Le Grand Palais, Paris | 09:00
Before Chanel SS13.
I’m preparing to move up to a full-frame early next year, and I’ve spent the past several weeks looking at all of the scientific specs and field test results for the Sony a99, the natural and logical upgrade to my current a65. During this time I’ve read reviews on precisely every lens that Sony and Minolta have to offer, every lens, no less than 5 times. Why? Because I’m a mad. And because my current weapon of choice will not reach far enough on a full frame for the type of shooting that I do. I’m still waiting for someone to confirm whether or not the a99 has a ‘manual’ APS-C mode. I babble on about this dillemma in this post because when I look at these photos in this layout, I can honestly say my Minolta 58 produces some of the finest colour and background blur I’ve ever seen. I don’t care that it’s as heavy as a Canon 85, I don’t care that it doesn’t meter and has no autofocus. In Paris, it was referred to by two other photographers as “the rustic lens”. While my former 50/f1.4 still produced IMO the best bokeh of all of the lenses I’ve owned, the blur on the Minolta is just something else. The backgrounds often don’t look like photographs at all, they look like they could be paintings.