Switching to a Sony Mirrorless from Canon/Nikon


LensRentals posted a great article about transitioning to Sony’s mirrorless system.

“The number one reason for you to consider switching to Sony is that it’s primarily from the future. The tech within the systems is so incredibly far ahead of Canon and Nikon, giving you more power to do what you love. For one, the digital viewfinder feels cutting edge, giving you exposure and depth of field in (virtually) real time. For those who grew up on DSLRs, and especially those who started on film, this feels like cheating. Quite simply, that battery draining viewfinder will, without question, make photography easier for everyone who uses it. Additionally, something like the Sony α7R II has wifi, 399 focus points, 4K video capabilities, 5-axis internal image stabilization, and a beautifully crafted full frame 42mp sensor. Virtually everything you would need, and didn’t know you wanted is available in a mirrorless system, making your bulk DSLR feel like a relic from another, much older era in comparison.” -Zach Sutton, LensRentals

Overall it’s a great article that cover everything from a technology standpoint to size and weight.

One point I do want to elaborate is how the article says that you won’t save space.

I highly disagree with that.

If you’re one of the folks that likes to shoot F/2.8 zoom all the time, which is a lot of professional wedding photographers, then yes the author is correct.

If, however, you shoot mostly primes, then you will save space significantly compared to their DSLR counterparts from Canon or Nikon. However, this logic goes out the window once you include F/1.4 monsters.

My current lens collection may put me in the minority, but my Sony FE 70-200 F/4 is noticeably smaller than Canon and Nikon’s offering. Same can be said about my Carl Zeiss FE 24-70 F/4. It’s a fantastic travel companion thanks to its relatively compact size and light weight.

Despite nitpicks I have with Sony’s ecosystem (nobody is perfect and they’re still new to the market), the excellent dynamic range, in-body image stabilization (A6500 and A7II Series), lightweight body, and excellent image quality make it a fantastic camera for pros and newcomers alike.

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