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Palm Beach Sony Mirrorless Workshop

Photo by Greg Burnett/iPhone 6s

Look Mom, No Mirrors!

We held our first annual (hopefully) Sony Alpha Mirrorless Camera Workshop here in Palm Beach Co., Florida this past weekend, and above is a picture of the gear. If anyone is interested in switching to Sony mirrorless, learning more about their Sony mirrorless camera, or street photography CONTACT US HERE.


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Apogee

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Home for the Holidays

Spending Christmas 2015 with Family

God has richly blessed us with family, and it was a joy to spend part of the Christmas season with them this year in Sarasota and Tallahassee. As wonderful as relatives are, an even richer blessing is being part of the family of God through Christ Jesus. Let us not forget the reason we celebrate this season...the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.


For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
— Isaiah 9:6-7

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

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

I've Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I almost deleted this photo, but I'm glad that I decided to import it into Lightroom. In camera I was shooting in the B&W mode so that the color didn't distract my test, but I was shooting RAW+JPEG and the raw file retained the color data. What I was doing was a flash comparison between the Nissin i40 and a rented Sony HLV-F43M. During this test I was using the Sony a6000 with the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 lens (this photo) and the Sony a7II with the Zeiss Batis FE 25mm f2 lens, and getting as close to my subject (just stuff around the house) as I could to see if the flash would blow it out. Both flashes did very well actually and seemed fairly equal. I rarely if ever shoot flash but rented the Sony for the fun of it to shoot an event at my church that I knew would be very dark.

To me this photo is really fun, and in this case, the color makes the picture. The fan in the right lens reminds me of a palm tree, the basket makes me think of a picnic basket, the paper junk mail coupon resembles a tablecloth and the glasses sunshine. You have to use your imagination, but all of these elements make this photo work as a photograph. Photography is all about imagination isn't it? Lesson learned: Don't delete photos!


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Just Touit

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

Crisp & Clean, No Caffeine

I was out between raindrops today testing the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on my Sony a6000. It’s equivalent to a 48mm or standard lens. I won’t waste any time, and immediately tell you that I love this lens, and have since it was first released several years ago! PopFlashPhoto was kind enough to send me the Touit 12mm and 32mm for testing on my Fuji X-Pro 1’s (back when I shot Fuji), and I fell in love with them both. I couldn’t justify the price of the 32mm (it was $900 at release) as I already owned the stupendous Fuji 35mm f/1.4, plus I didn’t need another standard lens. I really liked shooting with the 12mm too (18mm equivalent), but I rarely if ever shoot super wide lenses, so I wasn’t even considering it.

This tiny Zeiss Touit 32mm has been on my mind, or should I say heart, for quite some time

This tiny Zeiss Touit 32mm has been on my mind, or should I say heart, for quite some time, and I wanted to add it to my kit. With the recent price drop from $900 to $499, I finally decided to get one. After my first day of testing, I think it’s definitely a keeper. It’s not just sharp, lots of lenses are sharp, but it’s crisp and it renders fine detail amazingly well. It also has that Zeiss dreaminess (that’s what I call it)—sharp yet it has a certain glow to it (depending on the subject), and of course, the Zeiss 3D pop where subjects actually look three dimensional rather than flat and two dimensional like so many other lenses. Whatever that intangible quality is, this lens has it. This is why I love Zeiss lenses. I don’t know how I went so many decades without using them. I give credit to Steve Huff, who first made me aware of Zeiss and Leica lenses—thanks Steve! Leica lenses are just as lovely, but in a different way. The problem is, Leica lenses don’t autofocus nor do they have a Sony E-Mount.

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN


Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on Sony a6000

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