*As of mid 2014, all new reviews and articles are being posted at Photojottings. Kurtmunger.com will continue to be updated from time to time for reference purposes only.
I'm Kurt Munger, your friendly host and
editor of kurtmunger.com. This website was founded during the summer
of 2006, and for some reason beyond me, still remains in a state of flux. Here's a quick blurb regarding my decision
to start this website, what the site is about, and a little info on me as well.
In a nut-shell,
this website places a heavy emphasis on DSLR lenses and digital camera reviews (mostly Sony mrirrorless
now), along with an occasional general interest article that might help you take better pictures, or just make you laugh,
such as this one, which by the way, is the most popular page on the site!
Kurtmunger.com was the first Sony DSLR review site to start up after Sony purchased Konica
Minolta's photo imaging division in early 2006.
Please keep in mind I've generated all the content on this website, and believe it or not, all thoughts
and opinions are my own. This is above all a personal website, and I've never tried to promote it. You found this
site by recommendation, or a highly rated page that matched your search. Occasionally I get bored, and like to post
dubious material in a prominent place like the homepage, just to pull your leg. If you don't like your leg being pulled,
simply avoid reading the homepage, and other pages.
My interest in Photography spans more than three decades, starting
in the mid 1970s, at which time I inherited my first camera, a Kodak instamatic 100 with pop-up flash. In later
years I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE1 program, then a superb Canon A1 while in Europe. Eventually, I quit the Canon
FD system, and went with the new hi-tech, auto-focusing Minolta 7000. Finally, I jumped on the Digital SLR bandwagon
with the Konica Minolta 5D in 2005.
I thought having my own website would be a fun way to channel my passion
for photography and camera technology into a useful endeavor. The
original intent of this site was to post my pictures for family, write a few photography articles about what I've learned
over the years, and to review digital cameras. Today I don't care much for reviewing digital cameras as they're ephemeral.
Good quality lenses are a smart buy today, since they seem to retain most of their original value, and will last at least
a decade or two before becoming obsolete. When I review a lens today, I know it will be relevant for quite some time,
and that I didn't waste my time on a product that will be considered junk a year after its introduction.
Many people ask why I use Sony equipment (usually in a derogatory way) and not Canon
or Nikon. My last camera system was Minolta, naturally I had a few lenses on hand, so my obvious digital SLR choice
was the new Konica Minolta 5D. Konica Minolta sold out about a year later to Sony, and here I am today.
I'm originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, but have lived all over the US, and currently
live in Tucson, Arizona, where the site is generated. I spend my spare time by hiking the trails in the Santa Catalina
Mountains north of Tucson, AZ.
Sagittarius; sign of the Archer. Typical traits; Optimistic and freedom loving, or, Irresponsible and superficial,
take your pick.
Achtung! I receive no loaners or freebies from Sony, Sigma, Tamron etc, nor have I ever been wined and dined by them (Junkets). All lenses, cameras and equipment reviewed were either purchased or rented by me, or loaned by B&H Photo, or an individual.
Your host, taken from Glacier Point, looking down on Yosemite
valley in 2010. Equipment used; two Profoto zoomspots for lighting the valley below, and a simple off-camera flash on me.