The Sony Mirrorless Chapter… For Now!

Where Angels Fear to Tread

I’m taking a deep breath. A really, really deep breath… because I’m going to talk about gear. Always dicey; it always incites such a ruckus, which is why I usually avoid it. Not to say I don’t have opinions! Mais non! I’m downright opinionATED, as anyone who knows me well can attest.

You may know I’m beginning a quest to find a light, mirrorless camera system that’ll lighten my gear load – but still allow me to create without compromise.  I wrote a bit about it here and here. I knew this journey wouldn’t be easy – maybe not even possible! But I have to try. Today’s chapter: Sony & why it had to go back.

Carrying the weight of my gear is becoming an issue. My backpack full of my beloved Canon 6D’s and lenses has thrown me off-balance and taken me down a few times now. I don’t find that to be all that pleasant. Clambering over rocks, standing on ledges with 1000 ft drops and other landscape-y positions in which I find myself is becoming nerve-wracking. There are times I won’t even go for a shot I want simply because I’m scared that my pack with go all rogue and toss me over a cliff to an early death. That’s no good.

This was me, all clambered up in the giant granite boulders around Lake Tahoe. I had a smaller pack then and I had to be super careful… mine’s even heavier now!KarenOnTheRocks


NOTE: As we embark on this journey (which is how I look at this)… I have a few ground rules. Which is funny, since I hate rules. But I’ve watched gear discussions enough to know it’s a good idea.

  1. I’m not a camera reviewer. Far from it! If you’re looking for an unbiased, purely scientific review of gear, check out CameraLabs.com. Gordon Laing is awesome at that. I’m biased and make no bones about it. This is a purely subjective exploration.
  2. My observations, opinions, conclusions, tests, etc… are all based upon what’s right for ME. Think of this as me thinking out loud as I explore, not as me giving you advice.
  3. I’m willing to be open about this investigation process, since I suspect many of you have similar issues and are asking similar questions. Those of you who’ve been around here for awhile, know we have a positive, open minded approach to life and the things that happen in it. If you’re new here, please keep that in mind in your comments.

What Do You Need?

Here’s the deal. You have to figure out what you want to accomplish with any tool. THAT’S what should drive any decision you make. Not popular opinion! I have a very specific set of requirements in my paintbrushes, as I think of my camera gear. Changing from my Canon rig outright may not even be possible. But I do need some new brushes, stat!

I need MUCH lighter weight, just the right lens selection to do the jobs I need, at least SOME capability in low light and of course, the images need to be awesome and offer the possibility of printing BIG. I like to shoot landscapes, macro, fine arty-farty compositions of all sorts, ancient architecture, some wildlife. I DON’T shoot much street, portraiture, people in general. Whatever gear I own will have just work for the odd occasion I do those things.  What I love to do and create – and the experience I want to have in the process is THE factor in what equipment I’m going to reach for.

Does that absolute mean full frame? I always thought so… but right now, I’m willing to question and challenge ANY belief as I embark on this journey. I’m clearing my mind and starting from the ground up. Time to figure this out for myself.

My Canon rig: (2) 6D bodies, a 14mm prime, 24-70, 70-300 and 100 macro. I love it. It does everything I want it to. Although, truth be told, I’d love even more reach than the 300… but going there means more weight and is freakin’ expensive! Ditto the new 11-24 on the wide end. Gorgeous beyond belief… but OUCH on 3 pounds and $3K!

I love telephoto, too. Awhile back, I unloaded my gorgeous Canon 70-200 IS f/2.8 for the 70-300 IS f/3.5-5.6… which was a step back and seemed counter-intuitive. But it’s lighter, has the reach that makes me smile and I was willing to make whatever small quality compromise there was. (It wasn’t much, for the work I do.) Coupled with the 6D, I don’t have digital noise issues, even when I crank the ISO up.. thus can hand-hold my shots at sunset, which I love to do.

