I have made the switch! I have decided to move to Sony camera gear, after years of being a Canon user.
There are many reasons for this change, but the main one is I hope that the Sony system will allow me to capture the images that I see in my head, that the Canon gear has just not allowed me to capture. I know, it’s not the gear, but the photographer, but I see many upsides to Sony so why not try. The camera to me is just a tool, and if I think a new hammer will pound nails better than what I’ve currently got, then you bet I’m getting the new hammer!
So what was my reasoning to make the switch?
WYSIWYG. Being able to see the exposure in the viewfinder will be huge for me. Most of my photography is of birds in tricky lighting situations. Seeing the exposure change while I make the changes will allow me to focus more on the composition, background, and capturing the moment. I don’t expect it to be perfect, but I believe that this feature, coupled with my experience and understanding of exposure principles, will be something that I will really appreciate.
Focus. While the Canon gear I use, 5D MKiv, has fast and accurate AF on static subjects, I find that once the subject starts to move it has some issues keeping up. There have been numerous times in the field, that I think I have nailed the shot of a flying bird, only to get home and see that the camera has decided to focus on the background, and not the bird. I fully accept that sometimes it is user error, no one is perfect, but there have been more than a few times that I know I have done everything right, and yet the camera has missed. From my tests with Sony, and its AF tracking, It is much better at locking on a subject and then tracking it while moving.
Noise. The Sony cameras are so much quieter than my Canons. Without a mirror slapping up and down I will be less noticeable to the animals that I am capturing. I strive to limit my impact on my subject, and I have been noticing that they hear my camera and their behaviour changes. The A9 can be shot completely silent at 20 fps! I am hoping to capture more truly candid moments of wild animals and birds than I was able to with the DSLR.
IBIS. Canon still doesn’t have this! Even on their latest mirrorless bodies. I think this is a huge mistake on their part. I will be able to shoot at slower shutter speeds with sharper results with the Sony, then I could ever hope for with the Canon. It will also allow me to be less reliant on tripods to get the shot. And I’m not getting any younger! The less I have to carry the further I can go, and longer I can stay out there.
Lenses. This was the only thing holding me back. The lack of long lenses. My most used focal length, by a huge margin, is 600mm. Before this year the only way I could do that with Sony was with a 3rd party lens. Now there is native glass in this focal length. When I say this was the last thing holding me back I’m not kidding. When Sony released the new 200-600 mm, I was at PhotoCentral in Winnipeg by 9:30 in the morning to order it.
So those are my top 5. There are others like size and weight, but they didn’t factors much into my decision.
In future posts I will be writing on my experience with Sony, ans since no one is paying me a hot dime for this, it will be the unabashed truth!