It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and it comes down to I haven’t had much to say let alone to update on. My life is not exciting and worth writing or documenting about in any form on a regular basis. It’s not a bad thing in my mind as I enjoy my quiet life. Still, I felt it worth posting a bit of an update as I have had a small adventure since the year began.
I own many film cameras but only one digital camera. My wife and I are not rich and live a happy yet frugal life and that’s just fine by us. So when my Digital camera finally gave out instead of going and just buying a replacement I had to spend time thinking about what to get and invest into. I was happy with the performance of my Sony SLT A33 as I don’t need anything fancy but since its release so many things have advanced that I’ve been wanting to explore. As such I finally decided on a camera and what should have been a simple order and wait for its arrival turned into an interesting surprise. Instead of getting the camera that I paid for, the Sony A77II, I received a Sony A7II. If you aren’t familiar with the Sony lineup to put it simply I paid $900 and got a camera package worth (at least at the time I ordered it) a little more than double that price. I found this funny because my last entry here I wrote how I wasn’t ashamed of my crop framed sensor. Hell, more and more professionals are shooting on them because of advances in technology and certain advantages they get from the sensor size but now here I was looking at a camera that was full frame and possibly to become my new digital camera. Keeping a long story short, I spoke with the company I purchased it from and about the mistake that was made on their end. They wanted me to pay for return shipping/stocking and were giving me the run around. I’m not going to name names here but in the end after talking with management I was told to keep it. I am now the owner of a full frame camera and paid a lot less than market price.
This does give me a bit of an issue though in that all my glass is a-mount and the A7II uses e-mount. The lens that came with it is OK but I’m really happy with the glass I have now and have been using for years. Luckily there is an adaptor of which I ordered and with its help have been getting to know the camera. Still, I long for the A77II because a good portion of how I shoot the use of a crop frame sensor is a nice bit of help. Namely that I use glass built for full frame and thus get a bit of a further reach. Besides, when I ordered the camera I also picked up extra batteries and a grip for it so I’d like to put them to use because again, the company wanted me to pay for its return and even stocking yet I’m not the one that made the mistake. In the end it’s their loss really.
So now I’m getting to know my A7II with plans of purchasing the A77II soon. Though I did buy a used A200 for $100. It was barely used and came without even a scuff mark on it and I’ve been looking to shoot on one for fun. It was my very first DSLR and ever since I sold it years ago I’ve felt bad for doing so. While not the best camera out there, even when it was brand new, it was still a champ at what it did and I’m honestly glad to have one in my hands again. As such I’ve gone from only ever having owned one digital camera at a time to now owning two and soon will own three.
Neither the Sony A200 nor myself are professionals but I still enjoy the results.
More people with an interest in photography are getting into full frame sensors. Prices have been going down and making it more affordable for the average person and this is great though it doesn’t mean they are cheap, just cheaper. Still, many are slapping down the cash for these cameras and at times the glass to go with them. There are some advantages to it and it seems that maybe there are people feeling they can ride the idea that since they have a full frame sensor it automatically makes their work better. I only base this on those I have spoken with, overheard or the way some talk in online communities and when I look at their work I wonder, “Why did they spend the money?” This doesn’t apply to everybody and I’m not trying to say the photos others take are bad but they aren’t exactly that great either, at least not good enough to justify spending the money they have on the camera they use let alone the glass they got too. It’s their choice though and it’s not like it affects me.
With that said, I myself, am not ashamed that when it comes to digital photography, I shoot on a crop frame sensor. Nothing about this makes me feel bad and I honestly have no intent to make the move to full frame anytime soon. This is not to say that I don’t shoot full frame because I do, at least when I shoot film photography. As I shoot Sony when it comes to digital I can then shoot Minolta film cameras and use the same A-mount lenses. When I do I can see a difference in how things look but to me it’s not that big of a difference and plays little in my work and how I shoot. Sure there’s all sorts of arguments about full frame and what it can do and how it’s better this or that but it’s not all entirely true, especially as the technology advances.
I could go on but I’m not here to rant. Only here to say there is no shame in my mind for not shooting on a full frame sensor and that others should feel the same. If you have the money to spend and you want to go full frame then do it. As for me, I like what I have and don’t need the latest technology in any part of my life, cell phones included.
Speaking of no shame, I also have no shame in my choice of cameras, that being Sony and Minolta. I also have no shame in my love of focus free cheap film cameras and I have no shame in myself so the photo above is a self-portrait.
Miracles can happen and sometimes I get my way. My wife never lets me take photographs of her and the ones I do have, after realizing what I’ve done, I get “the look” as she hates pictures of herself. I can understand though as I hate photographs of myself as well but recently I wanted to test some shots using a small LED light panel and asked if she wouldn’t mind helping. First image I got was the one I liked the most and after letting it sit for about two weeks and a little persuasion she gave me permission to display it. Like I said, miracles can happen.