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Nikon KeyMission 360 is the GoPro killer!

I realize my friendship with the national director for GoPro might be over now but Nikon just destroyed their hold on the action camera market. The Nikon KeyMission 360, if truly affordable will set a few standard.

I am not a fan of GoPro, I have even called them toys before and I still hold that position. If you disagree, tell me how many professional photographers are using as a primary camera and how many Blockbusters in Hollywood have been made using the GoPro as a main camera. It is a toy and little more.

The one thing about it that I just don’t get is the name. I have no idea who in the marketing department came up with KeyMission. It is too long and to hard to remember. I don’t get why they didn’t get call it the Nikon Extreme or Nikon A100 (A for Action camera). It would make more sense. However, they might re-name it later for all I know.

Otherwise, it was a great idea from the Research and Development team in Tokyo. They are normally very good at giving us amazing systems and upgrading what we have. Yes, I know the Nikon D7200 upgrade was a joke but that is one of the few bad examples about the research team.

I will be buying the Nikon KeyMission 360

I do not know about you but I have plans to order one as soon as they come out. It will kill the Gopro! It can be used to shoot 360 degrees and it looks like it has a 10mm ultra-wide lens on it, a decent APSC sensor and it coded for some pretty insane weather conditions. It does not need a case like the GoPro does, either.

It is something that I can use on the fly for videos and even use as a travel camera when I go to Hawaii or Samoa. It will be great when I do not want to pack around the D7000 or the D800 with all my lens. I can throw this in the bag and know I can get great shots. It might not gallery quality but it would be Facebook quality for sure.

Another cool things is that this thing can go underwater to 100 feet. I am not a diver but I have many friends who are. This would be very cool for them as it seems to have a great dynamic range and with some editing; you could have some pretty wild underwater photography! It is something that I might even play with in Hawaii sometime.

All in all, Nikon has done a great job and yes, I will be ordering one. I know of many practical issues for this both in my workflow and just having fun with it. They really gave us a very useful tool with this. Notice this is a tool, not a toy like the GoPro!

Here is a video from Nikon

Is the GoPro really a toy?

If you believe it is a legit camera, tell me how many professional photographer use GoPro as their primary camera? None that I know of. It is a cool toy to play with but past that, I would not take it very serious. We use to have one for making timelapses over our door and doing videos when my family went to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO. Otherwise, it just sit in the camera bag.

I am sure that it could be used in a tight spot with off board microphones like the Zoom H1 or the Rode SmartLav+, but I will not trust it to give me what a Nikon DSLR would give me even for video. Call me a hater all you want, I just don’t trust GoPro at the end of the day.

Would I tell some teenager trying to learn video production to not use the GoPro? Not at all. It makes doing basic stuff pretty easy and the editing program that comes with it seems pretty idiot proof.  It could be a great launching pad for later learning to use a Nikon DSLR and Abode Premiere Pro CC.

Will the Nikon KeyMission 360 really kill the GoPro?

I can’t say for sure because no one knows the price yet but if it is in the $400 range; it will cause some serious problems for GoPro at the very least. I think will overtake GoPro users in no time. It is better, does more, and has the optics of Nikon, a world leader. All of that is trouble for the action camera makers. Real photographers trust Nikon; not Gopro!

My thoughts are we are looking at the 4k full version for $399, a 1080p with VR build in for $249 and a scaled down, 1080p without VR for around $139. I could be totally wrong but if I am right; it will destroy the action camera hold that GoPro has.

Nikon D500 looks to be promising

Note: I did not go to CES2016 in Las Vegas so I have not put the Nikon D500 in my hands. I am merely going on what people like Jared Polin and Matt Granger are saying. I am also look at the specs for what it has technically.

As I said, I was hoping that they would release a Nikon D7300 or D7200E; they didn’t. What they did release was the Nikon D500; a replacement for either the Nikon D300s or the D7200; cases could be made for both in my mind.

This is an important installment in the Nikon line, especially for the videographer but more on that later. For the Photographer, I am not sure if there is enough to leave the Nikon D7100 for but if you have one of the older entry level systems; it might. However, I can’t see someone using a $200 camera picking up a $2,000 model to be honest.


Nikon D500 looks to be the real deal

According to the tech specs on Nikon’s website, It looks like a beast. It has an updated dust reduction system, reads XQD cards, Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II focusing system, and depth of field control to say a few of the upgrades. You might think they don’t matter but when you have the wrong aperture is have a few seconds to get that shot; the quick control to the depth of field to a aperture value you commonly use is pretty damn important.

