My family didn’t have any big plans for Independence Day, so I decided to dedicate myself to just taking photos of the fireworks show in downtown Nacogdoches. I spent several days driving around trying to find the best spot. I finally decided on this five story parking garage on the east side of SFA. I wasn’t sure how if the lights from the building would mess up my shot or not, so I decided to take a chance. There’s already a million “traditional” firework shots, so I wanted to make something a little more unique.
Unfortunately, I recently damaged my Tamron 28-75mm and it was still being repaired. Thankfully, a friend generously offered to lend me his Canon EOS 60D, along with a couple of lenses. (a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II)
Now, sometimes I struggle to keep things simple…so I started wondering if there was a way to use both the loaner Canon 60D and my Sony a7 II. So, I ordered a Fotodiox lens adapter to use one of his Canon lenses with my Sony camera. The downside is that it’s a “dumb” adapter, so it doesn’t allow the camera and the lens to communicate. So, the aperture will stay all the way open and it won’t have autofocus. Also, some of the EXIF data will be missing, since that lens-to-camera communicate is broken. I knew this wouldn’t be a big deal, because I was going to have to use manual mode for the fireworks anyways. They do make “smart adapters”, like this one, but they’re 6X the price. I don’t know how much use I’ll get out of it, so it didn’t make sense to drop a lot of money on it.
All in all, I’m pleased with the results. Enjoy!