This was taken with the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, ISO 400, f/5.7, handheld: (I often shoot it to great results with much higher ISO’s)Is Grandeur still Grand if it has no witness? And if no one's there to vouch for it, how would you know for sure that the moment had, indeed, been

Sony. My first stop and why I sent mine back

Sony was my most obvious choice. I’d used it before and it was full frame, easy choices there. Wasn’t sure about how its current overall performance and E-Mount lens selection would work for me, but had to try. Sometimes, you just gotta get in there and get dirty! I chose the A7ii, because it had 24+ megapixels, and I hoped the stabilization feature would help offset the slower, f/4 lenses offered in the E-Mount line in lower light/handheld shooting conditions. It was the same logic I applied in pairing my Canon 6D with that slower 70-300 lens to awesome results. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out quite the way I’d hoped.

Before investing in full frame lenses, I started with the set I had for my NEX-7: the 10-18, 18-55, 55-210. Not the greatest glass in the world, but I just wanted to start with what I had on hand. The thing I learned using those lenses is that is that if you shoot with default settings, the APS-C sensor will be ON. That means the camera will detect whether you’re using a full frame lens or a cropped sensor one (and here I thought that only applied to cameras!).

The APS-C sensor being ON means that all of your images will fill the frame, but they measure 3936 pixels across, instead of the full frame’s native 6000 pixels. If you turn that setting OFF (thanks for tipping me off to that, Cal Mukimoto!), then you get the full 6000 of pixels across. However, with the exception of the 10-18mm lens, the images look like this (these are untouched, no processing):

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Now you have to crop – and you’re going to lose some resolution. Some of you math-y types can crunch the numbers on that, to me it just meant it defeated the point of having a full frame camera – and that I needed to bite the bullet to get lenses built for the beast. I decided to start with the 24-70 and 70-200. I had doubts about focal lengths (esp. on the latter)… but sometimes you just have to be open-minded and just see for yourself.

I shot this with the A7ii and the 10-18, experimenting with OnOne’s Perfect Resize to bring it up to my Canon’s native dimension of 5472 pixels across. (just an experiment: not a viable solution in the long run):
An idea showed upupon my shoreswith a great huge splash,showering its worldof unconditional possibilityeverywhere. I liked it.

Where I Landed

Here’s what my highly opinionated self came up with…

  • The A7ii is somewhat lighter than my 6D, but not THAT much. The native lenses aren’t as light as I need, either. I know that’s blasphemous! But I have a particular vision I’m reaching for… and if you’re contemplating this move, so should you.
  • It gets noisier than I’d personally like it to at higher ISO’s… which means it doesn’t always play nicely with f/4 speed lenses at dusk and the soft, low light conditions I so dearly love.
  • Sony’s 24-70 f/4 lens was actually OK for me. It’s sharp and focuses fast. I do have a beef with that focal length in general. That’s not a Sony thing, it a lens thing. I feel the same way about my Canon 24-70. Every manufacturer makes one. I think it’s a very average focal length – and unless you get crafty and find its narrow band of sweet spots, it can lull YOU into being average. (I always liked the range of the Canon 24-105. So versatile). Side bar: Scott Kelby wrote this really interesting post about lenses that made me smile.)
  • Some of you will ask about this: and yes, I did shoot some lovely images with my Canon glass and the Metabones adapter… on manual focus. The auto-focus is more like “auto-neverending-search.” Useless to me for anything but tripod landscape shooting on manual focus. Plus it added weight. Definitely matched my 6D and its 24-70 ii f/2.8 in that regard. Which made me think… “Now WHY am I paying money to have the same rig as I already have, but with f/4 instead of f/2.8 and manual focus? You see the problem there.

Both of these images were shot with the Sony A7ii and my Canon 70-300 with Metabones adapter:

Distance_A7ii-70-300

  • After playing with the 24-70 for a couple of days, I switched to the 70-200 (NOT CHEAP!) My biggest question: would it just be too short in focal range for me? The answer: HELL YES! I definitely confirmed that a 70-200 will never work for me. Just not enough reach.  That’s not a Sony thing though… it’s a KHutt thing. The Sony thing is that THAT is all they offer in E-Mount. Sigh.
  • Other things that don’t work for me on this lens: The 70-200 on the A7ii  isn’t breaking any speed focusing records. Plus it’s fussy about subject. Doesn’t like clouds. If you’ve seen my Store – and the Heavenly Cloud packs (many more are on the way. I have a collection of close to 4000 cloud images.) – you’ll know why this is a problem for me. I have my face in the clouds ALOT. The 70-200 was like talking to someone who said “What clouds? I don’t see clouds. Hey, how about that awesome telephone wire! I can see that – you wanna see THAT, right?).
  • Then… there’s that f/4 thing again. My walk they day I took it out went from late afternoon till early evening. Image quality went down much sooner (from low light) than I thought it should in such a pricey, highly touted lens. And DAMN was that thing heavy by the time I was done!
  • All in all, I just wasn’t having as much fun as I wanted to with this system.  If I were more of a street or portrait photographer, maybe I would. But for what I like to shoot and the overall experience I want to have, it just didn’t make me sing. Again, this is a TOTALLY subjective thing!