I could care less about their 51,000 ISO settings. Beside the whole ISO race being marketing hype; you can’t shoot at 51,000 using a cropped sensor. Sorry, you just can’t. Not happening. My guess is that you have 6400 that is usable in good light and 3200 that is usable in poor light. I am just guessing though. However, they did add a Low setting that drop it to 50 ISO which is useful for landscape photography guys.

Beside that, on the photographer’s side; I do not see a real difference in alot of the specs from the D7200 to be honest. In fact, the settings are pretty close to the Nikon D7100 as well.


It looks like a dream for Vloggers

I think the guys running channels on Youtube, myself included, will love this. It looks like it was aimed squarely at them. It shoot 4k video and does at the way up to 60p without fault. I am not sure why a vlogger would need 60 frames a second but it is there and can be done in 4k without a problem. I know for a fact that shooting the normal 24p and 30p will be flawless.

When you add into the mix over 500 lens, some of them very cheap for filming vlogs; It become a beauty for what you need to do. I am sure this will rip the market shares that Sony has been getting to pieces.

The only problem is the $2,000 price tag.

Just my initial thoughts from the specs.


Tokina 14-20mm for Nikon?

Someone from Tokina in Japan emailed a press release the other day about the Tokina 14-20mm that will be on Nikon (and Canon). What I have is specs on paper, I have not seen the camera but I did use to own a Tokina 11-16mm. What I expect is a lens for begginners that has serious sharpness issues; sorry, Tokina, you have a history of being soft.

Before we start, let me be clear: I believe that Samyang will mop the floor against the Tokina. The Koreans really have their shit together and I think a solid copy of the Samyang 14mm can hold its’ own against the very pricy offering of Carl Zeiss. Tokina can not even think of doing that.

What they can say that Samyang or Carl Zuiss can’t is they do have auto-focus. I am not sure why you need to AF at 14mm but it is nice to have for a really wide portrait I guess. Personally, I think the obsession with Auto Focus is a little misplaced and I end up having to manually focus after the camera tries and find focus.

Simply put, I think the whole selling point of having it as a feature on wide angle lens is not a strength. It is far more important that the lens is tack sharp than its’ focusing system. Shooting landscape, I will still have to fine tune the focusing it tries anyways.

What we do know about the Tokina 14-20mm?

According to the press release, it has an updated and re-engineered aspherical lens that is going to mean “improved surface accuracy.” What does this mean? No one is quite sure but I am hoping it means sharper images for the photographer. As I said, images being too soft has been a major problem with Tokina historically.

There is also a special coating of some type that is suppose to reduce reflection. I am not sure how this works and my question would be at what cost to image quality does it create? Normally the more coating that you have, the less quality you have in the image recorded. Simply put, I would much prefer to fix the problem in Lightroom and keep a higher image quality. We will see how it works out.

The lens also has “low-dispersion aspherical glass elements” on both the front and rear elements to reduce “aberration.” Again, my question remain at what cost? I hope they can do it and not create problems for the photographer later. I have my doubts.

It also have some special focusing technology that just moving the ring will switch it from auto focus to manual focus and I guess moving it again will change it back. I am not sure nor do I really care much. I am not a fan of auto focus on the wide end of lens.

It does have 13 elements in 11 groups which sounds great (at least on paper), nine blade aperture ring, weights about a pound and a half, and is about 5 inches long.

What about macro photography

Some would like to use this for close up (environmental shots) and marco photography. Well, it does claim to have focus (manually I assume) at 11 inches. This would work great for wide shots for your kids and things but I am not sure how good it would be for the macro crowd.

In the end, you could do the old “put the lens on backwards” thing but who wants to buy a new lens just to put it on the wrong way. I have a reverse adapter that I have an old 50mm (1.4) that I use if I need to get really close. However, doing that to brand new lens? No, thank you.

My suggestion: Get a Samyang

I still hold that only Nikon is on the level of Samyang when it comes to the wide lens. I know that Carl Zeiss has some amazing lens but they have some less than amazing prices for them. I own a few of them but they are not in the budget of the average shooters. Who wants to spend $5,000 on a lens to walk around doing street photography or taking pictures of their dinner at White Castle?

