11.22.2016

The Ghost of Jacob Marley and Scrooge. On Stage at Zach.

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Photograph taken at rehearsal on Sunday. Camera: Sony A7ii. Lens: 70-200mm f4.0 G. Raspberry flavored SD memory card. Human tripod. 

A few months ago I wanted to buy a battery grip for my old, used, Sony A7ii. I went to Amazon and looked at the official Sony accessory. I am sure it's made from very rare plastic only grown in the plastic orchards of Fiji but I found the purchase price --- breathtaking. 

A little more research uncovered a generic product from Vello. The price was well short on $100 and, with Prime, the delivery was free. I ordered one that did not arrive on time. I called Amazon. They sent out a replacement. In the meantime the first one arrived.  DOA.  My hopes of finding a low cost alternative were temporarily shattered. I sent it back and the second one arrived. I pulled it out of the box and installed batteries then screwed it onto the the base of the camera. The device has worked flawlessly for over 10,000 exposures. 

I am thankful that the USPS mis-delivered and then re-delivered the first drive. Had it arrived disfunctional but right on schedule I would have sent it back and decided that all such cheap substitutes were without value. 

The combination of the A7ii and the Vello battery grip makes for a perfect ergnomic pair for me. I find the camera to be pretty much perfect with one tiny exception (certainly NOT a deal killer...) and that is my wish for the silent shutter options shared by the a6300 and the A7Rii. Every other aspect of the camera (with grip) is exactly what I want in a daily shooter. So much photographic happiness for < $1,000. 

Tonight I go back to photograph the full dress rehearsal and I'm very excited to see Zach's version of "A Christmas Carol" again. They have re-invented a hoary classic and made it accessible and fun, all without diluting the wonderful message of hope and re-birth that runs through the play. Tonight I get to see it with different cameras and with Belinda by my side. Nice working conditions. Thankful for good clients. 

6 comments:

Wolfgang Lonien said...

Hmmm, if I could find one of these for under 1k€, I'd be in as well. Just to mount my Zuiko 50mm/1.4 lens onto a digiback which uses it at its native angle of view. Using it in my OM-2n with Tri-X is all well and nice, but you can't always (especially not after using a half roll) push that to ISO 1600...

Very nice photo by the way - love the actors' expressions! Just at the right moment...

Don Karner said...

Great pictures as usual.
But man, where did you get an A7ii and grip for less than a grand? I've got my plastic out right now!

Dodge Baena said...

I sold my a7II after over a year of use as a wedding/events backup (30K actuations) for one reason alone: the shutter was too loud.

Kirk Tuck said...

Don, Look for a used one with a little wear and tear on it. They are out there....

Dodge, Use the A7rii or a6300 in silent mode for wedding ceremonies, pull out the A7ii for pre-wedding and reception. Easy-Peasy.

Fred said...

This is a great photograph. Very "natural" skin tones on the guy on the right. Was that the camera or the Raspberry flavored SD memory card?

Kirk Tuck said...

Most definitely the raspberry flavored SD card. Delicious skin tones.