Thursday, July 29, 2010

Winner is the Winer, Rove 12

I've always fancied a beltpack since I started this hobby. It's small, convenient(with a small kit though) and didn't take much space on your body compared to a backpack. When I bought my Benro backpack, I was like having almost five lenses and two flashes and the bag accommodate everything nicely with extra room to spare.

Now I've gotten the Nex and I sold all my kit(except the Tamron), the Benro would be too large for such a small kit. I sold it off, and bought a cheap beltpack. It's the Winer Rove 12. My first camera bag was a Winer too, the T-06.

I bought the military green. The gunsilver version looks even better but wasn't available.

Some specs about this bag from the company's website.

Internal : 18cmX15cmX10.5cm
Capacity : 1 dslr body with compact zoom attached, filters and extension tubes.
Selling points : Back open design for convenience to take out items, waterproof zipper materials,
can be used as a beltpack or shoulder pack(strap included), waterproof cloth,
using D-Flex double safe buckle.
Material : 420D and 600D waterproof nylon

The beltpack strap. You can use the side of the strap to attach additional bags or in my case, to hold my tripod.

The front compartment after opening the top cover. Space enough for a few filters. I'm not very sure what's the use of the red strap.

The inside. The small divider slot houses the 16mm.

Back view. When used as shoulder pack, the beltpack strap can be concealed under this cushion.

I bought this bag from Ah Siong at CPL, KK plaza for RM80. You can check out his bags mainly of Winer and Lowepros.

With my current kit, this bag fits all my travel needs. I did think of buying the Lowepro Inverse series, but at the moment I'll just stick with this bag. It's way cheaper and the build quality is good in my opinion. It will still be able to house the Alpha a-mount adapter and the Tian Ya(Cokin style) filters should I get both soon.

There's only one thing that made me think for a while before I bought this bag though...

Isn't is the other way around? :D

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nex 3 - extra shooting modes

In this post, I will focus on other shooting modes that's available on either Nex-3 or Nex-5.

1. Anti-motion blur.
The camera will take six, high-speed photos and merge them into one.

Using Manual mode.

Ant-motion blur photos looks sharper and less noise.

2. Hi-speed shutter capture.
Nex is capable of taking 7 frames per second photos.

3. Auto-HDR(only available in PASM mode)
Nex will capture three photos of different EV values and merge them together.

4. Handheld Twilight(available in Scn mode)
Capturing six photos(usually of lower iso and shutter) and merge them into one. Suitable for capturing buildings at night.

I've yet to make full use of these shooting options but when I do, will definitely post them up here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Search, Wings Double Trouble concert@Limbang,Sarawak

I've shot more than 1,500 shots since I've gotten the Nex. The new features such as sweep pano and auto-hdr taught me new techniques and style. I'm gonna post on that soon but for today I'm going to blog about Search and Wings' Double Trouble concert in Limbang, Sarawak.

It's the first ever Double Trouble concert ever held in Borneo. We here are quite unfortunate for not being able to watch big concerts which are normally reserved for those in the Peninsula. I straightaway bought the Zone A ticket(close to the stage) for RM70.

The heavy rain that came earlier didn't hamper the fans to come for the 9.00 concert. I came around 8 and pick a spot right in front of the stage. So much of eagerness to witness my first ever big concert. There was intermittent light rains throughout the concert but the fans cheered on as the bands braved the rain together with them.

Let's see how Nex performed here. Iso mostly at 3200, aperture at f5-f5.6 and no flash used.

Fans from in and around Limbang gathered for one purpose...Rock!

Awie's very active last night.

I shot Joe a lot because he was the closest to where I'm standing.

Some guitar duel.

What a concert I must say. Nothing can replaced the experience of being there even with a backache and the pain in the joints from all the jumping and moving.

edited : Here's one of few videos I took using nex's. Video looked ok, but the audio was bad because I was near to the speakers.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunrise at Mengkabong Bridge, Tuaran + NEX-3

Yesterday, we had an outing at Mengkabong bridge to catch the sunrise. It's a good opportunity to test what this camera can offer. Reached there around 5.30 am, set up tripod and took Nex's first sunrise shooting.

Don't mind the new watermark. There's a joke between us about watermarks on our photos.

This time of the year, the sun shine's farther left of Mount Kinabalu. It was right on top of it in February.

The tilt lcd and Sony's fast live-view helped a lot during composing. Changes to the shutter speed and aperture can be seen on the photos live(except for long shutter/bulb).

Yus with his film TLR. The sole a700 user in our group.

Then we had a simple portrait shooting. What a pity that Nex doesn't support wireless flash like its bigger alpha siblings. Who knows it might be added through firmware upgrade or using a new flash unit. For now I'm happy with the reflector or just natural light.

As usual, group photos and...

'Nex poisoning' time!

Conclusion : With Nex, I rediscovered the fun and joy of photo taking.