Why I Dumped Canon for Sony
I am a very loyal person and I hate change. I’ve had the same hairdresser for 24 years, the same dentist office I went to as a child (even though the dentist retired), I teach at the same elementary school I attended...you get the point. I’ve been a Canon girl since I started with a Rebel. I never even considered switching to Nikon through the years. However, I began seeing awesome claims about the Sony mirrorless line and I started doing some research.
Now, you may be thinking, "that's all well and good but I've got too much money invested in my glass and I can't afford to buy all new lenses". For a long time, I didn't even consider the switch because I felt the same way. However, once I started my research I discovered that you can use Canon and Sigma (Canon mount) lenses on the Sony by purchasing a simple adapter. Once I discovered that I could keep my glass, that's when I really started to consider making the switch.
After much thought, reading numerous reviews, and watching countless YouTube videos, I purchased the Sony a7iii. I've shot only two sessions with it, and y’all, I’m sold. Let me tell you why...
I have struggled with focus since the beginning. I have read every article and watched a bazillion tutorials on how to improve focus. I back button focused. I toggled my focal point. I upgraded my gear because I thought that would be the answer. No matter what I did, I still ended up with way too many out of focus images. On an average sessions, I would say that roughly 30-40% of my images were not tack sharp. I can’t tell you how many times I came home from a shoot, sat down to look at the images, found the most perfect shot, only to zoom in and realize I had missed focus. 😩 I wanted to cry so many times! And when you sell prints, you just can’t risk it showing an image that is not completely in focus because, of course, that will be the one they want to print huge for their wall.
Focusing became my number one priority during my sessions. It's what took the most brain power during the shoot. Movement shots were the hardest. I would have my clients do it over and over again because I wanted to make sure at least some images were clear. I kept my aperture and shutter speed higher than I wanted to during client sessions.
So my process became this: every pose I would click multiple times-like 3 to 6 shots that were identical because I needed to ensure that I got one in focus. Then during culling, I would zoom in on those 3-6 shots and choose one that in focus. This added a ton of shooting and culling time to my workflow. I became a overshooter out of fear.
With the Sony, almost every shot is in focus. I would say like 95%! Not only that, it's so easy I feel like I am cheating! No focus points to toggle. Literally the eye autofocus system does the work for you. I am amazed at its capabilities.
Sorry Canon. We had a good run but we’re breaking up. Don’t worry, I’ll still keep you on the side for video. 💔
Want to see what else is in my camera bag? Read my blog post What's in My Camera Bag (links included)
Still have questions about switching to Sony? Check out part 2 of this blog Switching to Sony - Your Questions Answered
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