Why I'm Choosing to Continue Using Sony Cameras

I went through some situations over the past four months that was making me question if I chose the right company in Sony. After hours of research and really weighing the pros and cons of all the big name companies, I chose to stick with them. In this video, I’ll give you my five reasons why.

As with all professions, deciding what tools to use are vitally important to how you do your job and photography and videography are no exception. Having the right tools that best fit your workflow and your shooting style will allow you to do your best work in the shortest amount of time. This is essentially why deciding camera company to invest in is such a pivotal point for a professional.

Sony cameras have always had a certain allure about them. The size, technology, and innovation that they’ve managed to put into such a small camera is still impressive to this day. With that being said, they aren’t without cons. These cons specifically really started to weigh heavy on me the past couple of weeks after almost having a card malfunction at a wedding and going through countless batteries on the cold mountains. I had to really sit down and be honest with myself about if Sony was still the right fit for me going forward in my career. I weighed the pros and cons of all the big name camera companies and thought out different scenarios for each one. In the end, I decided to stick to Sony. No, I wouldn’t consider myself a Sony fan boy or that Sony is the be-all and end-all of camera systems. I just personally think that it fits me best for my shooting style and workflow.

Too often we find ourselves in a game of cat and mouse for if we should switch because a new camera came out from another brand. Or we build up the grass is greener on the other side scenarios to other cameras. At the end of the day we just have to remember that the camera is just a tool to bring what our vision is to light. Learn the business, train your eye, and learn how to present yourself as a professional to clients and the rest will fall into place. Just keep shooting and creating and enjoy what you have, regardless of the logo on the viewfinder of your camera.

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Close enough that you and no one else could tell the difference, oh yeah.

Spy Black's picture

You obviously don't do precision product photography.

You keep changing the subject. Once again, I'm simply addressing not be able to tell the difference between mainstream cameras once they are color matched.

Spy Black's picture

...and I keep telling you you're wrong.

You keep telling me I'm wrong about something I wasn't talking about.

Mr Hogwallop's picture

Wow.
Even after a raw file is processed in Photoshop, Camera raw, Capture One, a camera brand's proprietary raw processor or any other 3rd party raw processor, then color graded or adjusted to their liking by a photographer you are able to tell by looking on a monitor what camera was used...impressive!

here's the video... https://youtu.be/0xo9qKPVhEk

jump to 29:07 and have a piece of paper and something to write with. Don't jump ahead. See where you fall when it comes to a blinded test and which one YOU LIKE the best. Don't try and pick the Canon shots because you say you like Canon colors the best (you may end up picking lot of Nikon shots if you do that, by the way), pick the shots you like the best in terms of color. Let me know what you find.
In THIS test, Sony wins with the most people according to a DPReview-user survey. MANY people who thought they preferred Canon colors ended up liking Sony more. I was one of them.

the camera body weight argument . sony 7r3 = 657 grams,. the sony 5D4 is 800 grams. big boy has a problem with 143 grams. the weight of a Mc Donalds big mac is 240 grams. agreed the sony is a great camera but the whole weight discussion is non discussion. but for him size could be an issue so it fits his handbag.

Chris Ramsey Jr.'s picture

When you’re taking anything up a mountain, even grams make a difference.

but you dont workout. besides photography i workout and that helps me stay fit and healthy. a 150 grams more or less wont make that much different s. in three months i turn 50. photography is much more than just the gear. its the vision you have, the planning or timing and the gear you are going to use. i will buy a sony but my reason is the size, not the weight and the video options. im not sure if will buy the a6500 or the 7r3. a small camera gets a different respons from the public then a dslr with a 24-70 f2.8 on it.

150 extra grams on a camera body is very noticeable. If you're fit and healthy then the extra weight may not be an issue, but some people may also be dealing with injuries and disabilities, or want to avoid them in the future. A significantly more compact body is of course another plus.

safe 143 grams is about the weight of a cup of coffee. i just read that nikon D850s are still out of stock in the US. i notice special offers for the sony 7r3 over here. means that nikon is outselling sony. sony is about 348 grams lighter. i see your argument but the weight argument i dont see.a lightweight sony body and than carry around fixed lenses instead of a zoom lens. i wanne sony cause i want it, i dont need a reall reason. thats how i bought my car, its bigger then my neighbors car and shiny

Jacob Jexmark's picture

" i just read that nikon D850s are still out of stock in the US. i notice special offers for the sony 7r3 over here. means that nikon is outselling sony"

Oh is that what it means? Number of units produced have nothing to do with it? Your ability to deduct sales figures based on that information is just stupid.

Chris Ramsey Jr.'s picture

I'm highly active and I workout constantly. When you carry that extra weight all day it makes a difference. I know from multiple trips where I've carried a 5d4 over 20 miles a day on the trail.

But yes, I agree that you get a different response from people. People get scared of DSLRs lol.

hehe someone poking a Canon in your face, that would scare anyone. a smaller camera and people react different.

William Howell's picture

Yeah, Sony is the spur in the flank, I don’t know if Nikon would’ve put out such a stellar camera like theD850, if it were not for Sony.

I went with Nikon, because it was on sale at J.C. Penney’s all those years ago, that is how I went with Nikon.

Chris Ramsey Jr.'s picture

Great points, I by no means think that Sony is for everyone but I think having a dark horse like Sony causing disruption is great for the industry.

Alex Cooke's picture

It is kind of funny how randomly a lot of us got into our respective systems. I bought a Canon kit simply because of a Black Friday sale.
I didn’t know anything at the time.

bought my first canon rebel camera because of the name (all i knew) and in a consumer test magazine it said it was the starter camera of the year. for FF i went to nikon, very happy with that choice,. but now im getting into video, nikon wont offer the options im looking for so i might go with a sony just for that,. and my 2001 clock radio is sony so i know the brand.

My first camera came from a cereal box, and so was my first record.

troll troll troll

How is that being a troll??

Chad D's picture

never mind :)