Canon or Nikon or Sony or Olympus or ...

We got a Sony A7R III

I still remember the first photographed I ever took. It must have been around 1975. I'm pretty sure I took it with a Sears easi-load 310. And believe it or not, I still have that camera. The picture wasn't great. My cousin was my model and the picture was a bit in an angle. Maybe a 30 degree angle.

My first SLR was a Minolta. And in the late 80s I also got a Ricoh. In the early 90s I sold my camera gear. It was mostly a hobby and I considered film photography expensive. In 2000 I got a point & shoot digital camera. It was awesome. I didn't need to change film to get a different ISO. No developing or paying to print 24 pictures to find a good one.

After several point & shoots, in 2007 we decided to buy a DSLR. By we, I mean, my wife and I. We had a one year old son and wanted a better camera to document our family life. That is when the passion for photography came back. It was a Canon 40D. I loved that camera. I sold it a few years ago. I wish I hadn't. I would love to have one again.

We started buying lenses and accessories. Then we got a Canon 7D. And then Canon launched the 5D. We were one of the first one to order it. We needed a full frame camera for the business. In 2015 we got an Olympus OM-D E-M1. Even thought I loved that camera, we soon realized it wasn't going to work for us. We might have gotten a lemon. The mirrorless concept is great. But the camera wasn't producing a similar quality images as our Canon cameras.

In 2016 we decided that it was time to update our cameras. We started pricing out the new equipment needed in a spread sheet. When we saw how expensive it was going to be for our business, we decided to start looking into alternatives. It's hard to believe, but the cheapest alternative was to sell all the Canon gear and go with Nikon. I still don't understand how that was possible. We ended up spending what we had planned and may be a few more dollars here and there on accessories.

Why Nikon and not Sony or Pentax? I'm sure both companies were making great products. But there weren't many good lenses for Sony. And not too many accessories for either one of them. Plus photographers that shoot with Nikon, love their cameras.

It took as a few weeks to get used to using the new cameras. I think Nikon has an advantage in image quality, dynamic range, customization and menu lay out. I think Canon makes better lenses. Canon also withholds some features that are available in cameras manufactured by other companies. One of them is rear curtain sync. It wasn't available to me when I was using a non Canon wireless trigger.

Nikon has that "je ne sais quoi" about it. It feels great every time I use it. I love those cameras. And that is important for me. But sooner or later, the time to replace those cameras will come. And the replacement will be with mirrorless cameras. In the near future, DSLR cameras will not be made anymore. We have to be ready for that.

That is not the only reason we got the Sony mirrorless camera. A lot of our work is to take pictures on location. In some cases, we need to take public transportation to get to a job site. Therefore we are always looking for lighter and smaller gear that is more convenient to transport.

We only got one lens for it. We are still testing it. We don't have conclusions about it yet. I will have more to say on the next post. In the mean time enjoy a couple of pictures. One taken with our first digital camera (it was a 3MP Sony camera) and the other one taken with the Canon 40D.