New Camera - Who Dis?
I started off with an Olympus 1.3 megapixel camera back in 98-99 (I honestly don’t remember) - it was my first digital camera, it may have been one of the first digital cameras back then. When I met a good friend who was really into photography (ruji.net) I moved up to a Nikon Coolpix 995, learning the fundamentals of photography along the way.
When I started tUNINGwERKS, we had to start using higher quality cameras, so again I moved up to the Canon 20D - (actually buying and returning a few times because we didn’t have budget LOL) - and that camera lasted a good 6-7 years until being replaced by my current Canon 5D MKII. The investment into Canon glass, accessories etc was a good one, since I shoot on the side and I’ve been able to produce some quality images for the family etc. But as with anything, technology always advances at such a fast rate that eventually it’s time to move on.
So about a week or so before EU19, I decided to pickup a new camera - something with a little more portability, functions and hopefully something that can grow along with the kids as they get older. Video has become more important as well, so I wanted a camera with 4K video functionality..
After some research (I’m not one to research the hell out of anything, I’m more of a hands on guy) I decided to make the jump to Sony. I had seen so many friends move over to the Alpha line (some professionals, some not) -and with a combination of picture quality, portability and build quality - I had to give it a try.
Note: I literally got this camera 48 hours before we left for Europe, so I had no experience with it - not a very good idea in hindsight.
where’s the mirror?
APS-C / Mirrorless / Compact - gotta be good for travel right?
I’ll leave the technical details to a search on youtube/google - but if you’re asking me what a good all around camera to purchase would be for the enthusiast photographer/videographer - this would be up there.
Back in 2014, I lugged around my Canon 5KMKII, 2 lenses, a flash, vertical grip and 2 batteries all around Europe. That wasn’t going to happen this go around. (I did use the same bag however, only about 15 lbs lighter)
The included 18-135 kit-lens is a bit too telephoto for me (I personally like wide lenses) but for a trip like this it worked out great. For vlogging, I would def suggest a wider lens, unless you have super long arms LOL. It took me a while to get used to the location of certain functions, but now 2 months in - I’m finally getting used to it. Nothing like learning on the fly.
I do love the portability most, it’s a bit small in my hands but I’ve gotten used to that (no pun intended) THE BODY OF THE CAMERA people!! I also like having a digital viewfinder (is that what it’s called? ) brings me back to my coolpix days, easy to get those low angle shots that you’d otherwise be lying on the ground for. Man, in the early 2000’s I thought a great shot was low to the ground at a hard angle LOL…ahh the good ol’ days.
I did take a handful of video on the trip as well, hoping to get that edited and up on Youtube shortly. Stay tuned…