Red Fly Fly fishing tournament and demoing new gear, Sony NEX-VG10 demo using 50mm 1.8 and 10.5mm 2.8


The fishing despite all this wind and cold has been pretty good. Saturday Tom and I fished the Redfly redfish tournament held out of Flint Creek Outfitters this year and ran by John Bull.  It wasn’t prepaid so I was pretty surprised 10 boats participated in the contest.

Basically it is 100% pay back tournament so whatever we put in the top 3 finisher got to split it accordingly.  The tournament was a fly only contest to see who can  catch the two largest redfish and snap a photo of it next to a ruler.

Tom and I waded for the most part and caught a total of 5 redfish on fly. I can’t say we saw lots of fish but the ones we did see ate well.  The two largest fish totaled 47″ which was good enough to tie for 2nd place that day. However the other team arrived at the weigh in first there for had the tie break on their side. We ended up taking third and that was ok.

Here’s the official results:

“RedFly #4 was a complete success!! We had 10 teams registered and more fish caught than all the other RedFly tournaments combined….despite the lousy conditions!! Congrats to the winners Dave Dant and Greg Peterson. They measured in 50.5″. Bryon Chamberlin and Nick Angelo came in 2nd with 47″ and Sam Root and Tom Tylisz came in 3rd with 47″. BIG thanks to Flint Creek Outfitters for hosting us and donating the great raffle prizes! RedFly #5 coming in Spring 2011.”

Yesterday I got to demo the Sony NEX -VG10. This is camcorder is a first of it’s kind. It has the 14mb sensor found in today’s DSLR like my Nikon D300s. It has the ergonomics of a camcorder so it’s much easier to shoot high quality video with. The coolest thing to me however is the ability to change lens.  I mean you can use all kinds of lens with just and adapter. I could use my Nikon lens and others can use Canon, etc.

Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black)

My friend Brad Lowman and I just drove around for a bit yesterday and did a little video while I demo the camera with various lens and lighting conditions.  At first we shot in the middle of the day with some really harsh lighting conditions. Then later we shot during the sunset in nice soft lighting.

The only thing I didn’t think of was the lack of control of the aperture with lens that did not have a manual control. Example the 50mm 1.8 had the manual control but the the 10.5mm did not.  This made it so I could not shoot wide open with the 10.5mm. This is because since an adapter was used the Sony camera could not communicate with the Nikon lens. I was stuck shooting at whatever aperture was.  This is the case pretty much with all adapters however.

Some quick run down of my pros and cons list as a first impression of this camera so far:

  • Nice, lightweight, portable, perfect of shooting good footage in remote places
  • Awesome built in mic (a gain control would be nice though)
  • LCD screen is not fully rotatable
  • menus are a little pain to deal with sometimes, I wish they had done the touch screen option on this unit.
  • Use of SD cards and not Sony’s proprietary memory was a great  idea.
  • Nice view finder for those bright days where you can not see the lcd screens
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Excellent low light when compare to standard camcorders
  • Battery life is good
  • Stock 18-200mm lens, excellent range and surprisingly good glass.
  • Comes with dead cat (wind filter for microphone, the furry thing)

Here are some demo footage we shot yesterday. The first part is the kit 18-200mm Sony lens, then we started to mess around with the 50mm 1.8, and the 10.5mm fisheye.

Sony NEX-VG10 video test using the Nikon 50mm 1.8 and 10.5mm 2.8 with adapter from Sam Root on Vimeo.