The good news is that Tokina seems to have a better disbritation system and easier to get, at least here in the Philippines. They will sell a crap load of them to people that think they need auto-focus.

I could be wrong about the Tokina 14-20mm being over-rated and an under preformer. If they want to send me one to do a honest review on it, I would be more than happy to do that. I have no problem with changing my opinion if I am wrong back by data. It has happened before.

Best lens to have in 2016

If you are a photographer, either doing it as a hobby or as a professional, you need quality glass and probably need it on the cheap as well. In 2016, these are the lens that I would recommend getting for your camera bag. If you have these half dozen lens; you can shoot anything you need and have world class results. I am not David Letterman but here is my list.

Before I start, let me point out the elephant in the room. There is no zoom lens on the list. If you are using them (I have a few), you can probably get by with the holy trinity. The Good news is the trinity by Nikon is the best set of any maker in the industry.

I believe that primes are better than zooms for several reasons but one main reason would be they are just sharper. Simple as that. Who does not want a sharp image. Personally, I was shot so sharp you can cut yourself with.

Is there time that I pull out the Nikon 24-70mm and shoot with it; yes, there are. If I am in a place that I know moving around will be very hard but I am going to need to shoot at different distances; the zoom are amazing. I do not have the time to change different primes. I just have to lose some of the sharpness. Nothing can be done.

Samyang 8mm

Samyang has an amazing fisheye lens

Before, we get started on the list, half of the lens for 2016 will be made by the Koreans at the factory for Samyang. They make great primes that are very sharp and can offer some very wide open apertures as well.

I realize that some people will say they do not offer auto-focus technology on the offerings. That is true but as a result, they give lens that can compete with some of the most premium names in the business for $300 or less.

The first in the list is the fisheye lens they offer. It is amazingly sharp and there is little to not to love about it. I do not see a need to spend a lot of fisheye lens because they are not useful in many cases. It has a special place and when the call is for the fisheye, it is an amazing lens to have.

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Samyang 10mm

Samyang 10mm

While Nikon has some great ultra-wide lens and even the Tamron version could easily be in the discussion; I still think the Samyang is by far the sharpest and best economical offering.

Much like the fisheye, the 10mm is a special lens that unless you do a lot of landscape; it will not used everyday but is great to have when you need it. I have a friend that uses the 12mm version to creating images of homes for sale.

I use this piece of quality glass for very wide landscapes and also use them for time-lapse. For those purposes, having this lens is a beauty.

The only real down side to using it is the front element is a dome so you can’t really use filters. That means you better know Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop pretty well.

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Samyang 14mm

Samyang 14mm

Probably the best lens that Samyang has out (and they have many great ones) is the 14mm version. It is widely used and many love it. It might be one of my most used lens. Nothing beats the sharpness of it that I have seen. I have used it for environmental portrait as well.

Some could say that it is not the Carl Zeiss 15mm offering and that is fine. It is not $3,000 either. Personally, I would say in most cases, the Samyang hold its’ own against the lens that cost ten times as much. I would give the Zeiss the benefit of doubt but as I said, it is apples and oranges.

If you need a great landscape lens and know that 10mm will be too wide for most cases, this is the one lens that I suggest you use. If you really do a lot of that type of shooting and can only get one quality glass; the Samyang 14mm is the one to get.

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Nikon 35mm (1.8)

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

The last half of the list is all Nikon offerings and they are all at the 1.8 aperture range. The reason that I do not include the 1.4 (which all are amazing) is the cost of getting them. Many just do not have the extra thousand dollars per lens. If you can do for the faster version; I would suggest it though.

First up is 35mm (that happens to be on my Nikon right now), it is a great piece to have on the camera if you want an all-purpose lens. Remember, in the prime discussion, it is better to be too wide that too tight. The auto focus is very good and I think the Nikon 35mm (1.8G) is probably one of the better quality lens in the terms of bang for the buck. I have seen it as low as $200.

I know many professional photographers (myself included) that have used it for some high end shoots. While I prefer to have the 1.4 aperture; the 1.8 is pretty good. Szkander

Nikon 50mm

Nikon 50 1.8G

Similar to the 35mm is the more popular 50mm 1.8G. I am going to take a guess here I would bet this is probably the most bought lens that Nikon offers. Everyone loves the 50mm lens. While many use the cheaper (but inferior) version (1.8D), this version is widely used and normally lives in the camera bag of most professional photographers. Just because it is a $200 lens does not mean it is not “professional.” Quality does not always require a second mortgage.

