The Sony Marriage Is Off

The (Not Switching to) Sony Update

Well then. When last we spoke, I was doing it. Moving from Canon. Going to Sony. Had it all figured out.

Now: I don’t have it all figured out at all – and I’m NOT switching to Sony. Dealing with the surprise of my own conclusion, after a test run with the A7ii, 24-70 and 70-200.
Instead, I’m digging in. Debunking mis-information. Embarking on a mission to find out what’s REALLY going to float my boat. Trying Fuji and Panasonic. Learning some science.

This is going to be a VERRRRRY interesting journey. I’m planning to blog about the whole thing as I work my way through this. Because if I find this whole camera selection challenging – there must be a few of you who do too! And I don’t think some of the right questions are being asked.

So here we go. Canon to mirrorless, but how? Who? Why? Which? What? That’s what I’m going to work out, starting now. Are you in? I am!

In the meantime, enjoy some iPhone 6+ photos.
I took these the other day when I was boycotting cameras. I was SO over this whole thing. I was bummed, disappointed, annoyed… and just wanted to take pictures.

So I took my mobile phone out and frankly, had a blast.
(Santa Cruz, California)

Stay tuned… 😉












25 thoughts on “The Sony Marriage Is Off

  1. Why chose?? Why not just have it all!?! lol – if only we were all independently wealthy!

    I’ve loved the Fuji system ever since I heard of and started following Valerie Jardin’s street photography a couple of years ago. There is something about the Fuji that is different than the rest. It’s almost magical to shoot with. However, I recently traded in my Fuji X-E1 and got a Sony a6000 and a couple of lenses. I simply made the decision to get the a6000 for the value. When Fuji makes an excellent 20+MP mirror-less camera for super cheap, I’ll get that. I’d have a x100s and an a6000 both in my bag if I had the money. Mix and match I say! 🙂

    1. Can’t disagree with ANY of that, Molly!
      And yeahhhhh… being independently wealthy would make it all SOOO much easier! 😀

  2. karen
    It is so nice to have you blog about your desire to go to mirrorless. I shoot horses and pets so I need a long lense and fast focus. I also relocate from Colorado to Belgium twice a year (long story) I would love to have lighter equipment to bring since I stay 6 months at a time. But I am waiting to see how these mirrorless hold up in the long haul. If I were to switch it would be to Panasonic. But still need my sports lens and fast af plus not found of an electric view finder.
    I will keep up with your posts. Thank you for addressing this in a manner of discovery rather then a first adapter mind set. I appreciate that.

    1. Hey Gigi, what a fascinating life! Yep, you sure do need long lens/fast focus! And I hear Panasonic is great. My friend Frederick Van Johnson shoots Panasonic and loves it. I think sports/animal photographers are going to be the last to go mirrorless, for all the reasons you mention.

      I do wonder if electric view finders are going to be the way of the future? Not too wild about that, but I suppose it’s something I’ll adapt to (I can only speak for myself). Not sure about that part, it’s yet another “we’ll see” feature.

      I’m glad you’re here! And yes, “discovery” vs. “first adapter soapbox” is definitely more my style. I figured I’d find some like-minded folks out here – and it seems I was right! 😉

  3. You DID have fun when you went out w/ just your iPhone! Thank you so much for letting us follow your journey. I’ve needed/wanted something lighter and have kept Sony mirrorless on my watch list. Some of the images coming out of their mirrorless are indeed interesting and artistic, even keeping in mind it’s the photographer and not the equipment. Meanwhile the last year I’ve been playing w/ the Nikon 1 line of mirrorless and their Cx lenses. So small and light, suddenly I realized it was like that feeling when I got my first little digital camera. Can’t give up the larger, heavy DSLR totally, not yet. Exploring, perhaps waiting on the mirrorless to mature a bit. We live in exciting times.

    1. I felt like I was having fun just to spite the entire mirrorless world, Carol! hahahaha! I was so. freaking. annoyed. that day. So I poured it all into pushing my iPhone to do awesome things. I felt much better by the time I was done. So silly! But that’s my true confession.

