I'm an Alpha Guy ... Sony Alpha, to be exact.

I'm often asked what I shoot with or what I recommend and in truth I cannot claim any expertise in this regards. I just know what works for me and so I am happy to share my thoughts below.

At the moment, I rely on my Sony Alpha 77 Mark II, with my Sony Alpha 65 as the back-up camera. Both cameras are 24 mega-pixel which is kind of cool because it allows me room to crop into pictures that otherwise might appear too distant. The 77 is the best camera I have used and it's weight and balance make it perfect for catching sudden nature opportunities that arise without too much blur.
The majority of shots that I take use a 300mm zoom lens (from 55mm) and yes it is a Sony, also. I have a 500mm lens but I find it difficult to get shots that I am happy with beyond a 300mm. I prefer to shoot without tripod and beyond 300mm, I really think you need one to get the best from an image. But then you give up your flexibility of shooting on the fly.
I love my 50mm fixed lens (another Sony) and I really thrill at some of the shots it produces for me in extreme close-up mode. Again I don't like tripod although I am sure I would get better shots with one. But I like to be able to maneuver around a flower, or whatever, without restraint.
I will never use flash in a wildlife setting. I am always conscious of whether I might scare or upset any creature. If I am shooting a person outside, then I almost always flash. But never in nature.
I really don't believe in editing nature pics. Sometimes I may come across where I need to remove something but this is very rare for me. When I resize or crop I always use Corel PhotoPaint (part of Corel Graphics Suite). It has all the power and tools that I need.

The pictures in my Mom's letters are always at Walgreens. They do great work and it is very inexpensive.

When it's time for a calendar print, Vistaprint is normally OK. A decent balance between price and quality but you have to watch them on the quality issue. Hold their feet to the fire.

When I print a book, it is always Shutterfly. A bit pricey but very good quality.

Have any other equipment questions?

I am definitely not in any way an equipment expert, but will happily give an opinion or explain what I use. So feel free to email me with any questions you have and I will try my best to answer.

I will add the questions and answers to this page as the year rolls on.


All images on this site are copyrighted and should not be used without written permission from yours truly. That being said, I will happily send any image in higher resolution to you, should you like something so much that you would like it to be at print quality. Just write and let me know.

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Neville Ronan

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