Help needed - Upgrade or Downgrade?

Started Nov 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
Grant Senior Member • Posts: 1,976
Re: Help needed - Upgrade or Downgrade?

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.

I had the same thoughts. Lose the weight and start taking more pictures of my family.I just sold my 5D II for a fair price after purchasing a Nex 5N. Sure the Nex can't best the 5D II in IQ but it's not so far off. Actually the metering is better with the 5N. I've sold only one Canon lens leaving me with 70-200, 50 1.2, and 100 f2 along with a 580EXII and an alien bee light w/ stand. I'll hold off selling the rest of the gear until I'm sure I'll be satisfied with the Nex. Sort of easing into the switch. I did buy a E mount 50mm 1.8 for the nex and that seems to be the ticket to IQ that rivals the Canon DSLRs. So for now I have the option to pick up a 5DII or 5DIII if I so choose, but that little Nex is starting to feel just right.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sony Alpha NEX-5N Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM +13 more
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