Plating the puerco.
I recently posted a blog about shooting food for a new Austin restaurant called, El Naranjo. I came across these images today as I was virtually tidying up and I took a closer look at the lens with which I photographed them, the Sony 30mm Macro (DT). It only covers the APS-C format but that really doesn't concern me at the moment since all my Sony cameras are smaller sensor cameras. I'll re-think my lens inventory if I decide to buy the once rumored, now confirmed, full frame Sony when it comes out. (I spoke directly with a Sony representative over the weekend and he absolutely confirmed that the full frame body was coming. I inferred from the finer points of our conversation that Sony is testing two versions, at the moment. One is based on a 36 megapixel sensor, ala Nikon, while the other is based on a much enhanced 24 megapixel sensor. Sony seems to be trying to gauge where the greater demand is: Ultimate noise performance or ultimate resolution. I hope they come down on the noise performance side, not because I need a much quieter camera but because I like the workflow reality of smaller raw files...).
The Sony 30mm Macro has two things going for it: Price ($199) and "on sensor" performance. But it has two things going against it: A loud and grabby autofocus motor and a cheap overall finish. I like using the lens in manual focus mode, with focus peaking, so that just leaves the aesthetic deficiencies to grapple with. Grappling complete. I like the lens enough to overlook the last century plastic finish. In fact, it may become a new fashion statement of downsizing. 1970's Russian industrial chic.
So, back to the important issues: Where have I decided to go for lunch? My friend, Mike, and I are headed to Maria's taco express on S. Lamar. The picadillo tacos are always good and I can get one enchilada verdes on the side. Sold. Hope your monday is hopping.