Evening in Gion

night in shirakawa gion kyoto japan

I have wanted to take night shots in Kyoto for some time, but only having a heavy Canon 50D and a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod meant carrying a lot of gear a long way. In the summer, after much research I finally made the transition to mirrorless and in particular to a Sony a6000, paired with a Manfrotto Compact Light (MKCOMPACTLT) tripod that only weighs 810g. Since making the change, night shots have been a much more practical proposition as the camera and tripod together weigh less than 1.2kg, which is less than the 50D with a standard lens. This shot was taken on one of my first trips to Kyoto with the new pairing and I was very happy with the result. It’s hard to beat mirrorless for portability, and the best camera is always the one you have with you…

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