Huey71

Huey71

Lives in United States MI, United States
Works as a Retired
Has a website at howardmcgrew.zenfolio.com
Joined on Nov 30, 2012
About me:

Amateur snapshooter looking to take enthusiasm for photography up a notch in retirement. Enjoy air shows and doing pics of the natural world - landscapes, macros, wildlife.

Huey71's current gear

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)
Sony a6000
My wife's first digital camera in 2008. I liked it too. Was a great compact all-in-one solution in its day. Now sits in the closet.
Upgraded to the DMC-TS6 in 2016 for its improved GPS, better image quality, and Wi-Fi connectivity with smart phones. This camera is great for the beach, underwater possibilities, and capturing water gun battles with my grandkids.
Got this in 2017 at my local brick-and-mortar as an upgrade to the Nex 6. While it is aging tech, I still like it as a compact camera for family gatherings and everyday walks.
Sony a7R III
Sony SLT-A65
Sony SLT-A77 II
Took the leap to full frame in the spring of 2019. Still getting used to new format. The camera is a bugger to get set up for personal use, but so far I like the images it produces.
Bought for my wife in February 2012 because she was dropping hints that our KM 5D was not good enough. (It was also a good excuse to get my hands on an SLT for an extended personal preview.) Now it is our back-up body.
Got this courtesy of the Jolly Red Fat Man in December, 2015. It was a worthy upgrade from the SLT-A77. Now my wife's camera.
GoPro Hero8 Black
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN | C (E/EF-M mounts)
Sony 1.4x Teleconverter (2016)
Christmas present 2017. Needed a low light lens for my A6000. It is very sharp and lets me get out-of-focus backgrounds for protraits.
Sony 50mm F1.4
Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Seldom use this one.
This lense has proven its value on our A-mount cameras at air shows and military reenactments. I also used to throw it in the bag when I didn't expect to need the long end of a super telephoto.
Captured this gem when Circuit City went out of business. My walk around lens from 2009 until I went full frame in 2019. It is an old favorite and would hate to part with it while I still own an A-mount camera.
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
Despite published reports of less than stellar performance, I like this lense. It can capture some great photos and helps maintain the small profile of my A6000.
Not a bad lense for nature walks with the A6000.
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
My wife upgraded to this all-in-one lense in 2015. It lives on her SLT-A77M2 and means her camera bag is much lighter than mine.
Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD
Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 8
Apple iPad Pro 9.7
Other gear:
  • Manfrotto 3021B Pro tripod
  • Sony ADPMAA multi-interface shoe adapter Used to mount the HVL-F42AM or HVL-F58AM Flash on the SLT-A77II and A7RM3.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer's Bundle Lightroom is my go-to photo processor and catalog.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 12 Used for my limited forays into video editing.
  • Capture One Pro 10 (for Sony) Started dabbling with this program in 2017 as an alternate to Adobe.
  • DeLorme PN-60 Hand Held GPS I use it to generate GPX tracks for the mapping module in Lightroom. It is generally more accurate than cell phones and in-camera solutions, especially under difficult conditions like canyons or forest canopies.
  • Konica Autoreflex T3 This 35mm camera and Fujichrome served me well for recording vacations and family events for around 30 years. Now enjoying retirement in its old camera backpack surrounded by various lenses and a Vivitar flash.
  • ON1 Photo Raw 2020 Started using their Elements Essentials add-on years ago and continue to support them as an Adobe alternative just in case.
  • Sony HVLF20AM TTL Digital Flash for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras Got this flash on sale from Sears in Dec 2012 because my wife had trouble with shadows from the on camera flash with the DT 18-250 lens. It works surprisingly well but the little bugger eats batteries.
  • Sony HVL-F20M Flash Got this "open box" from Best Buy in early 2018. It works much better than the on-board flash for family snaps with the A6000. Just the right size.
  • Sony HVL-F42AM High Power Digital Flash for Sony Alpha DSLR Cameras
  • Sony HVL-F58AM Flash
  • Sony LA-EA4 Will use this to adapt existing A-mount glass to the A7RM3 while I slowly transition to FE lens.
  • Sony VCL-DHL1758 I attach this 1.7x tele conversion lense to my E 55-210mm for extended reach. 49-58mm step-up ring required.
  • Sony VG-C77AM Vertical Grip for A77II
  • Vanguard Alta Pro 284CT carbon fiber tripod

Huey71's previous gear

Canon PowerShot A95
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 (Lumix DMC-FT2)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 (Lumix DMC-FT3)
Got my feet wet in digital with this little P&S. Gave to my sister.
Purchased in 2010 as a pocket camera that could double for underwater possibilities. Gave to my youngest son for his camping trips. Now my seven year old granddaughter is using it. Albeit not very successfully yet.
Upgraded from the DMC-TS2 in 2011 for its GPS capabilities. Now used by my 9 year old granddaughter - she even gets some decent shots once in a while. Perfect camera for kids because it's nigh on indestructible.
Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D (Dynax 5D)
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
Sony SLT-A77
My first digital SLR in 2005. Went out to buy a Canon Rebel but 5D fit my hand and was impressed with in-body stabilization. Later adopted by my wife. After my wife upgraded, this camera was used by my oldest son and his wife. They, in turn, donated it to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan for use as an event camera.
Bought this off store display at 1/2 price when Best Buy discontinued them in 2008. It served me well as a main camera and then backup body for 7 years. It is now in use by my son and his wife (when they are not snapping with their iPhones).
A 40th Anniversary gift from my wife in the fall of 2012. (She was tired of me drooling on her A65.) My wife's camera after I upgraded to the A77M2. Then traded in on the A7RM3 in 2019.
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3
After reading about this camera for quite awhile, I finally invested in 2014 after a price drop. It turned out to be a great solution for informal family photos and other times when I didn't want to wrangle the big boys. Traded it in on the A6000 when a local camera shop had a special promotion.
Lense had a great range for wide angle shots. I thought quality was just OK. Traded in on Tamron FE 17-28mm f2.8.
Was my wife's go-to lense for several years. After she upgraded to the Tammy all-in-one in 2015, it went to my son for his DSLR-A700.
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro
Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)
Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
A very nice macro lens. But it did not work properly on the A7RM3 with the LA-EA4 adapter, so I sold it to help finance the SEL90M28G.
Traded in on Sony FE 100-400mm in 2020.
Came with the SLT-A77. It worked well in low light situations and the near silent SSM focus motor was great for video. Traded in on A7RM3.
Apple iPhone SE
Other gear:
  • Apple iPad 4 After several years of productive use, I traded it in on an iPhone SE in 2017
  • Konica Minolta AF 75-300 / 4.5-6.3 (D) A budget zoom lense that went to my son with the KM 5D.
  • Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70 / 3.5-5.6 (D) A great kit-lense. Went to my son with the KM 5D.