Last November I made the switch to Sony leaving my beloved Canon 6D for a Sony A7R. In my blog post entitled “Goodbye Canon 😭, Hello _______ ” from November 2016 I spelled out why I went to a Sony mirrorless system and closed with, “While I’ve moved to Sony for the moment, I’m still keeping my eye on Canon and hoping for game changer from them down the road.” My eleven months with Sony was not what I had hoped for, I missed my old 6D almost from the minute I sold it. As I mentioned back then, the menu system was flat out strange and illogical but I found two issues I just couldn’t overcome. First, much of my stock photography almost immediately was rejected for being blurry, something not previously encountered. Second, shooting any action was almost too much for the Sony to handle, sharp images with any movement were hard to come by.
Something I didn’t mention in my blog was that I hated the A7R so much that I sold it and upgraded to the A7Rii. Problem solved? Well… I was happy at first because when it did focus, it was very good. However, I found that unless I manually focused, there were still issues with the auto-focus. While less of my stock photography was being kicked back, it was still an issue. Taking the A7Rii out to a Red Bull Air Race, I thought even though it was out of its element, I still might get a couple of decent action shots by spending the day concentrating on shooting action with this Sony, w-r-o-n-g. This A7Rii was a far superior camera when compared to my 4-year-old Canon 6D, yet the 6D NEVER had a focus issue. I missed picking up my 6D and just shooting, a couple of presets and a decent auto-focus system made me feel like I was better prepared to capture whatever unfolded in front of me. Not to mention, with Canon my life didn’t literally revolve around battery life. When you shoot any action with a Sony mirrorless, it drinks batteries quicker than a DC politician at happy hour! Whether shooting the A7R or the A7Rii in continious-hi, continious-lo, or the sports setting, nothing produced consistently crisp images, but I could depend on the battery getting drained quickly. Finally, I was on vacation this summer and went to shoot a friend’s car, 3 out of 51 photos were decent and the rest were not crisp. I felt that auto-focus shouldn’t even have been an issue for a camera costing just under $3k! After 10 months, I decided it was time to end my Sony experiment. I know there are plenty of people who swear by Sony mirrorless, it just didn’t work for me.
Deciding to get a new Canon was easy, however my reasons for leaving Canon hadn’t changed, the Sony system was lighter and easier on my back (after surgery). I knew going back to my familiar Canon turf would mean some sort of compromise, meaning carrying less weight (lenses). The Canon options I looked at were my old EOS 6D because I truly missed it, but also the 6D Mark II, and the 5D Mark IV were up for consideration. It came down to this, while I loved the original 6D, is already outdated. The 5D Mark IV was about $1k more than I wanted to spend, that left the 6D Mark II as serious choice for me. While I’ve only had the new camera for a few weeks, I do love it and it feels very familiar after having the original 6D. I bought the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM to use as my main lens, a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM for low light, but not an everyday carry. However, I also bought one lens I used to own, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. I actually liked this lens so much that I wrote about it here in September 2016, see Diffractive what? for more. I’ll write more later about the Canon 6D Mark II, once I’ve got more shooting time under my belt. I will say this, picking up the 6D Mark II was like saying hello to an old friend…
Life revolves around batteries