So I've shot Sony for 2.5 years and in that time I've had the opportunity to shoot a lot of great lenses. I have a separate review dedicated to the Canon 85mm f/1.2 showing a lot of different shoots and more.
But this post and video is related to my very first shoot with this amazing lens. I bought the lens very shortly before leaving for PhotoPlus in New York City. At $2,000 the expectations I had for this lens were very high. I'd obviously heard about the lens for years, but as a former Nikon, and now currently Sony shooter, I'd never shot one on my own cameras. Below is the video from the shoot:
I normally use the Metabones Mark 4 Adapter when shooting Canon lenses on my Sony bodies but while I was at PhotoPlus I went by one of the camera store booths and picked up the Sigma MC11 Adapter. My followers had asked me if it worked well and I just hadn't taken the plunge to purchase it because I already had the Metabones.
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BUT, since there were a lot of questions coming in about the adapter I relented and purchased it. Later that evening I hosted a Photo Walk and decided the occasion would be a great time to try out the two together.
I took the group out to the street in front of the Javits Center where PhotoPlus is held and we shot against the beautiful backdrop of the city. I used a Rotolight Anova Pro to illuminate the shots at first but then as the night got darker and I wanted to go more mobile we used the Rotolight Neo.
From the first moment I shot the lens and saw the resulting image in the camera I was in love with it. It doesn't have the nearly perfect circular bokeh balls that the Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master does...but there is just something so magical about f/1.2. Even looking at it in the back of the camera it just looks edited and photoshopped already.
Below I have included shots taken with the lens. All of the shots were taken wide open at f/1.2 and all of them were edited using Lightroom only. I try not to over edit my images since so many people are looking at my videos and images for instructional and educational purposes. In other words, I want the images to somewhat resemble what was actually captured in camera. So no extra blurring, composites, etc. are done.
I hope you enjoy the video and the images and I invite you to stick around and check out some additional content while you're here. If you haven't already, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you are alerted anytime a video is released!
Images Taken using the Canon 85mm f/1.2 with the Rotolight Anova Pro
Image Taken using Natural Lighting Only
Images Taken using the Canon 85mm f/1.2 with the Sony A7Rii and Rotolight Neo