Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera

I picked up this camera used from MPB in New York in “Like New”condion for about half the price of a new one.  I also picked up the Sony 16-50mm kit lens.  More on that coming up.

The a6000 is quite a change from the big Nikon DSLR’s I haul around and that is one of the big pluses.  Another is that it takes marvelous pictures.  There are lots of negatives though.  First, ergonomics-wise, all the buttons on the camera feel exactly the same.  I have to take my eye from the viewfinder (electronic viewfinder) to see which button I am about to push.  I never realized how ingenious the engineers at Nikon are when it comes to making a camera feel comfortable in use until I started fooling with this Sony.  Another major negative is the setup menu. It is incredibly complicated and needlessly so. It takes forever to set the camera up for use.   The manual that comes with the camera is pretty thin.  I find myself going to google to figure out how to do things.

A couple of other cons.  The battery is way too weak for the camera.  You might get 90 shots on one charge, but even that is iffy.  You’ll need to carry multiple batteries on an outing. The single memory card fits in a slot in the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera. It’s very hard to grasp when it’s time to remove it.

As for shooting, the a/6000 supports RAW and Jpeg images. . I  don’t use auto ISO on my Nikons and I’m not at all impressed with that setting on the a6000.    The Aperture Priority and Shutter priority shooting modes work fine,  but I don’t like the manual mode on this camera.  It’s very complicated to use without engaging the Auto ISO.  I’ve pretty much settled on matrix metering on the a6000.   I use spot metering a lot in shooting at dawn with my big Nikons and it’s a breeze with the Auto Exposure Lock  but I have yet to figure out exactly how to use spot metering  and exposure lock in the manual mode on this camera.  I’ll reserve judgement until I have more time to grasp the learning curve.

As for the 16-50mm kit lens that comes with the camera when bought new, it’s terrible.  It’s not even remotely sharp and frankly, to me, it is unusable. My advice: get rid of it and buy the Sony/ Zeiss  E-16-70mm f/4 OSS (Optical Steady Shot) Lens.  It’s pricey but worth every dollar.    My wife who tired of me griping about the 16-50mm gave me the 16-70mm for Christmas.  I got to take several shots with it to whet my appetite before she retrieved it to wrap up for Christmas Day.   It’s one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.   The photos tell the story.

I was impressed enough to pick up a Sony 1.8/ 35mm prime to pair with the 16-70.  It’s a nice fit.   As with anything new, the a6000 will take some time to get acquainted with, particularly the complex menu system.  Right now, I’m still going to school.  Stay tuned.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.

Cotton In The Field

We’re getting close to harvest time for the cotton still ripening in the fields here so I made a visit to one of the lesser photographed fields. Usually, I venture out before dawn to catch the sunrise in the fields but this time, I caught the sunset.

All of these were taken with a Nikon D750 camera and a 24-120mm lens. Thanks for looking and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

A Walk To The Wetlands

It’s a wild place.  There is no access as such except to follow the creek that feeds it and other than myself, few if any humans make the slog.  We leave it to the beavers, ducks, deer, foxes, bears, canada geese and yep, lots of snakes.

You can just make out one of the beaver ponds by looking just to the left of the intact Wood Duck House in the center of the above photograph.  Having no hip boots, this was as far as I ventured.  I’m too old to push my luck.  Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead. See you next time..

Walking the Dune Line 2 Months after Florence

Two months after Hurricane Florence scored a direct hit, much of the beach front debris left in the storm’s wake has been cleand up.  And much of what’s left is in the process of being covered up by the timeless push-pull of the ocean.

Nature, it can be said, is its own best recovery agent.   We can help it along but at the end of the day, nature will always have its way. Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.


Sasanqua Encore

The warm weather for the past several weeks has extended the Camellia Sasanqua season here on the farm but a heavy frost is forecast tonight (Saturday the 10th) so this may be their last curtain call.

These were all taken with a vintage Nikon D700 and a 70-200mm f/4 nikkor lens.

Thanks for dropping by and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

Back to Duck

The Village of Duck on the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina is a study in photographic contrast.  Overrun by runaway development in the 80’s, what was once a place to buy bait and a soda before heading for the beach has been transformed into a southern version of the Hamptons with upscale, trendy stores, overdone beach front “cottages” and pricey cars.  Even so, the main event is still the oceanfront with its own unique energy and dynamic.

Contrast this with the shoreline of the Currituck Sound where time seems to stand still and one can breathe.  Over the years, the village has built a boardwalk along most of the shore.  The views are pretty spactacular.

Getting to Duck is quite simple.  Head north on highway 12 and it will announce itself with a very classy, if overdone sign.  Parking for a walk on the boardwalk is not a problem.  Beach access is pretty much limited to property owners and renters.  Honestly, beach access for day trippers is a problem up and down the Outer Banks.  Parking for public access is quite scarce.  The best advice, check the maps and gps and leave early. Trust me, it’s worth the trouble.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.