A frequent question I get at galleries & art shows is what kind of camera I shoot. I also routinely hear people exclaim, after looking at my work, that I must have a really good camera. The question usually results in some engaging conversation while the statement probably yields a somewhat blank stare more often than not because it thrusts to the forefront the age old argument that it’s the photographer that creates a great image, not the camera. Right? Well maybe, because if it were completely true, every currently famous pro photographer who had to buy their own gear would be out there right now clicking away with a $300 camera versus one that cost several thousand dollars or more. So, albeit of lesser importance than creative vision, gear does matter.
So, when I decided that I wanted to be able to produce larger prints and canvas without undue sacrifice to the quality of the end product, I decided it was time to look into higher resolution camera bodies. As a long time Canon shooter, I took a look at their near medium format, 50 megapixel offerings, the 5DS & 5DSR. Image quality seemed impressive but reviews of their low light, high ISO performance were less than inspiring especially considering my fondness for photographing the Milky Way. Looking at the Nikon lineup was out of the question as I simply could not justify a total system change. Enter the Sony Alpha series cameras, particularly the Sony A7rIII.
Yes, a Sony mirrorless has joined the family! With wonderful high ISO performance and a 42 megapixel imaging sensor it seems to be just what I was looking for in a new camera body. I can also still use my Canon lenses on the A7rIII by way of an adapter. That’s a big plus! There is a lot of technology wrapped up in this little marvel that my Canon DSLRs just do not have so there is a learning curve in front of me. That’s all right though as it adds to the fun!
Though I have no intention of ditching my Canon gear, I’ll be spending less time looking in the mirror in the future!