Made the switch to Sony Alpha
The background and reasoning
I am a long time hobbyist photographer and have been using Canon since day 1 (started with a Canon AE‑1).
I have owned a considerable amount of Canon gear over the years from a Canon F‑1 and various FD L lenses to my EOS-1n and ultimately 3 more EOS 1 series cameras (1DS2, 1DS3 and a 1D4).
When I took a break from photography in 2013 and ultimately cam back to it in 2016 I was getting disillusioned with Canon and their competitiveness and incremental upgrades for their camera bodies and sensors at that time.
I was not impressed with the M series line and with the ever growing mirror-less lines from competing manufacturers with some unique features. After waiting 3 years (2016–2019) and hoping that Canon would bring out the features I was looking for (ultimately what would become the R5) I jumped on the A7R4 release in summer 2019.
Now that I am writing this article in late 2020, and with the release of the Canon R5/R6 (to even the field), some of my reasons for my switch to Alpha may seem less unique or less leaps and bounds game changing; however I am still pleased I moved to the Alpha line.
One of the issues I had when deciding to switch platforms was the investment in a multi-decade long commitment to Canon EF nearly all L series lenses — like many photographers the camera bodies are not the area where you are heavily invested, its the glass.
For the initial conversion, I adapted much of my Canon glass with success while allowing time to pick and choose native glass for the Sony E mount.
Update: Sept 2021…
I still think the switch to Sony was the correct one… and after investing in 4 native pieces of glass for the camera (Sigma ART, Sony G and GM) I continue to still adapt a few of my Canon EF pieces with great success.
I know many photographers have said that the Sony ergonomics are not the same as the Canon’s and that while the A7R4 has strange quirks about it (such as the often reported touch screen that does not really do much)… I still like my A7R4 and in many cases find it preferable and more flexible.
I have been shooting with the Alpha for 2 years now and my preferences and configurations are essentially set in stone. I do miss the Canon interface sometimes and occasionally I find myself still using reflex-memory for a quick key (I did use Canon for 30 years).
All in all, I like all the features of the A7R4 and features of the newer Alpha models… I’m here to stay with Sony as I continue to replace my EF lenses.
Originally Posted: December 4, 2020
Updated: December 7, 2022
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