My Internal Conundrum With My Camera

I own a Fujifilm X-T2. You’ve probably seen me talk about it or post photos from it a million and one times. As it turns out, I’ve had it for almost three years, now. It’s a really good camera, and I thoroughly enjoy using it. I’ve said many times that it out performs the former staple: the Canon 5D Mark 3, and I stand by that. It’s small, compact, and lightweight, and great for when you’re shooting for a long time or walking or hiking.

Then the Sony a7R III came out. It was announced just in time for our budget to come in where I work, and after reviewing the specs and the image quality, I said that we should get one. After all, we had been using the 5D mk 3 and a 7D for a long while, and it was more than time for us to upgrade.  Now, I knew there would have been an increase in image quality over the X-T2, after all, the a7R II had already been ranked as one of the top performing non-medium format cameras on the market AND it was a full frame camera.

I’ve now spent the past 6-ish months in the Sony mirrorless world, I’ve shot a few events and a lot of automotive and commercial things… you know… work. It’s working great! I’m surprised that I’m not missing the dials or the specific Fujifilm “look” (if you will). I have to say the number one thing that I cannot stand about the a7R III is that the files are massive. I mean, rightly so because they’re twice the quality of the X-T2’s, so I can only fit half as many photos on the same card. The first time I shot a wedding with the a7R III, I was panicking trying to dump photos onto my laptop periodically through the night. Meanwhile, I didn’t need to change out cards once with the X-T2 that event or pretty much any event I’ve shot. Excluding Desert Bus, of course. Overall, 300GB per event is a little scary.

NOW

Sony has released the a7 III. The a7 III has all the nice things about the a7R III and some of the nice things from the a9. It has the same megapixel count as the X-T2, which means smaller file sizes. It also has the newer type of battery from the a9, which means it’s been rated to have the longest battery life of all mirrorless cameras out there right now. It also has an autofocus system similar to the a9, which has AF points that cover most of the sensor. It’s also got the same design and button layout as the a7R III. It’s also been shown to have better low-light performance than the a7R III and shoot better video than the a9.

Basically… the a7 III is perfect for what I do.

My dilemma is this, however: While selling the X-T2 would give me the opportunity to buy the a7 III, I would also be ditching a really good camera. Buuuuuuuut, not only has my Gear Acquisition Syndrome been itching like CRAZY since the announcement, but I also have this wild theory (possibly enabled by G.A.S.) that, in my photographing, I don’t want to be limited by my gear. I don’t want to come back after a shoot or an event to blame any defects in the photos on the gear I was using. I don’t want to have any opportunity to say “well, if I had [whatever] this would have come out better.”

Before it’s said, I also do believe in the clich√© of it doesn’t matter what camera you use, it’s about the person behind the camera. However, when you’re capable of doing well with a decent camera, imagine what you can do with a better camera, or even THE BEST camera? And yes, yes, yes, lighting is much more important than the camera you have, but I’m doing alright with light right now, considering that most of what I do with my personal work is with natural light and lighting modifiers. I could go on and on about lighting, too, but this is about cameras.

I dunno, this got a little rambly, and I’m not sure where to end it. So… how about support my Patreon so I can have my cake and eat it too?

SpecialKolin Podcast – Episode 9

Recorded: October 3rd, 2017

This time around, Kolin talks about:

– Fujifilm X-T2
– GoPro Hero 6 (Raw footage: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/29/16385642/gopro-hero-6-black-4k-60-sample-footage)
– Las Vegas

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June 8th 2017

This will be quick, as I am rather exhausted from the day. Rather, this week. I’ve primarily been moving heavy things around while intermittently taking photos. Awesome! 


On the other end of the spectrum, our land is clear-ish! We’ll be moving in tomorrow! Just kidding, they still need to do a whole heck of a lot! Bring in fill dirt, level the lot, some of the plumbing, foundation, walls, roof, innards, etc. meanwhile not completely losing our minds over decisions that need to be made. 


