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People are often asking, “What camera do you own?”, and “What lenses do you use?” or even “What gear should I buy?”

It’s never a short answer, and my answer is always changing. Honestly, I have no clue what camera you should get. It’s a trial and error process that I feel is unique to every photographer. It all depends on what capabilities and features are most important to the camera user. For me that meant making the switch from Canon to Sony.

Old Mission Peninsula sunflowers

I’m constantly upgrading equipment and experimenting with new accessories. Up until a couple years ago, I exclusively shot with Canon cameras. I even went as far as purchasing the Canon 1DX Mark 2, which is a work horse camera but way to large of a body for me. However, after a lot of debate and research, I ended up making the switch to Sony. I sold the 1Dx then I purchased my first mirrorless camera. I made the switch from Canon to the Sony a7III because of it’s small size, lowlight capabilities, customizable controls, dual SD slots, and time-lapse capabilities, among many other features I found appealing. I haven’t regretted that switch since I made it in 2019.

 

Making the switch from canon to sony mc 11 sigma adaptor Canon to Sony

 

Although, this switch took some time. At first I purchased the MC-11 adaptor so I could still use my Canon 85 1.8f, Canon 24 1.4f, Sigma 18-35 1.8f, and Tamron 70-200 2.8f lenses on my new camera body. This was a great way to make the transition easier, without having to buy all new lenses right away. In 2020, I sold my Canon 70-200 and 18-35 lenses to make room in my camera bag for native Sony glass.

The first native Sony lens I purchased was the Tamron 28-75 2.8f. When attached to the Sony A73, the Tamron has it’s impressive focal length of 28-75, yet low f-stop, and lightning fast focusing. This is even still, my most used lens because of all the diverse ranges I’m able to capture. More recently, I purchased the Sony Ziess 55 1.8f, for the creamy bokeh, it’s now my go-to lens for portraits. I also purchase the Sony 20 2.8f  in hopes of its small size and wide angle, although I wasn’t as impressed with this 20mm because of the vignetting. I’m happy I’ve finally ditched the converter.

 

Fun fact: I had the Sony 55, and 20 shipped to New York City after ordering them online. I planned to have these lenses for a wedding in New York the following week. That was until the wedding was postponed due to the coronavirus, and inevitably so was my flight to NYC. Thankfully my new lenses were mailed to me in Michigan.

Now what about my backup camera?

After some time I was able to get a second Sony A7III. I still have my original backup camera, the Canon 80D with a Canon 24 and 40 2.8 pancake lenses. I love the swivel screen, and the pancake lenses make it the perfect little travel set up. This set up is also pretty impressive on my gimbal for videography and balances well. This camera sells for about $800 now but still captures incredible photos which makes it hard to give up. I do like that I have this trusty setup I’m willing to take more risks with.

What Camera would I recommend to a beginner?

I’m glad I’m through this brand switch from a Canon setup to Sony gear. Although, I couldn’t help but keep a couple pieces of Canon gear. The 80D is actually what I recommend to anyone looking for a good beginners camera, especially for the price. It’s also seems that Canon has more intuitive controls and an easier to navigate menu than Sony. That camera body paired with the two pancake lenses is something I still use. One more thing I would suggest that I didn’t have is a nifty-fifty. I swear, it’s the most bang for your buck.

Personally, since making the switch from Canon to Sony, my camera bag is much lighter with gear that fits my personal lifestyle, and shooting habits. 

Nicole Geri with sony camera in hands