Trying Out Lenses at B&H and Aunt Tishi’s Chicken and Potatoes

Trying Out Lenses at B&H and Aunt Tishi’s Chicken and Potatoes

So this post is kind of going to be all over the place, but in the words of Blanche Devereaux, “Oh, who cares?” I’ve been thinking about getting a new lens (a 50mm) for my camera and I had seen a few on B&H’s website, so I went there on Sunday to check them out.  I grabbed my own a7Rii and off I went.  

I tried out so many 50 and 55mm lenses that day.  The man that was helping me was really patient and helpful, and he even offered to walk back and forth so that I could see how fast the autofocus was on each of the lenses.  Something about being in that environment makes people extra friendly because a nice man who was waiting on line started talking about cameras in general with me and didn’t mind if I took his picture to try out the lens.  He actually offered, in a non creepy way, so that was nice of him.  The picture of him actually did come out nice, but I caught him just as he said something so it isn’t the most flattering shot, so I’ll just keep it for informational purposes.  I didn’t buy anything then because I wanted to check the pictures out on my computer first (and also because the two I wound up liking the most are way too expensive for an impulse buy and also because I want to put money aside for a while for one of them first).  Here are a few pictures from my two favorites.  These are straight out of the camera, no editing.  

This picture is from the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA.  A bigger lens, and heavier, than I was expecting, but it took amazing pictures.  I think it’s pretty good considering that people were walking by as I was trying to get a good shot and I had to act fast.  Also, it always takes a few days with a new lens to see how it really performs.  It’s like anything in life.  You just need to get used to things. 

a7rii, lens, Sony, Sony FE 50mm F/1.4 ZA, B&H

These next two pictures are from the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA.  I love the bokeh in this picture.  When I used to use the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, I got used to creamy, amazing bokeh.

a7rii, lens, Sony, Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 ZA, B&H

I really want a 50 or 55mm lens for the food posts (yeah, yeah.  I know it’s not the lens and blah, blah.  I just want to try something new) so I figured I’d take a close up shot as if I was photographing a plate of food.  I think this is a pretty nice shot, and of course you gotta love that bokeh.a7rii, lens, Sony, Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 ZA, B&H

Both lenses are great but you can see by the links that they aren’t cheap and one isn’t really more affordable than the other.  I read some reviews that the 50mm f/1.4 is better for video, but I don’t really take videos so that isn’t a deal breaker for me.  However, I’m a big believer in it’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.  Either way, it will be a while before I can afford either one so I’ll have plenty of time to think it over.  On to the food!

I’m afraid there will only be two food shots.  I know.  I’m a poor excuse for a food/lifestyle/whatever blogger, but I was a bit pressed for time to get more than a shot of the food coming out of the oven and a picture of it plated.  As always, there will be a clickable PDF.

I really need to start using the a7Rii for these food pictures.  The lighting in my house is crap so the pictures never turn out as well as they could.  My Aunt Tishi’s food was legendary.  There would always be so much of it when we came over for dinner.  The word diet did not exist when you went to her house for dinner.  And you know what?  You wouldn’t have cared.  Her food was that good.  Aunt Tishi’s Chicken and Potatoes had an amazing, but light, lemony/vinegar taste.  Light but filling, I could eat this every day if I had to and never get sick of it.

35mm photography, a7rii, chicken and potatoes, family recipe, food blogger, food photography, homemade, Sony

Usually we have yellow rice with peas when we make this, but my mother and I had twin brain freezes so we realized, after the chicken was already done cooking, that we hadn’t made anything to go with it.  Luckily we had some white rice from the bacalao we had for dinner on Friday.  Don’t let the look of the meal fool you.  This was anything but plain.  It was delicious.homemade, food photography, food blogger, chicken and potatoes, family recipe


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