Voigtländer has announced the Nokton 42.5 mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds mount. The lens features 11 elements in 8 groups and 10 aperture blades for smooth bokeh. At 42.5mm, the lens will offer an equivalent field of view of 85mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera thanks to the 2x crop factor – making it a potentially great portrait lens for cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
The lens should be available in Summer 2013 with no price yet announced. Based on the price points of the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 and the 17.5mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds, I would guess that a $1200-$1300 street price would be expected for the 42.5mm f/0.95 when it finally ships.
Here’s a great little vignette with Gregory Heisler talking about the things it takes to get genuine expressions on portrait subjects.
[Stumptown Visuals via PetaPixel]
The below video is a solid introductory video to studio lighting put on at B&H Photo.
The presenter Joey Quintero is instrumental in developing and marketing B&H’s in-house Impact brand of lights and modifiers. I own and still regularly use a pair of very affordable Impact EX100 monolights, which I previously reviewed here.
One of the goals of my wife is to have great portraits of each of our children at age 3. We’ve been pushing our luck with our current 3-year-old, who turns 4 in a couple months. While we’ve shot tons of images of her this year; however, we’ve not taken that right shot with just the right dress, bow and smile . . . until last weekend. [click to continue…]