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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Executive Portraits for Real Estate Professionals

Images for Executives and Headshots for Realtors

Photographed with #‎SonyAlpha, α7S, FE 70-200mm f4 G OSS, Profoto AcuteB-600R with a Chimera 2’x3′ softbox and a Lastolite TriGrip reflector.

I enjoy creating executive portraits for real estate professionals and headshots for realtors. Greg Paquin president and founder of the Gregory Group and real estate consulting firm. He needed to update his executive portrait for social media branding, his speaking profile image, LinkeIn and Facebook profile image. We decided on three looks a business formal, informal and casual look.

The Gregory Group is a real estate information and consulting firm that specializes in providing professional services to the building industry. The Gregory Group provides in-depth feasibility studies and detailed analysis for residential development throughout the Western United States.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Peak Design Camera Strap Review

Peak Design’s Cuff, Leash, and Slide

Lets get this part out of the way. I’m not a big strap fan. That being said there are times when they are essential for me. When I’m photographing a wedding I want one camera on each shoulder. One fitted with a medium to wide angle, say the FE 16-35 f/4 Zeiss OSS or FE 24-70mm f/5 Zeiss OSS and the other fitted with a telephoto, a FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS. This way I’m prepared for anything. And when I’m shooting street. But when I need to have my camera on a tripod for a luxury architectural and real estate shoot, a camera strap just gets in my way. That being said I do own a hand-made red silk Artisan and Artist strap and love it. But I just took it off my Sony a7II in and replaced it with a Peak Design Slide.

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Pictured above: The Peak Design Slide on a Sony a7II.

I first took notice of Peak Design’s unique take on the old fashioned camera strap on Colby Brown’s blog and was curious about it. What were these red and black pucks that dangled off his camera? The thought stayed in my periphery. Then I ran into a new friend, Sony Artisan & Computer Scientist Spencer Pablo at WPPI and he had a bunch of Peak Design products he was using.

So, the second day of the trade show {at WPPI} I headed over to the Peak Design booth to get the 411 on their straps and accessories. It was all hands on deck and the both was swamped. I was lucky enough to talk with one of their engineers who was manning their booth. He demoed me on their strap systems. He was kind and patient and took the time to answer all my questions.

Simply looking at their straps its not evident how they work. Their design idea was new to me and very well executed. Remember, I said I’m not a big strap fan. Well, Peak Design took everything I don’t like about straps and made it okay to use them. Why? Keep reading…

“Its kind of like Peak Design reinvented the camera strap.”

Before I get into the part about why. I’ve got to tell you that I’m a fanatic about things that are beautifully crafted. Gear may be extremely functional, but if its ugly I won’t purchase it. Peak Design has hit it squarely in both departments. They produce gorgeously, crafted, functional, camera accessories that work beautifully. Its kind of Peak Design reinvented the camera strap. Oh, I can hear the flak coming from miles away on this one. But its how I feel about their gear. Sure there is Black Rapid and Sun Sniper. But what I personally don’t like about these systems is that they feel awkward to me and they rely on fitting a screw into the quarter-twenty mount on the bottom of the camera. I simply don’t care for the feel and operation of the Black Rapid and Sun Sniper straps.

Peak Design – design features

The Peak Design Standard Plate: With Peak Design the quarter-twenty standard mount plate is one option. It comes with the Slide. And they’ve been smarter with their standard mount design. Peak Design use a Swiss Arca type mounting plate that screws in with a standard screw driver. The bolt is also machined with an allen wrench, included in the packaging, this ensures maximum tightness if you don’t have a screw driver or a quarter on you. And their standard plate also fits into the Manfrotto quick release system or any Swiss Arca style head like the BH-55 Really Right Stuff {which I own} and into a Benro or MeFoto head too. Pretty smart huh?!

But say you don’t want your strap fixed to the bottom of your camera via a plate. Not and issue with Peak Design. This is where their anchor link system comes in to play.

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Close up of the anchor links and link clip as featured on the Cuff.

The Peak Design Anchor Link System: Their anchor link system is the connective heart of all their straps systems and what separates Peak Design for all other strap designs. Let’s get right into the heart of the design.

“Anchor Links™ are quick-connectors that can be placed on the ends of any standard camera neck strap, giving it super-fast, uber secure quick-connection capability.”

