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Randy Houser BTS ‘we went’ pictures

So I spent the day hiking in the nearby mountains; and got in a little picture taking along the way.  I usually take along a folding 120 camera, this time it was the Ziess Ikon Ikonta, a cheap 6x6 that my dad bought brand new in 1953.  I'm driving down the mountain heading home when I see all these cars and huge buses parked at a pull out called windy point.  It's here I usually stop and take some late afternoon and sunset pictures before it gets dark, and where this comparison was made.  This time it's definitely packed with cars and people, plus some portable generators running and what sounds like some huge speakers blasting music on the west edge of the cliff.

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Larger, heavier, and less portable

When Sony announced the new A7 and A7R in 2013, the press release stated in part; “The A7 and A7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera.”  I thought great, finally a full frame system that’s lightweight, small and portable; now I can do away with my ‘a’ mount full frame …

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Sony and their systems, three years later

It's been three years since I wrote a post called 'Sony and their systems,' see the old post here. In that article, I covered each system, number of cameras and lenses, and the average retail price.  It was quite an eye opener then, with lens prices coming in higher than expected, and the overall selection of new lenses and accessories was a bit disappointing.  So how are things looking three years later? Really good, or really bad, depending on what system you bought in to.

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More site improvements, now we’re ready for an audience!

I'm continually trying to make the site work better, and be more useful. The full resolution photo galleries are working fine now, just click on the picture to open in a larger box, then right click and download it if you want. Also, the site is loading much faster thanks to some work behind the scenes, and a new host server. Remember, everything on the old kurtmunger.com site is now located here, go here for lens reviews, and here to see where things are now located, thanks!

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Grand Canyon Hiking Tour

Welcome to my long-awaited, and much anticipated hiking tour of the Grand Canyon, from the South Kaibab trail, down to the Colorado river and Phantom Ranch, then up the Bright Angel trail to the top.  This hike was done on the 16th of April, 2008.  The weather was perfect for hiking, 30s in the morning, then by the time you …

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Best Low-Light Lenses for Sony

This recommended page lists lenses that I believe work well at F/2.8 or faster, and are typically used hand-held in low light, so no big lenses like the 70-200mm or 300/2.8.  I’m only listing lenses that I’ve reviewed, owned and/or have used extensively in low light.  A lens that gets a thumbs up here has to perform very well in

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Bokeh Sampler

This page will attempt to explain what “Bokeh” is by showing you some samples taken with various lenses, at different apertures, focus points, and areas of the image.

 

Bokeh is a Japanese word used to describe “fuzziness,” or in our case, the characteristics of out-of-focus points of light in our images, either foreground or background.  Most of us shoot …

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