Shutter Release: Does Sony’s new FE 85mm f/1.8 lens best the Zeiss Batis 85mm prime?


posted Monday, May 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM EDT


DxO puts the new Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens to the test: Is it better than a Zeiss or Sony G Master f/1.4? - Sony Alpha Rumors

Sony's recent FE 85mm f/1.8 lens has been put to the test by DxO Mark and they have given it a remarkably high score. In fact, per their tests, the 85mm f/1.8 even bests the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 for Sony E mount. How does the Sony 85mm f/1.8 compare to the Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master lens? Check DxO Mark for a full breakdown and tons of comparisons. We also went hands-on with the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens earlier this year. Check out our findings here. This portrait prime goes to show that you don't have to break the bank to get great results as the 85mm f/1.8 can be purchased now for just under $600.

How to capture great shots of your dog - Amateur Photographer

Over the weekend, Amateur Photographer published this neat guide for learning to capture great dog portraits. If you want an awesome shot of Spot, read the article. It includes tips on how to capture the character of your dog, advice for capturing sharp shots and even how best to photograph black dogs, which are particularly tricky subjects.

I captured this portrait of my late dog a few years back. Her black coat was a challenge.

Elia Locardi takes the GFX 50S and new GF 23mm lens to Horshoe Bend - ISO 1200

Travel photographer Elia Locardi recently took the Fuji GFX 50S and the soon to be released Fuji GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR lens to famous Horseshoe Bend. The video below is part of Locardi's Photographing the World tutorial. It's rare to get over an hour of free content like this, so if you don't have the time to watch it now, bookmark it! It's educational and features beautiful imagery.

Federal appeals court strikes down FAA regulations requiring personal drones to be registered - DIY Photography

Drone hobbyist John Taylor filed a claim against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2016 claiming that the FAA didn't have the authority to force him to register his drone. A federal appellate court in Washington D.C. ruled in favor of Taylor. While commercial users are still required to register their drones and all rules governing the use of drones remain in place, you no longer must register a drone for personal use.

Photojournalist Stanley Greene dies at age 68 - New York Times

We finish today's Shutter Release on a sad note. Photojournalist Stanley Greene has passed away in Paris, France at the age of 68. Greene was a founding member of Noor Images, an organization dedicated to documenting civil unrest, political issues, environmental causes, war and much more.

Stanley Greene was a member of the Black Panthers and an anti-Vietnam War activist in his younger years. His willingness to rebel against the establishment was evident in his life's work. He described his job as a journalist in this way to The New York Times in 2010, "You want to sit there comfortably with your newspaper and blueberry muffin, and you don’t want to see pictures that are going to upset your morning. That is the job of a journalist, to upset your morning.”

I urge you to read the full article about Mr. Greene and his passing here, but I will leave you with this excerpt, "Mr. Greene’s commitment to telling the unvarnished truth extended to his assessments of the ethical questions facing photojournalism. He railed against the use of computer programs like Photoshop to alter the scenes of news images, a practice that he said turned photos into “cartoons.” And he scorned photographers who staged images in an attempt to recreate a missed moment after arriving late to a news scene.