My Sony Alpha Experience Thus Far

Having shot with Canon for over 10 years it was a big decision to change systems, It wasn’t a decision I made overnight and certainly not before I tried out Canon’s own mirrorless camera, the EOS R. Needless to say I didn’t like it.

Initially, the idea was to adapt my existing Canon glass using a Metabones adapter, however in December I attended a Sony roadshow event and was so impressed I bought the Sony A7R III and a 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens, which arrived just before Christmas. A couple of days later I bought the latest version of the Metabones adapter to utilise my Canon 70-200 f/2.8, 16-35 f/2.8 and 50mm Sigma Art lens. I also had the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 but sold this soon after.

Sony A7R III - Model: ILCE7RM3B

Sony A7R III - Model: ILCE7RM3B

In January I used my new Sony setup for several events and also at Brooklyn Standard, a bar that I shoot for every fortnight.  My new body and the Sony lens performed really well, however with the adapter and existing lenses I struggled in low light to grab focus quickly. In good lighting my Canon lenses performed better, but not reliably.  The eye detect function worked on all of the Canon lenses I had, but was a bit hit and miss, especially in lower lighting conditions.

Thankfully in January, the stars aligned, when I received a call from Sony Australia asking if I would like to become a Sony Digital Imaging advocate. Long story short, I accepted and was later advised I was successful.  As part of the conditions, I would have to exclusively use Sony gear, which was just the push I needed to sell all my Canon gear and replace with Sony equivalents. 

Forward on to today, the 1st of April where I now own zero Canon gear and now have both the A7R III and an A7 III with the below lenses.

For events, this setup is perfect for me, at least for the moment, with a couple of other lenses on my list of would be nice to have. Perhaps the new 135mm F/1.8 GM, or maybe a macro lens.

Using my all Sony setup

It has now been 2 months of shooting events and cityscapes with my all Sony setup. I’ve been using the A7 III for my main camera during event shoots and the A7R III as either my second body with the 24mm Prime or just as a backup body. I’ve set up both bodies exactly the same, which makes it super easy going between cameras.

The main advantages I’ve found so far have been with the dynamic range and the added functionality of eye detect. I’m able to shoot in extremely low light at a much lower ISO than before, as well as being able to recover far more detail in the shadows during post, without any negative effects.

I also love using the Super 35mm crop mode quite a bit on the A7R III, which enables you to crop in closer in camera with the push of a button. I realise you could do this in post, but I like to frame and compose on the spot. The Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM in crop mode (1.5) using the A7R III, effectively gives me a 36mm lens, but instead of a resolution of 42.4 MP, it becomes 18MP.

For cityscapes and landscapes, the A7R III combined with the GM lenses is absolutely amazing, the detail and sharpness continue to impress me with every shot.

All in all, I am very happy I made the change and have absolutely no regrets.

*Please note that I am a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate and therefore sponsored by Sony. My review however is from my honest experience using the camera and associated lenses.