Help needed - Upgrade or Downgrade?

Started Nov 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Moogles Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: Help needed - Upgrade or Downgrade?

Y Hafting wrote:

Moogles wrote:


I am a hobbyist but I have used a 5D2 with a couple of L lens for about 2.5 years now.

I am considering moving to mirrorless but am not sure if the move will be a right one. I need some advise, especially from someone who has both a FF DSLR and a mirrorless camera experience.

The main purpose I used my 5D2 are for family gathering, festive seasons, friends' wedding (non-professional), travels, landscape. I do not make money from my photos. The photos are mainly for personal viewing only.

My thoughts of moving to mirrorless, more specifically the Sony NEX 6 is because I find the 5D2 under utilized. It's heavy and bulky to be carried around. Even if I go on a local holiday by car, I would feel reluctant to carry the DSLR with me because I just want to enjoy 'the holiday.' However, my family love the shots from 5D2, so my wife is considering us upgrading to the 5D3.

The upgrade to 5D3 is the easy path where I can sell my 5D2, top up some cash and get the 5D3. I can re-use my L lens, speedlite, extender and Lowepro camera bag. But I am still stuck with the whole weight problem.

The downgrade to NEX 6 is the path to the unknown because I am not sure of the quality from a mirrorless camera. I also have to sell all my 5D2 and lens because I am moving to a different system.

I am quite cling to the thought that a smaller camera will do more justice for my kind of use. Appreciate any advise given and if the topic bothers you, please refrain from responding.

Thank you, really.

"so my wife is considering us upgrading to the 5D3. "

Now how many would not want to swap wife with you for that statement

Jokes aside: A smaller system won't be as good at wide angle. By going crop size sensor, you need 1.5 times wider aperture to achieve as thin DOF, if this is an issue for you. Instead of a 24-70 f2.8 you would need a 16-45 f1.8 to get equvalent images. Since that lens don't exist, you must consider using higher ISO and getting less control over DOF.

Consider the 16-50 3.5-5.6 would be like 24-90 f5,25-8,4. You should try see how limiting yourself to f5.6 or f8 limits your photography before deciding on downgrading to that.

AF is better at f2.8 or wider with canon systems. This benefit you will lay aside if downgrading.


Hi Yngve,

Yes I am aware that if I need to shoot at a certain focal length, I need to remember that the NEX 6 is a crop size sensor. The 5D2 I'm using is a FF at 1.0x but NEX 6 is APS-C at 1.5x. The 24-70 equivalent indeed does not exist in the NEX system. On top of that, the NEX lens line is pretty limited. I am considering this factor too.

I never like anything smaller than f/2.8. If I am indeed going for NEX 6, I will probably start of with the kit lens and slowly move to primes. The lenses are small and going for primes is even more pocketable than zooms.

Thanks for highlighting this up to my attention. Nobody spoke of it yet and it's really another perspective that I need to look into. Whether to change system from DSLR to mirrorless is not going to be such a straight forward journey. Thank you very much.

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