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  1. 2xbass

    One Camera/One Lens Challenge

    Pat, nice stuff. I have the 24-105 and I love it. However recently I took the 24 1.4 out and used it wide open for all kinds of travel style shots and I was very happy with it. However I did have other lenses for wildlife and other types of photography. https://photos.creativityatscale.com/sony-24mm-f14-travel-photography
  2. Here’s a video I made of a recent session photographing the whooper swans of Hokkaido. All photos taken with the A7RIII, 100-400 GM and 1.4x teleconverter.
  3. 2xbass

    Sony wins for wildlife for me

    I’m mostly a wildlife guy hoping to get into some sports photography There are rumours of 500 or 600 e-mount lenses but who knows when. The 400 f2.8 is by all accounts fantastic. I have one on order and if it works out I may sell a bunch of other stuff (including possibly my 100-400) to make up for it.
  4. It’s a fantastic lens. I use it with the 1.4x all the time for wildlife and it’s served me well. I agree that H+ is not great for moving targets on the A7RIII and typically use the A9 when the action is fast although I don’t end up with as many pixels to work with in post. I’ve shot with the A7RIII and A9 in various combinations with the 100-400 and the 70-200 f2.8 and the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters alongside other people using Nikon or Canon and have always felt that I’ve been able to do as much if not more because the more compact gear allowed me to more easily have everything on-hand for travel or even for handholding.
  5. Tony did you get an ETA on your lense? I am trying to get an ETA on mine. I love my 100-400 but if things work out with the 400 I’m making tentative plans to convert to just carying the 400 and the 70-200 2.8. This would give me a constant aperture setup and with reasonable flexibility with the two teleconverters.
  6. I moved to Sony a little while ago and I'm definitely convinced that it's a great system. Currently I use the A7RIII and A9 and the 100-400 and 70-200 f2.8 and the 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters in various combinations although I'll soon be replacing the 100-400 with the 400 f2.8 in my typical kit. I am often shooting alongside other photographers using other systems and while they are typically lugging heavier or slower gear I can be more nimble and travel a heck of a lot easier and sometimes even get shots they miss because they are dealing with so much heavy stuff with longer setup, having to use the tripod when I can handhold, etc. Especially when I'm using the A9, based on shutter sounds I hear around me and then comparing the images, that when some important action happens, I can often be one of the first to start capturing the action and have a higher chance to get the perfect moment with a faster burst rate. All images in the first seven albums on this page: https://photos.creativityatscale.com/wildlife were all captured using some combination of the gear I described above.
  7. I think it totally depends on which focal length you want. In theory because of what you already have, the 85mm would slot in well. However I have the 24-105 f4 and the 16-35 f2.8 and I still recently bought the 24mm f1.4 to use for travel for photography and I prefer it by far over all the others. I personally don't want to be using 35, 50, 85 because I want to get a different perspective and while the 24-105 is flexible, I love what I can do with f1.4 on the 24mm as well as the the challenge of shooting at that aperture. You can still do portraits with 24mm but you just have to be in closer or go for more environmental portraits. Here's some examples using the 24 from a recent trip to Japan: https://photos.creativityatscale.com/sony-24mm-f14-travel-photography. I could have used it for landscapes too but instead chose to use the Loxia 21 instead. In fact on that trip I took those two lenses and my others were 70-200 and 100-400 with teleconverters so I had nothing between 24 and 70mm.
  8. 2xbass

    Sony A9 from A Nikon Shooter

    Mark, congratulations on moving to the A9. It’s definitely a great weapon for wildlife shooting. I use one as well as an A7RIII and each has its pros and cons. The A9 is unbeatable for speed especially when paired with a fast focusing lens.
  9. Of course now I’ve ordered mine it can’t come soon enough. I looked at all other possible options for non-native lenses and none made sense. I even looked at other compact but somewhat lenses with another body like the Nikon PF lenses and the Fuji 200 f2 but those didn’t really make much sense either. The good thing about getting the Sony lens is there a ton of options for how to use it with the teleconverters and different bodies (A9 for the best possible AF, A7RIII for cropping if subject is really far away or even A6500 if necessary).
  10. Yes I’m also interested in that too. I ordered mine on January 12. The reason, apart from the huge cost, that I took a long time to decide on the purchase, was figuring out how to travel with it in terms of both flying and hiking along with my other gear. Is that a consideration for you?
  11. Yes I saw that and was very glad to see it.
  12. For general shooting this was a huge disappointment after all these rumours about a mini A9 coming. However it’s definitely a big deal for vloggers as it’s the first camera that has a flip-out screen AND, from what I can see, an external mic input.
  13. Very nice. What function did you use to actually do the timelapse? I have a remote shutter that has timelapse on it but I haven’t given it a try yet.