Articles by Timothy Epp

Make your own camera gear backpack

I do alot of hiking daytrips with my camera gear, so I was in the market for one of those camera packs that has a compartment for camera gear plus a compartment for hiking gear.Well after looking for awhile I never found anything that quite met my needs as the hiking gear compartments were too small, the pack was expensive, and the shoulder and waist straps were too minimal for proper comfort.So my solution was to modify an regular hiking daypack to suit my needs.First, I bought a 55litre small... continue reading

The wonderful Minolta 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO Best quality and value tele for your money.

Firstly a bit of background; I am primarily a landscape photog who does a fair bit of hiking and backpacking, so size and weight become important factors for me in my choice of lens.I don't do a whole lot of wildlife photography unless said wildlife is fairly still.Enter the Minolta 100-300mm APO; which weighs around 1lb and is quite compact, so it's easy to take with me on my hikes.Now of course small and compact is useless if the quality isn't there, but with this lens, the quality is definitely... continue reading

Stock photography for Sony/ Minolta Users

A blog dedicated to my experiences using both Sony and Minolta and 3rd party lenses on my Sony DSLR's (A350 and A700).I hope to provide some insight into what kinds of newer as well as older lenses are good for stock photography.For example, this image below was taken with my A700 and a Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 with a macro MD-AF adapter and a +4 diopter.The whole set-up cost me about 50.00 and does a pretty good job with macro images.This one was shot at F22.For those who want a decent... continue reading

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