Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sony α9 camera announced 24mp and 20 FPS

Key Specs:
  • 24.2 mp Exmor stacked sensor
  • 20 FPS continuous shooting
  • 4K 30p Video
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • New battery model NP-FZ100
  • Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots
  • 693 focal plane phase detection AF points
  • AF joy stick (so it wont take all day to find those points) 
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • $4500
Wow, is all I can say to those specs and the first look at this amazing piece of camera tech. This will hurt Nikon even more, now that Sony has already overtaken them in sales. Look for the Canikon to play catch up to Sony.

It looks like Sony has got a real winner here, this is a dream spec of a camera, The lenses are coming, they still have a ways to go in the Pro telephoto end, but they are gaining ground quick. This is meant for pro's that shoot sporting events. Birders will probably drool, but its not for my type of shooting.

See the rest of the specs here

See DPReviews first look here 

A sports camera with no lenses here 

Camera Labs here

Luminous Landscape here 


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fuji X-T2 as a Travel Camera


Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R
5.3 sec at f/5.6, 6 stop Lee ND filter

Kihei, Maui.

Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R
1/180 sec at f/11

Using the Fuji X-T2 as a travel camera has been a great choice for me, I usually pack it along with three lenses in to my small Granite Gear, Taku 24 pack, two lenses in Lowepro soft lens cases and one mounted on the X-T2. It is a nice light weight kit, that I can take to the beach with extra gear or hiking and it will not overwhelm me with gear, I also pack a light weight tripod and a few Lee filters.

My 5D Mk IV is still my main camera for professional style shooting, but I am done packing it around on vacation, just to much weight. The Fuji does not supply the full frame image quality of my 5D, but it sure gets close. At the end of the day, like my recent Maui trip, I sure do appreciate  the light kit and the XF 23mm f1.4 lens pretty much stays mounted for most of the time.

The other part of the equation in travel photography is packing your gear in to places to eat or drink. Having a small pack like this allows me to not leave any gear in the car and not look like a Sherpa when walking in to a place to eat after a day at the beach or on the trail. I can comfortably keep an eye on a small pack and people are less likely to trip over my bag.


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