, I Have a New Toy!

As luck would have it, I happened upon an alternate source that had the camera I wanted in stock for the same price.  Needless to say, I lept on the opportunity.

Meet the Sony α55:


This compact little beauty takes a unique approach to the traditional SLR (Single Lens Reflex) design by replacing the “Reflex” (the moving parts) with a fixed translucent mirror, thus creating an SLT.  No moving parts allows for a smaller body and quieter operation.  This unique design also means that the camera can maintain a constant autofocus, even at 10 fps.

Some highlights:

  • 16.2 megapixels
  • Full HD 1080/60i video capture
  • Built-in GPS (automatic geotagging)
  • Fully articulated 3″ 921K dot LCD

To start me off on this advanced road, I wanted a lens that would cover all of my immediate needs.  In the end, I landed on an 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens.  To my amusement today, the lens almost dwarfs the small camera body.  Over time, I’ll add to my lens collection.  Topping my list will be a macro lens and a wide-angle lens.

Conveniently, the family and I will be heading to the beach this weekend so you’ll hopefully see my first shots with my new toy sometime next week.

, , Slowing Down at Last

Sorry about the dearth of updates lately, but October has been in a word, booked.  Most of October has had me engaged at Carolina Ballet for a vocal part in The Masque of the Red Death.  Between 10/14 and 10/31, I have performed a total of 11 times.  My commitment will finally end with a run-out performance to Winston-Salem, NC tomorrow night.  So, now you know what I’ve been doing with my time instead of wandering around taking pictures.

Speaking of photography, I have decided to leave a gaping hole in my wallet this year and make the move up to a DSLR.  Well actually, to be technically correct, I’m moving up to a DSLT.  As it stands now, I have yet to see a penny in returns from my photographic ventures.  I’m hoping that with this long-awaited jump I can finally start marketing myself in a way that will hopefully bring in even a little revenue.  Sadly my newest tech child is backordered and isn’t scheduled to arrive before December, but rest assured you’ll know when she arrives.