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07-27-2018, 09:50 AM   #16
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Looks good! (as is to be expected from the Bokina)

How is the adapter coping with that rather heavy lens?
Quite well I actually ran it for a few hours on a 1 1/4lb SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm F4.5 to test and it held up well



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The clothing brand I work for gave me their Sony A7III along with the 35 1.4 lens. Despite my prejudices against Sony cameras I actually quite like it. Not a fan of the ergonomics or the menu systems but the output is quite good as well as the advanced functions it provides. Since my Pentax 85 mm lens just died (was a good run) I will most likely be picking up the Sony 85 1.8 and be giving that sweet eye AF a try on my future shoots.


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^ Lucky!

I'm also not a big fan of their ergonomics & menu system, but that AF system is amazing! Especially that EYE-AF feature. My dad got one about a month ago & the AF is on another level of amazement. Catching sharp photos of fidgety toddlers & kids is a breeze with that camera. Well, not necessarily a breeze, but it's a bit easier to get more keepers from that camera than using a Pentax camera to do the same thing. Heck! Even easier than using a Nikon D7200 as well. You might end up converting. Hahaha!
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I just picked up an early Super-Takumar 50/1.4. The rendering is beautiful, and I love the flaring too!
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Finally got a chance to use the Sony 85mm 1.8 on the A7III for a proper portrait shoot. Still can't get over how amazing the AF and especially the Eye AF is for this system. The Sony 85mm 1.8 is a stellar performer for under $600. It is definitely sharper than the Pentax FA 85mm 1.4 is at 1.8 but I do still prefer the rendering from the FA over the Sony as well as the bokeh.



The wind was blowing all over the place so the combination of the 10 fps and the Eye AF really helped.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LeRolls Quote
Finally got a chance to use the Sony 85mm 1.8 on the A7III for a proper portrait shoot. Still can't get over how amazing the AF and especially the Eye AF is for this system. The Sony 85mm 1.8 is a stellar performer for under $600. It is definitely sharper than the Pentax FA 85mm 1.4 is at 1.8 but I do still prefer the rendering from the FA over the Sony as well as the bokeh.



The wind was blowing all over the place so the combination of the 10 fps and the Eye AF really helped.
LOL. You should try the A9. I have the K-1 and the A9 and the AF is simply amazing. The A7III is a nice improvement over the K-1 in terms of AF and results, but once you shoot with the A9 it will seem slow. The Sony 85mm F/1.8 is a great little lens for the money, but if you want to melt the background get the 85mm GM or the new Sigma 105mm F/1.4. If you want a unique look to your portraits and you will be using strobes the 100mm STF is a really unique lens specifically designed for portraits. Yes, the Sony menus are awful and the ergonomics and build quality is average at best, but the results and creative options that are available to you are many time greater with the Sony system. A 135mm GM should be announced soon and we will see what that offers.

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LOL. You should try the A9. I have the K-1 and the A9 and the AF is simply amazing. The A7III is a nice improvement over the K-1 in terms of AF and results, but once you shoot with the A9 it will seem slow. The Sony 85mm F/1.8 is a great little lens for the money, but if you want to melt the background get the 85mm GM or the new Sigma 105mm F/1.4. If you want a unique look to your portraits and you will be using strobes the 100mm STF is a really unique lens specifically designed for portraits. Yes, the Sony menus are awful and the ergonomics and build quality is average at best, but the results and creative options that are available to you are many time greater with the Sony system. A 135mm GM should be announced soon and we will see what that offers.
To be honest I really can't see myself spending more than $2000 on a Sony body. The performance of the A7III is beyond what I need for AF and FPS. I prefer to spend my money on the glass and stick to sub $2000 bodies

I still definitely prefer the rendering and the colors out of the Pentax. Sony colors seem flat/dead and something about the highlights/shadows. Images lack depth and dimensionality to my eyes. Gotta get better at editing I guess...

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To be honest I really can't see myself spending more than $2000 on a Sony body. The performance of the A7III is beyond what I need for AF and FPS. I prefer to spend my money on the glass and stick to sub $2000 bodies

I still definitely prefer the rendering and the colors out of the Pentax. Sony colors seem flat/dead and something about the highlights/shadows. Images lack depth and dimensionality to my eyes. Gotta get better at editing I guess...

