Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week: The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G Lens!

Sony 70-300mm G lens.Usually when talking about Sony’s long zooms, photographers traditionally refer to the 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master and f/4 G lenses. Now those are great lenses, and I look forward to owning them one day, however for now, I think the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G lens is a really strong alternative. It can be had at a better price than the f/4, and a much better price than the f/2.8.

I was able to purchase mine used off of B&H for under $1,000 in great condition which makes this lens a more affordable option. Overall, I have been very happy with it, though I am always aware of its limitations — most notably its low-light performance. Read More …

The Sony a5000: Still a Good Purchase in 2018? My Initial Thoughts

I bid for and won a Sony a5000 camera on Ebay to use as a second shooter. What do I think of my purchase? Does this camera even have a place in 2018?

Sony a5000 camera

The Sony a5000 camera. A nice little camera if you keep its limitations in mind.

Well, of course it has a place in 2018. That’s a silly question, but I see a lot of videos on YouTube with a variation of that question as a title. If it takes good pictures, is compatible E/FE Sony lenses, and is easily acquired, it has a place in 2018. Don’t let anyone sell you differently.

I paid a little over $100 for it with a 16-50mm kit lens included. I purchased it so I could have a backup to my a7 and to use as a second shooter. In that role, I think it succeeds admirably. Is it a match for my a7? Not in any known universe, and I’ve been to several… but perhaps I’ve said too much.

With all that said, am I happy with my purchase? Overall I’d say I’m pleased with it, but it’s far from perfect. Read More …

Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week: The Minolta Rokkor-x 50mm f/1.4!

Man, what a lens…

I absolutely adore this lens. First of all, I really enjoy shooting with 50mm. It’s great to throw it in your bag and run out the door, if you’re not sure what you want to shoot with. I take my camera with me to work almost every day in a rugged haversack that’s just big enough to carry it, and one or two lenses. Chances are, I’m taking a 50mm with me, and more often than not it’s probably going to be this lens — even over my “nifty fifty” Sony 50mm 1.8.

The second reason I adore this lens, is because I just love how it feels in my hands. I find, personally, that it makes my a7 perfectly balanced — as all things should be…

This was another lens that was given to my by my uncle in 2017.Overall, I really like the Minolta Rokkor manual lenses. They are amazing pieces of glass decades after they were made and sold.But let’s get into some of the nitty gritty of this particular lens. As usual, if you’re looking for a more technical breakdown of how it performs, with vignette charts for every f-stop, you’ll be able to find plenty of those elsewhere. I’m going to just talk about the pros and cons of it that are important to me. Read More …

My First Attempt at B-Roll

Well, I’m one step closer to vlogging, and while I don’t have unlimited funds, I also don’t want to push out just any old crap. I feel the best way to prevent that is to practice, practice, practice. In this case I was inspired by some of Peter McKinnon’s videos on the subject, so I wanted to take my first stab at B-Roll — especially 60fps conversion to 24fps in Premiere for smooth slow-motion. I used my Sony a7 and my trusty Soligor 21mm lens as a subject and found some silly royalty free vlog music. Tomorrow my a5000 arrives, so I could also add shots of the a7 recording or vice versa. I can’t wait to try capturing video in the field for future B-Roll. It was actually really fun to do this.


Lens Porn Monday!

(Mostly) every Monday I’ll talk about a lens I own or have used, and post some example shots I have taken with it. This week’s lens: The Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8!

Sony A7 with Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8 lens.

Sony A7 with Minolta Rokkor-x 200mm f/2.8 lens.

When I got into more serious photography a year ago, my uncle had given me his A7 camera. Along with it he had given me the Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens start with. However, he didn’t want me to just be able to hit AF and get a perfect shot every time. He wanted to ensure that I would have to work for a good photo, so he also gave me his collection of vintage Minolta Rokkor lenses. Being manual focus, these lenses would require me to think differently, and I was eager for the challenge. I would be the MANUAL LENS KING! MOAR BOKEH!!!!

Yeah right, I was absolutely terrified to even touch the friggin’ things… Read More …

Sony A7III vs. A7RII: Should I Upgrade?

Choosing between the A7RIII and the A7III. Am I crazy for even wanting to upgrade?I’m considering upgrading to the A7III or A7RII. Both look tempting, but am I foolish for wanting to upgrade?

I must admit it, I’m not made of money. When I buy gear, I’ll try to buy it used or refurbished to save as much as I can. I generally wait a good while after a product is released — often waiting until a NEWER version comes out, to drive the price down even further. Yet, I can’t help but find myself drooling for a newer A7. Read More …

Welcome to My New Webzone

Image of me from November 2017

It’s been a long time, but I figured it was time to start work on a personal website again. Please bear with me as it’s pretty barren here, but I will be giving this webspace a lot of attention.

While I have always enjoyed photography, and running around with my cell phone, or point and shoots, in the last year I have become more serious. Last November, I acquired a real camera when I upgraded to a mirrorless Sony A7, and I haven’t looked back. I intend to use this website as a portfolio of my work, and well as a blog where I can talk about topics that interest me (not necessarily photography) and chronicle my progression as a photographer, and most importantly I can ASK QUESTIONS. Currently, I am merely a beginner/hobbyist, but I would like to eventually build my skills sufficiently to become a pro, and maybe make a living off of it and meet some great people.

I’m new to this blogging/wordpress thing and I’d like to make this website as active and interactive as possible, so I’m looking for other people who’d like to post and help bring some activity to this site.

I’m desperate to learn as much as I possibly can, and currently I’ve been following and gaining the most inspiration from Phillip Reeves, DigitalRev TV, Kai W, Peter McKinnon, Lok Cheung, and the Northrups. I seem to get the most out of these photographers, because they’re more than just LOOK AT ALL TEH COOL GEAR, LOL! and actually teach the hows and whys of photography. I highly recommend you check them out.

As for my links, you can find what I consider my best work here in my portfolio but you can also check out my galleries on instagram, Flickr and SmugMug. Please feel free to get in contact and let’s BS about Bokeh.

Catch ya on the flipside!