I think I must have been obsessed with black and white images lately, that I did not realized I have somehow neglected the wonderful colors the old Sony A350 CCD sensor is capable of rendering. Early this morning, with the soft, warm glow of morning light, I went to Petaling Street, together with Kelvin and Nick, we attached the streets. Though the Sony A350 was an old camera, at the base ISO100, the image output is simply amazing, rich in detail and pleasing in overall color reproduction. Coupled with the Sony 35mm F1.8 lens, it was as versatile as it can be, being able to have a little bit of wide angle shooting when I move myself backwards a few steps, and at the same time, not losing my need and desire for close up portrait shooting, as I stepped in closer to my subject. The 35mm lens works very well with A350, I am comfortable and work efficiently with the 50mm equivalent focal length (in 35mm format conversion) and that F1.8 wide aperture was more than sufficient to render delicious shallow depth of field.
All images in this entry were taken with Sony A350 and Sony 35mm F1.8 lens
They can fly
The Yellow Umbrella
The cat knows
The Third Eye
Shoes can be heavy
Closed on Sunday
Nick and Kelvin's weapon of choice for this session.
Their point number 1 was spot on, and many new-comers to photography should take note of:
"They worry more about low-light camera performance than they do finding a compelling subject with a nice background – or finding something to photograph that they are passionate about. To all you who are of the religion of low-light I got news for you. You’re traveling in the wrong direction. As photographers we WANT light. We look for it, chase it, pray for it, beg for it, and when necessary make it. We don’t try to shoot a black cat in a black barn at night when the moon is obscured by clouds. Worship the light. Don’t obsess over low-light camera performance. Go find a nicely-lit scene and any $500 camera will make a great image if it’s operated by someone who knows what to look for and how to execute."
Any cheap camera can do good photographs, and chasing low light camera performance won't improve your photography. There are a lot more things to pay more attention to.
I have been using the Sony Alpha system for a while now. Cheap camera, cheap lenses. Stunning results. I am impressed. I have no regrets getting this system. I did not understand how so many people can slam Sony, especially those evil Canon and Nikon worshipers (ok that was harsher than I intended, what I meant was Canon and Nikon Fanboys)!! What did Sony ever do to you guys? I personally think Sony rocks. End of argument, whichever side you choose.
Photography should not be an expensive hobby. The focus should not be about collecting gear. You know something is wrong when you carry so many cameras, lenses and accessories in one bag. I only had one camera body, with one lens with me this morning. Usually I would carry one more lens just in case, either the 50mm F1.8 (gorgeous lens too) or the much looked down 18-70mm kit lens. I think simplicity works better, and as you have slimmed down your gear, you concentrate on making images happen. You worry less about equipment choice, and pay more attention to what is happening around you. We should pay attention to what we are shooting, how we shoot it, than what we are shooting with !!
What say you? I honestly think any modern cameras, even entry level DSLRs and the mirrorless interchangeable camera systems are already very capable, and should handle most general shooting conditions !!