Travel Gadget

As a photographer who travels a lot, I am always seeking for products that will make my life easier. This is not a payed promotion, and not even a new product, but I haven´t heard about it before. When staying in hotels, there is always too few power outlets to charge all batteries and devices. I used to carry an extension cord with multiple sockets when ever I was travelling. But now I found a perfect substitute, it is called PowerCube™ USB It splits a standard ac outlet to four outlets, and has two usb-ports. So I can charge my laptop, camera, strobes, powerbank, iPhone and iPad simoultaneously. It is small and light weight, a perfect gadget for a traveller. You can find your from here. And people at Allocacoc, collaboration is possible :)

Sigma Art Lenses for Sony E-mount

The wait is over, Sigma Art lenses for full frame Sony E-mount cameras are here. I have used Sigma Art lenses with my Sony for a few years now. The lenses are sharp and have a nice bokeh, but still they were not perfect. There were no lenses for full frame e-mount Sonys, hence I had to use Canon EF-mount with a adaptor. Although Sigma's adaptor is best in the market, yet it felt a bit clumsy and its performance was not as good as it good be. But now all this has all changed. I am not going bore you with all those fancy tech specs, the internet is full of sites with diagrams and numbers on how lenses perform. I will speak from my own experience, what is the look and feel from my perspective. After testing these lenses about a month, I can say I am super happy. They are sharp right from wide open aperature, focus is fast and accurate and build quality is good and solid. I have tested 20,35 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses. All photos I took are work related, unfortunately and I can´t publish those yet. But I did some test shots on a summer house to give you few examples. I also have the new 70mm f/2.8 macro. Haven´t been able to test it properly, but I can say it is a true money maker for  food photographers. 

My favorite photo gear

I like to keep my set-up simple. I carry with me only lenses that I really use. This is what I have with me on 90% of my commissioned work. Camera body: Sony A7RIII, Sony A6500 Lenses (all Sigma): 24-70 f/2.8 ART, 35mm f/1.4 ART, 50mm f/1.4 ART, 30mm f/1.4 C (for Sony A6500) Behind the scenes camera: Leica Q Sigma circular polarized  filters Monocle pencil pouch Moleskin notebook. Not in the photo: extra batteries, memory cards, lens cloth etc..

Photo gear for food photography

After many years of all kind of gear mania I have come to a point where I like to keep my camera bag as light as possible. This is what I mainly use for my food photography. Camera body: Sony A7RIII Lenses: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art DG HSM (this is my favorite lens of all my lenses) and Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art DG OS HSM Flash: Elinchrom ELB1200 with Hi-Speed head Light shaper: Elinchrom deep 125cm white umbrella with diffusor. This is by far the best for food photos. Pieces of white and black foam board DUDE! where is your macro???? I have one, I don't use one. At this point it is not trendy to shoot details of portions, so macro is not needed. This is it, simple and easy to carry around. Badabim! Ou, I forgot something. I have my Leica Q for bts-shots.

It’s not much, but it’s enough

I get quite a lot questions about my gear. Especially what gear I bring with me when travelling.  I am currently in Tenerife for a three weeks holiday trip so I want to keep my bag as light as possible, but I also want to  take nice photos of food, sunsets, stars, people, milkyway etc. This is my gear for three weeks: Sony A6500 body Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C lens Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C lens  Benro ProAngel FPA29A tripod Sony RX100V compact camera Then I have some batteries, memory cards, MacBook Pro and two Lacie Rugged hard drives And thats all. I don't need anything more to shoot really nice photos. My pro tip for you is to think at least three times, do I really need this? Does this piece of equipment help me to take better photos? Could I replace gear with creativity?

I am a Sigma Ambassador

Some of you have already heard about it, I'm now ambassador for Sigma.  Sigma makes lenses and cameras, I'm mainly dealing with lenses. Foka is their representative in Finland. I'm super happy that they chose me, I have been using Sigma Art lenses on my Sony A7RII for a while and really fell in love how well they perform. Honestly, I think Art lenses are best you can buy for your dslr-camera. So what does that ambassador deal mean? It means that I get to use the wide range of lenses, to be among first ones to test new lenses  and I get to go to events to talk about photography. That is quite something, cause I love my work as a photographer. And I'm not alone, I have a colleague, Marinella Himari. Lady who loves to travel, write and take photos. I'm super happy that I get to work with her. I do still have my Phase One, and I'm not selling it, unless someone throws nice pile of euros on table. This photo is taken with Sony A6500 with Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN C lens. A new wide angle lens for mirrorless cameras with crop sensor.