One of the 70-200 shots from that evening (no processing): 
Flowers-70-200

The images are lovely, when you get get the ones you want. I’ve ALWAYS loved the dynamic range within Sony’s images. That part – especially in the shadows and blacker areas – really beats Canon. But it doesn’t weigh out against the other things that don’t work for my way of shooting and what I’m looking for.

What about large prints? Where IS the line with those? CAN APS-C sensor images go big, processed in my style? If so, HOW big? Dunno yet. The only way to know is to try. Nobody else’s experience is going to give me the data that doing it myself will. Proof will be in the proverbial pudding.


What’s Next?

I sent back the lenses. Am selling my A7ii and starting over. Going back to square one and educating myself with fresh eyes, using my own sensibilities, preferences, eyeballs and judgement. I may well end up keeping part or all of my Canon rig – and creating a travel-only set up. Or some combination. We’ll see. What I’ve gotten from this experience so far is that I can’t apply old rules to new territory. Mirrorless is still the Wild West… it’s new and developing. We’re gonna have to RIDE this horse to know if we like its gait or not! And whatever we think we’re sure of now is going to change as the technology emerges… THAT I do know for sure.

Going to try Fuji next. A rig should arrive early next week, I hope. I’m very, very curious to see how it feels in my hand, how the images look, etc.

Will possibly try Panasonic too, just for the sake of discussion.

Finally, this is all much harder than I imagined. It’s not just a matter of replacing my Canon’s capabilities with a mirrorless system. That option just don’t exist yet.  So instead, I’m having to get REALLY clear on what I want… and what compromises I’m willing to make. Mirrorless can be quirky… so I’m also opening my mind to what new ways I can create with quirky. Hey – that could be a match made in heaven!

SO much more to come… but that’s basically where I’m at with it all. 😀

29 thoughts on “The Sony Mirrorless Chapter… For Now!

  1. I remember purchasing my GH2 a few years back and hacking the firmware. I bought an adapter and used my old Nikon lenses for video. Manual-mode works great for video …not so great for photos. Plus, the GH2 only has the micro 4/3 sensor. This was also before focus peaking was a common feature …which I hear doesn’t work that great anyhow. The GH2 fit my need for video, but lacked in producing decent photos. Nothing beats a camera and lens combo with capable auto-focus. Years ago, when I shot with film …manual focus seemed easier with film than it does today with a mirrorless camera, due to the LCD and electronic viewfinder limitations. It is nice to see how the image will look, in advance, on an LCD …but if manual focus was adjusted incorrectly …then you might as well trash the photo. It’s difficult to tell if a photo is in focus or not via an LCD or EVF, on a mirrorless system.

    The way I go about shooting video vs. photos …are entirely two different worlds. Shooting photos via a mirrorless camera with either a poor EVF or display is the pits …especially without all of the auto-focus and other auto features. Having to stop, put everything down and search through a menu system for one little thing …sometimes completely destroys the shot or that capture moment. I miss having manual buttons, but buttons that can be customized are a semi-nice solution.

    It would be fantastic if camera companies would just start improving upon the DSLR’s that are present …and possibly make them more compact and lighter in weight. It seems as though there are 2, 3 or sometimes 4 different mirrorless models from one manufacturer in a given year …wonder what the DSLR cameras would look like now, if they had put that much attention on their DSLR product designs. I don’t understand the need for a new system/format …improve upon the one that works …they haven’t totally perfected DSLR technology yet. Camera companies have been somewhat stingy with full frame sensors and lowering the prices a bit.

    I’d say …at this point in time …if you purchase a mirrorless system, then prepare to spend more money and work harder …to obtain the same results one would achieve using a decent DSLR with a full frame sensor and excellent lenses. Even matching/replicating the results of such a DSLR setup via a mirrorless system …would be an amazing feat. Personally, I don’t think it can be done.

