Used Gear Thanks. And SONY e-Guide Comments … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Used Gear Thanks. And SONY e-Guide Comments ...

What’s Up?

I starting off Tuesday morning doing some tickseed blossoms with my SONY quasi-macro rig: the 100-400mm with the 1.4X TC and the a7r iv. Then I spent a good deal of quality time with Orangey Colt. It was the first time in two weeks that I saw this bird with both parents. And I was amazed at how large Old Gnarly’s colt has gotten. I was back at the ranch before 8:30am. On Tuesday afternoon I enjoyed my swim — I am up to 54 lengths. After dinner, I went back down to the lake, did some photography from my vehicle, and took a walk on the pier. With perfectly clear skies, sunset silhouette photography is pretty much nonexistent until after the sun disappears (at which time light levels are of course quite low).

The forecast for this morning, Wednesday 5 MAY 2020, is not great: partly cloudy with winds of from five to eight mph from the west.


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This Just In!

Steve Elkins asked me to let y’all know that he has six SONY 200-600s in stock and that one of them has your name on it. Contact Steve as below and save $50.00.

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.

Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

Gerald (Jerry) Barrack

Jerry, who was friends with Patrick Sparkman long before I ever met Patrick, started learning photography when he was stationed in Okinawa with the Navy in 1960. He was 25 years old. He moved to New York and studied street photography with Lisette Model at the New School. Jerry became interested in nature photography around 1980 and has been learning ever since.

Used Gear Thanks. And SONY e-Guide Comments …

Via e-Mail from Jerry Barrack

Hi Art,

I want to thank you again for your help with selling all of my Canon gear. Your advice on pricing was right-on as most items sold very quickly. As much as I loved my Canon equipment, the advances made by Sony with regard to autofocus made it a no-brainer to switch.

And thanks also for the SONY e-Guide, the Sony a9 video, and your Capture One Simplified video. After resisting using manual exposure for many, many years, I switched over to Patrick’s and your Zebras system with ISO on the rear wheel. I cannot believe how easy it is. It just shows that you can teach an old dog new tricks! My only complaint is that it now takes a lot longer to edit because nearly all of the images are properly exposed and in focus. The SONY focusing system along with the stuff I learned in the guide continues to amaze me. I just finished shooting Purple Martins and the percentage of sharp ones is unbelievable.

Thanks again for all your help. Stay safe and well.


Another Must-Read

Here is a comment from last week left by IPT veteran Barry Barfield:

I have been actively using the set up from artie’s Sony e-Guide now for about four weeks. With my a9 ii and the 200-600 rig is easy to get the right exposure 99% of the time. I could never have figured out the settings suggested on my own, so thank you artie and Patrick. If you have Sony A9, A9ii, or one of the A7r bodies covered – get this guide today. Barry, Australia

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

The SONY e-Guide by Patrick Sparkman and Arthur Morris

The Sony Camera e-Guide (PDF) and videos Info

Yesterday I prepared the final PDF for the Sony Camera e-Guide. It will not be available in the store until early next week but you can order your copy right now. The cost of the SONY e-Guide is $100.00 US and will include one of the four (4) camera set-up videos — we offer one video each for the a7r iii, the a7r iv, the a9, and the a9 ii — and the written guide with the galleries. Additional camera videos are $25.00 each The guide is now done.

If you would like to order the e-Guide now, please send a Paypal for $100 US to and be sure to include the words “SONY e-Guide” in the Paypal e-mail along with the name of your camera or cameras so that you can receive the correct video or videos. Note: please add $25 for each camera video after the first. And please be sure to type your e-mail address into your Paypal order. Then be sure to send a copy of the Paypal transaction to me via e-mail.

If In Doubt …

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Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog or Bedfords, for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would, of course, appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links or Bedfords for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who regularly visit the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.


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2 comments to Used Gear Thanks. And SONY e-Guide Comments …

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Quazi, Nothing special. Take care, social distance, watch what you touch. Same as in real life. At this point, I am not too sure about air travel. And I am pretty sure that wearing masks all the time is bad for most folks (except those who have the virus).

    with love and stay safe, artie

  • Good morning Guru (it’s 9.52 am here). Hope you’re doing fine.

    As the world gets ready to commence normal life round the globe; may I hereby request your kind advises to photographers on how to restart this activity and with what precautions?

    As it appears, we’re not going to have a complete corona-free environment anytime soon, this advice is very important to enthusiast photogs like me. We have to move on.

    Sorry to bother you with this Guru.

    Stay well and take care.


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