I've slipped on the blogging. Work got crazy, and on the
weekends if I can be sailing or shooting photos, I kind of forget about sitting
around and writing.
After shooting with the NEX-6 for a week, I sold the Leica
M8. It had 29,000 actuations and although I loved the color rendering of the
Kodak sensor, it was just a really slow, dated camera with horribly noisy high
ISO. Prices were already plummeting, so I figured I better unload it while it
was still worth something to somebody.
Although I love the versatility of the NEX-6 (500mm telephoto
lenses, macro tubes, video, etc.), the fact that it isn't a full frame sensor
still drives me crazy. I would really like my 28mm Ultron to be 28mm instead of
cropped down to a 42mm field of view when shooting on a boat. You can't back up
on a boat.
I really want to place my pre-order for the new Leica M, but
refurbished M9s have dropped to around $4k, and I really wonder if Sony will
unleash a full frame NEX this year in the $3k range. The difference in price
could mean a nice lens or several sailboat upgrades. I just haven't been able
to justify the cost yet.
The first week I had the NEX I visited my parents in Kansas.
I was hoping for some wildlife, but trekking through the woods with two dogs
was no conducive to sneaking up on any kind of animals ... but I did see
evidence of animals having been there prior to our arrival.
The clear skies of Kansas also present a nice opportunity
for some star photography. There's so much haze and light pollution in Houston
that even attempting to shoot stars is a lost cause.
Saturday we attended the Texas Photographic Collectors
Association meeting at Professional Camera Repair for a presentation on
"cheap macro." We got lots of tips on macro tubes, macro converters,
shooting with lenses backwards, etc.
Being the only
members under 50 and Rachael being the only girl, they gave her a Polariod Land
Camera Automatic 100 that came into the shop. She was quite thrilled and has
film on order.
I practiced some birding with the 500mm Canon FD f8 reflex
lens I procured via eBay. It gives great image compression, separation and
detail. I was quite pleased.
I also did a little bit of macro -- something I couldn't do
at all with the M8 -- with my new macro tube kit.
I know this post was a bit scattered, but that more or less
catches us up to the present. I was hoping to take the next two weeks off for
the holidays, but I'm going to be in the office until the 21st.
I'll try to stay on a posting schedule now that all my major
projects are finished for the year, but if life gets too busy, have a happy