    I was thinking about purchasing a Sony a6000 just to tinker with, but I think I’ve completely changed my mind now. I need “cheaters” or magnifying glasses to read anything that’s closer than arms length …and taking photos via an LCD display with glasses seems like a chore. There is the electronic viewfinder, but I tried it at the local BestBuy …and it doesn’t compete with an optical viewfinder or the viewfinder on a camera with a mirror.

    Man! …I sure hate to sound negative, but I dislike the advertisements concerning mirrorless cameras. Mirrorless cameras are made to appear as the photographer’s solution to “everything” …and that’s not the case. I do hope mirrorless cameras succeed, but I believe it will be a few more years …along with the availability of decent and affordable proprietary lenses for such cameras. I doubt that lens adapters will ever make a non-proprietary lens work in full-auto feature mode …if a lens was not intended to be used on a particular camera design, then chances are it won’t work like a proprietary lens …making camera usage more difficult and errors more common, for the end user. Like I said before, “…prepare to work harder …to hopefully achieve something close to what you would expect with a nice full-frame DSLR with excellent proprietary lenses”.

  2. Hi Karen – I purchased the Sony A6000 thinking it would be a much better tool kit for me than my Canon DSLR in terms of size and weight; however, I’ve been very disappointed in the A6000’s image quality, the images appear too soft to me, especially those of people. So, I’ll be selling the A6000 and sticking with Canon (for now). But, I have a much lighter “travel” configuration as a result – a Canon DSLR, and the 24mm and 40mm pancake lenses. Both lenses fill my needs just fine.

    Regards, Robert

    1. Wow, interesting Robert. I hadn’t heard that particular feedback about the A6000 before. Well… it all goes back to that thing we all know, which is we just gotta find that combo that sings to us. You’ve got a good one!

  3. Gosh, Karen, you don’t want much: light weight, high megapixel count, low light capability, wide range of lenses including long telephoto, and handheld. Not to mention gut appeal. IOW, the works! I love your enthusiasm but you gotta decide what is most important and go from there. Always tradeoffs.

    I decided a long time ago–the 70s–that light weight was most important to me. I went with Olympus OM then. Forty years later I use mostly Olympus again because of their outstanding glass and compact systems. Some Panasonic, too. I can go on an outing with Canon-Nikon owners and shoot the same subjects at half the weight and bulk. The major difference is that my file sizes are not as big. The Micro Four-Thirds format probably doesn’t have enough megapixels and noise quality for you, although the 2x crop makes telephoto work easy.

    I have rented recent Nikon, Sony and Fuji models. Of those the Sony has the most appeal to me but buying into and learning a second system is daunting. I don’t understand all your problems with the Sony A7 except for the lack of native glass. It sounds like you didn’t learn the system thoroughly which can take time. For some reason none of the camera manufacturers have paid much attention to good user interface, so our investment in learning one interface may not translate well to another system. The photo basics are the same but with the hundreds of digital features–multiple focus modes, electronic shutters, display options, touch screens, etc.–the learning curve can be a bit overwhelming.

    Good luck with the Fuji. I look forward to your reaction. But most of all your images.

  4. I just recently got the a6000. It is crop, unlike the a7ii, and smaller. I’m undecided which lenses that I’ll get to compliment the kit lens, and I’m even wondering if I want to. I’m still using my 5dm3 for my paid gigs, and the a6000 for my personal photos. I want to have time to get to know the system, the focusing, and feel like I can operate the camera instinctually like I can the Canon cameras. I was very happy with my 7D until I needed low light performance. I am very happy with my 5dm3, but both my 7D and my 5dm3 are so big that I don’t take them with me. I end up not shooting unless it is for a client, which is unfortunate. I do think the technology in the Sony cameras is amazing. I love how fast it is to shoot and share images on my phone. I love that it is responsive. But, I shoot in different environments, and different subjects than you do. For my daily camera, the a6000 is knocking it out of the park for me. I’m excited to see lots of growth in this market. I think we all want it. I hope you find the camera that is the right fit for you. It is such a personal tool, it has to be just what you need. Looking forward to hearing what works best for you.

