Hello Everyone! Welcome back! Well I should be saying, I’m Back! It has been a little while since I last posted an entry on here and I have been really busy with projects ranging from books, to websites to new photo shoots! This post though I am going to talk about a camera that I just got as a challenge to myself. The Sony RX10 III. It is a bridge style camera (non – interchangeable lens). More on its specs below, right now I want to talk about why I got it.
Mostly why I bought it is that it is a bridge camera. I wanted something I could keep in the truck and have any time I decide to drive around for no apparent reason. It has a good lens at f/2.4 – 4, 24mm to 600mm (equiv!). It isn’t great in that you are already at f/4 around 100mm. But, that isn’t what I bought this thing for. The built in shake reduction, the 4k video recording at a decent rate, raw format, and the all in one aspect of the thing are what I bought it for.
So once I got it, I found that it was a little larger than I expected, but still not that bad. It would be good for walking around and shooting between 24mm and 100mm. When you zoom out to 600mm the lens is quite long, but still not as bad as putting the 150mm-600mm Sigma on the Nikon! The 4k video looks really good as well! The Anti-shake worked well, and the camera takes decent pictures in low light. It gets noisy up around 3200 – 6400 iso, but most cameras do! I was happy with it while messing around with it in the house the first day. But that, again, isn’t what I bought it for!
A few more things that I found about the camera was that the EVF was almost better quality than looking at the back of the camera. It certainly has more pixels, but it is also small. Either way, using the back of the camera or the EVF are both doable and good quality. The focus ring on the lens doesn’t engage at all if you have it on auto focus (at least from what I can tell). The auto focus is pretty good though at getting what you are after. The zoom on the lens is a nice feature, even though you can zoom by a toggle switch next to the shutter release. I found myself using both, as I am still going to be used to using a DSLR.
I charged the battery and the second battery that I had bought with it then put everything in the truck and waited for a day where I drove around with no intent to do anything in particular. That came last weekend. I was out and about, I saw smoke in the sky and figured I would try to track it down. I drove south through the country a little ways, almost to North Carolina and figured that the fire was somewhere down in NC and I didn’t want to go there at that moment, so I popped into a park that was nearby and grabbed the camera to walk around a little bit!
I set the ISO to 100. I set the camera to Aperture Priority and set the Aperture to F/4. I figured this would be good for walking around and I could change them if I needed to for a particular shot. Also I set the F/4 because if I zoomed out to 600mm that was the minimum aperture rather than the f/2.4. I didn’t want to worry about a changing f-stop. The movie mode was set to highest quality UHD (4K) and of course RAW for images (20MP).
The day was bright and clear. It was about 2 in the afternoon, so the sun wasn’t directly up, but it wasn’t near the horizon either. It was very windy and about 40-45 deg. So a little chilly. I decided to walk down to the water to see if there was anything going on. There was no life down there, just one snake, some seagulls walking around and the waves of the river. I took a few videos of the water and the grasses blowing in the wind, but there wasn’t much to take pictures of. I did get a few of the snake and some tiny purple flowers in the grass, testing out the macro ability of the camera. They came out pretty well!
I continued walking around and found a small bird in the reeds that was hopping around so I attempted to get some shots of him, not paying attention to the settings as I was still under the impression that it was bright enough outside to shoot at ISO 100. Well I was a little wrong. I had zoomed out between 400 and 600mm and left the F-stop at 4, but the shutter speed was around 1/60th to 1/100th of a second. WAY below what I would have been happy with. I didn’t notice this until after I put the images on the computer and was going through them. The photos of the bird were mostly blurred, but there was one that came out decent (amazingly enough!)
The rest of the time I took photos of some of the trees in the water, and the cypress stumps that are rounded over. There were some really neat root systems that were sitting in the water and along the shore that I also shot. Then I found some Nutria tracks! I took a few images of those and then spent like 10-15 minutes trying to find the mean furry animal. That didn’t happen either. By this time, I had already spent more than an hour at the park and still had a while to drive to get back home. So, I packed it up and went back to the house.
I hope you enjoy the images, and I will go out again in the near future and make sure that I pay attention to the settings more. With the Nikon I am very aware of what everything is set at, and mostly shoot in the studio anyhow, with this camera it is going to take some time to get used to everything and making sure the settings are set the best they can be for each shot. Like with anything new, there will be a learning curve, but overall, I was quite impressed with the quality of the images I was able to get with it quickly and easily while walking around and not really paying attention to the settings!