Photography at Barbican London
With the arrival of my new Sony 35mm f1.8 I felt the immediate urge to head out for some street photography to give it a little run for its money. I decided to head over to The Barbican in London to check out the amazing brutalist architecture. I had no idea that I was missing out on so much. The space and the architecture of the Barbican is unreal, inundated with geometric lines and pockets of light that give you so many opportunities to take photos.
Sony 35mm f1.8
I’ve been using Sony gear for my wedding photography for just under a year and the love affair is now in full force. It took a while, I won’t deny that. Those over elaborate menus still give me a headache. But the reality of it is that the Sony A7iii is an exceptionally capable camera with a lightening fast and accurate focus system. In the absence of the much awaited Sony 35mm f1.8, I’ve been using the f2.8 version which I believe to be a brillaint lens in most circumstances. Where it falls short is very dark wedding venues that results in you having to push the ISO of the camera to compensate for the f2.8 aparture. Luckily however, the Sony perfoms so well in low light scanarios that makes this lens still very useful for wedding photography. The next option to combat the low light issue would be the moster that is the Sony 35mm f1.4. But this was never an option for me really. I just couldn’t deal with a lens that large. But that’s old news now because it’s here. The lens we’ve all been waiting for, the 35mm f1.8! Woohoo!
Unsurprisingly, it performs just as you’d expect from a Sony lens. It’s very sharp and the focus is really quick. The size of the lens is really comfortable and helps balance the camera well, much like the Sony 55mm f1.8. I’m confident the 35mm f1.8 will really shine when it’s used on a wedding day as this is when photography gear is really pushed to it’s limits and that extra stop of light will be so welcome. For street photography the lens performs brilliantly, but in fairness where you don’t need that extra stop of light I’d probably opt for the f2.8 version just to keep the camera smaller and more inconspicuous.
So am I ready to sell my f2.8? Well I’d be sad to see it go. It’s a beast and has served me so well. For wedding photography, it might be surplus to requirements now. But for street and travel photography it’s the perfect size and can also serve really well as a backup lens incase I have an issue with the f1.8 version, which will now become my primary lens for wedding photography.