    1. Very cool, Erika… I love when you find the sweet spot gear-wise. Cause when you do, it liberates you to forget about it and focus on doing your THING! Sweet!

  5. Oops, I should have read this blog post first! – Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Fuji! I LOVE the Fuji cameras. I hope they make something mirrorless and full frame with higher resolution in the future (soon). I will SO be there! Definitely try the x100s, it’s my favorite out of the whole line! 🙂

  6. Karen I agree with you! For now you must buy the gear that is suited for you and the type photography you shoot. The following is what I’ve found during the last year.

    I bought a Sony A7r last year and now my Canon gear sits neglected in the corner of the room the majority of the time. Albeit I shot 99% landscape photos, personally I think you cannot beat the the dynamic range that can be achieved in one shot with the Sony compared to my Canon 5D Mark III. I can bracket three shots to achieve full dynamic range compared to bracketing seven shots with my Canon.

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    I could not imagine lugging my Canon gear thru the slot canyons of Utah after packing the A7r with a the Sony 10-18mm lens. However I use the Sony 24-70mm lens for majority of my landscape work. I love the fact that I can grab my Sony along with a few filters and head out the door for long hikes without having 50lbs of gear on my back.

    The cons of this camera as many have already mentioned are for those that shot sporting events or wildlife the A7r is not the answer as the focus is slow and frames per second suffers….this is where I still use my Canon gear. And, while you can fit your DSLR lenses onto the Sony with adapters you’re just defeating the purpose of the mirrorless lightweight system by adding all that weight back on.

    My only hope is that someday Canon will produce a similar mirrorless camera that will be as small/lightweight but achieve faster focus and shutter speeds while enabling me to use all the Canon legacy glass I’ve collected.

    So for now I still have two systems…just my two cents!

    1. Love your 2 cents, Mark! Thanks for posting them.

      Can’t agree with you more about the dynamic range on the Sony… it’s fabulous! And for what you describe, you’ve got the perfect set up for what you do.

      I’ll definitely be interested in what Canon comes up with too. My only problem there right now is that if I DO get to use my Canon legacy glass, it’s still gonna be a heavy set up. I experimented with that when they released their original little mirrorless camera last year or the year before. What was it, the M something? Anyway, it definitely let you use your glass… but felt really unbalanced and still heavy!

      What a world, eh? Unfolding as we speak… 😉

  7. Oh hey Karen, Just thought I would send this along to, you might want to reach out to Tony Sweet, you can find him by searching his name. He is a professional photographer that does a lot of training classes and last year I ran into him in the Smoky Mountains while he was doing a teaching class with several women. Short version of a long story I was shooting with a D600 and my (experiment EX-1), he showed me hie XT-1. For me and what I was personally experiencing convinced me that Fuji was the way to go.
    No regrets although I still have some Nikon gear now a D610 and lenses but thats another story.
    Have fun and enjoy.

    1. Oh this is great! I’ve met Tony – and he’s good friends with one of my BFF’s. I’ll look into his comments, for sure! Thank you!

    1. Doubtful, Dan. At least that’s how I feel now. But who know, I may eat my words later on. heh.

      1. What about the EOS M3 is so unattractive (yeah it’s not as stylish looking as the A7 or XT-1) that you don’t currently consider it a viable alternative?

        1. Ahhhh, Dan. You’re gonna make me work for this, aren’t you? Heh.

          OK. I seriously shouldn’t judge before I see it… so all I can report upon is my initial reaction.

          1. I feel like Canon just isn’t really into this whole mirrorless thing yet. It’s like they’re rolling their eyes and going “Okaaaay. If we haaave toooo.”. I REALLY felt that way when I tried out their first pass… that little M series thing they had out for, like 5 minutes. A friend of mine had it, so I got to play with that. Wasn’t impressed. With any of our regular lenses, it felt super unbalanced. I just didn’t like the way it felt in my hands, nor what it actually did. Maybe this one will be different, but still…. I’m recovering from feeling like a jilted lover.

