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… 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 …