the small things

background // I bought the Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 (Amazon / B&H) to experiment with macro photography.  This is my third Rokinon lens, it joins the 85mm and 35mm f1.4 lenses already in the bag. 

quick take // This lens is sharp.  Shooting macro is fun.  Trying to use fully manual lenses can be difficult if there is any movement in the frame (wind blowing leaves, bugs/animals that move, etc.), not an issue at all for still objects.

samples //

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> 1/200 - f/2.8 - ISO 100

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> no info available

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> no info available

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> no info available

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> no info available

a6000 - Rokinin 100mm f2.8 >> no info available

a wider view

background //  I bought the Sony E 10-18 f4 (Amazon / B&H) primarily to help a friend with interior photos to list their home, I found a few other uses for it as well.

quick take // This lens is fantastic, the build feels solid and photos come out sharp.  In use the 10mm (16mm equiv.) is perfect for capturing expansive landscapes.  I attached a small tripod from Sirui (B&H) and used the lens for selfies and group photos on hiking trips.  At 10mm there is a lot of distortion on the edges of these close photos, extending the tripod allowed me do selfies with 14mm to 18mm focal lengths and eliminate most of this distortion.  For the real estate shots, this lens was perfect.

samples //

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 OSS >> 1/100 - f/7.1 - 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 OSS >> 1/320 - f/4.0 - 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 OSS >> 1/40 - f/5.6 - 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 OSS >> 1/4000 - f/4.0 - 10mm - ISO 800

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 OSS >> 1/4000 - f/4.0 - 17mm - ISO 1000

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 >> 1/320 - f/4.0 - 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 >> 1/200- f/11 - 11mm - ISO 1600

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 >> 1/60 - f/8.0 - 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 >> 1/320 - f/8- 10mm - ISO 100

a6000 - E 10-18 f4 >> 1/30 - f/8 - 10mm - ISO 200

that zoom

background // My growing collection of glass is missing a proper long lens.  This is a costly hole to fill, so I took the first step of renting a lens (lensrental.com).  My choice was the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens (Amazon / B&H), which I promptly took on a weekend excursion to the Grand Canyon.

quick take // The lens is not exactly discreet and drew several comments from the other amateur photographers at the overlook.  The lens is heavy but very easy to operate.  I had no problems switching between AF/MF modes, when in AF the focus ring still acted as a manual override.  Trying to nail focus handheld at 200mm f/2.8 is impossible, but with the assistance of a monopod, it was much doable.  The long reach combined with excellent resolution and the 24.3MP sensor of the a6000 allow for significant cropping if the intent is to grab images meant for social media.

samples //

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/100 - f/2.8 - 70mm - ISO 400

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/500 - f/2.8 - 200mm - ISO 100

a6000 - FE 70-200 f2.8 GM >> 1/400 - f/2.8 - 70mm - ISO 400