f/4

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Lifeguard stand El Capitán State Beach in Santa Barbara at night

Above, Sony a9 on a Gitzo Traveler Tripod with a Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4, ISO3200, 30sec, f/4

 

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The hills behind El Capitán Canyon at night

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The hills behind El Capitán Canyon at night

Both of the above Above, Sony a9 on a Gitzo Traveler Tripod with the new  Sony 12-24/4 G, ISO3200, 30sec, f/4

Playing with the Sony a9

Portrait at Sony Kando 1.0 ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with 70-200/2.8 G Master, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/2.8

 

At Sony Kando 1.0 all the Sony Artisans and Alpha Imaging Collective folks were able to try the new Sony a9 and an assortment of lenses on different sets created to shoot on.

 

Portrait at Sony Kando 1.0 ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with 70-200/2.8 G Master, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8

They had a large scrim overhead to soften the light for this setup.

Cyclist on the half pipe ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4,  ISO 400, 1/400, f/8

Cyclist on the half pipe ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4, ISO 400, 1/800, f/5.6

On the hill above where we stayed they had set up a half-pipe with BMX cyclist riding so we could put the a9 through it’s paces. Because I was using my 16-35/4, which didn’t have the new firmware, I wasn’t able to get the full 20fps out of teh a9 but it was still crazy fast and great at tracking focus, even with the backlight for the sun.

Overall I was very pleased with the camera, super fast and easy to use. Plus I really, really love increased buffer size! If you need speed, the a9 is absolutely worth a look!

Playing with the Sony 12-24/4 G

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/320, f/9

 

At Sony Kando 1.0 in May, I was able to play with new Sony 12-24/4 G lens along with a Sony a9.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/320, f/9

With really wide lenses I like to shoot landscapes, especially with foreground elements. This was on the hill behind El Capitan Resort in Santa Barbara where we all stayed.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/100, f/22

Sun stars looked great with the lens.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale  a9, ISO 125, 1/250, f/13

I found the lens to be very sharp, and really quite compact. I was quite pleased with the lens and definitely plan on buying it when it becomes available in a few weeks!