Face to face
Consalvo de Costa has discovered the ZEISS Touit 1.8/32 and now uses it to create classic portraits in black and white.
Consalvo de Costa has a constant companion: the ZEISS Touit 1.8/32 on a compact system camera (X-Pro 1). Portraits are his passion and he is always on the lookout for interesting faces. Sometimes he approaches strangers in a bar, or accompanies colleagues to their sports activities. “Three of my colleagues box in their free time. I took a few pictures during their training sessions and the results were really surprising. The aggressive impression here is deceptive. All three are pretty reserved. That makes the pictures that bit more interesting: I was able to bring out another aspect of their personalities.”
When de Costa started seriously with photography in 2011 and bought a full-frame SLR camera, he quickly became interested in portraits and the big names in the genre, such as Irving Penn. “My portraits are not snapshots; they require organization and planning. Nevertheless, I keep the setting as simple as possible. I often use a small reflector screen, or a soft box with a synchronized standard flash. Equally important is establishing contact with each model – my daughter is in the picture below – and not letting yourself hide behind a large camera.”
De Costa’s tendency towards simplicity is what originally brought him to the Touit 1.8/32 in the autumn of 2013. His single-lens reflex system became too bulky and he was looking for an alternative – one that would not require him to lower his standards in terms of quality. “My photo dealer let me test the Touit for an hour. After a few test shots I knew: this is it. It not only makes exceptional images, it also feels good in your hands.”
De Costa initially had doubts about whether the standard 48mm (with crop factor of 1.5) was a not-too-short focal length for portrait photography. But the Touit 1.8/32 proved a positive surprise in that respect. “The lens delivers amazingly sharp pictures that – and this is very important in portraiture – are also completely distortion-free. I think the combination of a Touit with a system camera even exceeds the quality of a full format.”
Using this combination, a photographer’s every need is met — with one caveat. “Without wanting to exaggerate, I often think that this Touit is the perfect lens for my needs. But of course I’m very curious about the new Touit 2.8/50M. With its moderate tele focal length, it must be very well suited to portraits as well. We’ll see.“
About Consalvo de Costa
Consalvo de Costa has been taking pictures since his childhood. While studying business, he also enjoyed spending time in the dark room. Today, he lives in Milan and works in the marketing department of a healthcare company. Visual communication is an important part of his daily work. And he takes that with him after work, experimenting with his camera in many very different ways.