For around 30 years I’ve been using Nikon cameras. Having bought a number of pro cameras, lenses and flashes over the years any move to a different brand would be a major consideration.
Towards the end of 2018 I was invited to an event by Sony to find out more about their range of mirrorless cameras. The event was organised by Kate and Brent of Training by Lumiere, two highly regarded profession photographers and cinematographers who are Sony ambassadors.
The morning of this event was spent learning the incredibly detailed, but very useful menu system (more of this later). In the afternoon there was the opportunity to work with models and use different cameras and lenses.
As a result I purchased the mirrorless Sony A7’s and a collection of lenses. So goodbye Nikon, with my cameras and lenses being used for part exchange and sold on Ebay.
What are Mirrorless Cameras?
DSLR cameras have a mirror, allowing you to get a live view through your viewfinder of whatever you are photographing. Mirrorless as the name suggests don’t have mirrors, giving you an electronic view, either on the LCD screen, or through an electronic viewfinder.
What made me switch?
As mentioned, the cost of changing brand, was significant. So why did I do it? Well here are 7 reasons why together with some photographs that I’ve taken with Sony cameras. By the way if you’d like to find out more about my photography please click the button below.
The Sony A7iii, switches effortlessly between filming and photography. For many of my assignments I need that facility. In addition, for filming it’s much easier to focus, thanks to the touchscreen focusing screen.
The quality of the focus, for both filming and photography is superb. There are many different modes for focus, depending on the subject. One of the most effective is the eye autofocus, which detects and then focuses on the subject’s eye, this is done in milliseconds and is an amazing feature in a fast moving portrait session, or limited time with the bride and groom.
The menus are extensive, but it does allow you to reconfigure a number of the buttons to suit your preferences. You can also programme favourite settings. Ideal for going back to ‘safety’ settings or switching between photography and filming.
I have got used now to using the LCD display on the back of the camera. Working in manual mode you get a much clearer idea of what you are capturing and understanding how to adjust to meet different shooting conditions.
The camera and lenses are generally less heavy than the Nikon counterparts which is most welcome. Weight is an important consideration when out shooting for the day and carrying lots of equipment!
6. Low Light
These camera are incredibly good at dealing with low light, allowing high ISO’s without too much noise.
I really like the results. The colours, sharpness and results are very good. Do make sure that you use Sony lenses to get the best results out of the functionality of the camera.
Thanks for reading this article. Good luck if you’re planning to switch to mirrorless. To find out more about any of my photography services please get in touch using the button below.
Paul Saunders is a Wedding Photographer, Family Portrait Photographer & Commercial Photographer, he also hosts Photography Training Courses. Based in Loch Lomond he works throughout Scotland. For more information please contact Paul on 01360 661029.
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