The cord part of the anchor link is finely woven kevlar. The puck part of the anchor is made of injection molded plastic. As the molten injection molded plastic is extruded, it cools around the kevlar cord making the two inseparable. The anchor link connects to the link clips which are part of every Peak Design camera strap. The link clips are made from technologically advanced glass infused plastic. The anchor link fits into the link clip track with a push of the thumb and is securely locked in place until it is depressed and pushed out from the link clips receptacle. You can not disengage an anchor link accidentally. The anchor link has to be disengaged by applying a decent amount of pressure with your thumb in then needs to be slid out of the link’s receptacle. Its the anchor link and link clips that make the Peak Design straps quick release straps. The anchor link can even be attached to the standard mount so the strap can be removed even if you’ve chosen to attach the plate to the bottom of your camera.

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Pictured above are the anchor links and link clips. Each Peak Design strap comes complete with its owb anchor links and anchor clips.

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The Peak Design Slide: Showing a clip link and detached anchor link.

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Demonstration images of how the anchor link attaches to the clip link.

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Once engaged, the anchor link makes both a tactile and auditory signal. You can feel and hear the engagement and locking of the anchor link into the anchor clop. The same can be said for disengagement of the anchor link. Just so I am clear, it does take forceful thumb pressure to lock and unlock the anchor link.

Peak Design: Cuff

Total security for the true minimalist. Cuff™ is a camera wrist strap that uses our patent-pending Anchor Link™ quick-connection system. Releases with one hand and can be connected to your camera in a variety of locations. When not in use it can be worn around your wrist like a bracelet. Comes with 2 Anchors for attachment.

Peak Design Camera Strap Review

The Cuff is a light unobtrusive wrist strap perfect for street shooting when you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you have a camera strap slung across your body.

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One thing I noticed immediately is Peak Design’s packaging. Their attention to detail is carried out from their slick packaging, graphics and easy visual access to the gear. Very smart. That same attention to detail is carried through on the look and feel of each one of their camera straps.

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Peak Design: Leash

Leash™ can adapt to any camera and any shooting situation. Easily configure Leash™ as a sling strap, neck strap, safety tether, video stabilizer and more. When you don’t need a strap, Leash™ quickly disconnects and stores in your pocket, purse or camera bag. Leash uses Peak’s patent-pending Anchor Link™ connection system and comes with 4 Anchors for attachment.

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For a low profile strap get the Leash. And adjustable cross body strap.

Peak Design: Slide
Slide™ is made of 45mm tubular seatbelt-style webbing with internal padding. Slide™ has aluminum quick-adjusters and Peak’s patent-pending Anchor Link™ quick-connectors. Comes with 4 Anchors and 1 Standard Plate for attachment.

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The Slide is my favorite strap from Peak Design. I plan and purchasing one more. In addition to being a more robust heavy duty and wider gauge strap than the leash, the slide is also a rapid | quick adjust strap via the metal adjustment tabs.

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Peak Design Camera Strap Review

Some detail images of the Slide strap.

 

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Brilliant 8000 Frame Stop Motion

Road Trip – A video from 8000 stills and the Sony RX1 by Ofer Rozenman

At WPPI this year I made a new friend. Spencer Pablo. Spencer is a Sony Artisan & Computer Scientist. He had a sweet little camera that I had never seen before. It is the Sony RX1. A full frame CMOS, 24.3 MP , 35mm f/2 {fixed} Zeiss leaf shutter lens beast that fits in the palm of your hand. Its probably the quintessential street camera with an optional EVF attached.

“Unlike a DSLR, the RX1 uses an in-lens leaf shutter system. This has two distinct benefits over the mechanical shutters that DSLRs systems use – the first being that taking a picture with the RX1 is nearly silent. If you turn off the audio cues, a person standing a a foot or more away would never know that you just took a picture. This makes the RX1 an excellent choice for street photography or other documentary work where you do not want to draw attention to yourself. The second benefit of the leaf shutter is that it allows for flash sync at shutter speeds as high as 1/2000th of a second. If you use a lot of speedlights and studio flashes this is a tremendous advantage because it allows you over power the sun in your exposures…” ~ Peter Adams Photography

Below is a sweet little stop motion project by the talented photographer Ofer Rozenman.

And another from NYC by Ofer Rozenman.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Sony Zeiss FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA Lens First Impressions

First impressions, tests and hands-on previews Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA

“Its a very exciting lens for still shooters and film makers alike, with a clickable and de-clickable aperture ring on the barrel.”

About two weeks ago, I got to see touch and put the Sony Zeiss FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA on my a7s. While it wasn’t possible to go out and shoot with the pre-production model I knew it would find a place in my bag as soon as it is released. Its a very exciting lens for still shooters and film makers alike,with a clickable and de-clickable aperture ring on the barrel. Its not a diminutive lens by any means like the Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8. As you would expect from a Sony the FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA is solidly built with Zeiss coating and optics. Here’s some news, reviews and a video about it from the folks over at Daily Camera News.

