Do Professional Photographers ever Kick Back and Relax?

August 8, 2017 ZEISS LENSPIRE Team

When you ask professional photographers if they shoot photos on their day offs, some may answer ‘No’ – possibly because they want to draw a line between profession and pleasure.  However in case of Kozo Takahashi, a commercial and editorial photographer based in Hiroshima Japan, he says that he carries a camera everyday, and sometimes even more motivated to shoot while on holidays. When he is back from commercial assignments, one can often see him casting a fly line in the river which is about an hour drive from his office.  He spends most of his holidays tying flies, cleaning reels and rods, and of course walking though the river to fish trout with his buddies.  He both enjoys to fish and to shoot his friends in the river.

© Kozo Takahashi, Sony A7R II, ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35, f/2.2, 1/135 sec., ISO 640 set_of_fly_fishing_lure_in_case_sitting_in_grass

Takahashi’s usual choice of camera is Sony A7R II and a full set of Loxia prime lenses, but last month he picked up the brand new Milvus 1.4/35 and tried it out at his usual river to see how it performs. Despite the beefy size and weight, Takahashi explains that he was pleasantly surprised how elegant and fine details which Milvus 1.4/35 renders.

He also pointed it was very easy for him to focus on A7RII’s electronic viewfinder, because of the bright f/1.4 open aperture and also the shallow depth of field – he says the focus is much snappier than he imagined.

On image quality, Takahashi says he was constantly stunned when he opened the files at home.  “The in-focus areas are very sharp, while seeing pleasant bokeh on foreground and background, and the rich tonality makes this lens very special,” he says.

Fishing_rod_in_hedge White_purple_flowers_close_up_with_beautiful_Bokeh

Here are some photographs shot by Takahashi on his Milvus 1.4/35, which well illustrates the versatility of this lens.  This lens can shoot beautiful landscape, even under lighting condition which is not the best, and also shows creamy bokeh due to fast aperture and creates a three dimensional pop on the subjects.


Sony A7R II, ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 @f/2.8, 1/2500, ISO 125

Kozo concluded “Milvus 1.4/35 and Loxia 2/35, they are both 35mm focal length lenses for a full frame format, but each has its own distinctive beauty – the former delivering very flattering look and capturing emotions which suites for commercials (although being a bit hefty), and the latter delivering stable rendering in a super compact package well suited for documentary.


Equipment_used_1 Photographer Kozo TakahashiPhotographs by Kozo Takahashi

Owner, e-motional photographers

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