18 August, 2017

Sigma 85mm

Anastasia Snow - Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art

I continue to be impressed by the Sigma 85mm with the MC-11 Mount  Converter. But it's not perfect. 

Occasionally, when using eye-autofocus, the 85 can lock up when hunting. It's fixed by putting it into normal-focus mode and then back. 

I use back button focusing, so this is quick enough for me doing portraits, but it would be more than annoying for a wedding photographer.

08 August, 2017

Hannnah-Jean, Mt Coot-tha and the Sigma 85mm

Hannah-Jean - Mt Coot-tha - Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art (with the MC-11 Mount Converter)

I'm not a morning person, but I was up at Mt Coot-tha for a shoot with Hannah-Jean. It was clear and cool. It was good to see the sun come up.

03 August, 2017

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art meets Vex

Vex - Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art
The Sigma 85mm with the MC-11 on the Sony A7Rii, with a vertical grip, two batteries and a strap weighs in at over 2.3kg (5lbs). After a few hours I notice the weight. Is it worth it? For portrait work I think it is.

Previously I had the Zeiss 85mm, f/1.8 Batis. It's a great lens and less than half the weight, but the Sigma is my choice.

It's rarely the case that I take the Sigma off f/1.4. It's in that extra two-thirds of a stop where the Sigma shines. It's sharp wide open, even out to the corners.