Camera Comparison - something odd with Sony A7R IV test shots

Started Dec 17, 2020 | Discussions thread
Josh152 Senior Member • Posts: 2,196
Re: Camera Comparison - something odd with Sony A7R IV test shots

DenverSteve wrote:

Mlrapa wrote:

DenverSteve wrote:

Mlrapa wrote:

I've been trying to measure how much better the Canon R5 is (or is not) when compared to Sony A7R IV.

Why? That's rhetorical so no need to answer. If you're (universal "you" not the OP) a Canon shooter (like I was for 30+ years), then work within the Canon lane and buy what you like. If you're a Sony or Nikon shooter............. do the same. It is completely pointless to compare cameras across platforms unless you are planning a total change. Otherwise stay in your lane, focus on your photography instead of technical specs. Every one of the cameras from every manufacturer will do an excellent job.

Sorry, but can't agree with you. A camera is a tool, I'm not wrong in trying to find the best of them since we all (I'm assuming you as well) have limited budgets (well, except Elon Musk) and can't acquire every of them, so research is key. Also think brand loyalty may limit you to other better choices, so except having a Fuji, I am also open to Canon or Sony, since they all seem to have great products and I'm not limiting myself against a potential brand switch (or addition if budget allows).

My question was an open question, I did not state that the Canon is better than Sony, or vice-versa, I'm questioning the results of a test, that for me has an odd result.

That's the problem with "seekers" in any arena. You/they continue to seek the "best". The problem is - there is no best. I have found over decades that the "best" are the people who take the time, effort, expense, sweat.... to learn how to use what they have. Every quality camera, guitar, pistol, hammer, router (tool), car.... outperforms its owner. It's the owner's onus to learn to operate the tool as well as they can. Not expect the tool to be "best". If I lost all battery capability today, I could go out and buy a 40+ year-old Canon, Nikon, Petri, Yashica, Hasselblad...... and satisfy almost any client's needs. It's not the camera it's the person behind the shutter-release button. My advice to all who seek - become the best photographer and stop looking for the best camera.

Exactly. The quote "fear the man with only one gun because he probably knows how to use it" is very true. If you can't operate your camera without looking at the controls, guess the exposure for a given scene and be at least within a stop of the correct optimal exposure, don't know what is the sharpest aperture on all your lenses. Can't tell from experience what aperture you need for the DOF you want without having to take test shots, Don't know how to get the best out of your AF or when to not even bother and go MF just by looking at the thing you're focusing on, can't pick your focal length before even looking through the camera or putting a lens on, can't compose images by feel on the fly and are constantly cropping to fix your compositions, dont' know what a specific angle or point of view combined with the focal length you are using will communicate to the viewer, dont' know what the optimal lighting for your subject and what you are trying to communicate with your photo is, ect, you need practice and experience WAY more than you need a new camera.

Any camera made in the last 10 years is more than good enough for 99% of photography. Constantly switching cameras or especially systems just to chase the "best" on some test sheet just means you are never an expert at using it and will in most cases result in poorer work than sticking with one camera for 3-5 years+, becoming an expert at using it, and focusing on the stuff that's more important than the gear.

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