First impressions, tests and hands-on previews now available for the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA wide-angle prime lens.

Steve Huff has previewed the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 lens and say: “This is TRULY the 1st native “WOW” lens for the Sony full frame FE system“. Amateur Photographer andSLRgear also tested the wide-angle prime mirrorless lens. See their first impressions below along with several hands-on preview videos.

Zeiss FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA lens MTF graph and sample images can be seen here in our previous coverage. Full size 37 image samples at Dpreview.

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From Steve Huff:

For me, this is TRULY the 1st native “WOW” lens for the Sony full frame FE system. It easily surpasses the 55 1.8 for me as well as the 35 2.8 that I have been using since the launch of the A7 system, and those are both beautiful lenses when it comes to image quality. The 35 1.4 has such a beautiful character and rich rendering.

From Amateur Photographer:

Optically it isn’t perfect, but the chromatic aberration is slight and I would actually rate the vignetting as a nice feature. In terms of resolution this lens is difficult to fault, and it is certainly one of the sharpness lenses we have tested for the Alpha 7 series, although the 90mm f/2.8 macro lens looks like it may well offer some competition on that front.
Having used the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens for a few days, I am left with the impression that this is a lens with character. From the resolution and bokeh to the build quality and aperture ring, this lens has a certain something about it that makes it stand out from the generic 35mm lenses that roll off production lines.

From SLRgear review:

Image quality from the new 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens is very good, with excellent sharpness — though being an ƒ/1.4 optic, there is some softness, especially in the corners, when shot wide-open. Other optical qualities such as CA and distortion control are also very good, and while vignetting is understandable strong at ƒ/1.4, it’s less of an issue at smaller aperture.
Overall, Sony has produced yet another very good lens for the A7-series cameras — a super-solid lens with excellent build quality, a nice feel and great image quality. Sure, it’s significantly larger, heavier and more expensive than the earlier FE 35mm ƒ/2.8 lens, but if you’re a professional or advanced enthusiast photographer in need of a superior low-light lens for the your full-frame Sony mirrorless camera, this is the one to consider.

Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA lens has a 9-blade circular aperture plus three aspherical elements and a Zeiss T* coating. It uses a Direct Drive SSM focus system that promises quiet and fast focusing.

The lens has a dedicated aperture ring with a button that can switch it from smooth to ‘clicky’. As one would expect from a high-end lens, the 35mm F1.4 is also weather-sealed.

Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Price and Availability

Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA wide-angle prime lens will ship in April for $1,598.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Introducing Sony Imaging PRO Support

Sony Imaging just Launched their PRO Support program

Just received a FedEx box in the mail the containing a fancy black folder-box with the brand new Sony Imaging PRO Support info.

If your a professional photographer, you’re working with you gear daily. If and when it needs to be fixed, you can’t wait weeks. You need it back as fast as humanly possible. When I was a Canon shooter I belonged to Canon Professional Services {CPS}. You had to fill out an application, prove that you are a professional photographer and pay a yearly fee. Same with Sony.

Sony stepped up and realizes that to get their cameras in the hands of professional photographers they need to support them by offering PRO Support. I’m proud to be working with Sony. They listen, react and bring to market cutting edge technology and service.

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My beloved Sony a7II with FE 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss OSS and hand-made Artist and Artisan red silk strap.

Sony Imaging PRO Support is available by filling out and application here and paying a $100 fee. What’s included:

Expert Support

  • U.S. dedicated phone and email support
  • 3 Day repair turnaround time
  • Repair loaners
  • Pre-purchase evaluation loaners

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Equipment Maintenance

  • 3 free cleanings
  • Pre-paid in bound and out bound shipping
  • 20% discount on out-of-warranty repairs

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In the Box
Is a custom Sony PRO Imaging camera strap, I.D. card with your personal PRO Support number and some cool Sony stickers.

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Update March 22th, 2015: Sony does have some pre-qualifications that need to be met. But hey, so do Canon and Nikon.

  1. Owns a minimum of 2 Sony Alpha Full-Frame interchangeable lens Cameras and a minimum of 3 Sony ZEISS(R) and/or G Series lenses
  2. Be an active professional photographer (self-employed or an employee of a professional imaging business/organization).
  3. Provide professional work samples – either tear sheets or a business URL with galleries.
  4. Provide Membership Fee Payment. Currently $100
  5. Has received an invitation from Sony Electronics to join the program. {I may be able to help you with this qualification…please email me directly.}
  6. Has reviewed and agreed to the Terms & Conditions

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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