Hands on with the Sony G Master 135 1.8

As many of you probably know, I’m a sucker for a prime lens. I’ll often carry up to seven on a shoot. When Sony announced the new 135 GM, this was probably the most exciting release for me so far this year. I do love my GM 70-200 2.8 but often I miss shooting at an even wider aperture.

Product image, shot on Sony A7Riii.

Product image, shot on Sony A7Riii.

Over the past six weeks with the lens, I have travelled to South Africa, Namibia, Indonesia and Scotland. Upon checking my image selection, this has surprisingly been the most used from my kit bag with the 85 GM coming in shortly behind.

This lens provides me with the opportunity to capture objects in the distance, while still maintaining that perfect bokeh that I’ve grown familiar with from a shorter lens. You could say this lens is a commercial photographers dream.

Sumba, Indonesia. Shot on Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/2000 second - 50 ISO.

Sumba, Indonesia. Shot on Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/2000 second - 50 ISO.

Indonesia. Shot on Sony A7Riii @ F2.0 - 1/3200 second - 50 ISO.

Indonesia. Shot on Sony A7Riii @ F2.0 - 1/3200 second - 50 ISO.

I’ve used the lens mainly for landscape/ wildlife images and also a selection of commercial shoots. With it being part of the G Master range, you get everything you’d usually expect. Exceptional quality, creamy bokeh, ridiculous sharpness and proper weather sealing. I can vouch for the weather sealing as Scotland has some of the best rain out there!

Puffin shot on Staff Island, Scotland: Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 100 ISO.

Puffin shot on Staff Island, Scotland: Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 100 ISO.

We tested the autofocus on penguins and puffins, neither of which is the fasting moving creature! The focus was smooth, fast and silent. With some of the creamiest bokeh, I’ve seen. The 70-200 is fantastic, but this is another type of beast.

Sossusvlei, Namibia. Jack using the Sony A7Riii with 135 GM.

Sossusvlei, Namibia. Jack using the Sony A7Riii with 135 GM.

Deadvlei, Namibia. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 50 ISO.

Deadvlei, Namibia. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 50 ISO.

The body is a magnesium alloy that feels just like it should. There's not too much to say about this.

Image showing the 135 GM, Shot on Sony A7Riii.

Image showing the 135 GM, Shot on Sony A7Riii.

It feels sturdy on the A7Riii, and I expected the lens to weigh more due to the performance, focal length and aperture. I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of it on the body. It does not feel too overpowering and is only 130g heavier than the 85 GM. A little more than a chocolate bar indifference.

If you enjoy capturing objects close to you, then you can use this with a minimum focusing distance of .70 meters, the results can be quite impressive!

Rattray Head, Scotland. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/800 second - 50 ISO.

Rattray Head, Scotland. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/800 second - 50 ISO.

Cape Town, South Africa. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 100 ISO.

Cape Town, South Africa. Sony A7Riii @ F1.8 - 1/4000 second - 100 ISO.

I spent a lot of the time shooting at 1.8 which you’ll see in the ARW selection which I’ve added a link to at the bottom. The lens is sharp as hell, I was blown away every time using it, which is why it stayed on the camera for most of the last six weeks.

Going forward, I’ll be using this lens for a variety of projects, which will be anything from shooting landscapes, portraits to lifestyle and commercial shoots with brands. The lens offers me so much for any photoshoot I'm doing and will be staying in my camera bag for every trip.

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Sony Scotland autumn photography workshop. You’ll get the opportunity to get your hands on this lens along with a selection of the very best Sony equipment. More information here.

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Seven days of adventure across Florida.

I was recently lucky enough to travel to the beautiful east coast with VisitFlorida. I had mentioned Florida to friends and they had only talked of places like Disney Land and other tourist attractions. Oh how they were wrong!

Our journey was going to be around a week, covering areas within Ocala, Martin County and Fort Lauderdale. The perfect mix of forrest, natural springs, wildlife and the beach.

We started with an action packed few days in the Ocala area, covering the stunning Rainbow Springs State Park, a wild canyon adventure and a horse ride through the forest.

At Rainbow Spring State Park we paddled on glass bottom kayaks, explored local waterfalls and spotted a few animals on the move.

The amazing activities were completed with @rainbowspringadventures, @makin_tracks_trail_rides and @zipthecanyons.

Check out a few Ocala moments below!

Our mission moved onto the next area, with Martin County our target. Paddle boarding, surfing (my first time) and water bikes were just a few of the highlights. As well as the activities, we also found a few local gems to photograph. We had unforgettable sunsets beaming down whilst we were paddle boarding, which lead to some fantastic images.

For those didn’t already know, Martin Country is located in the Treasure Coast region. Which of course means plenty of opportunity on the water. We spent a little time with a local company @theohanabus, who were fantastic.

For our last evening we set sail on a beautiful ship, experiencing those soft pastel colours in the sky from the water was an experience I’ll certainly take home with me. Towards the end of the sail the moon started to rise and we all got way too excited!

Activities in Martin County provided by: @theohanabus, @schoonerlily and @ridingthewavestc.

After a thrilling time in Martin County we made a short nighty minute drive to Fort Lauderdale. We had an adrenaline packed few days planned with lots happening.

We had the opportunity to get a little wild on the water, with the SeaBob, Seabreacher and FlyBoard available with our fantastic hosts @aqua_flight. Once we had completed this we had a lovely afternoon within the Everglades National Park. . The park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States. Famous for its alligators and abundance of wildlife. Here’s a few images below from our time at Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area.

Activities: @aqua_flight and @evergladesholidaypark.

This blog post was in collaboration with VisitFlorida.

Video: Sony Scotland Workshop Roundup

As part of my Sony Ambassador role, I was lucky enough for the brand to support a recent workshop that I ran in Scotland. We had an unforgettable voyage across the country with eight passionate adventurers and five Sony specialists within the group. Our goal was to improve the photography of everyone involved both out in the field and on the processing stage.

During the five day workshop, we visited historical castles, hiked dangerous ridges and experienced all four seasons in a matter of minutes.

We drove from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye in three Land Rovers, with stops around Kilchurn Castle and Glencoe en route. During the five days we were lucky enough to shoot everything from small cottages to dramatic mountain scenes.

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We had the opportunity to test the Sony A9, A7Riii and A7iii in the wildest of conditions. With strong winds, heavy rain and hail all part of our daily challenge. As expected, everything held up well despite the typical Scottish weather.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the all-new Sony GM 24mm 1.4 and 135mm 1.8 on our five days. The results were very tasty and I will be releasing a review on the latter soon from a project in Namibia.

Check out the video below for a roundup of our adventure!

Thank you to the staff and guests who made it to Scotland, you’ve been amazing!

Video credits: Oscar MInyo