Friday, November 23, 2012

Kel Wyn & Jinn Lin

About a few weeks ago I decided to give the Sony gear a chance in a paid assignment. I was shooting the Sony as a second body, alongside my main Olympus system. I had the Olympus E-5 with the super wide angle 11-22mm F2.8-3.5, and the Sony A350 with the 50mm F1.8. I used the Olympus exclusively for all wide angle shots, while the Sony for close up shooting and details. Olympus FL-50R was attached on my E-5 and fired at all times. Similarly, a third party TTL compatible Sunpak flash was on the Sony. 

Here are some photographs from the dinner reception at Hotel Maya, Kuala Lumpur. 





















So how did the Sony perform? Honestly, it exceeded my expectations. I do not understand how so many people can bash Sony's earlier releases of DSLR (at least the bashing is true here locally in Malaysia, observing discussions in online forums, photography groups, etc). I did not find the camera to be inadequate in any way, for a shooting session that I needed to deliver results. The Sony performed well, and I was happy to have used it. 

I think it was so easy to talk down another system, especially if you are already stuck with your own system of choice. If you keep an open mind, and really try out that alien system, it may just very well surprise you. Ideally I would want to have another Olympus E-5 as my second body, or even the OM-D E-M5, but I cannot afford either. I make do with what I can at the moment, and hey, it worked well enough. 

I have been swarmed with wedding shoots lately. Much of my free time has been eaten up by post-processing works. Oh well... the reality of being a photographer, even though I am not doing it full time. 

25 comments:

  1. Hi, don't you think Robin, that having only one color scheme (color or b/w) would be better?

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    1. No, I believe in variety. Please leave a name when you comment next time.

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  2. Hi Robin,
    Congrats... I'd love to have the opportunity to shoot a wedding someday! It must have been fun. The shots are wonderfully exposed... Nice blending of flash and available light. Once again you show to us what can be done even with a lesser gear. Excellent work! One question: How do you make the white balance consistent?

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    1. Hey Johan,
      I am sure the opportunity will come. People get married everywhere all the time !!
      I think the white balance consistency has a lot to do with post processing. But generally, when working with flash, the color output is usually quite similar.

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  3. For work, I love to use same cameras. I have two E3 and a E1 (the last hope). I also have the Sony gear, a great a99, but I do not want to mix them in work. I'll ve different sizes, different aspect ratio and different WB and this will mean too much editing and resize.
    Actually Sony makes Cmos for almost all Digital Cameras (only Canon not, I think). This mean that has the best knowledge in this, and great lenses too. Sony's color are impressive, much better than Canon/nikon's. I'm in love with the EVF of my a77, it's very useful in low light and has top image quality like a reflex viewfinder.
    Who says the Sony isn't good has never tried one of them, I'm sure.

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    1. Hello Ugo,
      I am sure you are making great images with your A77 !! Those who have used Sony before can testify it is indeed a great system. Plenty of innovations to bring to the table that truly make difference in shooting.

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  5. Hi Robin, I don't think Sony is no good. As a photographer, I trust every system, format had their own pros and cons, no clear winner unless you pinpoint a certain specific shooting requirement or specific situation. Sony is base on Minolta (correct me if I am wrong) and they used to make good camera and lenses. The only cons on Sony is they unable create a line of best lenses on their own that can wow to the public and had to depend on Zeiss. However, base on the photo above, A350 is no match to E-5 combo.. may be I am a Oly fanboy, haha

    Francis - Toronto

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    1. Sony has started a partnership with Olympus, with Olympus sharing their lens design technology while Sony sharing their sensor development, so I think we are about to see huge improvements in Sony's lens line-up, probably not very soon, but lets just give Sony a few more years. In comparison to all other brands, Sony is indeed the youngest in competition. Given time I am sure they will mature. With their electronics technology, and culture of pushing innovations, I believe Sony should not be underestimated.

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  6. Oly has the great Zuiko lenses that make the difference. the A350 is a budget camera, an entry level. It' normal that E5 is far better... Sony has the cheaper line, the G line and the Zeiss line in his line up. G are the Pro ex-minolta, Zeiss are based on optical Zeiss projects and lense and manufactured by Sony (If Im not wrong). G and Zeiss are great lenses but also non pro line is very good. I 've the new 16-50 2,8 and it work very very well (I use 14-54 and 12-60 zuiko.

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    1. I have been thinking about the 16-50mm lens too but that lens is not cheap. Then again I am perfectly find with Olympus 11-22mm so there is no need for another wide angle zoom at the moment. I would however look into getting the Sony 35mm F1.8, that seems like a delicious lens.

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  7. As usual, great pictures, Robin. I like the little things you do, such as the wine glasses, the wedding cake with the couple out-of-focus in the background, some B/W shots. Nice, and variety and creativity is good. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Andre !! Details are very important for wedding photography !

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  8. Love it ^,^
    Great shoots . love the detils very much

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  9. It's not the camera and all pro photographers will say that and I know you know that for sure. Sadly, there are bashers or maybe I should not say sadly as it could be good. Where will the fun be if you don't have to prove them wrong :). Clearly, you've proven them wrong with your work. Results always trump theory. To date my biggest print (almost the size of a wall, honestly) is from a smallish sensor, 4/3. It came from a newish camera the E-M5 but I've been bashed as well for giving up my FF 5D Mark II down to 4/3 sensor OM-D EM-5. I've used APS-C, FF and now 4/3 and for me the best camera is whatever you have with you.

    Cheers and keep up the good work Robin!

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    1. Hey Eugene,
      YOu were right, it is the camera that you have with you, that is the best camera ! Thanks for the kind compliments.

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  10. Nice work Robin! You sure don't shoot weddings as a full time job?

    Cheers mate,
    Tom

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    1. Hello Tom,
      Nope, an engineer here !

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  11. Very nice pictures Robin! Congrats for the wonderful images.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Edwin

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  12. Superb pictures Robin as in all your blog entries! You really have an "eye". I have a question because I am hesistating btw Sony/Oly. With your recent experience with the 350, what did you think of the Sony AF versus the Oly AF (Pen EPL5)? I like very much the 35mm and 50mm Sony lenses which I think are among the very best price/sharpness/bokeh combinaison in the market.
    Thanks

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