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Choosing a system

I mentioned this before in my origin post but I wanted to make this decision into a milestone. Choosing a system is a pretty big commitment because obviously it determines the mount of the lenses you’re going to buy later on which can be limiting. It’s also requires you to get used to a certain way of working with settings and menu’s within the camera itself. There’s a lot more to it and it took me a while to make a decision. Working with Nikons, Canons and Sonys allowed me to get a good understanding of the differences between the systems. I have quite a bit of experience with software development and UI/UX design so I do feel a certain way about how a Sony handles but still, it’s a matter of getting used to it, like every software package is.

The first thing is settled on was going for a mirrorless camera, the age of DSLR’s is over and investing into this older style of cameras seemed like bad decision. Rightfully so because all big brands are fully invested in mirrorless these days. At the time, Sony was definitely in the lead of making the best system cameras, the only drawback was the battery life which is still a big pro for DSLR cameras. I waited for the right time and settled on the Sony a7rIII. There’s a bunch of reasons why I chose this model but mostly the huge sensor size. I also got a Sony 85mm 1.8 prime lens with it because it’s an affordable but great portrait lens.

Sony lenses are expensive, especially the G master line, so I never really intended to go that way, instead, I’ve choses Sigma for my more expensive glass.

Sigma Art lenses are amazing, very sturdy, reliable,
a bit heavy but that just speaks to the build quality.

I own a Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 which is a just a must have for any photographer and the incredibly versatile Sigma Art 24-70mm 2.8. With these three lenses I have shot every picture on this website except the very early ones.

At the time of writing, I have used this camera for almost a year and I have to say I’m very happy with my decision to go with Sony. This camera is great in dark surroundings, it’s small and light, a lot of important features are easy to access quickly in different ways, the customisable buttons are very handy, the battery life is acceptable (but have a spare one at all time), video quality is amazing, linking with computers and phones is easy enough. The menu system does get complicated sometimes because there are just so many options but overall it’s good, solid system with a bright future ahead of itself.

Sony Alpha 7rIII

Sony Alpha: https://alphauniverse.com
Sigma Art lenses: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/art
Sony G-master: https://www.sony.be/nl/electronics/g-master-lenzen