Category Archives: Formatt-Hitech

Testing the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS for long exposure photography

IMG_20150417_145332I was very fortunate to get my hands on a Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS and could not help but test it for long exposure.

You will see below some straight out of camera shots, as two new images that I was able to process. This is not meant to be a full review of the lens, more of a road test to see how well it works for long exposure photography.

General Comments: First of all, let me say that the lens is HUGE! It takes 95mm diameter filters, and feels very sturdy and smooth when using it. It also has a nice foot to mount it directly on a tripod head, which is a nice addition. I never used it though, because my setup was steady enough that I was not bothered by vibrations, however big the lens is.

A quick snapshot of my bag with the lens inside, together with the very nice 16-35 f/4:

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One tip for doing long exposure: no matter the camera or lens, I ALWAYS wrap my setup with a cloth to avoid light leakage from the sides of the mount or lens. I used this lens in the same way, and you’ll see below that I had no diffraction issue: mission accomplished 🙂

 

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Un-processed images: Now let’s look at a few “almost SOOC” images: (almost because some have been stitched)

DSC01342_adj copieEXIF: 28-135mm @28mm, f/8, ~8 minutes, ISO 50, ND16 Firecrest filter

Panorama sans titre2 copieEXIF: 2 images after stitching, 28-135mm @45mm, f/8, ~4 minutes each image, ISO 50, ND16 Firecrest filter

DSC01425 copieEXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @72mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter

 Pretty good, right? 🙂

Final images: Now let’s see a couple images after processing:

DSC01425 copie_resizeEXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @72mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter

DSC01509 copie_resize EXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @80mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter

 

Conclusion: I have made up my mind. Even if the lens is mostly made for video, it’s an amazing piece of hardware, including for long exposure. The constant f/4 aperture is also a great treat. I am going to make this lens a permanent addition to my gear!

As usual, don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions below or in PM.

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Upcoming Long Exposure Workshop in Maine

flyer-4 copyWell, seems like it took me a little longer than expected to share it, but behold! 🙂

I am glad to announce that I will be mentoring a workshop with Satoru Murata in Maine March 28-29.
You will learn how to shoot and process unique and breathtaking long exposure seascape photography, and we will visit 5 of the most iconic lighthouses of the Portland and Rockland areas.
This workshop is supported by some of the major players in the industry: @Sony, Formatt-Hitech, SmugMug, Mirex and HCam.de, so be prepared for some surprises!

Places are limited to 8 in order to give you the best experience possible, and the first two to register will have a 10% discount.
Attendees are welcome to register to any or both days of the workshop.
Sunrise and sunset options are also available.

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So check out the details and program here:
http://www.thibaultroland.com/Workshops
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And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions!

For examples of what subjects we will shoot, take a look at my series:
http://www.thibaultroland.com/Beacon-of-Hope

Please feel free to share, thanks!

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BIG announcement tomorrow

Big announcement tomorrow!!
If you’re interested in seascape photography and want to learn how to shoot long exposures and produce breathtaking images, keep an eye out… and keep March 28-29 free 🙂9N6A0402 copie_resize

Sony deals and Formatt-Hitech new filters

Good news!

SONY DEALS

For Sony aficionados or those who want to give these amazing cameras, good deals seem to survive Cyber Monday!

Check out these offers at B&H:

Sony‬ ‪‎A6000‬ Camera Body and kit have a $200 instant rebate $448 for the body alone or $598 in kit with a 16-50mm lens.

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Sony‬ ‪‎a7 Camera Body is available with a $400 instant rebate for $1298 for the body alone.

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Sony‬ ‪‎a7R Camera Body is available with a $200 instant rebate for $2098 for the body alone.a7r

 

FORMATT-HITECH NEW FILTERS AVAILABLE

On a different note, Formatt-Hitech has finally released the much waited for Joel Tjintjelaar kits with Firecrest Filters. To be complete, they actually released two kits for each size (screw in filters of different diameters, or square 100x100mm or 165x165mm): Kit I contains 3 filters, ND3, ND6 and ND10; Kit II contains ND10, ND13 and ND16.

For square filters you can also choose between kits with or without holders.

JT FirecretOn a personnal note, I consider the Firecrest filters as the best and most neutral filters available. The review is coming up soon, but I can already recommend you to get them, no questions asked. These are the exact same filters that I use during my work.

I would also remind you that the Firecrest line includes grad and polarizing filters as well.