Tremendous results in any conditions – Exploring the Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is a true treasure of nature. The region is crowded with tourists in summer. During wintertime, however, hardly any tourists are there. Therefore, I decided to fly up to the north of Scotland in December 2016.
Our aim was to show a different face of the Isle of Skye. Normally you see a lot of pictures which show the green face of the island. However, we had pictures in mind which show the landscapes covered in snow. But with every day the project start came closer, it got clear that there won’t be any snow. Nevertheless, we decided to head up north.
Arrived, we found landscapes colored in brown and yellow tones and only a bit of green. Due to the warm temperatures, it was very rainy on some days. The ground therefore, was very muddy. At some days there was a stiff wind as well. All together a challenging situation not just for use, but for the equipment as well. We were pretty happy that we could count on reliable camera gear.
The perfect camera setup
For this trip we packed our Sony Alpha 7RII, 7II and the 7SII, as well as three ZEISS lenses: Batis 2/25, Batis 2.8/18 and Loxia 2.4/85. . These aren’t that big in size, not too heavy and highly promising what quality is concerned. With this small setup we had a wide range going from ultra-wide angle to telephoto. This was everything we needed for capturing the beautiful landscapes. Carrying it around all day long was a pleasure. We had all the flexibility we wished to have without any limitations at all.
Shooting in any conditions
Being outdoors and having the ability to shoot the whole scene with the Batis 18mm lens as well as going closer with the Loxia 85 is fantastic. We did not expect how the three lenses dealt with lens flares and was surprised in a very positive way. Even on widest aperture such as f/2 or f/2.8 the lenses did a respectable job with very controlled flares. One day we were shooting in heavy rain, however, due to the snug fit of the lens we knew that there was no need to worry about the water finding its way into the camera body. We could fully focus on doing the job.
Sharpness, contrast, colors and build quality are outstanding. We haven’t seen and worked with something like this before. The combination out of a Sony A7 series body and a ZEISS Batis or Loxia lens is perfect for a photographer’s needs and we sure will count on it for further projects as well. Shooting these lenses enabled us to achieve great results in any conditions.
About Stefan Tschumi
Photography and Video are my big passions. Since I pushed the shutter release during my studies for the first time in the year 2011, I am fascinated by images. Living in Switzerland I have the perfect playground for taking photographs, therefore I hold my camera in hands whenever I can. During the past several years what started as a hobby turned into a profession. For me, the most beautiful of all. As a photographer and videographer, I produce images and videos for big international companies as well as for private people. As teacher of photography and video I can share my passion with others and help them to develop their skills. Furthermore I work for the Swiss Television and Radio (SRF) as a sports reporter. Eventough, I work in several fields, the goal behind everything I am doing is always the same: Touching others with my work.
About Florian Roost
As far as I can remember, my father’s camera was always present on family excursions and celebrations. This gave me my first contact with photography and several years later, Photography is my big passion and the camera is always with me. I studied journalism and communication and therefore, pictures are very important in daily business.
Often I am doing photographical projects on my own, but the project on the Isle of Skye was a pretty special one.