I got this lens mainly for street photography and doing shots while traveling. You can’t really do landscape with it or much in HDR. (I was doing alot of both back then) However, environmental portraits works very nicely with this len.

I also like the distance that the ninte fifty allows. I can get a little space on the streets for personal safety but I am not shooting like a huge len like the 300mm (2.8). The distance that it allows is actually about the right space you need.

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Nikon 85mm

Nikon 85mm 1.4G

Finishing out the list is the 85mm focal length of Nikon primes. This is a lens that some photographers such as Matt Granger says it their most used lens for doing studio work. They love it for the same reason that I love the 50mm on the street: proper distance from the subject. I use the Samyang offering personally but the Nikon version is a little better.

I know alot of wedding photographers love to use this glass and I know it can used for alot of product photography. Personally, I like that I can shoot from such a distance that people don’t notice if I am on the street. Being a white guy in Southeast Asia with a pricy DSLR can be a challenge. Staying back is beneficial for numerous reasons.

I will probably be investing in the Nikon 85mm (1.4) before I go to the Middle East this summer. It is not just the distance (as I already said can be important), it is also the compression that Nikon gives you with the 85mm focal length. I have to say that these piece of glasses are of top quality. One of the best lens you could own in 2016.

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Saying no to GAS

Alot of people think that the camera makes the photographer but it is really the photographer than makes the camera. Consider this, the Nikon D800 is considered one of the best DSLR ever made. I believe part of this is because it is made for the serious photographer. The user base is mainly people that could get amazing images from any camera. With that said, the Nikon D800 is amazing!

With that said, there is a lie that if you have a great camera and great glass in front of it; you will get great images. This is a myth. Great pictures are the products of the photographer, not the lens. If you struggling to get great shots, invest is learning the basic of how light work, and how cameras behave; not getting more lens you do not understand how to use or what they can (or can’t do).

Please note that the images in this post are not the author of HDR School but are imported from Flickr. Clicking each one will redirect you to the original page on the Flickr platform.

Why I use 500px instead of Flickr

Alot of people love Flickr, the photography platform by Yahoo! I have no issue with that and I think it has its place in the industry. However, I am concern what will happen to it if (or more likely when) Yahoo! closes its door. All in all, I still use it a little but for professional reasons, I think 500px is the better platform at this point.

Before I get some crazy comments, Facebook is great for likes but it is not a serious platform for professional photographers. If someone told me “check out my Facebook Photos” I would laugh. They are great for getting views but the compression is crazy and it just is not professional. I would not respond that way to a 500px account. It is legit.

What I do know is they are very serious about building their platform and with that, their brand. It is like FLickr, “we are here but we really don’t care about it.” 500px just redid their Android app and they have worked on the website refreshing a few times a year. These guys are taking their startup pretty serious if you ask me.

An example of this would be the Apple TV deal. I am not an Apple guy (Alienware please) but I know the power of the community behind the products. 500px does as well as they have worked very hard to get their stuff up on Apple TV.

What I love about 500px

The photography online communities have several options. I like SmugMug and Photoshelter as well. However, I have to say that for now; using 500px is my weapon of choice. The other two I named seem to be made for the client, not the community. I am a supporter of people using all of them actually. I still have my account on Flickr and Google Photo. That is not changing in the near future either.

One thing I really like about it is their discoverability bar. It tells you how good you are doing from an SEO point of view with keywords, title, location, etc. That is very useful if you want people to actually find and see your images. If you don’t, what is the point of posting on the internet for?

In comparing Flickr, this is much more advanced and it makes doing the tagging much easier and powerful. I do not know to spend hours doing research into meta tags. Thank you, 500px.

Another awesome thing about their platform is how easy it is to embed your images on the website. I really do not want to host all my images on Nikon Dojo. If I can load them from 500px; that’s awesome.

All I have to do is go to the forward looking icon and the dropdown bar looks goes down to Embed.

The next thing you do is just copy the code from the popup and paste in your article. It really does work that well. I am very impressed with the way they coded the system. They have locked down the right click issue but still empowering embeding. Pretty slick if you ask me.

I am a firm supporter in making sure communities can be used cross-platform and it seems that 500px has made the grade so to speak. They understand the concerns of many Nikon users about “picture stealing” but know we like to use their platform to have the pressure off our servers. Glad to see them give a thump up to both crowds.