I didn't know you were using straight out of camera JPEGs.

What glass are you going to spend money on? It will be a year before a new D-FA* 85mm is on the market. Buying a used Sigma 85mm or another FA* 85mm?

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If the swimsuit company you work for wants accurate colors for their swimwear, I would shoot RAW and use a Passport color checker. That way if you do shoot with different camera (K-1 & Fuji XT-3) for example you don't end up a portfolio that looks like a bag a Skittles because of how different they both are in terms of stock color profiles.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
I didn't know you were using straight out of camera JPEGs.

What glass are you going to spend money on? It will be a year before a new D-FA* 85mm is on the market. Buying a used Sigma 85mm or another FA* 85mm?

The Best Cameras for Color Reproduction, Ranked

If the swimsuit company you work for wants accurate colors for their swimwear, I would shoot RAW and use a Passport color checker. That way if you do shoot with different camera (K-1 & Fuji XT-3) for example you don't end up a portfolio that looks like a bag a Skittles because of how different they both are in terms of stock color profiles.


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I do shoot RAW and honestly it's not so much accuracy of colors that I am concerned with but more about what I personally find pleasing. I like my work to have a specific mood and atmosphere to it. Something that I'm finding harder to do with the Sony files. I think I mostly just have to spend more time learning how to edit the files better. I picked up the Fujifilm X-T3 recently and just ordered the 56mm 1.2 so it will be interesting to see how I feel about those files. Also interested in the 90mm f2 as well as the 16mm 1.4 for Fuji. For the time being I will probably stick with the 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8 for the Sony.
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I do shoot RAW and honestly it's not so much accuracy of colors that I am concerned with but more about what I personally find pleasing. I like my work to have a specific mood and atmosphere to it. Something that I'm finding harder to do with the Sony files. I think I mostly just have to spend more time learning how to edit the files better. I picked up the Fujifilm X-T3 recently and just ordered the 56mm 1.2 so it will be interesting to see how I feel about those files. Also interested in the 90mm f2 as well as the 16mm 1.4 for Fuji. For the time being I will probably stick with the 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8 for the Sony.
Fuji makes great cameras and gear. I have 2 friends that shoot wedding and use Fuji. Mostly (80%) OOC JPEGs. The Fuji 56mm F/1.2 and the Sony 85mm F/1.8 give very, very similar results. One of them borrowed my 85mm F/1.8 to test on an A7III body and challenged me and several people to see if we could tell the difference between his Fuji XT-2 w/56mm F/1.2 and the A7III with my 85mm F/1.8. He was pretty proud of the fact that nobody could tell the difference and his APS-C body could match the look of a FF A7III. He is using a $1,200 lens to match the IQ of the $600 Sony FE. The Sony A7III with the 85mm F/1.8 FE is a $2,600 setup. Buying the new XT-3 with a 56mm F/1.2 is a $2,800 setup. He has the 90mm F/2 which is a great lens, but that's going to give you the look of a 135mm F/3.3 on the A7III and it really doesn't match the look of the Zeiss Batis 135mm APO or the Sigma 135mm ART. The Zeiss Batis 135mm is a lot more expensive than the Fuji 90mm F/2, but the Zeiss is an APO lens with amazing color and sharpness. The Sigma 135 ART is an F/1.8 lens that has excellent 3D pop and bokeh. The Fuji 90mm is a good solid lens, but even the 135mm F/2 Samyang is a better lens on a FF body. The Fuji 90mm would need to be an F/1.4 to match what you can do with a FF body and a 135mm F/2 lens and that would be a $2,000 lens.


