iPhone 5 + Instagram


It’s crazy how good the photos are from the iPhono. Here I used 2 camera apps. One to take the photo and Instagram to present and post it. Very impressed. Will do full review soon.


Samyang 24mm f1.4 Lens – Review

Here is a shot taken with the Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The 24mm focal length is very useful for weddings photography especially if the venue is small or you do not have much space to work. I will add some 24mm wedding photography examples to this post soon from a recent Hindu wedding.

The Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens is also good for environmental portraits so I use for my model photography. In the example photo here of model Emma, I wanted to show the flight of stairs where she was sittings. The point of view is me just hand holding the camera over her head. With a 35mm or longer I would not have been able to capture as much so the impact would have been lessened. Again I will add more model portfolio shoot examples to this post when get chance.

In both wedding photography and model photography the f1.4 maximum aperture allows me to work in lower light conditions and shoot by available light as I have is this photo. The lens can be a little soft shot wide open when compared to the Samyang 35mm f1.4 and Samyang 85mm f1.4 at the same aperture but is acceptable by f2.8 (and I do still sometimes shoot at f1.4 as for my portraits soft can sometimes be a good thing!).

Here is a link to my Samyang 24mm f1.4 Flickr Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157632387379168/with/8981831339/


Voigtlander Bessa R3A + Nokton 40mm f1.4: Review & Model Photography

My latest purchase has arrived. The Voigtlander Bessa R3A 35mm rangefinder film camera with it’s Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4 lens.

First thoughts:
Voigtlander Bessa R3A – It is tiny compared to Mamiya RZ67 ProII! Very solid and feels well made. Simple layout/controls with a modern looking LCD viewfinder that I was not expecting. I am more accustom to focusing through lens cameras than rangefinders so I was a little worried whether I would be able to do my shallow DOF model photography at f1.4 accurately. For those that have not tried a rangefinder camera the main differences are you cannot see the DOF you are shooting and if your subject is off centre you have to focus in the centre square first by overlaying the two images and then recompose and try not to move the camera plane of focus.

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4 lens – I’ve used a copy of this lens in the past on a Panasonic Lumix G1 when I first started out with my photography. (See post and examples here). I was gutted when I could not bring it with me to Nikon. I had great memories of using this lens so was super excited when it came as standard on the Bessa. As my last post suggests it was literally like being reunited with an old friend. The lens is compact, oozes quality and good workmanship and looks great. I knew this lens gave a unique look to photographs particularly due to the ‘lively’ bokeh so I was very keen to get it back.

Here are some samples of photos scanned so far from the first roll of 35mm Kodak T-Max 100 film put through the camera self developed in a brew of Xtol and Rodinal. I used it on two model photography shoots to give the models something different and hopefully special for their model portfolios.

Models; Harriett (in hat) & Emily.

Voigtlander Classic 40mm F1.4
Voigtlander 40mm f1.4

Photos taken in France; Matilda; Paulina
Voigtlander Bessa R3A Portrait
Rangefinder Film Portrait

Voigtlander Bessa R3A - Model Photography

Voigtlander Bessa R3A Portrait

Models; Josie, Emily

Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Portrait

Voigtlander Bessa R3A Portrait

I will add to the post as I scan more images so feel free to check back in a week or two.

In addition to model photography I plan to use it for wedding photography. I literally cannot wait for my next couples big day who have opted for a full day of black and white wedding photography. This and in particular black and white film photography is my big passion so I will be in my element. πŸ™‚