This image of me testing the camera at the hanging coffins in Sagada, Philippines is being fed into the website from my 500px doing what I just showed you. It works very well and only the featured image needs to be loaded locally.

Peter Vandever by Peter Vandever on 500px.com

 

500px also has a marketplace

Another interesting thing they can do is market your image to magazines and newspaper globally. If New York Times wants to use your image of a riot in Dallas; they can buy the commercial rights to do that on the 500px marketplace.

It is not the power of Getty Images but it working great for some people. The good news is while Getty Images is paying the people 20%, 500px is paying out an unheard of 70% commission. That pretty damn good if you ask me!

I have a friend that has made over $1,600 in a few months selling images on their marketplace. You might say you can’t live on that and I agree. However, he could (and did) fund his next photography trip to Hawaii using it. He could have also picked up a new ultra-wide lens with that as well.

Is using Flickr wrong?

Not at all.

I think Flickr has a place and let’s admit it, they started the whole concept. They were picked up by Yahoo! and they took it to a new level. Every photography community started on Flickr in some way. They are still used by thousands of people. In fact, I would say that it has a much larger market share than 500px will have for many reasons.

I still have a Flickr account and will continue to have it up, even if I hardly use it. I am not telling anyone that using flickr is wrong or bad; I am just saying that I think using 500px is better for serious photographer and for photo bloggers.

I am also very concerned about the fact that Yahoo! is having regular problems on the Stock Exchange floor. I believe they are heading for serious trouble in the next few years. The search engine is dead and I am not sure if they take other properties like Flickr and make themselves into an app business or not.

My concern is one day, we will wake up and there will be no Yahoo! or Flickr. They will be offline and the  company will be filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

As a photographer, losing years of images should be very concerning. That is all I am saying.

10 reasons I sold my Sony mirrorless camera!

I use to have some Sony mirrorless cameras. In fact, I have four of them and was seriously considering a more to the mirrorless market. The concept behind them is amazing. A smaller, lighter, more flexible system with the same sensors and image quality of a Nikon DSLR. It looks amazing…. on paper.

It is really sad because they could really be a mover and shaker in the photography world but they probably wont. One reason I question that is Sony sees their sensor business as the silver bullet to save the Sony Corporation. I do not think that the camera market will save the whole empire. Just won’t happen.

In reality, the very things that photographers go to Sony mirrorless cameras for, they find when they get there…. just marketed better. People are upset that Nikon or Canon does not innovate fast enough and we are just string along. Guess what? Sony does it just as much. They just are much better at marketing their process and not as open about it.

Simply put, I think alot of people (I was) are in love with the idea of Sony mirrorless; not really the actual shooting with them. There is just too many problems in the end. I will take a heavier but trustworthy Nikon DSLR anyday!

10. Sony is not stable

One of the major issues to look at is that Sony could go under any time. They have sold off things, quit making laptops, reduced their television footprint and basically just have cameras and phones now. They have even made their sensor business completely apart from the rest of Sony. I believe, as does others, this was to save it when (not if) Sony has to file bankruptcy in Japan. I hope the Toshiba move is not the nail in the coffin for what is now known as Sony Semiconductor Solutions.

If you want a camera system for a brand that use to exist, just go get a Kodak (that developed the DSLR) and you will have the same thing. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

9. Build Problems

The cameras themselves are build very cheaply in Ayutthaya, Thailand. I do not think I have seen such poorly made professional grade camera body in my life. They are basically made of pop medal. A small drop can completely destroy the system. This is not what you expect out of a higher end camera that professionals could use.

I was walking in Quezon City, Philippines and the Sony NEX 6 dropped out of my hand the second day I had it. It destroyed the pancake lens, shattered the EVR, broke the flash, offset the shutter assembly and cause the battery to not connect. All because of a 12-15 inch drop. To be fair, I have dropped the Nikon D7000 from 10 feet in the air and it lived to tell about it.

8. Camera shops wont touch Sony mirrorless systems

After dropping it, I was off to the local camera repair shops to see how much work it would take to get it fixed. What I found out was no one will touch them with a ten foot pole. No one knows anything about the mirrorless cameras. This is an issue when you need it worked out for some reason.

The reason this matters, especially in the Philippines, is that you will be without your camera for 1-2 weeks (or more) while it is sent to Singapore, Japan or the United States to be worked on by the technicians. A month without your tools is alot of money you are losing.

