Time for a change


Not that we are getting away from bird photography.Not really.
But sometimes I feel like I need something different and explore new venues and roads to keep the imagination working. Nothing like facing a challenge to keep your mind alert and chumming.

1/200, f32, ISO 400 @ 48mm

Our new toys are Sony’s NEX7. A very small and light mirror less camera, that will take Sony’s E lenses, other Sony lenses with an adapter, and you can also get another fancier adapter to use Zeiss and Leica lenses. Not that I plan to spend a fortune on a new system, but let’s face it. How many of you get tired from rolling a cart full of gear or a heavy backpack anywhere? With a one pound lens that goes from 18 to 200mm (effective 27 to 300) with this diminutive 24 MG jewel, we used a lot of 1600 and 3200 ISO with just a little Lightroom cleaning.
Other than walking light, we enjoyed doing some street and people photography, without intimidating or freaking anyone, because who’s afraid of a little camera?
I used the latest Sony release for that focal lens and it’s on its way back to BH as I write this. It’s rumored to be made by Tamron for Sony and it is outdone by far by the older version, 2 ounces heavier and $50 more expensive. The older version is much sharper, it is usable to the full focal lens (The newer fails extended at 200mm even on a tripod) and it is not as sharp. Plus the minimum focusing distance is half a foot longer, and it made all the difference in the world trying to do close up of flowers. We exchanged lenses now and then for comparison.
There will be other entries as pictures get processed, but we had a joyful week-end, played like kids with people or detail images and really think it is an alternative to carrying 50 pounds of equipment around. Allshots were hand held.
This post is just about the images I made of Spaceship Earth, Epcot, my first attempt at architectural imagery.
Hope you enjoy!
1/13, f/22, ISO 200, hand held
Focal length 33mm, with a 1.5 crop factor

1/250, f10, ISO 400 @ 48mm

1/400, f22, ISO 400 @ 19mm

1/50, f10, ISO 400 @ 19mm

1/160, f10, ISO 400, 18mm

1/1000, f11, ISO 400 @ 22mm

16 thoughts on “Time for a change

  1. Fabs, I understand your point because I am experiencing almost the same thing since I began to shot with my mirrorless Nikon V1. Initially I decided to get one of this cameras to use with my Nikkor F-mount lenses for the extra reach they provide for bird photography due to the crop factor (2,7X) and because, instead of the fact that the camera has a lot of limitations, it works with my 500VR and my 70-200VR like a superb teleconverter without losing light (the mount adapter has no glass elements at all). It works far better than a 2X teleconverter. But, very soon, I realized that shooting this light and tiny camera was really fun and I began to shot with it more and more in different photographic situations in which, by no way, I would not grab my DSLR due to weight, size, conspicuity or, simply, due to laziness. The small size of the body and the lenses is a blessing for people like us, used to shoot with heavy DSLR systems.
    I am having a lot of fun with the mirrorless body and almost all the photography I do now is with the V1 and my DSLR is used just for birds in action.
    When I decided to try the mirroless system I wouldn´t realized how much impact this kind of cameras would have in my shooting style but the real thing is that I am spending more and more time doing street and casual photography and almost 90% of my family, holydays and macro photography is done with the mirrorless system. One thing I find really interesting and that open new creative options for me is the possibility to mount F-Nikkors or Sigma lenses on the V1 and not only for bird photography. Using a 70-200 VR f2,8 with the V1 for street photography is something I would´t imagine. In terms of focal length, and due to the 2,7X crop factor of the Nikon mirrorless system, you are shooting with a 189-540mm f2,8 very lightweight. And with the Sigma 150 f2,8 macro you have an equivalent focal length of 405mm f2,8. Priceless 🙂
    By the way, I almost forget to say that the images in this blog entry are spectacular and hope to see more of your non-bird images 😉
    Un abrazo para tí y otro para Al
    Juan

    1. Juan, so great to hear from you!!! Yes, it was a breeze to walk around so light and I found myself getting grab shots of unsuspecting people, which was a first for me. I think we may be getting some fixed focal length f/1.8 for night time and plan to take a few walks in South Beach, where it will be ideal to do street. We have the Sigmas, all we need is the adaptor. I believe we loose autofocus, but I never AF for macro.
      Un abrazo fuerte 🙂

    2. Hi Juan What a treat !!! I feel like when I was using the Leica M cameras. Our next target is the Zeiss 24 and then a macro. With the adapter could use mine but only would work wide open with no AF which no big deal.

      Will be posting more of these type and Fabs is doing great with the street photography.
      Un fuerte abrazo
      Al

  2. This is very inspirational, Fabs. We are in Kaua’i, accompanied by two large packs full of heavy stuff that we cant leave in the Jeep for any period of time, so I am lusting after a Canon EOS M. Its very true that its hard to take surreptitious photographs with a big honking black thing. Even though I am not a professional, I face the same problems as professionals, just with a parcel of ignorance attatched….AND I dont think you could ever call my shed shots architectural photographs….:) (remember when I wrote to Al asking him what to DO with them?) But I have been chased down the road by angry pot growers wanting to rip my D5 from my hands and smash it. I saw your first few posts of people and now I see these wonderful Epcot photos, and i just want to invite you to Canada to take building photographs with me, so lovely, and SO MUCH FUN. Love and Peace, Kat.

    1. Now wouldn’t that be fun??????
      I’m even considering dumping my 500mm, getting tired to haul the thing all over the world, plus the weight of the cameras. For moving birds, the old trusty un-calibrated 100-400L has done well for me. May just keep that for the local birds and start enjoying other stuff. I’m really enjoying sneaking on street photography. Little camera, no one cares 🙂
      Thanks!!!

  3. Once an artist, always an artist! Great perspectives and interesting thoughts about lightening your load. I’m happy to hear about your success with this little Sony camera. Dear Santa…

  4. Find your blogs really informative,and love seeing your photos. After carrying around my 7D and 70-200 and 100-400 lenses all yesterday, the mirrorless camera sounds interesting. How does the canon system compare? By the way, I also love the 100-400.

  5. Hi Yvette 🙂
    Thanks. Sony not for bird action, but very useful and light for other stuff like candids, some panning of cars or bikes, and of course, anything not moving. Cleaner ISO than 7D and 24 MEG

  6. Fabs, thks for sharing and opening my eyes to a new concept!! A new way, trend, or idea, is what keeps the pep in our step, and our hearts pounding with excitement. I can see it, and hear it in your article!! The shots are fabulous, and mind blowing; amazing these are coming from a small, mirrorless system, again technology is just.. “infinity and beyond!! A blessed Holiday to both of ya!

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