Hi gang! It’s time for another update, and this time it’s a gear update! As you may know, I have been a Canon shooter for years and I’ve really enjoyed using Canon gear. However, I’ve been giving my setup a lot of thought, and have been doing a ton of research, and I finally came to the conclusion that it was time to make a switch. *Insert gasp sound effect here*
The other day, I placed the order for my next camera… the Sony A7R!
Why would I want this one over my current Canon 5D Mark III?… Here are the main things that compelled me to change to the A7R:
• Worlds Smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera
• 36.4 megapixels with no low-pass filter (same as Nikon D800E and D810)
• Built-in Wifi so I can shoot “untethered” to my computer and also transfer images to my iPhone in the field so I can post them here right away
• Can use my Canon glass via an adaptor (17mm tilt shift mainly)
• Captures much more highlight detail than 5D Mark III
• Articulated screen for shooting from high or low angles
• Can see exposure changes in viewfinder
• Focus peaking for easier manual focusing
A few comparisons Sony vs Canon:
Weight in grams 408 vs 910
Dynamic range 14.1EV vs 11.7 (read more highlight detail)
7392×4920 pixels vs 5920×3950
DxOMark score 95 vs 81
The bad part compared to my current camera:
• Bracketing options limited to 3 frames with 2 stops between… can’t do 5, 7, etc at 2 stops
• 4 frames per second versus 6 on my Canon
• Shutter is somewhat loud
• Batteries don’t last as long due to constant use of electronic screens
• Nowhere near as many lenses available
• No GPS accessory available to automatically location tag my images
The camera should be arriving this week, and I look forward to putting it through the paces myself. The next blog post will probably include my first impressions, so stay tuned for that!
Post Processing for Outdoor & Travel Photographers
In other news, my recent class on creativeLIVE, “Post-Processing for Outdoor & Travel Photographers,” was a great success, and as usual, I had a great time working with the creativeLIVE team up in Seattle. If you missed the class, you can learn more or GET IT HERE. If you buy the class, you get the bonus material, which includes the practice files as well as the course handbook pdf (this one is a whopping 80 pages!).
Hi Ben, Enjoyed your latest CL class. I am busy keywording all my photo’s. What a time sink hehehe. I made the Switch from Nikon to Sony A7r last year. I have not regretted it. Make sure you pick up a Canon to Sony adapter to makeo use of of your favorite lenses with thenew A7R. Pick up a Leica prime f/1.4 50 mm lens for your street photo’s! I love this combo with the A7r. Have fun, looking forward to your Sony pictures. Cheers, Mike
I enjoy your work and would like to attend a setup start to finish
LR and ps importing and setting up actions, organizing exports
I’m a beginner and my photos are all over the computer? Not sure how to fix this? Love your teaching!
Good luck with your new Sony, I had a real good Sony Camera, the pictures i took with it were really beautiful. I was in the middle of a photo shoot in Albq. New Mexico and the shutter Release button popped right off ruin the whole shoot………..So i hope you have good luck with yours……….Judy
Hello Ben. I have a Canon 7D and been looking at full frame cameras for quite sometime. I’ve basically have seen most of your tutorials and you definitely ara a Photoshop master. Looking forward to see your new stuff and get a review on your new camera.
Hi Ben. I’ve followed your courses on CreativeLive and you’re the “go to guy” for everything Photoshop. I’ve learned so much man! Thanks for the wealth of knowledge! I own a Canon EOS 7D and have been looking at full frame cameras for sometime. I was thinking on going full frame with a 5D Mark III, but I’m holding out to see what comes up in the following months after Photokina 2014. I also would love to read your insights on your new camera purchase. I’ll be watching.
Best regards to both of you,