Why I sent my Sony RX100 M3 back

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For a long time I’ve been wanting to get a secondary camera to bring with me everywhere. There are times when its just not possible to bring my heavy DSLR with me, so after much research and reviews I’ve settled on the Sony RX10 M3. I decided against the new Mark 4 because I didn’t feel the added 4K video and “slightly” better stacked sensor was really worth the extra $300. I found one used on eBay, I didn’t feel like paying for a new one in 2016 at nearly $800 for a camera that came out in 2014.

Anyways, I paid $550 for the camera from a seller that had a 100% feedback score and a lot of feedback. This camera didn’t come with the orginal box, but I didn’t care about that. I just wanted the camera and the battery. The LCD screen was scratched, no problem. Don’t care. At the time of purchasing, this was the best cheapest one available on eBay so I decided to just take the chance and get it.

When I got the camera it was as described….until I decided to go out and take some photos with it.

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My Weather Station

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I’ve always been interested in weather since I was a kid. Took earth space science classes in school that covered a little bit of meteorology. I’m no expert of course. I decided to get a little fancy and bought a weather station for my home that connects to Weather Underground.

I use a AcuRite 5 in 1 pro weather station with Acu-Link bridge & Meteobridge.  I have it setup in a pretty good position facing south at 13ft high on a post and some pvc. It was the most logical spot to place it so I could have access with a 10ft ladder but so far I’ve been getting some surprisingly accurate data according to nearby personal weather stations. The sensor is in direct sunlight most of the day, but what is really awesome about this weather sensor, especially in this price range is that it has a aspirated fan that ventilates the thermometer to give you a accurate reading even when it’s hot and no breeze.

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I have too many camera straps!

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I’m sure some of you may have even more straps than I do. But I just can’t get comfortable using my camera. Is this what people who switch to mirrorless feel like?

I used the BlackRapid RS-7 (It’s called Curve now) for years when I had the Nikon D7000 + MB-D11 and that was okay but it got annoying after a while because it kept riding up on my neck and giving me a rash, I always had to constantly adjust it and pull it away from my neck. I heard about the BRAD (BlackRapid Arm Defense) attachment so I got that and that did keep it off my shoulder, but for some reason, it really limited my movement so I took it off.

When I bought my Nikon D610, I didn’t want to use this strap anymore, so I bought the Op/Tech Pro Loop neck strap which I only used on my shoulder and then when I was taking pictures I put the strap around my neck but never let my camera hang from there, I always had my hand on it. That also got uncomfortable after a while.

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Sigma 28mm f/2.8 Mini Wide II Thoughts

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I’ve been wanting a vintage lens to have some fun with without breaking the bank. I did a lot of research and found the Sigma 28mm f/2.8 Mini Wide II on eBay for $40. This lens is probably the best bang for your buck you can get in this price range. Its available on nearly all camera mounts, made in Japan, all metal construction and the focus is buttery smooth.

Keep in mind that this is a manual lens, no auto-focus, no cpu, no electronically controlled aperture. This is all manual baby. Some cameras let you setup non-cpu lens data like my D610 to allow color matrix metering and support for i-TTL flashes.

I think its a good first vintage lens to see if vintage lenses on digital is something you want to get into. I used this lens on a full frame DSLR (Nikon D610) and I was surprised by the results at first and then quickly realized this lens cannot be used for landscapes or anything focused at infinity.

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Why I decided to leave comments enabled

I’ve been going back and forth if I should enable or disable comments. There are pros and cons to each but I’m not going to go through them all, I’m just going to tell why I decided to leave mine on. A lot of big time bloggers like Seth Godin and Matt Gemmell both have disabled comments on their blogs and they usually state that they just don’t have the time to deal with comments. I completely understand that…these guys could get hundreds of comments and they just don’t have the time to read or to moderate them. Matt Gemmell made a post about disabling his comments and I understand what he is talking about but disabling the comments isn’t for everyone. Perhaps, if I had that kind of following I too would probably disable the comments. But I don’t and probably never will.

But for smaller blogs who may only get a few comments each day I think is completely manageable. I like to encourage conversations, I like to know if my post has helped someone or not. I want to better understand my audience.

I’ve made a couple of friends who had left comments on my blog and I think that is amazing. If I didn’t have comments enabled..I probably wouldn’t have met these other bloggers.

Spam is another thing a lot of the bloggers who disabled their comments talk about, but there are all kinds of ways of managing that. So making that a reason to disable comments is completely pointless to me.

To me, a blog with out comments is not really a blog.