An evening of art, philanthropy, and a 7Artisans lens.

My most recent collaboration. News to share.

The Lorien Academy of the Arts is a wonderful after-school art program that holds classes so that young people are introduced to art in varying forms. As put on the website:

EMPOWERS YOUTH TO ENVISION A BETTER FUTURE
&
EQUIPS THEM WITH THE LIFE SKILLS TO MAKE IT REALITY!

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Mirrorless 70-200mm conundrum: Old friend Pentax came to the rescue.

At times our goals contradict each other and this happened with me recently.

  1. Value means a lot to me. May seem odd when discussing photography where many would argue that a mobile phone will do. But even in this realm, I always seek the most frugal option available to meet an end.
  2. Had recently moved to full frame mirrorless, A7III specifically.
  3. Had been a while, but I wanted to get a hold of a 70-200mm f/2.8 or equivalent again.

So why not go with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or equivalent for mirrorless?

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Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 2, Hemi Charger

Working subtitle: How I bought a Hemi with a functioning car attached.

Here we are with my Part 2 return to vehicular ramblings.

As mentioned in my Part 1 post my Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner. Dad is mostly a GM man, but this one time early Mopar foray of his may have planted the Mopar seed.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

OK, there was my Mom’s decidedly non-V8 slant 6 Dodge Dart later on, but we are not counting that secondhand burnt orange/brownish “everyone slide up on the count of 3” manual bench front seat, stall on hard left take offs wonder of utilitarian vehicularity. One of my first car designs as a kid was an all-wheel-drive matte black modified 70s Hemi Charger.

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Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 1, The Crown Vic

More wordy version, the Crown Victoria Interceptor Street Appearance Package.

While the main focus of this blog feed has been photography for a while I tend to dabble in other areas of interest. In the past, I have dabbled in tech, in cataloging Dadisms and Random Neural Firings that resulted in two books being published, and general commentary. For the last few years, everything has gone so bat dung crazy that satire is nearly impossible and stating the blatantly obvious stands as enlightened commentary so cameras it has been. Also dabbled in automotive musings as a result of my being a car nut.

My Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

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Solving My Sony 50mm Conundrum, aka Cony, aka Frankenmacro Part II

Three things:

  1. I LOVE 50mm lenses.
  2. I LOVE (ok really, really like) Sony mirrorless cameras.
  3. Finding a proper 50mm lens for Sony mirrorless has been a struggle up to this point.

But “What about lens XYZ?” you may be saying. My criteria may be considered odd by some. My expectations for 50mm lenses are informed by my early experiences with 35mm film. Namely:

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