Scott (aka Newzild) is one of my blog readers that I have been wanting to meet for a while now. Scott has been commenting often on this blog, and he also linked my blog review entries up on popular forums (DPReview forums), which I appreciate a lot. He is from New Zealand (what a beautiful, beautiful country that is) and has been in Malaysia for a while now, but working in a different state. He stopped by KL for a couple of days, and asked if we could meet up for some shutter therapy and I said why not? After work today, I rushed down to Petaling Street to meet Scott. What initially was a short street shooting session turned out to be a traditional cultural dance shooting at Central Market.
All images were taken with Sony Alpha A57 and DT 35mm F1.8 lens.
Scott from New Zealand with his Olympus PEN E-P3 and the new M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens!
Waiting for customers
This was my first real high ISO torture test performed with the new Sony A57. Considering how brightly lit Petaling Street was, I actually did not require that high of ISO, with the F1.8 lens I have. Then Scott suddenly asked me where I took the photos of the night dance performance on the street, and I pointed it out to him that it was taken outside Central Market. We were already walking toward that direction and trying to find a coffee place to sit down for a drink, and we discovered there was the similar cultural dance performance happening right inside of Central Market itself!! It was raining outside (still drizzling when we arrived) hence the dance performance must have been shifted inside the Central Market. So there and then, we were working our cameras away on the dance performers, which was quite interesting indeed!
The Sony A57 did well in capturing the dance show. Nonetheless, this should not be a fair comparison against my previous tests with Olympus review series (45mm F1.8 on the E-P3 and the 75mm on the OM-D). The previous tests were done outside on the street, with much dimmer and poorer lighting condition, and the Kung Fu performance I shot with the 75mm F1.8 on OM-D was blazingly fast, much, much faster than the dance encountered earlier tonight. The Sony A57 had it easy in a more evenly, and better lit hall (you can see that the lighting was rather flat, and from the same source of light), making it a lot easier for the lens to focus. ISO1600 to 3200 were sufficient to do the job for the Sony A57 with the 35mm F1.8 lens attached, shooting wide open at F1.8.
and a portrait of Scott to cap the night off.
To Scott, it was nice to finally meet you!! Do come by KL again, and hopefully it is a weekend where I am free to bring you around to my usual street shooting grounds. I assure you these places would be more interesting, full of life, and beautiful photography opportunities!
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