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Sony A7 Grip GServo-3697-20140810

As technology changes, so have I. With Nikon not releasing the camera I wanted, I purchased the Sony A7. As I got comfortable with the Sony A7 there were certain aspects of the camera that were weird at times. One important issue was the size. It is great for my small lenses but when I use a big lens I really wish that the Sony A7 were designed to be bigger. This is especially true when shooting portraits. Luckily Sony has prepared for this when they released the camera.  They also released the Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha A7, A7R and the  A7S.

And for the most part, it is the great equalizer.

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MS-Optical Perar 24mm F4 Super Wide-3719-20140810 gservo

It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.

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Battery Charger gservo-3668-20140728

After purchasing a Sony A7, the way that I shoot and do my daily routines have changed. But one thing that really kills me (and the camera) is the battery life– it’s just not the same as my Nikon D700. It runs out much more quickly. If you follow my Instagram feed you know I try to go on a photo walk every morning. Sometimes I forget to charge a battery or two though. But with some of the latest generations of cameras, there is a way around that problem. Cameras like the SonyA7 and the Samsung NX300 have something interesting in common: they share a similar micro USB plug for charging–the same plug that’s on most android phones. I recently found out that I can use a portable battery, like the Anker® Astro E5, to keep the battery alive.

Now when I forget to charge my batteries I plug-in my camera on a train or while taking a coffee break. This can all happen in my bag and the camera can stay out of sight while charging.

However, this can’t replace the for need extra batteries. Extra batteries are great for the moments when you need power right away. Having a battery charger is great for those calm breaks when you are not focused on taking pictures. You just have to remember to keep your battery packs charged. If you want to take this to a another level you can get a solar pack. On crazy long days of photography you can keep you mobile devices charged. If you are a photojournalist your always ready. Our world is becoming increasingly mobile there are even more natural disasters happening. Don’t let the lack of power prevent you from getting a shot, ever.

Local Festival To Refine Your Concert Photography gservo-02287-20140713-2

If you are a photographer who enjoys music, we’re positive that you’d had the urge to be a concert photographer. It’s a hard field to get into, and if you really want to improve, you have to sell your soul on occasion to get close to the stage. The are a lot of hurdles in the way to getting better at this style of photography. But one of the biggest issues newer photographers can have is access–but local free festivals provide an excellent opportunity for practice that doesn’t cost your soul. Here are some tips to use them to your advantage.

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 Getting It Rite In Camera Is Important Now gservo-01946-20140708

Creating an image is similar to constructing a building. If you don’t get it right, you have to go back in and fix it. Some people like to say “I can fix it in post” and while this is true, it’s not always efficient. Sometimes if you take your time and get it right in the camera first you can shave hours off of your production time by taking a few extra minutes to get your exposure and composition correct. Sitting in front of your computer may not always be a choice depending on circumstances.

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Adapters gservo-3628-20140629-3

I have used lens adapters on mirrorless cameras–just like loads and loads of other users do. When I made the decision to buy the Sony A7, my previous experience with adapters influenced my purchase. Instead of buying Sony lenses, I would keep on using my Nikon lenses. It had been suggested one would have to be insane to use Nikon lenses with a Sony camera, which doesn’t make sense to me. With this decision I knew there would be some sacrifice. Yes, it would have been easy just to buy another Nikon camera, but I wanted something that was full-frame and mirrorless. Nikon is not creating the cameras that I want, but I love my Nikon glass.

And with that, begins my story of what I lose with adapters.

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