      As for the great feeling of our awesome “bricks” (I got that term from Gordon Laing, who called mine that a couple of years ago. It makes me laugh every time I say it.)… yes, I went shooting tonight and thought about how lovely that felt. Of course, I didn’t have far to walk and I didn’t have to do any crafty balancing acts!

      We sure do live in exciting times!!

  4. Karen:

    I’m living the same experience. As a long-time Nikon shooter, I was thinking about updating to a newer Nikon body to go with my fairly large collection of Nikkor lenses. I’ve suddenly seen many photographers I respect – Trey Ratcliff and others – talking about Sony mirrorless and now I’m uncertain about the way forward. Smaller, lighter and quieter definitely has a lot of allure. I’m not sure about the quality of the images or a myriad of other things. Curious why you are DEFINITE that Sony is not your choice?

    1. Hey Mark, thanks for chiming in. And yep, the mirrorless conversation is the talk of the town!

      I went into some depth about why no Sony for me right now in this post.
      It’s not to say I might not circle back at some point in the future. The images are great, for sure. But I’d say the bottom line for me is this: for what and how I want to shoot, there just isn’t the combination of lenses and speed that I require. Plus, it’s all a bit heavy for what I’m looking for.

      That’s not to say Sony isn’t great gear – it is! But like I always say… you have to be super clear on what you want to accomplish and how you want to feel doing it. That’s the only way you’re going to know whether any/which of this new world of mirrorless gear is going work for you. It is (like a friend said recently)… like finding just the right underwear. Heh.

  5. I’ve already embarked upon the Canon to Mirrorless journey… Like you I am heavily invested in Canon gear with three DSLR bodies, several L and non-L lenses, two Canon flashes and all the other do-dads that we collect. My first try was a Sony NEX-6 using Sony lenses and a few Canon FD manual focus lenses. The end result was I just wasn’t happy with the Sony menu system, the IQ in low light, or the selection and quality of the Sony lenses. My next try was the Fuji XT-1 with the kit 18-55mm lens, Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lens and recently the Fuji 10-24mm lens f/4 lens. I still have my Canon gear but it mostly sits in the bag while the Fuji XT-1 is in my hand. I’m quite pleased with the Fuji XT-1 (still needs some refinements) but in my opinion the Fuji lenses meet or exceed the Canon L lens quality for the most part. Just my 2 cents, but I look forward to reading about your journey into mirrorless.

    1. That’s really good news about your experience with Fuji so far Dan! Thanks for the 2 cents. I feel like it’s more like a dollar, at least. 😀

      I’ve got a lens combo in mind that might really do the trick… we’ll see.

  6. Hello Karen,

    I was in that position early this year, frankly I love the Sony concept, but when I saw my native lenses selection, I was disappointed due to image quality concerns, I also didn’t want to spend on meta ones, etc. The body was ok, but it didn’t wow me, it’s small but ugly to me. lol, so I switched to Fuji x-e2 as my primary body, and my Nikon D610 became my backup.

    I suggest no matter what you do, don’t ditch your Canon gear yet, These mirrorless are not as sturdy as your canon gear for some environments. But I tell you, once you see those Fuji RAWs files, you won’t be disappointed with the sensor and lens quality..

    Saw you on “The Fix”, and you reminded me that it’s all about having fun and letting my imagination flow. Sometimes I feel like if I photoshop I’m not a real photographer, but im at peace knowing that I can do whatever I want with my images and be happy with myself. Thanks for that inter dimensional train. LOL

    1. Hey Micah,
      Honestly, I didn’t get that far, since the set up itself isn’t going to work for me. That’s the short answer… there just wasn’t any point in getting into all the image quality stuff since GETTING the image to begin with was an issue for me.

  7. OK so it is obvious the people who commented above are really professional or advanced enthusiast photographers. I worked as a pro in the 80’s with a Rapid Omega 100 that had a negative about the size of an index card; talk about large prints.

    I got burned out after a couple of years and became a relatively passive hobbyist and hung up my professional credentials. I went the point-and-shoot route mostly and learned how to tweak that gear. After retirement, I moved up a bit in quality to a bridge camera, the Canon SX HS50 for bird and wildlife photography.

