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Hanging with Rory

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Copyright © CRAIG LITTEN

Rory McIlroy

After a long embargo, I'm finally able to publish the photographs I took of Rory McIlroy for BOSE. This was shot in Palm Beach when Rory first signed a sponsorship contract with Bose. And as they say, the rest is history. By the way, he's a super nice guy!


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The Best Lens for the Sony a6000/a6300

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Sony FE 28mm f2

Using the "Sweet Spot"

If I were to recommend one single lens for the Sony a6000/a6300, it would have to be the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. It's the perfect balance between focal length, size, weight and price, and as a bonus, it can also be used on the full frame A7-series cameras without cropping the image. I give it a 5-star rating and highly recommend it. All the photos in this post were shot with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens on the a6000. For the images samples, I attempted to shoot a wide variety of situations, f-stops and distances from the subject as well as different lighting situations. I hope the samples give you a good idea of how nice this simple little lens draws a scene. If I had to say in one word how this lens renders a scene, it would be: "Beautifully."

  • F.O.V. - Field of View: It's a great focal length on the APS-C Sensor at just over 40mm. If you flash back many years, a great camera called the Leica CL came standard with a 40mm f2 lens. And only a few years back, when Micro 4/3rds was launched, the tiny 20mm pancake was all the rage. It too was a 40mm equivalent lens.
  • It's a full frame (FE) lens so it works at it's original focal length, 28mm, on the A7-series bodies and therefore can do double duty. This is extremely helpful if you're someone hoping someday to upgrade to the A7 bodies, or a pro who needs a good full frame lens but also wants an everyday lens for your a6000/a63000.
  • It's relatively small, and very lightweight and never becomes a burden to carry even all day.
  • You're using the best part of the glass when shooting on APS-C bodies. In other words, "The Sweet Spot."
  • It's a downright amazing piece of glass for the money and features crystal clear, sharp images, smooth, even creamy bokeh at wide apertures and a Zeiss-like 3D pop. Most of the reviewers agree and give it a high rating.
  • The price is right.

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TESTING THE SONY FE 28MM F2 LENS

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I have enjoyed shooting with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens in the last few days. I especially love that it's so light that you forget that you have a camera on you. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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Testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 Lens

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Hop-a-Long

I was out at my usual hot spot today testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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Fan Frenzy

Photo: ©New York Times/Craig Litten

Photo: ©New York Times/Craig Litten

The Boys of Summer are Back

Rabid New York Mets fans push forward to get autographs during the first day of spring training on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Friday's practice was the largest crowd ever at Tradition Field for the Mets. The Mets are hoping to make it to the World Series again this year, but know that they have a target on their back and it won't be easy. I shot this assignment, covering the N.Y. Mets for two days, for the New York Times.


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O-U-T-T-A-K-E-S

Photo by Craig Litten/NYT

Waiting for the Coach

I was on assignment today for the New York Times. The main photo was of New York Mets manager Terry Collins, but unfortunately, I can't share it here on my blog yet, because it has to first be published by the NYT. Above is a snapshot with the Sony a7s and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2.0 lens. This is the first time I've covered a news event since I switched over to Sony mirrorless. I ended up photographing the Mets' manager, one of the Mets' star pitchers and some other players signing autographs for fans. Tomorrow will be opening day of spring training for the Mets here in Florida. I must say, the silent shutter on the a7s is a fantastic feature, and it came in very handily during a video-centric (every media outlet in NYC) press conference--my camera didn't make a peep--which is always good for audio.

Finally, the a7s and a7II performed flawlessly today, and I was even able to get over 1,100 shots form one battery with plenty of juice to spare. Tomorrow will be another test, as actual training begins. My prediction is that the Sony's will handle it without a glitch. Also, the Wi-Fi feature in the a7's saved the day, but I'll keep that story for another time.


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