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Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS — Portraits

The about $1499 Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is a pleasing lens.

At Photoshop World, I had just 3 minutes today to take a few snaps of a skilled and lovely model as seen below (competing with 25 or so other photographers, nearly all with 24-70 or 70-200 zooms, LOL). Me, I just had the Sony 100/2.8 STF GM. I took 82 seconds to fire off 11 frames and dang I love that Sony A7R II focusing.

UPDATE: I’ve posted three samples. Viewed properly at high-res on an late 2015 iMac 5K, the images are stunning.

UPDATE 2: I’ve added the black and white conversion settings and Adobe Camera Raw conversion settings and two more poses using different processing approaches.

Examples: Portrait Model

Includes images up to full resolution in both color and black & white.

I like the Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF GM a lot—it balances very nicely on the Sony A7R II, it’s razor sharp, the focal length is ideal for portraits, and its rendering style is unique even among apodized lenses. The brightness loss of two stops (f/2.8 is as dark as f/5.6) is regrettable as a working challenge, but I applaud Sony’s decision to not go half-way—the results are beautiful (model or not), and I deem the 100/2.8 STF GM a must-have lens for the Sony shooter.

As for the A7R II, the images look fantastic at full res at ISO 1600. The black and white images I’ll take over an Leica M Monochrom any day (far more flexible and more detail). What does it imply for CaNikon or Leica or even medium format when the next-gen Sony hi-res camera will without a doubt improve the performance in every aspect, the 24MP Sony A9 being a technical tour de force unmatched by anything on the market?

f2.8 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 800; 2017-04-21 09:47:31
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

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At f/2.8 (camera records as f/5.6 in EXIF)
f5.6 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 1600; 2017-04-21 09:48:28
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

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f2.8 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 1600; 2017-04-21 09:48:52
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS

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John G writes:

Seems like Sony continues their roll with killer new lens designs.

I thought the picture is quite beautiful. The photograph prompted my email. Stunning tonality—a quality I hesitate to ascribe to the Sony cameras themselves.

DIGLLOYD: the results (at ISO 1600) speak for themselves—stunning. See the full-res images in both color and black and white.

Sony is the most innovative company in the business today—cameras like the A9 and now optics like the 100/2.8 STF GM.

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