Waiting for the Surf

A shot on windy day on Redondo Beach looking toward Torrance Beach into the sun, lots of spray and surf…

Waiting for the Surf

Waiting for the Surf by Mike Hope

I’ll be looking out for some more dramatic shots when the weather gets rough. I’m still pushing the Sony A7rii and this weekend I’m hoping to put the 24-240mm lens through it’s paces. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Hope you like it!



Out and About with A7Rii…

Hi all,

Still getting to know the new Sony A7Rii and am loving it more and more… I was walking about the weekend before last, when it was a little windy, a took this photo of the Manhattan Pier with an old Canon FD 28mm lens on the A7Rii.


Manhattan Pier by Mike-Hope

I was using manual focus with focus assist and the built in stabilization, which is a fantastic advantage when using old lenses on the Sony body!! So far the depth of contrast and color from the Sony far exceeds anything else I have used. I am really looking forward to using some first class Zeiss lenses and think I will have to rent a couple for a weekend try out. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again for taking a look,

Mike Hope

New Images up on Behance


Under Hermosa Pier by Mike-Hope

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know I have some new black and white images on Behance.net and thought you mike like to take a look and let me know what you think, as this is seems to be a good show case for the new Sony A7Rii pics that I have taken recently. I trying to keep them all B&W for the moment but will probably add some color as I go along. I have to say I still love the camera and haven’t bought a dedicated Sony lens yet. Still saving!!

The other side of Behance is the Adobe site MyPortfolio which comes bundled with the Adobe Cloud subscription.


Thanks for taking a look…


New Sony A7R ii Pics now up

Still loving this Sony A7R ii camera and have tried some old FD L series and 35 mm lenses on it. So far really good results…

Redondo Esplanade


B&W Pier

I just read an article on why not to move to Sony A7R ii… this was my reply:

Matt is right… (about Ken Rockwell) but so far I’m impressed with the Sony A7RiiOld FD L lenses and on board stabilization, works great and some cool apps!! Like trying new things, then this is good. Gives overall better performance than a Canon 6D with same Canon lenses including 24-70 mm and 17-35 mm and old Yashica, then I’m happy!! Not a professional but I like the results so far. I tried an old Canon FD L 100-300 mm with focus assist and was blown away with the hand held results I couldn’t achieve on the Canon. So I guess  it is what you’re happy with!!

UPDATE: I just found the APS-C/Super 35mm function that compensates for the smaller frame size of APS-C lenses and allows you to use them on the A7Rii. Woweee!! I was going to sell a 12mm wide angle but now comparing it with an L series Canon full frame 17mm – 40mm the 12mm APS-C gives a wider view and operates better (although manual focus) than the L Canon. Love it so far!! Oh, just incase you are interested I also compared the 35mm 1.8 Sony APS-C (around $449) with the Canon 40mm pancake full frame (about $129) and the Canon came out on tops and definitely a keeper. So I guess I’ll be selling the Sony 35mm.

Here’s a wide angle with the Rokinon 12mm APS-C used on the A7Rii. this was a low light off the cuff test where it actually gave more coverage that the Canon full frame 17mm -40mm L series

Wide Angle Tokina


Thanks for taking a look,

Michael Hope