Sony Tag

I am in the habit of pestering the sales staff at the Murray Street and Stirling Street shops for news about goods and good news about older stock. Each staff member has their own field of expertise, and I pick 'em in rotation. One day I asked Ricky in Stirling Street for something interesting. He went to the Sony cabinet - Ricky is the man to talk to about this brand as he uses some of their equipment and knows a lot of their expertise. He plucked out a tiny little tripod and tiny little camera...

The advent of the LCD screen on the back of the digital camera was the real dawn of the age of electronic photography. The sensor, the processor, and all the other ancillary bits were also necessary, but it really did not gel in our minds until we could see that little coloured screen. Once we saw what we had just shot, we were hooked. The hook set even deeper when we could see what it was going to be...

Lenses. You need 'em and Sigma have 'em. And you could be forgiven for being overwhelmed sometimes when you stand in front of the Sigma cabinets in Murray Street or Stirling Street and start to imagine which one you need. Not surprising - Sigma have made their lenses to fit Nikon, Canon, Sony for years. They made their own mount - the SA mount for their own DSLR cameras, and you can get plenty of these still. And now they make lenses that could appear on Olympus and Panasonic cameras - the micro 4/3 mount. Not slowing down, they are supplying the new L mount as well, and this is where the camera taste buds started to throb - I spotted a new L mount lens in the cabinet. This 45mm f:2.8 lens - the left hand one in the picture - is dedicated to the new FP camera - as well as to other L mount cameras. It's marked as a " Contemporary " lens on the little silver side plate but that sounds like PR flak. Any lens you buy is...

You might be forgiven for thinking that wireless triggers are simple things. So they are, when all you wish to do is tell a circuit to close at a distance from the camera. You put a transmitter on the hot shoe of the camera, a receiver under the speedlight out in the distance, and fire away. As long as the things are plugged in correctly and the AA batteries are fresh, it works every time. When you start to go TTL, however, and start to introduce different models of different maker's flashes, the whole thing becomes as complex as a spider's web. Here's a collage of images from the different trigger systems here in the shop on just one day. Beware that not all triggers made are shown - you have miles to go in this forest before you can sleep...

Like the nose you need not pick, the fight you need not pick is a dark place, best avoided. This can be difficult for photographers when the manufacturers of cameras would like you to become passionate about something. In most cases, the passion they would like to foster in you is the desire to spend money. Of course you understand that this refers to the recent introduction of 24 x 36mm sensors into mirrorless cameras...

Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The proof of the lighting is in the shooting. And whether or not the new Sony HVL-F60RM looks like it is too big for the Sony Alpha 6300 and the 30mm f:3.5 lens or not, that's the rig that goes to the museum today. The Air World museum is a new venture. It's been erected just west of the Wet Dog Regional Airport in central Alberta - the old RCAF Wet Dog station. The Canadian Deprtment of Transport runs it now and they leased the vacant land to a private operator. It's still being completed, but a few of the exhibits are being moved in - they dismantled the old RCAF control tower and re-erected it as a display along with the vehicles they had left over. The museum halls will ultimately house a collection of Canadian aircraft - civieian and military - and hold air shows in the summer months as a tourist attraction. At least out in the prairies they won't have a parking problem. Hotel and motel accommodation in...

The Sony HVL-F60RM made this whole week. It was the product that leapt off the shelf into my hands as soon as I saw it - because big fancy flashes are the sort of thing that I want to see in every manufacturer's range of products. Sneer if you like, but I have always regarded a flash as an essential tool for photography  - inside and out. Whether it's the fixed flashes of emplacement in the studio or the battery-powered field guns, I want to see bursts of light I can depend upon to go where I want to see something. And I want my camera to work with that flash in the easiest possible fashion. Before you assume that's just advertising bumf, consider: a. You need to be able to fire a flash on the camera full-bore straight out. Sounds simple but sometimes you need that deer-in-the-headlights look. Then you need to run. b. Sometimes you don't need full-bore - the TTL mechanism lets the camera and flash decide what to do when you don't know or don't have time to do mental...

The Alpha 6300 camera is not a new camera in Sony's terms. New in Sony's terms is whatever is behind the green door and is going to be released at the next trade show. They have a wonderful variety of new, and if you are a fan of it, you can always anticipate something. But this is a tried product. It's an APS-C-sensor camera that is designed to do pretty much everything you want in a small sensor travelling machine. It is ergonomically nearly perfect - with a north-west viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, good RHS grip, and all the wheels you need to steer it all under the right thumb. It's E-mount, with onboard extending flash, and a dedicated Sony hot shoe. Built like a brick, and sort of square like one as well, it could ride in any traveller's bag  with whatever lens they though best suited them. Note that Sony use the wheel around the D pad as the second adjuster when you are in Manual mode. There's enough custom buttons to suit most sensible users. You can shoot 4K...