Good bye camera phone?

   Great news after being without my VG20 for an entire month it arrived back home today. I'm working in Omaha, Nebraska through Saturday but I am eager to get home and see that it was properly repaired and back up to specs as the work was done by an authorized Sony service. During the past month I managed to get by with just using my trusty Samsung Galaxy S4 which has helped me cope during this hiatus of not having my camera or favorite lens. The moral of the story is do not attempt to make a repair on a lens that has more screws than you have fingers. 

 (Camera Jargon AHEAD)

   The Canon FD lenses I ordered shipped today as well! For those of you interested I picked up the following lenses for a little over $50 after taxes!

  1. 135mm F3.5 
  2. 50mm F1.8
  3. 100mm-300mm F5.6
  4. 70mm-210mm F4.5 Macro

I wanted to make sure I had a fast 50mm out the gate because with the A7 it will feel like I am holding air. The 135mm F3.5 although slower than I would prefer for low lit situations will allow me to get a few light stops in over the 100-300mm. Of course I had to pick up a 100mm-300mm for multiple reasons, it was 20 bucks, until now the longest range I have had was the long end of my SEL18200 which on the APS-C is the 300mm equivalent on the full frame sensor. So this will allow me to still feel like I did when shooting on the VG20 however, when necessary I can switch the A7 to APS-C and make the 300mm become 450mm which may be necessary to achieve certain images in mind as well as lend some creativity in the long run. 

  While the topic of gear is still present I purchased something today that was long overdue. A diffuser for my on camera flash. It will help immensely to avoid harsh lighting during the fast paced shots and dramatically decrease the amount of post editing required. I'm aware that it's 50 dollars and looks like a crunch up cup for a shake but after countless reviews and example images I'm confident with my purchase.

   The A7 (the new camera) should arrive on December 3rd as I expect no delays because I was so quick to reserve it. The only things that remain for me to pick up are one more external camera flash for even lighting during large family photos during the upcoming weddings and a few W series batteries for the A7. Things are finally coming together nicely and I look forward to sharing some stunning images and videos during the upcoming months!

    If I am excited about anything in particular it definitely has to be the individual who has the role of the best man for an upcoming wedding. The groom in one of my December weddings is having his 4 year old son take on the special role and I am beyond excited to have an adorable blond hair, blue eyed lady killer in what should become timeless photos! Is he preparing a speech or is he currently watching cartoons? I am not one to speculate but I can't wait to meet him!  Add the fact that the wedding will take place in a beautiful barn and did I mention boots? 

 

Accidental Damage Warranty? YOU BET!

   So this morning at 12:55 am my cell phone alarm went off and for once I did not push the snooze button. Because all that stood between me and the official unveiling of a camera that I had meticulously followed for the past five months were a mere five minutes. 

    I quickly opened up my laptop circa 2010 (Yes it could use an upgrade but I dont use it for much anymore) and logged into the live Sony stream on Youtube. The chat room was flooded with people just as eager as myself waiting with baited breath to learn more about the groundbreaking products Sony was about to unveil. 

   So much for being live, what was actually broadcast was a prerecorded and well assembled announcement. Two Sony employees from Australia spoke for a little under twenty minutes about the camera and it's features. They then remained in the chat room and answered the same five questions that were constantly repeated. If only people were punctual to such announcements they wouldn't continually ask what battery the damn camera utilizes.  

    To ensure I receive one of the first units I opened a new browser window and hit up Amazon.com because if there was anyone prepared for such an event I had my faith in Amazon. I had also previously done research on Accidental Damage Warranties in the event that a mishap would occur. When I purchased my Sony NEX-VG20 in December of 2011 I bought the Accidental Damage and Handling plan from Sony for a whopping $399. To my pleasure Amazon offered a plan for a fraction of the price and still promised the same coverage for a small piggy bank marking of $75. I quickly selected the A7 (24 megapixel body with the anti alias filter) and added it to my shopping cart along with the warranty. Entered my credit card number 6969-6969-6969-6969 clicked the expiration month and year XX/20XX and finally pushed confirm! My place in line with Amazon was finalized and without a doubt guaranteed myself to receive one of the cameras that is part of the first batch they were allotted.  

    At this point some of you may be wondering why in the hell would I just abandon my VG20 after I just had it sent away for a month to get repaired. False! I am in no way abandoning the camera, it will still remain my pride and joy as it helped propel me into the role of being a greater entrepreneur. It boils down to camera jargon and sensor specifications that a majority may not be familiar with. The VG20 carries an APS-C sized sensor which is cropped and has a 1.5x magnification. The A7 is a full frame sensor and with that it's also the worlds smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera so what better way to upgrade then take part in a brand new take on the realm of photography and video.  It will allow me to further display my capabilities in a more multifaceted manner. 

   To help accommodate the larger sensor I took a Delorean and visited the 1980s! Canon FD lenses used to be all too common in the market and with a majority of people switching to DSLRs and auto focus capable equipment these units have simply gathered dust. So for a little over $50 I was able to pick up 4 solid lenses in excellent condition! Yes my current E-mount lenses will work in a cropped mode on the A7 or in full frame with an image circle and heavy vignetting. 

    I apologize to the readers who are currently asking themselves what the fuck am I talking about but what it truly boils down to is higher quality images and video as well as the ability to operate two cameras for filming weddings that are equal in quality. 

  I was able to chat with both of my December brides and they are both as eager as I am! I promise some unique and breathtaking images to come from the two glorious days! The creativity is roaring and I look forward to sharing the end results with all of you as I slowly build the online portfolio to where I want it to be! ( I have so many folders to sift through from the past two years it will truly be a blast from the past)

   Finally the online store will soon be updated and no longer the template crap that the layout came with. I will list prices and options for prints as well as a variety of services. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you remain as excited for what is to come as I am! 

 

 

 

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