What I've Been Up To

I haven't been as active on the blog the last few weeks as I would like.  I've been in the process of making the switch from a Canon system over to a full Sony setup.

I've been shooting the Sony mirrorless system since the A7R was released...heck I preordered it.  So I am no stranger to Sony.  So now I have the A7R, the A7S and my newest addition the A77ii.  

Why the A77ii?  Well, The only Canon body I had left was the 7D that I was using for sports/wildife/action.  I wasn't real happy with what it was giving me noise wise...even at lower ISOs.  I noticed a Deal on the A77ii and knew what I could get for my 7D, so I had little invested in the switch.  Also, I have the Sony LA-EA4 adapter, which will allow me to mount any A Mount Sony glass on my mirrorless bodies, so the A Mount isn't an issue for me either.  In fact, I love the fact that with the A Mount, I can use old Minolta Lenses from the 80's.  Some of those lenses are super sharp and can be had for next to nothing!

I've been shooting with the A77ii and the Tamron 150-600mm Lens over the last week or so and I am very pleased with the results.  I knew the Tamron lens would be top notch, I was really curious to see how using this Sony body over the Canon would be...and, for me, it is much easier to use.

Here are a few backyard bird shots I came away with using the above combination.

Here's one of the male bluebirds in my backyard.  He looks upset.

ISO 400, 600mm, F/8 @ 1/250th second

Here's one of the female bluebirds checking out the house.

ISO 400, 600mm, F/8 @ 1/400th second

And finally here is a mockingbird from the backyard

ISO 400, 500mm, F/6.3 @ 1/500th second

And while this is no testament to the equipment...or even a great photo for that matter, I wanted to share this experience with you.  This is an Owl's nest we got to photograph with one of the owlets starring us down.

ISO 400, 600mm, F/7.1 @ 1/640th second

I really enjoyed viewing the owls even if I didn't come away with any wall hangers.  Remember this is about the experience as much as it is the photographs.

I am really enjoying using this Sony system and am about to put it through some good paces over the next several weeks....stay tuned ;)