I started taking photos passionately around the age of 15 years old when I went on an around the world trip with my parents. I remember wandering around the streets of Barcelona in Spain late at night taking long exposures and loving it! Then three years later during my first year at university (studying Civil Engineering), I spent hours picking fireweed to be able to afford my first DSLR. So by the end of the year I purchased a Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm lens. This is when I really got serious about photography.
Then as I continued to improve at the age of 20, I was hearing rumours about the Nikon D800E and I knew I had to have it. So I worked extra hard and was able to pre-order it.
Two years later, I now own the Sony A7R. My reasoning for the change is the significant weight and volume difference between the Nikon D800E and lenses. As I do a lot of multi day hiking, this is an important criteria for me and this saving comes at no cost of image quality, due to the Sony A7R having the same sensor as the Nikon D800E. Also being able to use any lens I want with a high megapixel sensor is a massive bonus. I have multiple other reasons but those two are the key ones.
For a more in-depth review of the Sony A7R, check out the blog on my site.
My current camera kit consists of a Sony A7R and Ricoh GR (Backup), Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5 II (Metabones Smart Adapter MKIII), Zork Rear Shift Adapter for TS-E, Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 (Novoflex Adapter), Nikon 70-200mm f/4 (Novoflex Adapter), Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 V2 (E-Mount), F-stop Tilopa BC + Medium Sallow ICU, Lee Filters and an Induro CT114 Tripod + RRS BH-30 Ballhead.
The Zork Rear Shift Adapter allows me to have parallax free shift panoramas with my Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5. This is due to the lens staying stationary (lens mounts to tripod, not camera) and only the sensor moves. Also it mounts on the nodal point, so I can do traditional rotation panoramas without parallax errors.
I try to keep all my gear as light as possible, specifically for hiking trips. So for multi day hikes, I will just take my Sony A7R, Canon 24mm TS-E, essential Lee filters and a carbon fibre tripod.
What do I want to buy next? Well, I want to replace my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 which weighs the same as my Nikon equivalent but the Sony includes the collar, as well as I won’t need to use my novoflex adapter to convert it to E-Mount and the Sony has a metal exterior. Also, the Sony will allow me to use AF and vibration reduction.
I will continue to follow the FE-Mount lens releases and eventually replace all my lenses with mirror-less specific lenses. Although I don’t think I’ll replace my Canon 24mm TS-E for a long time, as tilt shift lenses are very hard to get right and also even with a non-retrofocus design, it would still be pretty large, due to the massive image circle needed.
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