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.

 

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!

John