Photography

Samyang 12mm f/2

I was delighted when this lens arrived. It is absolutely wonderful and along with a couple of others, it helped sway me to try mirrorless. This is such a lovely lens that gives wonderful image quality that beats any zooms that cover that focal length and it also beats many primes that cost much more! Continue reading

My move to Mirrorless

 

A quick chat about my move to Sony. I have always been a Nikon fan, but the temptation of so many features and so much quality in such a tiny package was too great. My first Mirrorless was a Nikon V1, which I really like, but I don’t like the limited lens choice, using an adaptor is not much help as the 2.7x lens factor makes using other lenses impractical, and the proprietary shoe is ridiculous!

I don’t think I would give up my DSLRs yet, I wouldn’t like to be using an f/2.8 zoom with a small mirrorless body, but I can see myself using 2 small bodies with primes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirrorless vs DSLR

 

The debate about Mirrorless vs DSLR has hotted up as the Mirrorless systems have become far more capable. A quick chat about the points to consider, neither system wins hands down, but with the ease that DSLR lenses can be used on Mirrorless, they can work together superbly.

I have use of both systems and in many cases, I still love to use my old Nikon V1, why? Bec

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Choosing a Camera

In this video, I discuss choosing a camera, not based on marketing, or what looks good, but as a tool. What do you want to do with this tool? Do you want to throw endless money upgrading constantly because you can, or worse, just because you are made to feel that you should?

 

If you are looking for a workhorse to crate high quality images time after time, look at the D300s, it may only be 12mp, but that is more than enough for that purpose. If you are looking for a high quality travel camera, maybe mirrorless may be worth a look. Finally, do not overlook the fantastic bargains that may be had used, they are sold off by those who always have to have the latest gear, often with very low shutter counts, but they are still very good.

Remember the heirarchy of importance…..

Light – Creativity – Lens – Camera

The camera comes LAST!

The Inverse Square Law

In this video, I look at the laws of light, which often cause photographers come confusion. If you want a bright background, it will be more effective to move the light source, further back.

Understanding the Inverse Square Law is a very important step towards learning to control light.

Yongnuo YN560 Flash System

A quick tour of a very economical, yet very good wireless flash system.

Nikon 85mm 1 8D

The Nikon 85mm1.8D is a wonderful portrait lens for both FX & DX. It is great value and very good quality, the way it renders faces is why this focal length is referred to as ‘The Butter Lens’

Sigma 17 – 50 f/2.8 OS

There are not many standard zoom options for DX, there is the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 which is beautiful, but big, heavy and expensive (plus on stabilisation), or the Tamron which is not in the same league, but the Sigma is superb, great IQ, and Optical Stabilisation.

DSLR Sensor Size

Full frame, I want full frame, I’m upgrading to full frame…so much obsession with full frame, as though it is the be all and end all of imaging, but the difference is NEGLIGIBLE! They do have differences, and each one has different advantages and disadvantages, which must be considered for the right reasons.