When Sony introduced the 400mm f/2.eight G Grasp lens, a lot of my sports activities and wildlife photographer associates have been excited so as to add this lens to their package. As a portrait photographer myself, I used to be curious to see what a lens like this might do when used for capturing trend, magnificence, and portrait work.

Luckily, a couple of weeks in the past Sony held a World Images Day occasion in Brooklyn, New York to kick off their “Be Alpha” marketing campaign and introduced one in every of solely 19 400mm GM lenses presently in circulation. Even higher but, they’d fashions obtainable for us to work with and arrange our personal 15-minute photoshoots within the surrounding space. Right here is my expertise working with the lens for capturing portraits.

Measurement and Weight

The very first thing I used to be shocked by was the load of this lens. I am certain by the appears of it in pictures and movies it appears like it could weigh an excessive amount of to have the ability to handhold it, however I discovered the other to be true. It was round twice the load of the Sony 70-200mm f/2.eight GM lens however as a result of it was rear weighted, the lens was surprisingly comfy to carry. Granted, I solely had it for 15 minutes so it is doable an extended picture session would have been a bit extra grueling, however a lens like this is not actually meant to be handheld anyway. 

Autofocus Efficiency

I examined out the Eye AF to shoot some strolling pictures, and even with my mannequin sporting a hat the digicam locked on to the attention and held on shot after shot. The outcomes have been razor sharp, which is to be anticipated for a lens on this worth vary. I think about the efficiency would have been even higher on a digicam just like the Sony a9, nevertheless it actually did the job right here at a wide range of distances from the mannequin.

Observations

Whereas the lens positively provides a novel look, in hindsight I might have most popular to make use of this lens with a monopod and presumably even a gimbal head. I crop my photographs in digicam to maximise the decision I am getting from my cameras, however handholding this setup after awhile prompted me to float a bit and mess up my composition. A lens like this is not for everybody, however for those who’re trying to create portraits which have a distinctively completely different look to what you’d see out of a few of the extra widespread portrait lenses on the market, I might say its positively price a glance (maybe a rental) and a take a look at to see what you may make of it.

Editor’s observe: Miguel Quiles is a Sony Artisan of Imagery.

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