North of 46

Joined on Apr 8, 2017

North of 46's current gear

Sony a7R II
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 28mm F2
Yeah, maybe I should have waited just six months more. But I've been enjoying this camera and the photos I can take with it. The autofocus is good, but I know that this is one of the many things that has been improved in the A7Riii, so maybe in a few years I'll get that one on sale... The shutter works well, but it does spray the sensor with lubricant (apparently a common problem with all brands, not just Sony). I've already had a professional clean the sensor off once.
I have been toying with the idea of selling this, but it is too convenient to have a "big gun", even of middling quality, to pull in objects that are far away. It is a bit hit and miss with autofocus, though.
I think this little lens is terrific, given the price and the size. It's so light to carry and fast (when used in autofocus mode), so I have it with me to shoot more expansive scenes, although it won't be the default lens on my A7rii-that spot is still reserved for the 55mm.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8
The lens is quick to focus on the A7rii and is optically sound. The bokeh is actually serviceable and the low-light performance is good. I prefer shooting at f/2.8, if I can, because the corners are a bit soft at f/1.8 and because of the purple fringing and LOCA this lens exhibits in high-contrast situations.
What can I say that hasn't already been said by other users? The lens is wonderful--light (given the focal length and the autofocus + stabilization), relatively quick to focus and just superlative in terms of IQ. I bought this on the basis of an excellent review that appeared on Philip Reeve's website (the lens was reviewed by David Braddon-Mitchell at https://phillipreeve.net/blog/zeiss-batis-apo-sonnar-t-135mm-f2-8/ )
Other gear:
  • Sony HVL F-43M Flash I use this for indoor shots a lot (in conjunction with a translucent diffuser cup--from Gary Fong--placed over the flash emitter). The diffuser makes all the difference.

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Sony a7R IV
Fujifilm GFX 100

North of 46's previous gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Sony a6000
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS
I still use this when space is at a premium. It does the job (and has a very long reach when that is what's called for).
A wonderful (and wonderfully versatile) camera. Light, compact and reliable (thus far--purchased in late December 2014), it's no wonder that Sony still sells them hand-over-fist.
The bokeh is nicer than the E35 1.8 OSS and the focal length is good for portraits (approximately the same as 75mm on a "full-frame" camera). SOLD in July 2017 (in light of FE 1,8/55 purchase for A7rii)
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
I used this about five times after buying it (with the A6000) in late December 2014. Yes, the form factor was attractive, but the IQ didn't match the quality of the A6000 sensor.
This was the lens I used most with the A6000 (the focal length is closest to 50mm equivalent on a "full-frame").
Other gear:
  • Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS (APS-C/Four Thirds) This one took really nice WA shots on the A6000, if held steady. It would have been better, of course, with the IBIS on the A6500... The copy of the lens I purchased (from B&H) was fine--it did render sharp pictures, albeit with significant distortion in the corners (as is always the case with UWA).