Sony a6000 and A7s Enough to Make Professional Nikon Shooter Switch

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In this video, long-time Nikon fan and professional landscape, portrait, travel, and wedding photographer Jason Lanier explains why he sold off his Nikon gear and switched to Sony, beginning with the a6000. It’s not just about Canon, dear readers.

It’s a pretty straightforward video.

Jason purchased a Sony a6000 about four months ago as he anticipated his needs for upcoming shoots in Detroit and Ethiopia. Because theft was going to be a real concern for him (he had already been car-jacked in Paris; and his rental Suburban had had its windows bashed in and gear stolen right outside of Yankee stadium), he wanted something relatively inexpensive, light and unobtrusive that he could bring along that would also give him the manual control and RAW he required.

He naturally went to Nikon first, but he couldn’t find anything in their mirrorless lineup that would do it for him.

He realized that the a6000 sensor was actually bigger and better than Canon APS-C sensors, too.

Jason was looking for an add-on – nothing to replace his main gear – but the images coming out of the camera on those two assignments stunned him.

So did the functionality, including 11 fps, RAW, selective focus and more (including white balancing at specific user-defined color temperatures and remote control via WiFi and a smartphone).

By the time he got back from Ethiopia (he took his Nikon 800, 700 and a pile of Nikon glass with him), he realized “the Sony’s were so overwhelmingly good, I didn’t bring the others out.”

“That was an epiphany for me” he continues,“because I was shooting one of the most important assignments of my life and I’m doing it with these tiny little mirrorless cameras.”

He decided to jump into the Sony line with both feet, grabbing an A7s, which he giddily describes as “off-the-charts good… just mind-blowingly good.”

“I’m not hitting on Nikon,” Lanier says. “I love the Nikon people; I’ll always have an emotional tie to them… My dad shot Nikon, I shoot Nikon. I love Nikon, but the technology’s not there. I have an obligation not only to myself but to my clients to deliver the best possible products and I can do that with Sony.”

He goes on to provide a 10 point list of why he made the switch.

As PetaPixel’s Cannon Burgett points out, it’s really not about Canon vs. Nikon anymore. It’s about mirrorless vs. DSLR and business models either necessitating – or getting in the way of – innovation and value.

By the way, you can check out how the a6000 performs against the Canon 70D and Nikon D4 –another one of his cameras — here.

10 Reasons Why a Professional Photographer Left Nikon and started shooting with Sony by Jason Lanier

Via PetaPixel:

While the CaNikon war is the usual debate in the photography world, they are by no means the only two camera manufacturers out there. With the rise of the mirrorless market and improvements to the sensors packed inside, a number of photographers are starting to make the jump to companies like Sony and Fuji, even for their more serious work.

Jason Lanier is one of those photographers. And in the 24-minute video above, he lists out the 10 main reasons he abandoned Nikon for Sony.

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  2. Is it any surprise that Sony, a relative newcomer to still photography, has little to lose and is therefore willing to “chance it all” on innovative products?
    A camera’s optical quality depends on its sensor. There’s no way of knowing for sure, but it’s likely that sensor quality cannot progress beyond a point fixed by quantum mechanics, and that within 10 years or so, there will be no practical difference among the best sensors.

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