I follow your work on Flickr and you have a very distinct look. I can spot your images without looking at the name because your look is so consistent (and partly because you always have beautiful subjects) . I assume you are using Lightroom, but this applies to C1 as well. You have default setting you can apply on import. You can customize this. A lot of people claim C1 does better than LR, and for some things it does, but really C1 just applies more contrast and sharpening by default so that the images import in looking better. If you import in a K-1 file into LR, DxO, & C1 you will 3 different looking images because the default setting are different. In the case of your K-1 and the A7III files that you are bringing into LR, the K-1 sensor doesn't have an AA filter and the A7III does. This just means that the A7III will need a little more sharpening and a little more contrast applied on import. I have 2 A9s and there is no AA filter on the A9, so I don't see the difference on import that you do. When I look at my A9 files and my K-1 files in LR they are very close. As a matter of fact, I use the Sony VSCO presets with my K-1 because the default color profiles are so similar. My K-1 beats my A9 in DR and resolution, but I shoot wedding and portraits, so I really don't have a need for 36MP. I end up brushing away skin detail that I never needed to capture in the first place and the rest of the "detail" is melted away in the Bokeh. It's very rare that I go into Photoshop and use frequency separation for fixing skin.


I think you will find it a challenge to use the K-1, XT-3, & A7III and maintain color consistency in your work unless you calibrate them all to the same color profile.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
Fuji makes great cameras and gear. I have 2 friends that shoot wedding and use Fuji. Mostly (80%) OOC JPEGs. The Fuji 56mm F/1.2 and the Sony 85mm F/1.8 give very, very similar results. One of them borrowed my 85mm F/1.8 to test on an A7III body and challenged me and several people to see if we could tell the difference between his Fuji XT-2 w/56mm F/1.2 and the A7III with my 85mm F/1.8. He was pretty proud of the fact that nobody could tell the difference and his APS-C body could match the look of a FF A7III. He is using a $1,200 lens to match the IQ of the $600 Sony FE. The Sony A7III with the 85mm F/1.8 FE is a $2,600 setup. Buying the new XT-3 with a 56mm F/1.2 is a $2,800 setup. He has the 90mm F/2 which is a great lens, but that's going to give you the look of a 135mm F/3.3 on the A7III and it really doesn't match the look of the Zeiss Batis 135mm APO or the Sigma 135mm ART. The Zeiss Batis 135mm is a lot more expensive than the Fuji 90mm F/2, but the Zeiss is an APO lens with amazing color and sharpness. The Sigma 135 ART is an F/1.8 lens that has excellent 3D pop and bokeh. The Fuji 90mm is a good solid lens, but even the 135mm F/2 Samyang is a better lens on a FF body. The Fuji 90mm would need to be an F/1.4 to match what you can do with a FF body and a 135mm F/2 lens and that would be a $2,000 lens.


I follow your work on Flickr and you have a very distinct look. I can spot your images without looking at the name because your look is so consistent (and partly because you always have beautiful subjects) . I assume you are using Lightroom, but this applies to C1 as well. You have default setting you can apply on import. You can customize this. A lot of people claim C1 does better than LR, and for some things it does, but really C1 just applies more contrast and sharpening by default so that the images import in looking better. If you import in a K-1 file into LR, DxO, & C1 you will 3 different looking images because the default setting are different. In the case of your K-1 and the A7III files that you are bringing into LR, the K-1 sensor doesn't have an AA filter and the A7III does. This just means that the A7III will need a little more sharpening and a little more contrast applied on import. I have 2 A9s and there is no AA filter on the A9, so I don't see the difference on import that you do. When I look at my A9 files and my K-1 files in LR they are very close. As a matter of fact, I use the Sony VSCO presets with my K-1 because the default color profiles are so similar. My K-1 beats my A9 in DR and resolution, but I shoot wedding and portraits, so I really don't have a need for 36MP. I end up brushing away skin detail that I never needed to capture in the first place and the rest of the "detail" is melted away in the Bokeh. It's very rare that I go into Photoshop and use frequency separation for fixing skin.


I think you will find it a challenge to use the K-1, XT-3, & A7III and maintain color consistency in your work unless you calibrate them all to the same color profile.
Some interesting points that I was mostly already aware of but still good to hear reiterated. I ordered the 56mm 1.2 yesterday for $900. Should have it by Tuesday afternoon for a shoot. I got the company I work for to pay for the lens so I don't feel too bad about it being more expensive than the Sony 85 which I did buy with my own money. I may give VSCO presets a try.

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