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| p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Replace DSLR with mirrorless? - mainly landscapes. |
I have migrated from Canon 5DII and 5D III to NEX 7, primarily for landscape, and I have never looked back. On the Canon I used Zeiss MF primes, and on the NEX 7, I use a mix of Zeiss and Leica MF primes.
Historically, I have been a Canon shooter, and bought a NEX 5 as a backup body, and for when I couldn't/wouldn't lug my large and heavy photo bag. Then, just before a photo trip to Patagonia, Canon came out with 5D III and Sony with the NEX 7, so I bought both essentially untested, as well as my trusted 5D II and NEX 5N.
When I came back, I was disgusted with Canon. The 5D III was no better than the II IQ-wise, even though 3+ years had gone by. The sensor on the NEX 7 was significantly better in terms of colour, contrast and DR. I sold all my Canon stuff immediately thereafter. Why bother with a heavy and bulky kit when the smaller lighter one produces better IQ? Obviously, shooting sports or wildlife would be another story, but for landscape and cityscape, that is how I felt.
Another plus for the NEX is that there are 5 companies developing M-mount-compatibles camera bodies (Leica, Sony, Ricoh, Panasonic, Olympus), so the bulk of my investment (lenses) is protected against the camera maker's fortunes. Actually, the speed at which the M-mount cameras progress is much faster than the Canon/Nikon pro platforms, where new models are 3+ years apart. The fact that my NEX is small, light and can handle all manners of alt lenses is purely a welcome bonus. Next month Sony are supposed to announced NEX 7N with a improved sensor, while 5DIII still has another 2+ years to go...
Interestingly, both in Patagonia and since then in the Lofoten I went with a friend who shoots Leica M9, and not one comment was posted regarding the inferior IQ that my NEX would impart to my pics compared to the M9. You can see that on both threads we published from these trips The same applies to the alt monthly competition thread where some very able shooters have won the competition (snowboarder, Philip Reeve) have won with NEX 5N-based pics.