Loved it.

This was a quick overnight trip where I flew in on a Wednesday afternoon and flew back Thursday night; my video shoot was on Thursday morning and I had the rest of the time to myself to just walk around and shoot in the city, which is one of my favorite things to do.

I had recently purchased a Sony a6500 to be my b-camera alongside my Ursa Mini Pro, and I was excited to test it out as a travel camera. I got the cheap Sony 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens with it for use with stabilizers, so I tried out that lens quite a bit. I also got a Vizelex EF to Sony E-Mount adapter that has a build in ND filter so that I could use my Rokinon cine lenses with it as well. 

Two early thoughts on the a6500:

1) The 5-axis sensor stabilization is LEGIT. I even used it with my Rokinon 135mm and was able to get some pretty decent handheld video shots, even without using a camera strap or anything to stabilize.

2) The silent shutter is an amazing feature. It took me a little while to get used to believing that I took a photo even though I didn't hear a shutter click, but now I think it's going to be hard to go back to hearing the loud click of the Nikon, especially in public when I'm trying to be discreet.

The Uber driver that picked me up from the airport happened to be a photographer himself! He'd had a photography business in the 80's and still shoots as a hobby--he reached down to his feet at one point and produced a Nikon D40 which he keeps with him in his car because driving all around town affords him lots of photo ops! He let me look through the shots he'd taken. Really neat and nice guy. 

I checked in to my hotel, which was just a few blocks from the famous riverwalk. I had planned on showering and having myself a nice dinner before heading out for a little walk, but I was so anxious to get out and shoot that I just dropped off my bags and headed out immediately. 

I primarily shot with the Ursa Mini Pro for the next couple of hours, mesmerized by the beauty and culture of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Here's the resulting video:

When it got too dark for the Ursa Mini Pro (which is totally a thing, since ISO 1600 isn't great and it needs a ton of light as it is), I put it away and switched to shooting photos with the a6500 with the Rokinon lenses. 

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The next morning I got up early to walk and take in the San Antonio sun for the first time, this time just shooting with the a6500 and manually focusing with the Rokinon cine lenses--which was really tough! You can see that I missed the focus a little on several of these shots. I loved shooting with the a6500 though, especially loving the EVF which I thought might bother me at first.  

In my experience I found San Antonio to be a wonderful, friendly, fun city, and now I really want to take my wife and daughter back someday to spend an evening on the Riverwalk, which was as good as advertised!

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