I have been really good avoiding G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) lately. Ever since I decided to go full time with my photography over 2.5 years ago, buying gear just because “I want it” couldn’t happen anymore.

Now, most of the equipment I buy needs a purpose and I need to justify the purchase. It’s a business now. It changed from “wow that is so cool I’m gonna get one!” to “wow that is awesome but will that make me money?” or “wow that is awesome but will that make my job easier or better?”.

Lately I’ve been selling gear more than buying anything. All those lenses and cameras I purchased when photography was a hobby and have no place in my business are gone. In this past week I sold the last two pieces of glass I had that didn’t fit with my work. But I did buy another one.

A fast 135mm has been in my mind for quite a while now. It’s not cheap so it was a “one day I’ll get one” thing. But my friend Michael, manager of Ted’s Cameras in Brisbane CBD came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse!

And so I had to try it. My studio is very small so to get these images I had to move all the way back as much as I could (except for the last one which I took to see if I could get closer and still autofocus – I think I could get even closer but stopped there).

I hope you enjoy these headshots of the beautiful Angelika taken with the Sony A7R III and Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART.

Lighting: 120cm Octa camera left feathered, 200cm x 200cm white reflector camera right. ISO 100, 1/200s, f/8. Processed in Capture One Pro 12, no Photoshop.