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The Real Truth About Switching From Nikon or Canon to Sony Mirrorless

I was out for the day with my Metabones connected to my A6000 with a Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 mounted on the front. I was trying to determine if the Sony sensor was capable of super sharp images with better glass. The short answer is yes. The Sony A6000 can produce very sharp images with the right glass. The problem is, when you use an adapter like the Metabones, autofocus is so bad it is almost useless. I normally focus manually when I am shooting with the Metabones adapter. This is easy with Sony’s manual focus assist.

Sony really needs to improve their glass. I am currently using the Sony E 16-70mm f/4 on my A6000, and while it is “OK” for family type photos, and “some” of my wedding work, it is low end glass that I would never use in any regular professional kit. When Sony gets around to producing some real glass, and a better hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder (so you can shoot well in bright sunlight), then they will be a contender in the Canon/Nikon competition. For now, Sony is just a fad product, that can’t even keep up with my Canon in the fast paced wedding business.

Don’t believe me? Ok, well here is a test. Get a Nikon, or Canon DSLR, and a Sony mirrorless camera. Let them both go to sleep, and hang on your hip, or neck. Have a friend pickup a glass (don’t touch your camera until your friend begins to move his arm up in the air), hoist it in the air, and then take a drink in all one motion – this will simulate the type of quick-reaction shooting I encounter at receptions. See which camera can get a shot of the glass in the air. The Sony (I used the A6000) will still be trying to wake up after your subject is drinking, I got several shots off with my Canon. Unless you keep the Sony awake the whole wedding, you’ll miss many key moments.

While there are fanboys that won’t tell you the whole truth, and paint themselves into a corner using one brand, I am a proponent of using the best tool for the job, regardless of brand. I do like the Sony camera, and think it is superior technology, but it just isn’t there yet.

Ken Rockwell, put it best, “The Sony is a toy from one of the world’s leaders in video and audio gear. It’s fun to put different lenses on it, but it can’t compete with real cameras from Nikon and Canon.” As of this writing, I agree with him, but keep an eye on Sony, they are worth putting in your kit now, and getting used to shooting with them.

Summary:

  • Yes, it is superior technology and I like it.
  • The glass really isn’t very good (some are), and not enough choices.
  • You can’t shoot well in bright sunlight with the EVF.
  • It wont react quickly when you need it to.
  • Sony just isn’t there yet.
  • Don’t switch, but start using it in your kit.

Caption: Carl’s Jr. table number
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony A6000
Lens: Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 w/Metabones Mark IV
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, Compensation: +1.3
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: metabones, carls jr, carls jr table number, dont bother me im eating, eat like you mean it, fast food, french fries, hamburger, restaurant, table number
Date: June 20, 2015 9:49:43AM
Location: Murrieta, California, United States

Carl's Jr. table number

Carl’s Jr. table number