I shoot a lot of cameras. A lot. I have been through a bunch of (primary) systems over the years, from the full Nikon system (2006) to the Leica system (2013) and onto the Sony system (2017) to name a few. While shooting these complete systems I also shoot a lot of others on the side (non-primary: think Hasselblad 500c, Plaubel-Makina 670, Chamonix 45n2, etc.). I love to buy/borrow various cameras, give em a spin, then decide if they stay or go. I'd guess I have tried an average of six "side" cameras a year for the past 10+ years. I purchase a couple of these each year, and only a few ever stick around more than a couple years.
I'd say over the years that there are three primary formats that I tend to gravitate to: 35mm film, medium format film, and 35mm digital. So, I began thinking, what are the best (most enjoyable all around) cameras I have used in each format? This is my analysis. Read More
Last week I took the Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 85 and Loxia 21 out, along with the Sony RX1R II to Cape Porpoise in southern Maine. The purpose, along with just getting out to shoot, was to give my current Sony / Zeiss kit a thorough workout. Read More
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. Read More
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... Read More
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. Read More
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 Read More
Introducing the Sony RX1R Mark II. OK, I have been more or less dishonest with you the last week or so on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Well, not dishonest, just not forthcoming with the complete details on what I was doing here. The latest series of images posted to social media were not film at all, rather, the 42MP full-frame camera, the Sony RX1R II. Read More