Capturing Delaware's Natural Beauty with Sony Cameras
Like many young photographers, when I first developed an interest in shooting, I didn’t have much of a budget. I was a student, and worked part time for the non-profit conservation organization where my father has worked for over 40 years. For most of my life, my father had been an avid film photographer and in recent years he had switched to a DSLR. As I started spending more time in the woods in some of the nicest and least disturbed natural areas in Delaware, I became more interested in capturing some of the natural beauty I had the privilege of witnessing. Sometimes my father would let me take his camera out with me. His DLSR was heavy and bulky though, and more importantly, it wasn’t really mine. So in 2012 I started researching and saving. I immediately gravitated to mirrorless cameras. They were small, had less moving parts than SLRs, gave you a "what you see is what you get" view of the world, and I knew that until I saved enough to buy new lenses I could easily adapt a whole box full of vintage manual lenses that my father and grandfather had given me. I knew I wanted a viewfinder so I was looking hard at the NEX-5n and the optional EVF; but I was really pining away for the NEX-7 which, even with my grandfather’s help was just too far out of my price range. Then came September. When I saw the press release for the NEX-6, I immediately knew that it was going to be MY camera. The design was beautiful, I loved the concentric dials, the solid but compact magnesium alloy body, the articulating screen; everything about that camera was exactly what I had been looking for at a price that I could afford. When I got the NEX-6 with the 16-50 lens, my life as a photographer changed. I finally had a camera that was really my own, and I took it everywhere. It came in the car with me, when I was out in the woods it was in a backpack or around my neck. The flexibility of the Sony E mount meant even before I could afford some of the excellent native lenses I had access to a whole array of vintage glass. Today I work full time as Field Ecologist and Director of Social Media for Delaware Wild Lands, Inc (the same organization I got my start with) and my Sony mirrorless collection has grown. I now proudly shoot a Sony A7 and an a6300. My favorite lenses these days are the 70-200 G, the Zeiss 16-35, the 28mm f2, the 50 1.8 OSS, and the A mount 100mm 2.8 macro and 50 1.4 with the LA-EA4 adapter. I don’t hesitate to recommend Sony cameras to anyone who asks for my input. Delaware Wild Lands now has an a6000 which belongs to the organization, my older brother recently replaced his aging DSLR with the a6000 and the 18-105 G lens, and my fiancé loves shooting her a5100. Best of all, we can all exchange batteries, chargers, and lenses when we travel together.