Having enjoyed the Sony RX1R II for 6 months now, I decided to add to my digital side by picking up the Sony A7R II and a Zeiss Batis 1.8/85. I had considered the new Sony A9 when it was announced a few weeks back, but think I will wait on the announcement of A9R to see what direction that goes. For now, the tried and true Sony A7R II is my path to go on.
Today I am taking a look at the Nikonos V in a sort of mini-review. The reason this isn't my comprehensive review (yet) is due to the fact that only roll I've pout through so far I pretty well botched (see note below on putting camera into rewind mode). I took it out on May 6th for the 5th annual New England Walk (NEWLK) on Nantucket Island. It was the obvious choice for me because the weekend was expected to be downpours - and what better camera for this than a camera designed for underwater photography. Equipped with the Nikonos 2.8/35 and a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus, I put the camera to work.
I spent the last week out on the west coast visiting an old friend in San Diego. Wanting to pack light, I decided on only the Sony RX1RII for the trip. I packed 2 spare batteries and 2 spare cards and was very impressed with how this worked out. Honestly, I was worried more about missing the great west coast sun without film than I was about the performance on the camera. Looking at the images today, no regrets. I didn't shoot a lot, so the battery and 64 GB card lasted just fine. Only swapped to a spare battery one day - and it was towards the end of walking with the camera about 13 hours. That's not bad at all for the way I shoot. If I had been shooting a lot, I am sure it would have drained much more quick.
I recently posted a poll on Twitter asking "What would you need to do to improve your photography" and a good number of discussions and private messages came out about engaging, sharing and opening dialogs with photographic peers - and I would add those we look up to as potential mentors.
Nestled on the western edge of the Green Mountain National Forest is the serene town of Goshen, Vermont. Situated high up on Cape Lookoff Mountain is home of Republic of Vermont, a certified organic farm specializing in maple syrup and honey. Raised in New England, I had always been curious about these sugar shacks as they sent a pillar of steam into the sky from their vented roofs, but surprisingly, never got to experience one. (Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.) This winter, I was invited by Ethan to spend a day at the farm with him and Annina to document and learn more about the maple syrup process. No way I was passing this one up - especially so close to the "sugar moon" - the Native American name for the first full moon of spring.
The Nikon F4 had been my "dream camera" since the early 1990's. Back in college, this camera was the end-all be-all of modern technology, the pinnacle of camera design, and way out of the bounds of my strapped wallet. While most students my age had posters of the Lamborghini Diablo on their walls, mine was adorned with the Nikon F4. Sure, I went through many Nikon bodies over the years, the S3, FM, FM3HP, N60, D80, D700 (and the Nikonos V I should add) but never a pro-level body.
So about a year ago, I picked up a 1975 Yashica Electro 35 GX off of eBay for $19. I had picked up Konica Auto S3 a week before that but was delivered DOA, so I decided on this little guy instead. The idea was to have a tiny film camera that could always be on me to grab images I'd otherwise take with my phone. It worked out quite well!
Linda and I headed up to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH with a couple of her friends this weekend. We've been curious about this for quite sometime, but never made the venture up. Knowing this would be all kinds of mixed light, I decided to bring along the Sony RX1R II rather than the film cameras. I have to say, it behaved like a champ. ISO ranged from 50 to 6400 throughout the day, and I more or less kept it at f/2...
I was scrolling through my library last night, looking at images I have captured with various film stocks, cameras, mediums and so on. I decided to pull an image from each format I have used as ones representing my "highlight" shots from them. Maybe not the most technically sound images, or the perfect everything - but if I could show one image from that format and how I feel it should be represented, these are my results and why.
This summer, I was honored to walk in the woods with my good friend, Kelsea Anderson who, by definition, is a world adventurer and is as much at home on the Rye, NH seacoast as she is in the foothills of Patagonia.
After taking the new Sony RX1R II for a little hike in the mountains this weekend, I decided to take it down to the coast for a little more variety. I met up with Johnny and Rebecca Patience for a little coffee and cameras (all digital for us this time - gasp!) and then a little walk around the island. Here are just a few of my favorite captures from the walk taken the the RX1R II and a very light "polishing" by Rebecca's Lightroom Pro Set IV as before.
To give the Sony RX1R II a little more of a workout, I decided to drive up to Franconia Notch in the White Mountain National Forest in NH. It was chilly, to say the least. When I parked at the trailhead, the car was reading 31º F and it was just starting to snow