Where does the time go?
I am still getting out about once a week for a big day of shooting, but I’m rarely taking the time to process what I shoot. That translates to about 5k of images to wade through at some point on my desktop at home. I know I will get to them – I always do. They nag at me every hour of every day but I’m busy with other things and spending a couple days in front of Photoshop hasn’t made the list for a while now.
I’ve patiently waited for Sony to ship their pro grade “G Master” lenses. I received the first (per Daniel at Glazer’s in Seattle) commercially available Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 in the Seattle area on the day it was first offered. It’s a stellar lens and I’ve had much fun with it the past month – for art and for work. The down side is that like my Canon L glass, it shows every tiny dust spec on my sensor.
I’ve cleaned sensors in the past, but my A7rii new and kind of precious to me still so I signed up for the Sony PRO support. Sony contracts with Precision Camera (PC) on the east coast, which according to one friend has checked reviews. I still decided to give it a go and sent my camera in to have the sensor cleaned. I contacted support Tuesday morning, they had a FedEx label for me to print in email within 10 minutes, and I my camera was overnighted that day. There wasn’t much feedback about what was going on at PC with my baby, but I checked FedEx and the tracking info said they received it around 1pm Wednesday. Sony claimed 3 business day turnaround but who knows what that really means. In the end I got the camera back Monday afternoon – 4 business days later for me, 6 calendar days, and based on the shipping label within 3 days of when PC received the camera. The sensor is perfect and after a little bit of customizing the camera I am up and shooting again 🙂
As proof, here’s the most boring image ever – a wall, but sensor dust free. The light drop off on the right was due to the lighting in the room, but the vignetting is most certainly due to the lens. I’ve really amped the contrast on this image to accentuate any dust, so the actual RAW image is mostly flat white. Still, that’s some real drop-off. Hmm.
I still love the lens 🙂