Other than all that, I REALLY need to kick all my SEMA planning into high gear. Usually about this time, I have some form of free time that I can research and write things up. I don’t even have a budget for a hotel yet, so that’ll be top priority tomorrow, maybe. If I can get a certain someone to call a certain someone about that like I asked earlier. (Work sub-blogging) 


Anyway, everything’s currently going pretty well, at least I’m trying to see the big picture of all the wackiness at work, and am definitely trying to keep everyone’s spirits up, as hard as that sometimes may be. 


Overall, though. Have a great day, you wonderful readers, you! Is that a new shirt? 

June 1 2017

Totally didn’t see June sneaking up on me, but here she is.


Today, I had the delight in assisting for the install video for a six inch suspension lift on a brand new F-150. When I say delight, just imagine me, a man who has (let’s face it) no upper body strength, making a serious attempt at holding an array of heavy things for an extended period of time. It went… well… I guess. So far, everything’s going according to plan, so that’s gotta count for something, right? We’re probably just past the half-way point, so we should be done fairly quickly tomorrow. 


After work, I photographed metal sculptures for a local artist that goes by Contrived Curiosities. He makes different animals out of seemingly ordinary and extraordinary items. As I’m shooting his various wares, I may also be shopping for a fitting lawn ornament for our house, whenever it’s done. 


Speaking of the house. I’ve been told that the excavators have already brought all their equipment to our lot, and are planning on starting tomorrow, clearing out all the trees and brush that we don’t want or need. Being that we’re practically surrounded by trees, we don’t really NEED any on our lot. However, were required to by the county to have somewhere between three and five trees. 


In the mean time; I’ve been keeping up with one of my daily tasks, meditating. Being that it’s after eleven and I still haven’t, today, is starting to bother me. Overall, though, it’s really been helping me clear my mind from the throubles of the day. I feel like I could probably make an entire post on where I’m at with meditating, but I’ll have to save that for another time. For now, I can just quickly suggest to any beginners to just try it out, and the Calm app is a really great way to start. Goodnight, everyone, and I hope I post again tomorrow. 

Workend – May 27th

I meant to write this up last night, buuuuuut after a long couple days and a few drinks, I was out like a light before I could touch a keyboard. It was a good evening giving me the chance to catch up with friends, make new ones, and surprisingly have a very interesting conversation about photography.

I enjoy when I meet a person who shares an artistic interest in photography, like I do. Mostly because the people I talk with primarily have experience with film. Having learned photography on digital formats, it’s awesome to me to see that there’s always similarities in the technique and process regardless of if you’re shooting film or digital. Overall, though, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be doing more photography work on the weekends. Which is nice, I like doing photography, so the more often I can do some AND get paid for it, the better. Right?

Today, despite being off the clock for the past 24 hours, I’ve been starting some planning for our trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year. I’m partially hoping to have a little more personnel on duty so that our media is produced as quickly as possible in the best possible quality. Which, in all reality, is the name of the game. Last year, we came close with a plan that I had in place, so basing things around that, we’ll be successful this year.

I know, being vague is not the nicest things, but this is stuff that probably should be under an NDA or something, since my process seems to out-perform news outlets and our competition. However, our department wasn’t as connected to the rest of the marketing department as it is right now, so I feel this year will be a nice show of effort and strategy on, well, my part. Not to toot my own horn.

Tomorrow, after finishing up with the video at church, I’m going to be helping out a local metal-working artist who sets up a booth at craft fairs where he sells his sculptures. To get into bigger and better events he needs to have professional photos of his booth, showing how he lays things out and what it all looks like as if you were walking by it at the show. I imagine that I’ll be getting a few shots of his sculptures themselves, too. It’s one of those things that I thoroughly enjoy doing: helping someone live their dream by using my talents. It’s also why I like photographing local bands. Yeah, the big bands are one thing, but there’s something even better about the guys who have scrapped up the last few dollars just to be able to get the right amp to make their performance at the local pub sound just good enough.

Monday will be a nice day, though. Both Sarah and I have the day off, which is nice. Note sure what the plan for the day is just yet, but that’ll be half the fun in it, right? Just going off on an adventure, anywhere.

For now, though, I’m going to try and relax just a little bit, get the camera all ready, and wait for Sarah to get home.