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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

SCOOPED

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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Into the Blue

Inspired

I never get tired of looking at the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean here in South Florida. The colors are simply breathtaking at times, and also seem to change daily keeping me coming back for more. The above shot is nothing more than a snapshot taken while testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 back in June. The sea looks a bit different now that we're into winter; nonetheless, it's still beautiful. God is so good, and I feel blessed by Him to so close to the ocean.


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

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

Shinola Cola

A drink for the hipsters, Shinola Cola from Detroit. Detroit? Hey now, who are they trying to kid? I grew up near Detroit, and there is N-O-T-H-I-N-G hipster about the city of Detroit, LOL. Nonetheless, the cola was refreshing, especially splashed atop homemade ice cream on this humid November day in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. One guy I know drank two. —Peace out!

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MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

Wynwood Art District

I had the privilege of teaching a one-day street photography workshop for a photographer from Columbus, Ohio on Saturday in Miami, Fla. The weather and light was fantastic too. We covered a lot of ground including the Wynwood Art District, Little Havana, downtown and Bayfront Park. To get to all these places, I had to ride the Tri-Rail (train), the Metrrail (elevated subway), the Metromover (think Walt Disney's monorail), the Metrobus (city bus), and even used Uber twice (Uber is awesome). It was a fantastic day! Posted is the second series of images from the day. These photos were shot in the Wynwood Arts District. I hope you enjoy.

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A ONE OR TWO DAY, ONE-TO-ONE WORKSHOP IN MIAMI, PLEASE CONTACT ME.


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