I must apologize for being a day late on my weekly update, the time got away from me this past weekend. Nonetheless, I do have some news on my experience with Sony Laredo Repair regarding my NEX-7. Unfortunately, as most of you know, Sony decided to overnight my NEX-7 the night that I left for Spring Break. I got to Florida, while my camera arrived at my university. Tough luck for me. At any rate I picked it up today and found to my surprise that Sony seemed to give my NEX-7 a makeover. It almost feels like a new camera (it’s not though, I remember a few scratches unique to the camera)! The viewfinder is spotless, the screen has either been replaced or heavily cleaned (a protective film was over it), the entire body was wiped down, and the IR glass filter in front of the sensor is brand-new (the reason I sent it in). With everything covered under warranty, and the sensor brought back to essentially new condition, I am—finally—a pretty happy camper. I can’t wait to get back in the swing of all things photography: I’m learning some techniques for light painting this week, photographing a few sporting events, and will make time for a photowalk if the rain/cold briefly clears up.
Plans aside, last week down in sunny Florida was a blast. I chose the stress-free option for break, staying far away from any sort of partying. Instead, relaxing on the beach and catching up with/making new friends took up the majority of my time. That little Canon point-and-shoot I brought along did an O.K. job, at least for a 5 year-old camera. I definitely had to take a step back and focus on getting exposure, white balance, and composition right: with only 8 megapixels of low-quality JPEG to work with, there isn’t any leeway for post-processing!
Pardon the dust/sand.
As I mentioned last week, this PowerShot has a nice macro mode at the wide end, allowing for some SUPER close focusing that gives me some good control over depth-of-field. As such, there’ll be a lot of macro shots in this post. To work out your own equivalency in focal length/field-of-view, this camera’s 6-60mm lens covers the 36-360mm field-of-view in 35mm-format terms. Simply take the mm’s listed in the following picture’s EXIF data and multiply by six.
6mm, ISO 80, f/2.8, 1/160
My sad story with the Laredo repair center in Texas still unfolds as I write this. To keep a longer story short, my NEX-7 got overnighted to me…the day that I left for vacation. When I arrived here in Florida, it got to my university in Lexington! I’ll just have to remember next time to allow MUCH more time for servicing than I did for my sensor repair.
Not wanting to be completely without a camera this week, I was convinced to bring along a small point-and-shoot to at least get SOME pictures. The camera I’m using, a Canon Powershot SX100 IS (circa 2007!) is overwhelmingly underpowered compared to my NEX-7 in nearly every performance aspect possible. The only exception is that it sports a handy 10x zoom with image stabilization covering the 36-360mm field-of-view in 35mm-format terms.
So, in close of this (painfully short) update, I’ll leave you with a sunset that I tried to keep from looking as “touristy” as possible.
60mm, ISO 80, f/5, 1/100
I’ve found this camera also has a handy macro mode (with a little control of depth-of-field!), so I’ll see if there are some tiny tropical flowers popping up and take a few more pictures suited to my usual style. Next week…we’ll see.
I have an idea for an article or two this week as well, so stay tuned!
In all my busyness that has fallen upon me lately, I sometimes lose track of my reader base around the world. A sizable chunk of the unique views to this site are from a non-native country, from New Zealand to the many countries in Europe. When some of those readers reach out to me with an e-mail sharing their side of photography in the world and how my website has helped inspire them, I always get a little happier inside. Recently, one such reader, Mr. Norbert Lümmen (click here for blog), sent me this encouraging email:
During summer, when I did some research on mirrorless cameras, I stumbled across your blog and have been following ever since. I rarely comment blogposts but now I thought it was time to give you some feedback on how your series on old Nikon lenses on your NEX-7 has inspired me.
In the end of my research on mirrorless cameras my choice fell on the Olympus OM-D EM-5 together with a 17mm/2.8 and an adapter to be able to use the Canon EF-glass I already have before investing in more specific micro-4/3-lenses. There I thought especially about the EF-50mm/1.8 because I wanted to mainly use large-aperture prime lenses with the OM-D to use it in a way different to what I have done for the past few years with my Canon 50D, which had almost exclusively zoom-lenses with different focal length intervals attached to it.
So recently it was time for the first outing with the OM-D/50mm-combination and it was to a Jazz-concert on a Saturday afternoon in a local cultural center. I had to get used to the manual focusing first and it was not always easy to get it spot on. The EF-lenses don’t have an aperture ring, so the aperture was always wide open. After a lot of missed shots I got it (almost) right, at least somehow used to it. Fortunately the musicians did not move too much and if there was movement it was a good thing to try and capture it like, for example, the drummer short before hitting the cymbals or the pianist’s fingers flying over the keys in a solo.
I have attached some pictures from that concert and you can find more in my own blog and the most recent post there: http://blog.norbertluemmen.com/#post32
Best regards from Bergen in Norway