The Voigtlander Heliar Hyper-Wide 10 mm F5.6 aspherical lens is a new focal length for Voigtlander made for Sony E Mount (FE) and Leica M mount (VM). On Sony E mount cameras the lens communicates the EXIF data and works seamlessly with focus magnification.
The Flipside Sport 10L AW is backpack built to carry camera gear. The pack is small, lightweight, and features a pull out rain cover. It has a padded interior with movable dividers so you can organize your gear. Featuring a pocket for a water bag/water bottle and loops and straps for a small tripod makes this one of the better day hiking packs for photographers out there. The other advantage to this pack is it fits close to your back because of its small size. This keeps the center of gravity as close to your body as possible.
Vented back pads and shoulder straps help keep your back cool on hot summer days or during strenuous hikes. The back pads also keep your gear from poking you in the back and that is always a plus.
The only real down side to this pack is the lack of pockets but that is the tradeoff when you go with a pack this size. This isn’t meant to pack everything and the kitchen sink. It is meant to take only what you need so you can enjoy the days adventure without thinking about what you are carrying. If you want to transport your mirrorless system around, I would not hesitate to purchase this back. You will have room for one camera with lens and two more 85mm or smaller primes, batteries, and the Lee filter System. I generally carry two lenses, one on camera that I plan to use and one spare just in case I need a longer focal length.
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The Sony a5000 was introduced in March 2014. It features a 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and weighs 255.5 grams with battery and memory card. The Sony a5000 is an entry level mirrorless camera from Sony trying to bridge the gap between point-and-shoot and full featured mirrorless. The most annoying thing about this camera for me is the zoom switch. Sony must have assumed most people purchasing this camera would not change out the kit lens that uses this feature. The only redeeming quality about the zoom switch it’s use when zooming in to pixel peep on the back LCD.
The camera does not have a viewfinder. The LCD is ok but can be hard to see in direct sunlight. Video quality is not great and I would only recommend this camera for Youtube or vlogging if you are on an extremely tight budget. I would recommend stepping up to the a5100 for an entry level camera for video. The flip up back LCD screen is very convenient and will allow you to take a selfie or to see if you are in frame when recording video.
This entry level mirrorless camera takes good photos and is just right for a family on a budget. If your budget is tight, picking up this camera used may be a smarter option as it is priced very close to the Sony a5100 and Sony a6000 brand new. If you already own this camera you should get out and start taking photos. This camera is very capable and suits a beginner well.
Let me know your thoughts on the photos and share your experiences with the Sony a5000.