    Now I am ready for a DSLR or mirrorless system, but I don’t want to spend a fortune. So imagine the confusion of someone in my situation who does not have the equipment stockpile, etc. and am embarking on a “first” purchase of a larger sensor camera. I need to commit to a “system” which is a REALLY big decision. If the commenters above and you, Karen, are puzzled, imagine my issue.

    So…for those who read this. If you had $2K +/- to spend for body and lens to get the best IQ, and relative ease of use, what would you recommend?

    PS – Karen, I found you on the Arcanum and loved your episode! Oh…and your iPhone pics are super too!

    J. Ross

  8. Hi Karen – been following your journey. I’m in a similar situation – I have Canon 5D2 and 5D3, boatloads of lenses, and an aging back. Looking for a travel kit that is a lot lighter. Last week, I rented Fuji XT1 and a couple of lenses and went off to San Francisco. Hit Chinatown, North Beach and the zoo. Not terribly happy with it, although I thought I would be. I’m in the process of writing a review. Going to rent the Samsung NX1 next, then the Sony. Will be very interested in hearing what you have to say.

  9. I came to a point with my Canon 5DII system where it was just too heavy to keep hauling around. My first mirrorless system was the Olympus OMD-EM5 and it just didn’t have the quality I wanted. I sold it all on Craigslist and moved to a Fuji X-Pro1 which I really liked but it had some quirks. I finally settled on the Fuji XT1 and love it. The controls are readily available with little need to go into the menus. I liked it so much I obtained a Fuji X100T as my walk around camera. The wireless control of both is great (no cables to dig out). The IQ is great. I’m a believer in the XTrans sensor. I’ve had a 20×30 metal print made which retained all the detail of the original image.

    1. Very interesting, Patrick! I’ve heard amazing things about the Fuji XT1 too. I like hearing about the controls… that’s always key. My thing is going to be big prints, like 6 or 7′. I’ve always thought that having full frame was absolutely necessary for that. Even in the past couple of days I’ve learned new info that makes me (possibly) change my mind on that. What I’m NOT about is where the breaking point really is… but that’s one of the things I’m going to explore. Thanks a bunch for letting me know your experience!

  10. I’m on board and very interested to hear what you discover about the mirrorless cameras. I have been watching this debate for over a year and am still not convinced. I am older and lugging the DSLR’s around is painful, at times. However, I absolutely love my Canon 7D and can’t bear the thought of giving it up. I do identify with the camera backpack issue. I have started using a camera vest on hikes and it’s much better on my back. I’ll stay tuned!

    1. Thanks Carol! And believe me, I’m not embarking on this with intent to change anyone’s mind, ’cause I love my Canon gear too!

      Like you, I’ve been watching the debate. Even had my hands on early mirrorless models. And I’m not 100% convinced yet on a couple of issues myself. I DO need to do something though… and the only way I know to figure out WHAT is to dig in and find my own answers. That’s my norm (coming to my own conclusions)… but this time I’m going to talk out loud while I do it. I hope this will be a great conversation along the way! I appreciate your thoughts. 😀

      1. I’m willing to send you a raw image to play with if you like. Just send me an email with what subject matter you would like.

        1. Thanks Patrick, I’ll have plenty of RAWs very shortly. I really do need to look at my own for this sort of assessment. I sure do appreciate your offer though! Very kind of you… 😀

  11. That’s interesting Karen and I can’t wait to hear more about this.

    I considered switching from Canon to Fuji but decided the smaller cameras really didn’t fit my hands and I didn’t have time for another learning curve. I do use a Fuji X100s as my walk around camera though but I stick to the Canon’s for work.

    1. And you, my friend, speak from the place absolutely everyone needs to in this debatathon: what are your needs, preferences, goals, tolerances, etc.? We live in a time where we can choose exactly the tool that will do the job we need for it to (or nearly so). But we have to be crystal clear on what that is to begin the process – or to know that going down that road isn’t for us. You are, so you’re way ahead of the game!

      And yeah, I can’t wait to hear (learn) more about this too! 😉

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