Sony A7 cameras: Get answers from acclaimed photographer Brian Smith

by Kathleen 10/21/2013, in Photography

Hot off the heels of our A7 and A7R full frame camera announcements, we’ll be heading to Photo Plus this week to show off our new gear and will be joined by celebrity photographer Brian Smith. As a Sony Artisan, Brian reps Sony equipment and shares his expertise with photographers all over the world. Here’s a peek at his camera bag (equipment listed below):

Miami Photographer Brian Smith Camera Bag

In case you haven’t heard of the guy, check out an excerpt from his bio:

For the past 30 years, Brian’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

In short, Brian knows his stuff. He actually traveled to Haiti with the A7R and has had an opportunity to test it out for himself . Since you’ve all got a ton of questions about the camera, we’re giving you an opportunity to ask him anything you want about the A7 Series. Submit your question below and he might answer it in video created exclusively for you guys. Ready, set, go!

Description of the gear above, as described by Brian Smith.

Here’s the gear that gets stuffed in my Lowepo Pro x200 roller bag. It comes onto the plane with me while my lighting and grip cases get checked.

Sony a99: My workhorse cameras. The sensor is amazing for portraits. Plus it’s built like a brick. I travel with two a99s. One has a RRS Quick Release L-bracket.

Sony NEX-7: This is the ultimate camera for street photography. I love the option of built-in EVF or Live View LCD. I’ve grown to love looking down on an LCD tilted up—it’s like using a waist level on a Hasselblad.

Sony CZ 24-70/2.8: My all-time favorite lens for portraits, this lens has the perfect focal length range from 24mm for portraits that capture the environment around the subject to 70mm for tight, intimate portraits. Zeiss glass makes this the sharpest zoom I’ve ever used. Unlike Zeiss lenses made for other cameras – Sony Zeiss lenses are AF.

Sony CZ 85/1.4: Portraits look amazing when you shoot wide open for minimal depth of field with a fast 85mm lens. This Zeiss glass makes is the sharpest 85 I’ve ever used.

Sony CZ 135/1.8: Although I tend to shoot portraits a bit closer, this is a great lens for tight portraits if you want to flatten out the perspective a bit.

Zeiss Touit 12mm/2.8: Spectacular ultrawide angle e-mount lens. Perfect for landscapes or shooting in tight spaces

Zeiss Touit 32mm/1.8: Razor sharp e-mount normal lens. I love to shoot portraits with this lens wide open.

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 Lens: My vintage rangefinder glass has gotten new life thanks to the adapters available for Sony NEX.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX1: The perfect camera for reportage or travel with fast fixed 35mm/f2 Zeiss lens, full-frame sensor, and the ability to shoot RAW.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100: Finally, I have a compact camera with everything I want—fast Zeiss lens, large one-inch sensor, and the ability to shoot RAW.

PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver Radio Slaves: I shoot nearly everything with strobes, so I use these to sync it all up.

Sony SDHC Cards in card cases: I keep SD cards loaded in these cases on every shoot. After I shoot a card, I turn it face down so I know it’s been used.

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