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Sounds good Brian. Pity it's such a pricey bit of kit... but there again it is described as a 'Pro' lens, so presumably comparable to Canon's 'L' efforts.
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looking at some of the images after minimal PP they are better than those I was getting with my 24-105 LIS on the 5Dmk2 (only a sample of one for each case of course, so no conclusions can be drawn, but I'm convinced its a stellar performer in the studio at least )
Just for fun, a couple of grabs from the 600+ shots
first a crop of Hannah singing
then a frame from a silly few moments at the end when they let their hair down and went for a bust up
It was one of the most fun sessions I've shot and the girls basically took over with a little direction from me
Quote: Sounds good Brian. Pity it's such a pricey bit of kit... but there again it is described as a 'Pro' lens, so presumably comparable to Canon's 'L' efforts.
You could always pick up a 14-54(both versions) or 12-60mm, there pro grade lenses as well, but you will need an adapter
Definitely a "must have" lens Brian,....(makes the wait for the 40-150 even more frustrating )
Nice images from your session last night......be interesting to know the lighting set-up used for the group shot.
Thanks Roger, I'm just ploughing though all 600+ images putting together Hannah's portfolio so she can have it before she returns to uni on Saturday (she's the singer and is in her 2nd year of a degree relating to performance and art, so is a natural for this type of shoot)
The other lass is a professional entertainer and spends a lot of time working with schools and stage groups and is wonderfully uninhibited in the studio, she helped bring three people who had never worked together in front of the camera into a cohesive group and we all had a ball shooting this session
The lighting was based on a stage lighting suggestion I saw recently, two high level gridded flash heads with barn doors, aimed down at the singers from each side and two low level square soft boxes (about a foot off the floor), aiming slightly upward and inward from the edges of the studio
We used a large U shaped curtain to provide the "stage" backdrop and the black vinyl drop screen for the floor
The more I look at this series the more convinced I am that this lens is well worth the money
Here are a few more from the session
(as you can see, a fair bit of clowning about went on
Thanks for the info Brian........and more great images
Very unsure as to whether to move over to the E-M1. I've read comparisons, e.g. here and here. A harder decision than ditching my Canon full-frame equipment and going over to M4/3!
Any thoughts appreciated.
My thoughts CB, for what they are worth, having got both cameras:
- unless you need the larger / brighter EVF + the ability to shoot up to 1/8000th sec + the ability to use 4/3rds lens with adequate CAF (and much improved CAF with m4/3rds lenses) stick with the EM-5
There is little if any improvement in IQ (although the "ISO100" does help in some situations) and I reckon around +1 stop on noise (ISO1600 on my EM-1 + ISO800 on my EM-5)
Ergonomics are improved but I don't remember you ever complaining about the EM-5?
Spend the money on the pro lenses that are here / coming would be my suggestion for your style of shooting
The quality of the images from this kit is impressive. The separation of the blacks from the background and the rendering of the highlights shows an excellent range.
Your lighting is very good as well. I really like to see the fun elements from shoots as well as the "Selected" shots.
Quite a few pros are moving to CSC's ... here
None are well known though
How many professionals are well known? There are thousands of pro togs in the Uk I have never heard of...
edit: and I doubt they have ever heard of me either...
I`ve read of a fair few wedding photographers shooting with the EM5 or Fuji x100/x100s.
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