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The Best Lens for the Sony a6000/a6300

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Sony FE 28mm f2

Using the "Sweet Spot"

If I were to recommend one single lens for the Sony a6000/a6300, it would have to be the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. It's the perfect balance between focal length, size, weight and price, and as a bonus, it can also be used on the full frame A7-series cameras without cropping the image. I give it a 5-star rating and highly recommend it. All the photos in this post were shot with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens on the a6000. For the images samples, I attempted to shoot a wide variety of situations, f-stops and distances from the subject as well as different lighting situations. I hope the samples give you a good idea of how nice this simple little lens draws a scene. If I had to say in one word how this lens renders a scene, it would be: "Beautifully."

  • F.O.V. - Field of View: It's a great focal length on the APS-C Sensor at just over 40mm. If you flash back many years, a great camera called the Leica CL came standard with a 40mm f2 lens. And only a few years back, when Micro 4/3rds was launched, the tiny 20mm pancake was all the rage. It too was a 40mm equivalent lens.
  • It's a full frame (FE) lens so it works at it's original focal length, 28mm, on the A7-series bodies and therefore can do double duty. This is extremely helpful if you're someone hoping someday to upgrade to the A7 bodies, or a pro who needs a good full frame lens but also wants an everyday lens for your a6000/a63000.
  • It's relatively small, and very lightweight and never becomes a burden to carry even all day.
  • You're using the best part of the glass when shooting on APS-C bodies. In other words, "The Sweet Spot."
  • It's a downright amazing piece of glass for the money and features crystal clear, sharp images, smooth, even creamy bokeh at wide apertures and a Zeiss-like 3D pop. Most of the reviewers agree and give it a high rating.
  • The price is right.

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The Wedding Photo Booth

 

The only thing more fun than a barrel of monkeys is a wedding photo booth

This past weekend I attended a family wedding in Sarasota's beautiful Selby Gardens, and took along my trusty Sony a6000 with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. I love this combination because it's so small, light and a joy to carry around and shoot with. I spent some time shooting the hilarity on the dance floor (trying hard to stay out of the way of the official photographer), but I also camped outside the photo booth. The photo booth had a large bright light in the front just above the camera that was always on whether the curtain was open or closed. It was like a giant softbox, and it produced marvelous light. It was especially noticeable in the very dark outdoor location of the wedding lit only by a few bulbs hanging overhead. As subjects entered the booth facing the camera, I was able to grab a few images right before the attendant closed the black curtain, capturing a few fun moments. I was also trying to stay out of the way of the second attendant, so I wasn't able to hang out there very long. The activity outside the booth, where people were trying on different hats and props, was also interesting but too dark to shoot. So next time you're at a wedding, gravitate towards the photo booth--that's were all the great photo ops will be.


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Palm Beach Sony Mirrorless Workshop

Photo by Greg Burnett/iPhone 6s

Look Mom, No Mirrors!

We held our first annual (hopefully) Sony Alpha Mirrorless Camera Workshop here in Palm Beach Co., Florida this past weekend, and above is a picture of the gear. If anyone is interested in switching to Sony mirrorless, learning more about their Sony mirrorless camera, or street photography CONTACT US HERE.


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LENSMATE Silver Thumbrest

The brand new Lensmate Silver Thumbrest (LM A6000) exclusively for the silver Sony a6000.


After owning a pair of Fuji X-Pro1's, and a digital Leica M8.2, I got used to the increased stability and security of using a thumbrest or thumb grip on my cameras, so I proceeded to look for one for my Sony a6000 from the usual manufactures such as Thumb's Up, but I had no luck and couldn't find one. During my search though, I stumbled across a wonderful company called LENSMATE, and I'm so glad that I did.

Lensmate is a company who specializes in digital photo products that enhance the usability of a wide variety of digital cameras; especially mirrorless cameras and small digital cameras such as the Sony RX100 series. At the time, late 2015, Lensmate only made a black thrumbrest for the Sony a6000. Unfortunately my a6000 is silver, but as you know much of the trim on the silver a6000 is black, so I thought that a black thumbrest would look just fine, and it did.

I immediately fell in love with the look, feel and comfort of the LM A6000 Thumbrest, but I especially love the design and functionality of it. It makes holding and shooting with the a6000 better and more secure-feeling. Also, If you notice in the above photo, the thumbrest pivots to allow easy access to the a6000's mode dial, which is a genius design in my opinion. When I first read about this design feature, I though it was really interesting but wondered if it would weaken or cheapen the thumbrest. It doesn't. The LM A6000 Thumbrest has a quality feel, is smooth to the touch, locks into the hotshoe tightly, and feels very solid and sure. And an added bonus is the nice silicone patch right where your thumb actually rests for added comfort. It's very functional and much more comfortable that the Match Technical Services (Thumbs Up) version for the M8/M9 series, which is actually painful to use in my opinion, so I sold mine.

I enjoyed the black thumbrest for a month or two, then started to wonder if Lensmate would be releasing a silver thumbrest for the a6000. I noticed that they had silver thumbrests for some of the Fuji models, so I contacted the company. I ultimately connected with Susan Doel, which began several months of back-and-forth emails as Lensmate considered making a silver version LM A6000 for the Sony a6000. The one pictured in the photos in this post is the very first one, and I was privileged by Lensmate to test it out and photograph it to see how well it matched the silver paint on my a6000. I'd say that it's spot on!

The silver version is the exact same version as the black, only in silver. It seems like this would be a very simple process right? Just dip it in silver coating and ship it out. But it's not that simple, and lots of testing and re-testing took place over the last several months to make sure it was perfect. This speaks volumes for the type of company Lensmate is, as they care very much about the quality of their products. Their thumbrest is their own, in-house design not some cheap Chinese copy. And as you can plainly see from this article, they listen to their users, consider new ideas and actually answer your emails. That's a lot more than I can say for the competition, Match Technical Services, who never responded to my inquiry. Thanks Lensmate to a job well done!

If you don't own a Lensmate thumbrest for your black, and now silver, Sony a6000, what are you waiting for? Rumor has it that the upcoming Sony a6100 is the same design, which would ensure that your purchase is future proof.



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Home for the Holidays

Spending Christmas 2015 with Family

God has richly blessed us with family, and it was a joy to spend part of the Christmas season with them this year in Sarasota and Tallahassee. As wonderful as relatives are, an even richer blessing is being part of the family of God through Christ Jesus. Let us not forget the reason we celebrate this season...the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.


For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
— Isaiah 9:6-7

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