Preowned practicality – Cameras I recommend most to photographers

Make the absolute most of old glass and significantly upgrade your image quality without selling the farm. The fact is that 95% of all cameras outperform 99% of most photographers. While gear does matter, I’ve personally made my share of mistakes in terms of gear purchase.

When it came time to upgrade, I decided about seven years ago to go the preowned Alpha route for my needs and interests – and I’ve never looked back. There are pros and cons to every system, but this one checks all the boxes for my purposes and beyond.

Let’s jump in and have a look as to why, at least in my own experience. If you have older glass laying around, it could be a fast-track off the shelf and into new life.

References

A7R article (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/exploring-the-sony-alpha-a7r-full-frame-mirrorless/
Leica M Super Elmar 18mm review (2014) – https://photofocus.com/reviews/going-wide-exploring-the-leica-18mm-f3-8-super-elmar-m-wide-angle-prime/
Zone system tonal chart – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_System#Zones_as_tone_and_texture
Used Alpha bodies (KEH) – https://www.keh.com/shop/cameras/digital-cameras/mirrorless/sony–sony-e-system–full-frame-35mm-24x36mm.html
Used Alpha bodies (B&H) – https://bhpho.to/3nCZpGU
Used Alpha bodies (Adorama) – https://www.adorama.com/l/Used/Photography/Cameras/Sony~Mirrorless-Cameras

Gear

Preowned A7R (1) – https://bhpho.to/3kdXYg3
Preowned A7R (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CjoeM3
Preowned A7R2 (1) – https://bhpho.to/3lqhiGp
Preowned A7R2 (2) – https://bhpho.to/3CdQcsM
Preowned battery grip (1st gen) – https://bhpho.to/3Ewvw1h
Preowned battery grip (2nd gen) – https://bhpho.to/2Z0HvDU
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T – https://bhpho.to/3lxGquZ
Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS – https://bhpho.to/3tIr766
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2YVaokF
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art – https://bhpho.to/2TS1YbL
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – https://bhpho.to/36o8l9t
Leica 24mm f/2.8 (converted for digital) – https://bhpho.to/2Xkpyzp
FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E ProFusion Smart AF Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3lsHjVr
Fotasy Nikon Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Mount Adapter – https://bhpho.to/3nCi71t
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic – https://bhpho.to/3hTCJhd
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier – https://bhpho.to/3kdsnes
Zoom H4N recorder – https://bhpho.to/3tRZvvC

Disclosure: we earn a small commission with each purchase via the links above.

Thanks for stopping by, as always. Hope you find it helpful along the way.

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Mini-Review: Fotodiox Pro Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Smart AF Lens Adapter

After making the jump earlier this year from Canon EF to the Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless system, I found myself (along with many others in the same position) immediately in the market for a suitable adapter to accommodate existing Canon glass.

Having a good deal of experience using the $400 Metabones III and IV adapter systems, I decided to do a little research and set out to price a few alternatives. Within a few keystrokes I had located the Fotodiox EF-Sny(E) Fusion Smart AF Lens Mount Adapter which, in light of its considerably less expensive $99 price tag, quickly piqued my interest as to whether it could be the right tool for the job. Read more

Next Level Video – DJI OSMO Accessory Review

If you’re interested in adding smooth motion, cinematic video production to your skill set, the newly-released DJI Osmo is a must-have piece for the gear bag. As excellent as this tool is for FPV and interview work, adding a few key accessories can help take your creative vision to the next level.

In this tutorial, we’ll jump in and take a hands-on look at a couple of game-changing add-ons.

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October Color Along Paint Creek

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October color along Paint Creek Falls in Montgomery, West Virginia, captured on the commute back to Charleston with friends after a day of shooting at the Bridge Day BASE Jump event in Fayetteville. A tranquil and welcome change of scenery to help wind down a bit from an exciting day of madness at the Gorge. Read more

Guest Blogger: Mark Morrow

Huge thanks to my friend, Mary Lu Saylor of GrowGreatCompanies.com for a recent conversation on using social media to aid in locating a market and acquiring traction in business.

A 30-year veteran of the television industry, Mary Lu is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist and social media specialist with a knack for sharing valuable information, and fostering strong relationships within the community.

Check out her Blog at socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com.

Social Media Mary Lu

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I love bringing new ideas to share with you about social media through some very special connections. Mark Morrow is a very talented photographer that I daresay I was stalking a bit…ha ha on Instagram.  I saw some of his pictures which evolved into me engaging him in a bit of conversation. His beautiful photographs of our city and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.  He reached out to me via Facebook where we were able to continue conversations in a little more depth.

I would encourage you to check out Mark’s work. Use this blog as a tool to share with others who would be interested in photography.

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Bringing Still Images to Life with Stop-Motion

Over the winter break a few years back, the kids and I were looking for a fun project to tackle indoors together on the colder days.

After tossing around various possible sets, scenes and scenarios collected over the years, we decided to enlist a few Lego Airport characters and begin work on a small stop-motion video project to see what could be learned. Several days and several hundred + frames later, we found ourselves with a few humble minutes of final footage.

Especially in these times of mandatory lock-down and quarantine, taking on challenging personal projects – such as stop-motion and time lapse composition – are both rewarding practices to stretch and develop new and useful skills that we might never acquire in the normal routine. Read more

Benefits of Working with a Local Charity

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Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are formed almost daily with a similar need of exposure.

One of the best and most rewarding ways to build a portfolio is to consider working with a local charity or non-profit organization. Read more