What are you looking to get out of your next lens?
Me? I wanted a superzoom. Why? After a few times carrying around two camera bodies with two zooms to cover near anything that came my way that got old really quickly.
What to do? Superzoom! One huge problem. From everything I have read superzooms are usually awful or mediocre at best optically… and big and heavy… …and typically expensive. That is not a good combination. But I really wanted some of that one lens does all action. Continue reading When not awful is a high compliment: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
Disclaimer/Backstory: I have quite a bit of seat time with this lens’ predecessor. My favorite all time lens is the many DSLR’d mount version Tamron 28-75mm. Why? Yes.
Continue reading An amazing lens: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
This one line from their website says a lot.
World’s Widest 1:1 Macro Lens.
Was impressed by that alone and the macro samples from a favorable PetaPixal preview and review.
Was impressed further by the built-in shift mechanism. A simple 3 position up/center/down setup unlocked by a lever…
Continue reading Versatility in lens form: Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 @laowa_lens
Wrote a part one about the Sony A7III thinking there may be one or two more to come and that would do it. Since then I realized something. Will likely be writing about this camera for quite some time. That first post was about feel. Stumped on what to write for part two. It defies categorization. What do I mean… Continue reading SONY A7III: THIS TIME SONY IS SERIOUS. PART 2. Not numbering anymore of these.
Ok Sony we get it. You mean business this time.
I have long liked Sony. On my gear churn odyssey I have passed by the RX100ii, a6000, A7, the A7ii, most recently the A7Rii (now realizing I have never written a proper review of this camera) and now the A7iii. This was not an impulse buy. When I read the spec sheet of the A7iii this is what I heard Sony say: Continue reading Sony A7iii: This time Sony is serious. Part 1. Feel.
There is a small, but growing list of lenses that I have bought, sold, and then bought again. Why? Two reasons:
- Left a mount system and then returned needing to pick up my favorites from the last go around.
- I was wrong about a lens.
The Rokinon (Samyang) 35mm f/2.8 fits in the second group.
How was I wrong this time? Thought I would prefer the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 over the Samyang and having both made no sense to me. On paper the 50mm should have been a slam dunk. Continue reading Samyang – Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 – The smallest full frame E mount lens
A valid response to this blog title is “What?” Allow me to explain. Or try to anyway.
These are interesting times. A lot of virtual ink is spilled debating between mirrorless or DSLR. Most points made miss the point for me really. Sure, I chose mirrorless. But my choice has nothing to do with a dislike for DSLRs. I love DSLRs. But I love film cameras more.
But, but… Battery life… OVF over EVF… Native lens selection… AF speed… Dual card slots… So on and so forth. Meh. Gladly put up with all of this. (And most of these concerns are being eliminated by the most recent wave of mirrorless cameras. An A7iii will be in my future and it may go down as the industry tipping point.) But once again film tech is what changed my mind.
Why? Continue reading Love DSLRs. But I chose mirrorless because I love film gear more.
Went to a Coffee and Cameras meetup (my 2nd outing w/ the group) hosted by photographer and part time model Jim the other night.
It was held at the Durham Fruit (contact information on website), a great art space formed by and for creatives. Continue reading Durham Fruit/Coffee and Cameras