Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Group Family Photo Session

It was an interesting photo session with 5 families together. The toughest thing was getting the kids to the spot because they were very excited to play with each other.

Capturing family photos is quite different from taking wedding photos. Photos have to show the bonding and the happiness of the family. Family photos are important to everyone. I would suggest people to take once in 2 years at least.

Raymond & Jessie
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

About Equipment: Kipon Bav Eyes EF To m4/3 AF x0.7 Focal Reducer (Speedbooster)

I haven't done any hardware stuff in this blog for a long time.

We work with Canon equipment since 12 years ago but we use Olympus m4/3 camera (OM-D) during off work time. m4/3 is a good system (in my opinion) because it gives us more options to travel light and capturing fast objects like a Canon 1D series. Recently, I finally purchased a Kipon Bav Eyes EF To m4/3 AF x0.7 Focal Reducer. Actually, it's a Speedbooster with auto focus ability. I have been tracking Kipon's AF adapter for a long time before this version. I think it is about time to try it with firmware v2.6 available.

Let's jump to the conclusion to save you some time: It works well and I like it very much.

After Chinese New Year, the seller sent it with express mail in 7 days instead of over a month's shipping. The packaging is quite nice.

Obviously, the packaging department of Kipon's factory wasn't that clean. Lots of dusts on the surface but inside was ok.

First thing I did was testing Olympus E-M1 with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L. The whole thing acted like a 35mm f/1.0 on a Full Frame camera (But depth of view is like f/2.0). What a surprise... It's very sharp at the middle. However, the auto focus speed wasn't very fast but usable for sure.

What about the crazy sharp Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART? So, it acted like a 50mm f/1.0.

Sharp, very sharp.

Kipon Bav Eyes EF To m4/3 AF x0.7 Focal Reducer worked in my older E-M5 too. The weird thing is... E-M5 auto focus with this adapter a bit faster than E-M1 sometimes. (E-M1 auto faster than E-M5 with regular m4/3 lenses)

The most interesting test was using with the 10 years old Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC HSM lens which is an APS-C lens. I used this lens with Canon 30D in the old days. I also used it with 1D Mark II N in the old days. 1D Mark II N's sensor was a APS-H (x1.3 crop) camera. Photos came out with dark corners when 10-20mm mounted on it. I was very curious to see how it worked under the same focal length about full frame 14mm (10mm x 0.7 x 2).

It was very bad with the cheaper non-AF focal reducer (See below).

Photo taken by the cheap non-AF focal reducer: Corners were very bad. Totally, not usable.

Below: All E-M1 + Kipon + Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC HSM

Corners were all sharp and no dark corners (What?!). Quite amazing. BUT... you must set the AF mode at C-AF (continuous) instead of S-AF (single). If the camera was set at S-AF, the lens would hunt the AF points for a long time without letting you to release the shutter.

If you ask me... Will we use this for work? No. The combo is not as good as Sony A7R II or A7 II with EF adaptor.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birthday Party Decoration at Sutton Place Hotel by CC Roa

This birthday party was decorated by our good friend CC Roa. As usual, CC created a gorgeous red and black for this high end event. Actually, her decoration and lighting made photographer's life much easier to capture the scene. Love to work with her very much.

You may see her art from this link:
ROA Floral and Event Designs

Raymond & Jessie
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Catherine + Bob Wedding @ Hycroft Mansion

Happy New Year! We wish everyone a great 2017.

Our first blog post in 2017 was the wedding of a sweet couple, Catherine & Bob at Hycroft Mansion. We love shooting weddings at Hycroft all the time. The reception was also hosted at the mansion; therefore, we could spend more time shooting photos around the building. It was a great location for photos with different lighting methods. At the end of the reception, we spent a bit more time to take photos at the room at the basement that we seldom shoot in a wedding day. The outcome was beautiful and artistic.

See their engagement session here:
Catherine + Bob Engagement Session

Raymond & Jessie
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