September 25, 2018

The Switch from Canon to Sony

Photographers at all levels have been geeking out about mirrorless cameras recently. These fancy new cameras do not require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR camera. We asked freelance photographer Rick Holladay to dish on his experience switching from his Canon to the new mirrorless Sony camera.


Alexis shot using the Sony A7iii with Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 at 35mm, ISO 125, f/1.6, 1/1250th/sec

I get quite a few DMs asking me about what cameras and lenses I use. So, I wanted to write a quick review of my current setup and my impressions switching from Canon to Sony.

Currently, my setup is:

  • Sony A7iii
  • Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 Sony E Mount
  • Sony G Master 24-70 f/2.8
  •  Sony 70-200 f/4

I  just recently purchased the Sigma Art 35mm for Sony E mount a week ago and have only done the shoot with Alexis with it but I love it so far. The Sigma Art 35mm was my go-to lens with Canon, so I was really excited to test it out and see how it compared to the Canon version.

I’ll admit, it was really hard for me to make the switch because I loved, and still do love, Canon’s colors. I am a big fan of the warm tones and accuracy of the skin tones. But, the Canon 5D Mark III lacked the video capabilities that I was looking for, and it seemed that Canon was lagging in keeping up with new and improved technology. My hands also tend to get shaky after long hikes in high elevations, so I was looking for something with In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). I also appreciate the improved AF system with the newer cameras.

At first, I was hesitant to try Sony as I had heard some negative reviews about skin tones, and I do a lot of portrait work. So, I decided to give Fuji a go because the reviews on the new XH-1 are great, the camera is affordable at $2,000 and Fuji is known for its awesome color science.


Justine shot using Fuji XH-1 w/ Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 at 23mm, ISO 1600, f/2, 1/640th/sec


My first impressions of the Fuji were great. The AF was way more accurate than my Canon, and it had a super silent shutter that sounded like it had a silencer on it. But, the colors I couldn’t quite figure out. That is not saying they were bad but just way different than my Canon and any warm colors tended to turn out more yellow/gold/purple than a darker orange/brown. It was also APS-C which I couldn’t quite get used to coming from full frame.

I heard about the Sony A7iii being released in April and Sony’s updated color science. So, I traded in my XH-1 and purchased the Sony A7iii with the 24-70 f/2.8 G Master lens.


Joelle shot using the Sony A7iii with the 24-70 f/2.8 G Master at 70mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/400th/sec


Right out of the gate I fell in love with the Sony A7iii. The eye AF blew my mind with its accuracy. Out of 100 photos, I might have 2 or 3 out of focus, where my Canon that number would be closer to 15.

But what about the skin tones? At first, I kept seeing the yellow/green tint that I had heard about from other Canon users. Not sure if that was my subconscious looking for it or just the fact that the colors are different from Canon’s and my eyes weren’t used to it. But, after a few tweaks to the camera settings and learning how to edit the files in Lightroom, that worry quickly went away.


Alexis shot using the Sony A7iii with Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 at 35mm, ISO 500, f/1.6, 1/1000th/sec


Overall the Sony has been extremely impressive and given me everything that my Canon did and more. Yes, the colors differ from the Canon’s, but I think it’s very attainable to get a similar feel to your photos. Going into weddings and shoots where the subject might be moving, I feel much more confident with the Sony than I ever did with my Canon thanks to the eye AF and IBIS.

This blog post below was originally published on Rick’s blog.

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