#778. What’s in my bag? (episode 1)

Fast intro to this collection (Pascal) :

There have been many writers on DS, some common, some on and off . We although it will be fascinating for us to explain what we stock round throughout our taking pictures periods, to focus on the huge variations between all of our approaches to images. One explicit query is whether or not we use one kind of substances or a number of sorts of gear, relying on a dichotomy in topic kind or in meant use for the images (non-public vs consumer work for example. Or journey vs house …) So right here it’s, what’s within the baggage of the DS crew ?

Adrian was sort sufficient to volunteer for this primary episode, so I’ll simply hush now, and go away him the ground. Thanks Adrian !


My “critical” images is cut up between normal journey, mixed with physique sports activities competitions, male physique portraiture, and out there gentle reportage and avenue portraiture, with a bit structure thrown in too.  In consequence I exploit a reasonably intensive system, however since my images is commonly carried out on the finish of lengthy haul journey, I’ve to attempt to restrict the tools I carry as a lot as potential to make it airline carry-on pleasant.  Till lately my journey “system” has comprised a full body Sony A7II and A7S, plus an APS-C A6000. A Sony backpack appropriate for carry-on hand baggage will get my system and laptop computer between worldwide airports, and day-to-day I exploit both the backpack or a small “Artisan + Artist” Gladstone bag constructed from ballistic nylon if I’m travelling gentle.


Artisan + Artist Gladstone bag and Sony backpack


Pascal had requested us at DearSusan if we used completely different cameras relying on completely different makes use of for the output.  I don’t select a digital camera this fashion, however I do use completely different cameras for various conditions, resembling a Sony A6000 for competitors and occasion work and a Sony A7S for excessive low gentle work.  The aim of the resultant picture is usually the identical, both printing, inventory use or sharing on social media.  I discover that completely different genres of images profit from the strengths supplied by completely different digital camera our bodies.


For stage occasion work at physique sports activities competitions I exploit my A6000 mixed with the Sony FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS lens, because the APS-C crop issue offers an equal focal size of 105-300mm with glorious picture high quality in a small gentle package deal.  One of many strengths of the A6000 collection is on-sensor PDAF focusing, with superb steady focus and monitoring efficiency mixed with steady taking pictures at as much as 11 frames per second.  The focusing and body charge of my A6000 opened up new alternatives to some competitors classes that have been unimaginable with earlier SLRs I owned.  For the value,  it presents great efficiency and picture high quality, and can also be a superb normal function digital camera when travelling gentle, with picture high quality surprisingly near full body fashions.


Physique mannequin Chris Ng – Sony A6000 + FE 70-200mm f4 ISO 640


Males’s health Pornchai Tramasangwarn in flight – Sony A6000 + FE 70-200mm f4 ISO 1250


For any out there gentle work I exploit a Sony A7S.  With out wishing to bask in hyperbole, it revolutionised my capability to work in low gentle, since it may be used at ISO values properly past any digital camera I owned earlier than and produces images with low noise, good dynamic vary, and good element.  When used at night time with a quick prime such because the Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f1.eight or FE 28mm f2, it’s nearly as if there isn’t a that can not be taken, as ISO 25,600 is properly throughout the envelope of fine high quality outcomes for A4 prints.  It is usually glorious for out there gentle portraits, and though the digital camera solely has distinction detect focusing (CDAF) and isn’t the quickest focusing digital camera. the massive pixels and weak anti-aliasing filter imply it could actually focus reliably in very low gentle (-4ev).  For me, it’s a superb out there gentle digital camera and likewise produces very good clear recordsdata at “regular” ISO values.


Fortune teller – Sony A7S + FE 28mm f2 ISO 25600



Physique Mannequin Halim Mohd – Sony A7S + FE 24-70mm f4 ISO 12800



Bodybuilder Hairul Izwan – Sony A7S + FE 24-70mm f4 ISO 6400



Armani Trade – Sony A7S + FE24-70mm f4 ISO 100


For normal images, portraits with flash, and tripod primarily based work I’ve been utilizing a Sony A7II.  The mark 2 digital camera has in physique stabilisation, some enhancements to it’s auto-focus, and adjustments to it’s physique form that mix to make it really feel a significantly better digital camera than the primary model.  I really feel it was an under-rated digital camera, all the time within the shadow of the 42Mp A7R2, however truly a really succesful instrument with strong picture high quality and efficiency at a fairly cheap value.  My most used lenses have been the Sony FE24-70mm f4, and the Sony Zeiss Vario-Planar FE 16-35mm f4 OSS, a really succesful ultra-wide angle zoom lens.


