Solomon’s Island in Calvert County Maryland is a cool place to hang out for sunset. If it’s a good sunset I’m never alone – lots of cell phones are catching the moment.
Lisa contacted me and asked if she could use one of my pics as a wall mural. It was a reminder of the times she spent with her daughter at Brookside. She sent this photo of the finished room. I immediately liked how the light shines over the sleeping. Great Job Lisa!
The new Sony A7 and A7R is not yet released and I have pre-ordered one. Some photographers have pre-production camera’s to test so there is plenty of new info everyday, have a look at Brain Smith’s field test of the A7R. Also for an ongoing source of info sonyalpharumors is the place to go.
Here is the manual for the A7/R: http://download.sony-asia.com/consumer/IM/4478729112.pdf
But what about the soon to be released Nikon DF? The Nikon DF is a retro-styled camera but the part that killed my interest is the DSLR build. It’s basically a DSLR with the addition of manual controls. It would be great if Nikon came out with a mirrorless with a full frame sensor and a set of high quality fast primes in the range of 14mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm.
It was a decision that I went back and forth on but in the end I chose to purchase the A7R rather than the A7 or the Nikon DF. What were some of the pros and cons that weighed in on my decision?
Pros for A7R
Pros for A7
Features for Nikon DF
Nikon is promoting this camera as a retro-style camera. Anyone under the age of 45 won’t be sold on the design of this camera alone, they will be attracted as always to new innovations. To capture a wider market share Nikon should have added a couple of new features that show Nikon is a company that innovates and leads.
How about 2 SD card slots, 51-point AF with some of the focus points close to the frame edge, Wifi, GPS, built in radio transmitter (pocket wizard), Auto ON/OFF of VR detects handheld vs. tripod, capitalize on the robust sensor with interval timer for astrophotography, add a timer to revert back to another shooting menu, add 1:1 crop option and it would be interesting to have focus bracketing. The Nikon DF is an expensive novelty camera that will be purchased by Nikon owners that are plus 50, that equates to a much smaller pool of potential buyers.
I made a significant step in my own photography. I left my Nikon D3 at home and ventured out with my Sony NEX-7.
The NEX-7 is a mirrorless rangefinder style camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s compact, lightweight and it’s a breeze to take on a long hike. The Nex-7 has lots of lenses too. I got the kit lens which is 18-55mm but adding the 55-210mm will definitely complete the full range. Not to mention, lens adapters are available to fit your Nikon or Canon lenses. The mirrorless rangefinder style cameras are fast becoming my camera of choice and I believe will be the future of photography. Check back for my review and tips on using the NEX-7.
It was a wonderful morning along the coast. The beach swash was making some interesting shapes but even with trying, it seemed the best shapes were just outside my reach. I wanted a cool swash right in front of me as part of the foreground. When I realized it was the beach surface, I crouched down like Tiger Woods and found the best position for getting the swash to be arch-shaped in the foreground. Goodness gracious, there’s all kinds of ways to control the outcome in a shot.