Finding a great alternative in FE 70–200mm F2.8 GM OSS II lens for fashion portraits

~ by Colston Julian

Shot on FE 70–200mm F2.8 GM OSS II

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Fashion photography journey

Colston Julian's photography expedition has been quite long and accompanied by a range of reconnoiter and assay. Fashion and landscape portraiture comprise most of his work and over the years he has developed a deep admiration for fashion photography since it allows him to demonstrate himself spontaneously. Coming from a cinematography background, fashion photography is also his way of bringing cinematic aesthetics to his visuals while seeking to build and depict a narrative.

Light: a key factor in his fashion photography

When it comes to fashion photography light plays a significant role in Colston’s shoots. Talking about this specific shoot, he speaks, “Light is always a deciding factor in my images be it studio with controlled lighting or daylight. In India, we are challenged, and we are not in the best location geographically however the right time and thinking can resolve any of this with the right equipment. In the specific shoot, I knew I could exploit daylight as the superior optics and coating. An image like this would demand the use of a strobe and high Shutter sync, however, I managed to get my mage with a silver reflector and white foam core board”.

FE 70–200mm F2.8 GM OSS II: gets the best of creativity

While most fashion photographers choose fixed lenses when it comes to picking the finest lens for fashion portraits, Colston reckons that the FE 70–200mm F2.8 GM OSS II lens can be a great choice for honing creativity because of the depth of field provided by a high focal length.He considers, the lens with excellent resolution and appealing G Master bokeh a stunning lens that allows him new creative possibilities for photography while also overcoming space and light challenges.

Beats the challenges of location and close-up performance at its best

When asked why he picked a zoom lens for this specific shoot, Colston said, “Prime lenses give your image a unique image definition and sharpness which is why they are popular. I worked with the FE 70–200mm F2.8 GM OSS II in this case as I did not have the most ideal location and I needed to compress the background so I could hide away any distractions”.

The lens performed admirably for him in a place with limited space and effectively subdued flare and ghosting. He appreciates the lens with Nano AR Coating II as truly astounding that maintains high clarity and contrast throughout the entire image, even in difficult light.

The most enticing thing Colston observes in G Master is the superior optical design, F2.8 aperture, and redesigned 11-blade aperture unit that significantly minimises colour bleeding, resulting in exquisite G Master bokeh without unnatural coloration.

Lightest handling and the new optic with improved coating

Another feature that Colston finds truly amazing is that it is super handy and lightweight with a much better focus hold on zoom. “I love that the new lens is light, the focus hold on zoom is so much better and most importantly the addition of the new optic with improved coating has almost the same optical character as the Block prime lens”.



Colston is a photographer/director based in Mumbai. Inspired by the metropolitan landscape and lifestyle, he seeks beauty in the complexity of settings. He is a skilled cinematographer, and photography is his one-of-a-kind way of incorporating the cinematic philosophy of art into his images.













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