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Why I moved from the Canon 6D to the Sony a7R

 
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Jan 28, 2014 19:57 |  #1

The decision to jump to the a7R was quite an easy one actually, even though I’ve never owned a Sony camera product. For me personally the Canon 6D is quite possibly the best SLR on the market for landscape photography:
- Ultralight
- Very small
- Amazing full-frame image quality
- EF lenses

When the Sony a7R was released the following really got my attention:
- Lighter than the 6D
- Smaller than the 6D
- Medium-format resolution range
- EF lens compatibility (external link)

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So I immediately bought one with an EF adapter (external link) to use my existing Canon lenses, which I quite like. There’s some downsides, which I’ll get into in my upcoming Sony a7R hands-on review, however my real drive for the purchase was the ultralight factor, size and image quality, which the verdict is still out on wether or not it actually does perform better than the latest line of Canon CMOS sensors.

The truth is that I don’t have affinity with any particular brand, I just use what I think is best for my particular use case. I used to be quite the opposite in fact, and I used to swear by my Nikon D2X and Nikon lenses. Until I read Camera and Lens: The Creative Approach by Ansel Adams (external link):

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On the first page of the introduction to the book Ansel Adams outlines something profound - move away from the marketing and branding of the photography industry and focus instead on the creative potential. Interesting how this was written in 1969, however it’s probably more relevant today than when it was written!

My reason for buying the a7R is also one of simplicity. Take a look below at how the top of the camera has been redesigned:

IMAGE: http://www.grahamclarkphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Canon-6D-vs-Sony-a7R-size-top-weight1.jpg

Keep in mind that the size here is probably not exactly to scale, and I’ll be taking quite a few images of these two cameras side-by-side. Instead focus on the button layout and the simplicity of top-case design. I really love how Sony has reimagined the control layout, with an emphasis on classic industrial design cues.

I bought the a7R from B&H, should get it this Friday. Will post 35GB or so of test images on Monday.

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Jan 28, 2014 20:21 |  #2

Have you found any performance problem mount EF lenses on a7R?


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Jan 29, 2014 08:44 |  #3

Saw the compatibility list link, but please reveal which Canon lenses you have used with the Sony and a few thoughts about how they worked.


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Jan 29, 2014 15:22 |  #4

I'm interested to hear your experience with this. I've found myself moving away from AF lenses and to Zeiss primes so the body I shoot with is becoming less important. The Sony has definitely piqued my curiosity as to the quality differences between the 6D.


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Jan 29, 2014 15:26 |  #5

I don't think those photos are to scale. The hot shoe on the Canon looks significantly bigger.


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Jan 29, 2014 15:28 |  #6

https://d1ax9dx3gero0.​cloudfront.net …non-6D-Sony-a7R-size3.jpg (external link)

Doesn't look much smaller in this photo from SLR lounge, especially with 24-70 attached.


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Jan 29, 2014 15:30 |  #7

tat3406 wrote in post #16645667 (external link)
Have you found any performance problem mount EF lenses on a7R?

Let me get back to you with RAWs and TIFFs next week once I've gotten quite a bit of use on it! : )


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Jan 29, 2014 15:31 |  #8

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Saw the compatibility list link, but please reveal which Canon lenses you have used with the Sony and a few thoughts about how they worked.

Will post mid-next week with a more comprehensive hands-on


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Jan 29, 2014 15:31 |  #9

rparchen wrote in post #16647876 (external link)
I'm interested to hear your experience with this. I've found myself moving away from AF lenses and to Zeiss primes so the body I shoot with is becoming less important. The Sony has definitely piqued my curiosity as to the quality differences between the 6D.

I won't be getting any Sony/Zeiss lenses, only using Canon EF lenses. More on that next week once I have a number of high quality RAWs and TIFFs for you to download


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Jan 29, 2014 15:32 |  #10

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Doesn't look much smaller in this photo from SLR lounge, especially with 24-70 attached.

yes! sorry, my images weren't to scale, I was instead just showing the top-case design differences.

that one you posted looks perfectly in scale!

actually, for me that's quite a bit smaller and I would prefer that over the 6D.

I travel quite a lot. recently traveled to 30+ national parks in north america, and before that from Alaska to Argentina by land, so smaller and more compact cameras are definitely ideal for me personally.


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Jan 29, 2014 15:33 |  #11

sean's image showing both in scale:

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Feb 02, 2014 04:17 |  #12

I considered the same sony camera. enjoy it.


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Feb 02, 2014 04:49 |  #13

I really don't get why anyone would buy this for size-especially someone who shoots landscapes??? With the lens it still means you don't have something that fits in your pocket, and landscspe is typically tripod so mehhhh




  
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Feb 02, 2014 12:00 |  #14

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I really don't get why anyone would buy this for size-especially someone who shoots landscapes??? With the lens it still means you don't have something that fits in your pocket, and landscspe is typically tripod so mehhhh

I have to agree. The size difference gets even narrower when you factor in the lens adapter and an UWA lens. Granted, weight savings of any amount are very welcome for those of us who do a lot of backpacking, but the camera needs to be up to the task of surviving extreme conditions for that kind of photography as well. Until they make a successor that has real weather sealing, Sony won't have produced a superb camera for landscape photography.


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Somebloke wrote in post #16657234 (external link)
I really don't get why anyone would buy this for size-especially someone who shoots landscapes??? With the lens it still means you don't have something that fits in your pocket, and landscspe is typically tripod so mehhhh

I didn't buy this because it was smaller


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