Second time around (or is it the third ?) I take the SAL50/1.4 with LA-EA2 adapter to my kid’s riding session. NEX 6 last week, 7 this time, and pics didn’t come out as good, for various reasons.
This week things were back to normal. Just the two usual girls and their respective rides. There was, however, a new element, Taos (yes, it’s a girl, too). Taos is a student riding teacher (if such thing as a student teacher makes sense). From what I understand she wants to specialize in kids lessons, so she had two perfect subjects to experiment on.
My old (read : long time) friend Estelle spent the day with us. It pains me to say this is the first -and only- smile I saw on her face during the whole day. The kitty did the trick though. Better than nothing I guess.
Ok, here’s the deal. Last week I shot the same lens in the same place, using mostly F1.7 and ISO 800, and getting useful shutter speeds ranging between 100 and 160th of a second. That’s a pretty healthy speed to ensure sharp pictures with minimum motion blur. A lot of people are agonizing over image stabilization lately, but that only takes care of *camera* shake. Here we have massive pony shake going on 😉
So because I’m parting with the NEX 6 (for strict financial and future investment purposes, the camera is great) I didn’t put additional actuations on it (which wouldn’t be fair to the buyer), and used my trusty NEX 7 for this session . By now it’s known to everyone on the planet how much I love this body.
But yesterday the day was gloomy with rainy episodes, and light levels were as low as I ever saw then in this routinely dark arena. Sure, with no glorious rays of sunshine coming through the building openings, the contrast wasn’t as brutal as usual, but the overall lighting scheme was still exceptionally difficult to handle for any camera. Hence ISO 1600 was just a must, and I had to crank the aperture open all the way to 1.4. Hardly the best combination to reap flawless digital images !
So yes, despite my best efforts, the pics came out noisier than last week. Lesser high ISO performance from the camera, and lower overall light levels couldn’t result in anything else. But I’m not fazed. I’m pleased with the pictures for their content is not for their form, and I have designed yet another scheme to try next week (trying to nail the perfect camera-lens set-up for this place is my photographic Holy Grail).
It is pretty obvious that I would make my life much easier just using a good old DSLR and fast (and I mean FAST) lens, in this damn barn. So on Saturday I’m gonna go nuts and bring …. the old Canon 300D and cheapo plastic 50/1.8 MkII. If THAT gives better results than the NEX/LA-EA2/A-mount fast lens set-up… I guess I’m back in the market for a big camera 😉