Recently I had the opportunity to borrow the Sony FE 100mm STF lens from Sony to test out. My followers asked me to not only shoot it on my A7Rii as is typically the case for me, but to also shoot it on some lower cost Sony mirrorless bodies that my followers can more easily afford.
So we went down to Balboa Park in San Diego and it POURED rain. I put the 100mm STF on my Sony A7ii and commenced to do a shoot where I illuminated the model in the rain by using the Flashpoint Xplor 600 as my backlight and the Rotolight Anova Pro as my key light with a 2 Stop Diffuser by Westcott called the Illuminator.
I gotta say I was very impressed with the lens. My full write and recommendation will be in a following post and video, but I wasn't disappointed by this lens at all. It has an F stop of 2.8 and a T stop of 5.6. It was very sharp, it found focus very quickly and it was a challenging condition to shoot in.
As you'll see in the video it held up just fine with some rain getting on it and didn't give me any issues at all. Towards the end of the shoot I really started to test the STF Smooth Trans Focus elements of the lens. It's pretty amazing how that lens can turn virtually any light source into a gorgeous Bokeh ball. I can't wait to do more testing on that.
Below are some of the images taken during the shoot. These were all shot wide open at the aperture of f/2.8 but the t stop value of 5.6. ISO range was anywhere from 2,000 or higher with a shutter speed at 1/60 sec. I think this lens is a keeper....but more on that in my full review. I have more shoots to do with it but just wanted to share this one on the A7ii. I hope it also helps people out there that I did it with a more affordable camera body like the A7ii.