          2. So far, I haven’t met a mirrorless that uses adapters successfully. At least, not to my satisfaction. Some people don’t mind a little lag, or ONLY use them on tripod with manual focus – then it doesn’t matter. That’s just not me. Plus adapters are going to add weight. I’ve already experienced that reality selection with the Sony. Not a fan, at least not yet. Maybe Canon will do things differently, who knows… . And speaking of weight…

          3. One of the reasons my rig is so heavy IS because of my gorgeous Canon lenses. They’re monsters. Use a wee little camera, add an adapter – and I have an unbalanced, slower system that weighs about why mine does now.

          4. Maybe their lens selection will be awesome quality. Given their super glass now – I’d HOPE/EXPECT that it is! But no company can afford to just jump out of the gate with a full array of of them. It’s too expensive and risky of a gamble. They’re going to have to test and get some revenue flowing to justify building out. So, they’ll have to start with a limited selection – and it’ll have to something that Joe Average Buyer would use, which isn’t me. In fact, looking at the UK Canon site (the M3 isn’t available here yet), it appears they’re rolling out over there with a 22mm, 11-22mm (which will be more like a 17-40 in full frame. I did quick math, which is never good… but multiply the numbers by 1.6) and a 55-200. Snore.

          5. Finally, I need something by the time I go to France in May. That’s part of my immediate concern… so while Canon may rev up in the mirrorless race, they’re late to the gate. I’m sure they’ll be awesome if they put their minds to it… and yes, I’d try the M3 eventually… but right now, I can’t see where it would be anything but a novelty in my world.

          That said, if someone put the thing in my hands and said… go try it. I would! Cause, like, wouldn’t you? But it just doesn’t pass my initial inspection and qualifications at this particular point in time. It’s just not my kind of underwear. (you did see that earlier reference to underwear, right? If not, that’s gonna sound really weird!)

  8. Hi Karen – I’m following your posts with interest because I am in the same boat (I live near you, in Reno, by the way…). I’m on the same search – I do a little more wildlife/critters and less landscape, so auto-focus is very important to me. I tried the Fuji XT1, didn’t really like it. I am currently playing with the Samsung NX1. It got spectacular reviews. I just got it yesterday, taking it to the zoo tomorrow.

  9. Karen,
    Last year I went through the same thing you are going through presently for different reasons. However I ended up with the Fuji X-T1 and an E-X, I Still have some of my Nikon gear for some special situations. I was amazed at the quality of the images from the Fuji system, how light is and especially enjoy that all of the important camera functions on the X-T1 are readily available without having to go into the menu system.

    Good luck

    1. Love hearing that, Jeff – thanks! While I’m purposefully keeping an open mind, ready for discovery – I also suspect I’ll end up with some combo set up too. Glad to hear you like the Fuji! Have you gone anywhere super humid with it yet?

      1. Not really, it has been to the Dominican Republic several times but it really isn’t humid when you are near the beach. There is that old problem with any camera taking them from an air conditioned room out into the warm hot outdoors but there hasn’t been ay problem either. This spring I will be going to several of the waterfall areas near me, but again in those areas it is more of a water concern. I did buy the 18-135 and the 10-24 for my last trip to the Dominican this past March and I was was again amazed with these lenses. That is the one thing I will say the Fuji glass has all been amazing.
        Good luck, I think you will like the Fuji.

        1. Hey thanks Jeff! Good to know. I’ve heard rumblings about problems with the Xti in humid conditions… but no real solid details about what/why/how it all really happened. Hence, my curiosity with your experience. Fuji glass ought to be good… Fujinon has been in the business a loooooong time. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about. 😀

  10. I’m another lover of the 300mm length Karen. Currently I use the Canon 28-300mm and it is very heavy. But the images this lens produces on my 1D3 are gorgeous. It’s also a very heavy pair, especially when I carry a second camera – as I usually do. Shot my first spring hockey game 3 weeks ago and boy was my back sore when I got done. Not getting any younger!

    I wish Canon would do a redesign on the 28-300 like they did the 100-400. I use the 28-300 for everything, landscapes to sports to events. So shedding a pound or so would be wonderful.

    When I investigated mirrorless I soon stopped looking as I could not find a lens like the 28-300. So I wait for Canon to upgrade it.

    Can’t wait to see how you like Fiji Karen. I own the x100s and love it as a walk around camera. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. I’ve never tried the 28-300, Mark. But man, I feel faint at the thought of lugging it with that 1D3! You’re like Paul Bunyan. And yeah, I always carry a second camera too… ugh!

