Shooting with the New Zeiss Milvus Line: 100mm f2

I had the chance about a month ago to sample the new Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens.  Bokeh and sharpness were everything I loved about the 100 f2 ZE and the new body style was impressive as well.  Mike Reid Photography

A few sample shots from around the Seattle area.

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Sony a7r a7s a7ii a7rii Accessories that Really Matter

Having spent now about a year with my Sony a7r and with the a7r2 on the way, I’ve gained some perspective about accessories that really help with realizing the camera’s full potential.  The first accessory is a cheap but highly effective remote.  I searched far and wide and came upon this gem:  The Foto Tech remote on Amazon.  Cheap and indispensable.  So cheap that when my first one literally went over a cliff in a pouch that had caught a gust of wind, I didn’t even feel an urge to leap after it. http://www.mikereidphotography.com

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Mount Baker Milky Way from Artists Point

Decided to camp over night near Artist’s Point to catch the sunset and night skies.  Almost slept through this but thankfully I got up and captured some stars.  Sony a7r and Zeiss 16-35mm.  www.mikereidphotography.com

Mount Baker Milky Way

To the Skies Again – Dusk and Night Time Aerial Photography Over Seattle With Sony a7s

So I had another chance to go up in Kurt’s helicopter and capture some dusk and night views of Seattle from the air.  This time I had two bodies, Sony a7r and the low light champion, a7s.  My plan was to mount my Sony 28/2 lens on the a7r and put various slower lenses on the a7s.  I went with Zeiss 100/2, 35/2 and 16-35/4.  I think through all of this I discovered that the 16-35/4 is best for dusk, but not for night.  For that you need f/2 or faster.  www.mikereidphotography.com

Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 3200

Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 3200

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Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 51200

Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 51200

Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 51200

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Sony a7s and 16-35mm at iso 20000

Sony a7r and Canon 11-24mm Lens Above Seattle

Decided to rent the new Canon 11-24mm lens and adapt it onto my Sony a7r to see what 11mm looks like.  This lens has been called the widest full frame optic available.  I will call it freakishly wide and sharp corner to corner.  It kinda defeats the “small and compact” ideal of the a7r but the results are worth the heft. http://www.mikereidphotography.com

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Sony a7R High ISO Aerial Night Photography Over Seattle

So I’ve been curious how the a7r and 16-35mm f/4 combo would do at night from a helicopter. Last night I got to find out. I was very generously offered a ride in a Robinson R66 helicopter to capture sights around Seattle at night. My strategy was to adjust the focal length and iso to keep the shutter speeds above 1/200. Early in the evening, this was easy, later on it became harder. My shots were reasonably in focus but as the iso climbed, noise did too. My plan for the next time is to either rent the Sony high iso champion, the a7s or rent a faster wide angle like the Sony 28mm f2. http://www.mikereidphotography.com

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seattle aerial photography, seattle photography, night photography, sony a7r

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Mount Rainier Sunrise Reflection Timelapse Video

Timelapse video of sunrise at Mount Rainier reflected in a small lake. I think I’ve spent two days now cleaning all the mosquitoes out of the 1900 shots that make up this video. Of course I left a few in to give it a real feel.  Sony a7r and Zeiss 16-35mm at 16mm.  Thanks ‪#‎lightroom‬ and ‪#‎photoshop‬ www.mikereidphotography.com