October 3 2011 - Photo Jottings

October 3 2011


Jottings, and possible new website.

I haven’t been posting much lately as I’ve been busy with several projects, but hope to update when time permits.
People are writing to ask about when I’m going to review more lenses for Sony cameras, including the NEX system.  I’m going to review all Sony “α” and “E” mount lenses as I get them, and aftermarket lenses as I get time.  So far, I’ve reviewed all Sony lenses except the brand new 16-50mm and the 2 NEX lenses out now, (in most areas).
It looks like Sony is only going to come out with 3-4 lenses per year tops, and maybe a few accessories like a flash or adapter etc.  New cameras don’t hold much interest for me—or others based on page views for my camera reviews, and they take a lot of time, so it’s not likely I’ll be doing many more camera reviews.  I’ve reviewed most of the interesting aftermarket Sony “α” mount lenses from Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Rokinon,and Vivitar, with only a few more that  I want to do.
I believe this website is extremely useful for Sony users, especially people considering a lens purchase for their Sony camera, and how to best use the features of a particular lens.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know anything about websites when I started this site in the summer of 2006, so I went with an easy to use, internet based, point and click website platform, and all the content here will no longer be editable if I copy it to a new portable platform for a new site.  The point and click kind of site also takes a long time to build a review, and I don’t have that much time anymore.  With that said, I’ll continue to update this site with lens reviews and a few other things thrown in from time-to-time, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time building more content that I won’t be able to edit later on with a new site.
My real interest, and business, is photographing (mainly) interiors, not reviewing gear, although I do enjoy that on a limited scale.  I’m thinking of starting a new website that will help others that want to do the same type of work, either professionally or simply for personal satisfaction.  It will focus on interior/exterior
photography with a heavy emphasis on off-camera flash use, using mostly Sony equipment.
The new site will of course allow comments so I (or others) can try and respond to comments and answer questions from readers.  I’m also thinking that readers could send in their related photo work to be posted for review by me, and visitors, to help them with problems they may be having, or just a general critique.   Is anyone interested in this?  If so, please contact me with a simple yes, I’m interested in interior photography” so I’ll be able to gauge the interest and go from there, thanks, Kurt.
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