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Sony Fanboy Kevin Raber Talks About Innovation

Published: 19/05/2018
By: larry

5 comments on “Sony Fanboy Kevin Raber Talks About Innovation”

  1. He is so right! I have used Sony since 2015. My first camera was the a6000 together with a Sony/Zeiss 16 - 70/4 lens. A great combination. The next Sony I bought was the A7. Which one, well it was just the bog standard A7.
    I use both these cameras everyday. Just waiting for funds* to build up to get an A9, A7RIII or A7III. I'm also waiting to see what Sony produce when the introduce the A7SIII. I really haven't decided which would be best for my line of work.

    What do I shoot? In 2015 I was allowed to join the DFJ (German Photojournalists Association) The a6000 accompanies me on regular political conferences and events, As from 2017, when I bought the A7 they were both, and still are valuable tools. BTW, it was in 2017 that I was able to become a member of the German Professional Photographers Association.

    One thing that does bug me with my A7 is the slow response and inaccuracy of the focusing system. I'll give an example, I was at a political conference and wanted to take a pic of the Bavarian Prime Minister. I was using my A7 together with the Sony 70-200/4 G lens. The focus wouldn't stay on him, it jumped to the person on his right. So I moved the aim very slightly to his left, just a tad. What did it do? Jumped to the person on his left. In addition the focussing was very slow. This bugged me so much I even thought of changing to Canon or Nikon.
    I then reverted to my a6000 with the Zeiss 16-70 to take the shots, this solution did a much better job.

    I am still a photojournalist but am just getting in to architecture and interior design. Bearing in mind I need very good tools for this I ordered myself a Canon 24 mm TS lens (*auch!) together with the Sigma MC11 adapter. These items arrived a couple of days ago. WOW! What a lens, so sharp and as it is only manual focus it stops me getting up tight when the focussing system on the A7 doesn't work how it should.

    I also get invited and attend the Sony Events here in Germany. Compared to Canada and the US Sony in Germany is the poor relation. I mean they do their best but there is a difference between day and night to the US/Canadian events.
    I have tried out the A7, A7RIII as well as the A7III together with their G Masters lenses. Convincing products but IMHO the Canon lenses are far better. I am also using my son's Canon 70 - 200/2.8.

    My view, a Sony body together with Canon glass are unbeatable.

    Bye for now from Munich

  2. This guy is over-the-top Sony! But I do love Sony gear too, as I use Sony a6300 with a 10-18mm lens. It's excellent. Now to save up for the Sony A-iii. As far as pro video gear, I owned Sony D-35 back in the old days of Betacam, where the camera & lens was $35,000. Today, Sony's HD video pro gear still excels.

    That Sony A9 is sure appealing that is featured in the video above, but $5,000 for the body, ummm, not too sure.

  3. I am most interested to hear other people's experiences with Sony. I recently bought the A-6500 and paired it with the Rokina 12mm fixed focal length lens that is all manual. Probably not something I would use as a fast moving photojournalist, but for RE it is working very well having spent my first 35+ years as a photographer shooting with fixed focal length lenses with manual focus and aperture rings I rather like have manual control. And no fish eye effect so no lens correction in PS. Saves in post processing times.

    So far I am only using it for its video. And trying to get accustomed to the user interface. I much prefer the Canon (have been a Canon user for 12 years now) 80D for its interface.

    But I would be very interested to know how well the Sigma MC11 adapter (Canon to Sony) works that Desmond mentioned. Does it narrow the field of view? Utilize all the auto features of the lens and the Sony body? Soften the image in any way? Change the exposure since it moves the lens further away from the camera sensor? Vignette? It would be nice not to have to buy yet another set of lenses if for those few times the 12mm is not what I need. I could not tell from the Sigma site if my current Canon lenses would even be compatible with the Sigma adapter.

  4. My transition to Sony was somewhat accidental. Tired of lugging my Nikon around Europe and borrowed a friend's A7 (original model) for daughter's wedding in the Canary Islands with side trips to Barcelona and Madrid since there are no direct flights. While daughter had old Sony NEX, bought wife an A6000. That experience ultimately lead to my transition to my current camera, an A7RII. While advanced, lacked some features I liked in the Nikon, such as dual SD slots rather than RAW + jpg mixed on single, but also excelled in other features, like TOTALLY silent shutter, which Nikon and Canon haven't matched. Also glad to see Sony resolving shortcomings (like the SD card) with the evolution to the III (and presumably future) models. All that aside, what I find interesting is the interest and the people I know who have switched. Didn't think too much of it during the wedding as the wedding photographer from Argentina shot Sony Alpha but was intrigued with the 'new' mirrorless A7, likewise the #2 shooter from Switzerland with a Nikon D810. But fast forward as the Sony market has matured as I look at friends and professionals around me. One, a Canon sports photographer for 30 years switched to an A9 and he joked the he heard the Canon gods crying as he switched. Another ran into as we were shopping in an outdoor outfitters store as he was getting boots and other clothing for a wilderness Alaskan expedition - and noted that he switched to Sony. Finally, I was shooting a Philharmonic orchestra event where the silent shutter is mandatory, and as scouting some back stage locations see a friend who typically shoots Canon doing the same - but was 'testing' an a6500, later noting was very impressed as we reviewed some of our shots.

    That said, Canon is beginning to make the transition to mirrorless and Nikon has announced something full frame mirrorless will be coming in 2019. Transition might be too strong a word as I doubt they will discontinue their DSLR lines for total mirrorless, as Sony still has their A/Minolta mount cameras but R&D is lacking. Should become interesting in the next year as hopefully both Nikon and Canon learned from their first foray's into mirrorless which were disasters - designed not to scavenger from their DSLR line.

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