It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, but this time (unlike in April) I wasn’t official press. Forget about a tripod or monopod - Secret Service rules prohibited even selfie-sticks. Forget about a lot of glass, especially long, fast glass: not only would everything have to be hand-held, but those same rules stipulated no backpacks and no bags bigger than 18” x 13” x 7.” And then there were the closed-door meetings where even if I had been press, no press were allowed. Traveling small, light and unobtrusive were the orders of the week. Heads-up: this is a post about gear -- not politics -- but if you don’t want to see photographs from the Democratic National Convention in Philly (along with protests) you’d better stop reading here.
I don't pay much attention to deals, but the folks over at B&H sent me a pile of links (yes, I get coffee money if you use them, thank you) and it looks like there are some big opportunities if what you're looking for is among them.
Those of you who know me will remember that I’ve drooled over the Sony a7S II and again over the a7R II, yet my favorite camera these days is Sony’s a6300. I put it in my bag as I headed to Oaks, PA last month, part of a team covering a Bernie Sanders event (this is not a political post, don’t worry). I got some great footage with it. But the camera I chose as my primary was Sony’s FS5 with their Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS lens. Here’s why.
Life just gets more and more interesting (forget about the big issues that face us these days - they border on overwhelming -- let's just talk about gear). Aputure recently sent me two new products, both aimed at the smartphone market. Good idea!
No headphone jack on the a6300 or a6000 (no mic jack in this case, either)? Don't despair. There's an app for that. Well, not really - but there ARE solutions.
As a filmmaker coming from still photography, there are several things that are especially difficult for me, like dynamic camera movement or continuous focusing.
But the bane of my existence continues to be audio...