Samui Sundown – Sony A7II + FE 16-35mm f4 ISO 100


For “formal” portrait work utilizing flash, I switched from Sony/Minolta wi-fi flash to the Nissin “Air 1” system, with a pair of Nissin Di700 flash weapons.  I can not advocate them as they’ve been fragile and unreliable, and Nissin have been no assist in any respect in resolving the issues I’ve skilled, which different customers have additionally reported.  These are used with a cheap gentle stand, a flash bracket, a shoot by means of umbrella, and various gentle modifiers together with small gates, a honeycomb grid, a snoot and a few colored gels.  I typically use a Sony FE 24-70mm f4, FE 90mm G Macro or Zeiss Batis 90mm f1.eight OSS for portrait work.


Physique mannequin Ejal Jalal – Sony A7 + FE 90mm f2.eight OSS ISO 100 + Nissin Air 1 flash system


Final 12 months I bought a Sony A7R2.  It has some slight useful advantages over the A7II, and significantly better picture high quality as ISO rises, though at ISO 12800 and above I nonetheless desire to work with the recordsdata from the A7s, which has higher dynamic vary and a “sharper” take a look at pixel degree.  I’ve used it as a substitute for my A7II as the upper decision and higher excessive ISO picture high quality merely widens the taking pictures envelope, though I don’t suppose it’s a “higher” digital camera than the less expensive A7II.


Atlas Bar – Sony A7R2 + FE 16-35mm f4 OSS ISO 1600



Alley Cat – Sony A7R2 + FE 24-70mm f2.eight G Grasp ISO 25600


I used to make use of Nikon 1 for “social” and really informal use, however the images nonetheless obtained developed and printed in a lot the identical method as images from different cameras.  I tended to make use of the digital camera in “auto” mode greater than different cameras, or with much less curiosity in altering settings past aperture.  The focusing and publicity have been superb, making it fairly properly suited to avenue images when the sunshine was okay, because it simply seemed like a client digital camera and by no means attracted any curiosity bigger digital camera would.


London Skyline – Nikon J1 + 18mm f1.eight ISO 100



Champagne cocktail celebration – Nikon V1 + 18mm f1.eight ISO 1100



Prince Albert jogger – Nikon V1 + 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 ISO 100


Again within the days of movie I did use a number of completely different mounted lens cameras,  but it surely was largely as a result of they have been extra handy to hold round than an SLR, or as a result of I appreciated the “experimentation” of utilizing completely different pocket-type cameras, however the remaining use for the images was nonetheless largely the identical.


Lately, I’ve began to make use of my Microsoft Lumia Home windows telephone for informal and social footage.  This has largely been influenced by the folks I’ve been socialising with, who discover social images and selfies with digital camera telephones fairly regular.  The occasional high quality of the outcomes has stunned me in some instances, and whereas earlier than I by no means actually although about my telephone as a photographic instrument, it’s made me rather more inclined to make use of it in these conditions, as typically the one function of the image is a reminiscence or to share digitally.


Eye – Microsoft Lumia 640  ISO 125



Dancer – Microsoft Lumia 640 ISO 4000


Important journey equipment with mirrorless cameras are an air blower and a LensPen Sensor Pen for sensor cleansing, and a journey pleasant light-weight tripod.  I desire OpTech neoprene wrist straps as they’re snug in sizzling climates, washable, and extra simply permit a digital camera to be carried discretely at my aspect.  I additionally use Sony’s in-camera apps that have been supported by E-mount cameras.  The”Clean Reflections” app is helpful because it creates a single uncooked file from numerous a number of exposures to simulate ultra-long exposures utilizing excessive density ND filters, and the “Digital Filter” app simulates graduated filters by taking as much as three photographs with completely different exposures and mixing them right into a single uncooked file as if filters had been used throughout configured areas of the composition.




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