It's been a bit hectic in recent months. Life often gets in the way of creativity. Then, it often inspires. The weather in England has also been limiting for me. I'm not a gloomy artist who finds beauty in the dark and reflective rain-swept city pavements. (Well, not often) I like light and warm feelings. These have been in very short supply over the past months.
The title of this blog makes reference to a new camera. It's the full-frame Sony A7 mk2. Not exactly new, l agree, but relatively new to me. I've paired it with the Zeiss Loxia 2/50. This is a manual focus, e-mount lens. I have no problem using it in most situations although my focusing technique needs a bit of sharpening up with moving objects. This camera and lens combination is giving me some wonderful images. I do not need the cumbersome weight of a DSLR any more. This combination gives high quality results in a comfortably small package.
And what of Fujifilm? Regular readers will be aware that l like their cameras as well. Currently, l await the announcement about the new X-Pro2 which will be made in the early hours of Friday morning (15th January for the UK) I have the X-Pro1 and have enjoyed using it for a couple of years. The model is now over 4 years old and due for an upgrade. All the rumours point to the X-Pro2 being a rather enticing option for mirrorless users. I may have to do a trade-in!
On the subject of equipment, one problem afflicting many photographers is GAS. No, not as you might think.....GAS stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome. It stems from a fear of being left behind and/or unprepared for whatever photographic situation may occur. It means that the photographer ends up with a huge camera bag stacked with every possible bit of the latest kit. As you may think, GAS is an addiction caused by insecurity and a lack of confidence in one's own ability. I admit to having suffered this for a year or two. You realise it is a problem when you spend more time deciding what to take on an assignment than on actually taking the photos. If you suffer from GAS, be firm with yourself. Decide on what you want to specialise in and trade in what you hardly ever use. Go for quality rather than quantity. There will be times when you are out and wishing that you had brought that 500m mirror-reflex lens with you. Be strong. Use your legs instead of a zoom. Accept that some photographs are not going to be taken. Having fewer choices is creatively liberating.
I will be posting some new photos soon. The one on this blog is new. It's an A7/Loxia creation.