Heath Rasmussen (@heath.rasmussen) predominantly shoots urban, cityscape, street as well as commercial photography. “I have the good fortune of living in Barcelona which is ripe in shooting and professional opportunities,” he says. “I very much enjoy capturing mood in my shots and love ‘leveraging’ both early morning and early evening light. My bag of gear allows me to be mobile and ready to quickly take advantage of interesting moments as they arise." Rasmussen switched to Sony Alpha cameras and lenses a few years ago and, he syas, "there's no looking back. I love the camera specs, broad range of amazing lenses and feel fully confident that my gear will help me consistently deliver. Sony inspires me to be creative.” We connected with Rasmussen to learn more about the all prime lens kit he packs in his bag for a day of shooting.
See how this street photographer uses an all prime lens kit and an Alpha 7R IV for urban, cityscape, street & commercial photography.
Sony Alpha 7R IV: I shoot exclusively on the Sony Alpha 7R IV. The image quality this camera delivers is outstanding and the high megapixel count really allows me flexibility in post to crop. The ergonomics are great, as are the camera's dynamic range and low-light performance.
Photo by Heath Rasmussen. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master. 1/2500-sec., f/1.4, ISO 100
Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master: This a compact lens that just delivers. I always shoot with primes and I've become obsessed with Sony's range. I often reach for the 24mm f/1.4 GM when working in tight spaces or when shooting wider cityscape shots. I'm aware of its wonderful astro capability too but haven’t ventured down that path as of yet.
Photo by Heath Rasmussen. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master. 1/30-sec., f/1.4, ISO 250
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master: This is my all around lens and I would say one of the sharpest primes available. Its footprint is small and light and both color and bokeh rendering is outstanding. If I only packed one lens, this would be my choice as being the most versatile prime.
Photo by Heath Rasmussen. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master. 1/125-sec., f/2.8, ISO 100
Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master: Sony hit it out of the park with this one. The 50mm f/1.2 GM is one sexy lens. And the images it produces are magic. As I enjoy shooting in low-light conditions, the f/1.2 allows me to venture into the night and get great images while keeping my ISO low and within reason. While a fantastic portrait lens, I also use it in a wide range of scenarios (street, lifestyle work, urban, etc.). A dream!
Photo by Heath Rasmussen. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master. 1/1000-sec., f/2.8, ISO 100
Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master: Another killer lens. Sharp as a tack and with super reliable AF. Another great portrait lens that also side hustles as a street lens when looking for more distance between myself and my subject. And when paired with the Alpha 7R IV, I essentially have a rockstar 200mm f/2.7 while retaining 26 effective MP.
Photo by Heath Rasmussen. Sony Alpha 7R IV. Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master. 1/125-sec., f/1.8, ISO 3200
Peak Design 30L Bag & Carbon Tripod: This is a great duo. The bag takes care of my Sony products and the tripod keeps my gear safe and sturdy in low light.
Godox V1 Sony: A reliable on-camera and OFC flash.
Phottix M200R RGB Panel: A little extra light when needed.
Sandisk & WD SSD Drives: Fast backups and image access.
Blower, Brush & Cleaning Cloth: always with me and keeping my gear clean and ready.
See more of Heath Rasmussen’s work on Instagram @heath.rasmussen.