7. Sony Service Centers suck

A trip to Sony Philippines and the Sony Service Center in Makati was even worse. They do not know crap about Sony mirrorless cameras and only care about television and smartphones. One of the people working there told me so. I had figure out exactly what was happening with it and asked to speak to a technician about. Sony Philippines will not allow them to speak directly with customers. When there is a language barrier, who knows what is being translated.

In the end, one of the major problems was the camera was switched to the EVF so the LCD wouldn’t come on. However, the EVF was broke so I had no way to see anything. They wanted to send it to Singapore. I asked a few Sony mirrorless users about it. We found out that just hooking up a HDMI to a television will give access to change the settings. Really surprising that Sony Philippines and the Sony Service Center couldn’t tell me this.

6. Sony Distribution is not much better

A walk into almost any camera shop in the Philippines and if you can find a Sony mirrorless camera, there is about 75% chance that is grey market and was bought here illegally by the stores from Hong Kong. Part of the reason is business related but part of it that distribution by Sony is just horrible.

I found the same to be true in the United States. Alot of local shops just do not have the cameras. It had to be ordered at B&H or Adorama. If they ever dream of competing with Nikon; they better get fix this problem pretty quickly.

5. The Electronic View Finder is annoying

The one good thing about Sony mirrorless systems is you can use the liveview without a monopod. You have to. The electronic viewfinder is just annoying and not even that close. I have used it a few times on shoots and I must say it just does not match up like they shoot. I have tried them on a few systems as well. Not impressive.

The Optical view finder in Nikon cameras might not let you see what you get but it much easier to use in reality. I could never get on with the EVF. However, to be fair, I normally use the liveview on the Nikon D800 and attach a monopod to it.

4. Battery life is a joke

If you really use the cameras for serious work, plan to carry about a dozen batteries with you. I took the Sony A6000 on a trip to Palawan last month and I had five batteries for it with me and had to charge them up every night as well. Five Sony batteries lasted about a little longer than one Nikon battery. This is just plain unacceptable.

Having to charge five batteries every evening when you are travel gets old really fast. It means you have to stay close to the batteries so you can unplug one and plug another one in. I have better things to do with my evenings. I perfer charge one while I go eat dinner and the another one when I come home.

3. Carl Zeiss lens are crazy expensive

I love their lenses and I have a few of them for the Nikon cameras but they are not priced for the guy that wants a great camera for vacation and street photography. People will not spend $1,500 on a lens to take photos of their dinner and cats. Sorry, they just wont.

A system without native glass to put in front of it is just worthless. While the Carl Zeiss partnership is the strength of the Sony mirrorless system; it is also the biggest weakness as well. If they want to be a legit system; they better get serious about the mid-range lens market quickly.

2. Sony Flash are not all that

After looking at the len problem or what Jason Lanier mocked calling it the Lensgate; you have a bigger flash with flashes. Sony just does not have decent flashes. I have yet to see anything that competes with the Nikon SB900 yet come out of Sony. It is all simple flashes and have serious limitations.

If you say that using flashes are old school (I agree), that is fine; however, some forms of photography still require a good flash. Sony does not have them. That is a problem. Period.

1. Sony Snobs

Speaking of Jason Lanier, he is a great example of the Sony Snobs, the gear heads that worship their cameras. When someone hand me a print that they got with their Nikon; they put emphasis on the image and the editing. However, a Sony Snob is more interested in telling me about the camera they used than the image itself. No one gives a damn that you shot it with a Sony mirrorless camera! Sorry to break the news to you, bro.

In many ways, the Sony Snobs are the main reason I sold my cameras. I just can’t stand brand whores that can’t enjoy photography without comparing how big of a @#$ they have. When you care more about what camera you use than what image it produced; you are a Sony Snob and a brand whore.

What am I using now?

Well, before I tried the Sony mirrorless, I was shooting using my old Nikon D7000 (that Jason Lanier told me to marry) and was using my Nikon D800 full frame camera for professional work. I never got rid of them and really never planned to. The Nikon system is far more advanced and I can find lens for them very cheaply and quickly.

Today, I am still using the Nikon D800 but sorry, Jason, I divorced the D7000 and married the Nikon D7100. I have plans to get the Nikon D7200 as well as the Nikon D750 but that is in the works right now. I am also wondering what the next generation in the Nikon D8xx line will look like.