May 09, 2017 5

Early adapter to Sony finds success

It was May of 2014; I had taken the step to purchase my first Sony camera, the A6000 some months earlier, for two specific reasons: I was a former Minolta camera user, primarily because they were one of only two camera companies to make their own glass, and their price points were most reasonable - and Sony was to use the Minolta mount on their cameras, with adapters from China and elsewhere easily obtainable.  The second reason was, I had two treasured Leica lenses, 50mm and 35mm Summicrons, which I could finally use again, with those useful and reasonably-priced adapters. 

I had considered the NEX cameras, but was put off by negative comments about their menu system.  When the A6000 was announced, I read the specifications, and immediately said "These guys have hit a home run!"  I was excited about the concept of mirrorless, the electronic viewfinder,small and powerful at 24megapixels(!), being able to use lenses I already owned and felt were excellent, and a price that was low for all of the above.

I began to familiarize myself with the A6000 and became happy with the new way of using a camera; mirrorless was as revolutionary as the change from film to digital.

In May, my wife and I were fortunate to be able to go to Cuba on an educational trip, and my A6000, the Leica lenses and the 16-50mm Sony lens went with us. There were two professional photographers with the 12 of us, and during the trip, I had a chance to compare notes, comments and images in camera with them.  Although we were cordial to each other, the owner of the Mark III kept referring to my A6000 as a 'toy.'  She couldn't see the advantages or the potential of mirrorless, and size and weight still translated as "professional" in the photography world.

I was able to return with an incredible series of images from that trip.  Since then, I have moved to photography as my main income, specializing in Theater and event photography, now using the Sony A77 II, Sony AR II, and the Sony A6300.

Here are a couple of images from these fields.

Last, it is gratifying to see Sony continuing to push the envelope, although Sony makes it hard, very hard, to avoid Gear Acquisition Syndrome!

Basil Clunie