My New Favorite - jimdenhamphoto


Sony A6300 | Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 | f/6.3 | ISO 640 | 1/500 second | 181mm (272mm 35mm equivalent)

Timing is everything, right? 

Posted an Adobe Spark page for my favorites from 2018 back at the beginning of December, thinking nothing would change in the way of favorite images, then this happens.

My beautiful bride gave me a new lens, that I had asked for, for Christmas, a Sony E-mount 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto or na APS-C sensor. In other words, it's a long reach telephoto for my small camera - it won't work with my full frame, or, at least, it won't work with the full frame. My thoughts were based around two things - the A6300 is fast, shooting at 10 frames per second, and it multiplies the focal length by 1.5, so it's really ranging from 82.5mm to 315mm. That combination will be great for an upcoming trip we have planned for the spring.

The second basis was the price - only a couple hundred dollars versus somewhere in the $1300 range for the full frame offset. I can't afford or justify that kind of purchase.

Now, it's time to try it out and see how the combo works. So far, I'm terribly happy with it and it has now produced my new favorite image for the year - one of my boy, which is even better!

It was shot as he was playing with his hoverboard on the back porch. Normally, he doesn't like anyone watching or hearing him while doing so, but I had an idea. I'll shoot through the back door window and storm window where he can't see me. He saw me, but not before I fired off many shots of him. He even played along a bit afterwards, but this one was right as he saw me. I love his expression.

As expected, there was a bit of haze shooting through the two windows, but considering, it's pretty damn good and nothing that couldn't be improved with Lightroom. I think this combo is going to be one I love - not as much as the boy, but if it allows me to catch these kind of shots of my boy, it will close.