Hard time figuring out a system to get into..

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Martin_99 Senior Member • Posts: 1,206
Re: Hard time figuring out a system to get into..

Harbinger_Gr wrote:


Coming next wedding season (pandemic allowing), I plan on becoming a semi-pro, as in, 2nd shooter to a professional event photographer friend of mine (of course with compensation). Which means its time for a big decision on a system to invest in.

Just some of my amateurs thoughts

Why not to use the same system as your friend? Better for some exchanges and replacement of failed gear. Also it's probably better for final matching of colours from both camer guys I guess.

My budget is obviously not unlimited and essentially going for the 1.5-2k models out there. I should note that I'll be doing something like 70% photography and the rest videography and mostly daylight social events, mostly weddings.

For the last month or so I've tried hard to decode the various systems and figure out which route to go but I've narrowed it down to essentially 3 options.

A7iii, Z6 and X-T4. Coming fresh with no lenses at hand to sway me towards a system. I will be getting an option with a kit lens.

A7iii, pros for me are the battery life, dual cards and huge selection of lens. cons are the screen/EVF combo, ergonomics and shooting process in general, worst kit lens of all 3 (the 28-70 f3.5-5.6) and worst IBIS of all.

It's weird to me, that semi-pro would limit his choice due to available kitlens. Typical gear is probably f2.8 zooms and 1.4 / 1.8 primes anyway, kitlens will stay on shelf.

Initially I'd pair the kit lens with a 50mm f1.8 and and 85mm f1.8. Unfortunately A7iv is apparently far away in the horizon so I don't expect any price drops here.

Z6, better video than A7, comparable image quality, better ergonomics and build quality, better screen/EVF, I don't mind initially using cheap F mount primes with FTZ, possibly the best kit lens (24-70 f4). cons would be single card / expensive cards, lack of a proper grip, worst autofocus (but not by much imo) and the thing that worries me the most is nikon's commitment to the body (firmware etc). Like with sony, I'd pair the kit with a 50 and 85 (f-mounts) and down the road swap to Z. Rumors points to an imminent Z6s refresh which might drive Z6 price down.

X-T4, best video of all, good EVF, good flippy screen, I love the ergonomics (though with a grip extender), awesome collection of affordable primes, above average kit lenses (either the 18-55 f2.8-4 or the 16-80 f4, good autofocus, excellent and proven support down the road from fuji. I shoot raw and film simulations are nice to have but not fussed about em. I'd pair the kit with the 35mm f2 and the 56 f1.2 (or possibly the new viltrox). Down the road I'd quickly add the 23mm f2. The obvious con here is the sensor size.

So, what do you guys think? I understand that no matter my choice they are all awesome cameras for the job. Which is kinda why this is such a touch choice.

To be honest I'd also consider R6 if it was cheaper and I might consider the panasonic S5.

Thanks in advance!

 Martin_99's gear list:Martin_99's gear list
Sony a6400 Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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