Model test shoots are a chance to stay creative in a world of corporate work. You can get creative and have fun with some really great people. Caitlin is one of those people who I love working with. She is very professional and great at posing. She is also a signed model and I’m very lucky to work with her.

For this shoot, my concept was a simple studio shoot with a lifestyle theme. The brick walls added a nice warm touch to the images. The rest of the session just fell into place.

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/160s

Shooting with the Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera

My first camera was the Sony a7 and I used it for this shoot. I owned the Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster lens and rented the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster just for this shoot. Both performed great for this shoot, and the wide zoom range was perfect for this small studio. I had just enough space with the 85mm but I stayed mostly with the zoom for this shoot.

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/160s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/160s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/160s

Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster

This lens barely comes off my camera. It is tac sharp and hits focus almost all the time. It renders colors in a beautiful way and I really do love this on my camera. the only draw back I have is it is a heavy lens. Shooting for an hour or two is not bad, but try shooting for hours at a time and you will start to feel the difference.

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f2.2 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens | @f2.2 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens |@f2.2 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens |@f2.2 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 85mm F1.4 GMaster Lens |@f2.2 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster: Initial thoughts

My background has consisted mostly of using prime lenses, so this shoot was a good opportunity to try out a zoom lens for portraits. I have to say I was pretty impressed. The focal range came in handy for the small space, and shooting wider made a large difference.

The photos were sharp, and I only had a few missed shots on the Sony a7. Focusing was quick, and I would love to get this lens very soon for my collection.

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @35mm| ISO 1000 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @49mm| ISO 1000 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @42mm| ISO 320 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @46mm| ISO 400 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @41mm| ISO 400 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @29mm| ISO 400 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @29mm| ISO 400 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @56mm| ISO 320 | 1/100s

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Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera | Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GMaster | @f2.8 | @65mm| ISO 320 | 1/100s

I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.

Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:

My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
– 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners

Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)

Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom

Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera

Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)

Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel

Recommended Accessories:

Godox Ving V860IIS Camera Flash – Speedlight Paired w/ X1T-S Wireless Trigger
Meike Grip Sony a7 – Camera extension grip
Meike Grip Sony a7ii – Camera extension grip

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