      I SO wish the mirrorless fray would come up with something like the 28-300. Sony’s new one is a 24-240. I mean, why? What good is 240? I just don’t get it. Clearly they’re not talking to us! hahah. And you’re like the umpteenth person who’s vouched for Fuji. I have high hopes… and still, an open mind.

  11. Thank you so very much for this article.
    It’s reassuring to see my inner mind storms converted into legible text.
    Many of us are in the same boat.

    1. I love that… “inner mind storms”. Heh. I know so many of us are in the same boat. I, for one, wanted to get out of the fray of know-it-alls and arrogant gum-flappers. I’m SO over gear discussions, by and large. It’s like politics. *snore*. As soon as the soap box comes out, I’m outta there. I just wanted to open up a place to have a normal conversation about this decision I know a lot of us are having/wanting to make… and maybe we manage to weigh out some options and find a few puzzle pieces that fit together. We all have different requirements, making this process so individual. Thanks for chiming in, Michael!

  12. Karen, I feel your pain. Like Chris, I have the 5D3, 6D, and A6000. I shoot dirt track sprint car races at night. The weight of the two cameras (not advisable to change lenses at a dusty track) is killing me. I would love to switch but the reality is, the big old heavy Canon gear just does everything I need and to switch would be to Lose something I really need.

    Just a thought. You know you are going to have to give up something. How about lenses? If you are going on a hike, just take the 6D plus the 14mm and a 24-105mm. If you are shooting close to the road (my favorite), you have everything available. Just a thought.

    The biggest problem with Sony is that you need 4 bodies to do better than the 6d – A6000, A7s, A7 II, and A7r. Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks

    1. Yeah, I hear you Mike. I’m hearing that from a lot of sports photographers of all kinds. I suspect your world – and wildlife – will be the last ones to be able to move over to mirrorless. It’s working for some, but not a lot of others, it seems.

      Thank you for your thought! It’s a good one. This really is like putting a puzzle together! Anyway, I’ve definitely done this on certain kinds of hikes and it helps some. It just depends upon where I’m going. So many places I venture just require the whole cadre though, in order to make the effort fully worthwhile. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to the 24-105… but I’m going to wait and see what happens in the mirrorless department first.

      I hear you about the 4-headed Sony. I tend to agree! sigh.

  13. Karen – I always enjoy reading your post and always enjoy your perspective on things. I think we are living the same process in different bodies. I had back surgery after breaking it a number of months ago. I went to Disney with my kids shortly after that for a wedding and tried “lugging” my Canon 6D and leaving the 5D III home – even that hurt my back…so for the next Disney trip 3 weeks later (don’t ask long story) I purchased a Sony a6000 to just carry with us and swallowed the fact that I would NOT be getting any shots that I wanted for my stuff this trip and that it was all about the kids.

    Of course I did still bring my Canon rig in case I found the time to go out and explore (which I did not) and what I found was that the a6000 performed admirably. So I thought – shoot I can full switch this is awesome…then started looking at lenses and such….go ahead and insert your post from today (minus me buying anything) and before I decided to purchase anything I talked myself out of it and decided to workout more and do more core exercise to accommodate my beloved Canon HeavyRig.

    I think we will get there…I just won’t be the first on the bus to get there. I will watch from afar and see how it unfolds and buy the golden ticket when I am ready and the offerings accomplish my picky tendencies when it comes to gear…

    For now – Chris out – thanks for another wonderful post.

    1. Thank YOU Chris! I think a lot of us are in this boat. And DOH!! I feel ya on the back stuff. I didn’t have to have surgery, but that was a choice way back when. Instead, I have to stay strong, use good mechanics, get some outside help now and again – and ALLLLL that.

      YES! to doing core exercises and getting strong… I’m right there with ya. Cause I do still want to carry my Canon certain places. I have a feeling I won’t be giving it up entirely.
      Now I’ve got this trip to France coming up – and even a strong core doesn’t make airline travel, plus 3 weeks of moving about over there (staying a few different places), plus the general hoopla everybody makes about cameras anymore worth lugging my Canon brick.

      I think we’ll get there too. If you can wait to buy the golden ticket – man, that’s what I’d do!

      Thanks again for your thoughts. I love hearing perspectives and experiences. 😀

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