What brand did you have before Sony?

Started Nov 20, 2017 | Polls
alex2016g Forum Member • Posts: 96
What brand did you have before Sony?
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Just a quick poll to see which ecosystem is Sony affecting the most.

If you have upgraded to any of the Sony A7xx/9xx cameras from a non-Sony system, which system did you upgrade from?

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Canon
40.8% 116  votes
Fujifilm
6.3% 18  votes
Kodak
0.7% 2  votes
Leica
2.5% 7  votes
Nikon
18.3% 52  votes
Olympus
11.3% 32  votes
Panasonic
4.6% 13  votes
Pentax
6.7% 19  votes
Samsung
2.5% 7  votes
Sigma
1.1% 3  votes
Other
5.3% 15  votes
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ahaslett
ahaslett Senior Member • Posts: 5,119
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?
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Hard to say because I have two other systems.

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OP alex2016g Forum Member • Posts: 96
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

ahaslett wrote:

Hard to say because I have two other systems.

Camera body that you immediately substituted with your first A7xx/9xx?

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ahaslett
ahaslett Senior Member • Posts: 5,119
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

alex2016g wrote:

ahaslett wrote:

Hard to say because I have two other systems.

Camera body that you immediately substituted with your first A7xx/9xx?

Oops, vote change.  Not however an ILC.

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MRWEC Regular Member • Posts: 432
Sony all the way :)
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omrhsn Regular Member • Posts: 230
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

Started with a Nikon D5300, upgraded to D7100 before getting the Sony A6300 which I've traded for Sony A7II

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sportyaccordy Forum Pro • Posts: 13,556
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?
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First ILC was a D40; first Sony was a NEX-C3 which I gave to my wife when I bought the A7II.

It's clear that Canon is who has the largest leakrate though, thanks to the adapter situation.

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OP alex2016g Forum Member • Posts: 96
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

sportyaccordy wrote:

First ILC was a D40; first Sony was a NEX-C3 which I gave to my wife when I bought the A7II.

It's clear that Canon is who has the largest leakrate though, thanks to the adapter situation.

When ever I see an upgrade advice tread it always seems to be a canon user upgrading.

I guess canon users are ether less knowledgeable about Sony gear or just more open

I upgraded from a canon 70D after a year wait followed by failed expectations regarding 6D2

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sportyaccordy Forum Pro • Posts: 13,556
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

Nikon also has some pretty solid entry level FF offerings in the D610 and D750. Weight and Live View aside both of them are much better cameras than the A7. If your shutter speeds are beyond IBIS range they are better than the A7II too.

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dave
dave Senior Member • Posts: 1,420
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I think that many of us still use more then one brand of camera. I currently use Sony A7RII and Pentax K5II. Before the A7 series I used Canon 5d ff which my daughter now has. I have a dozen different brands of film cameras and legacy lenses which I use on the A7 series bodies.

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dpeete Regular Member • Posts: 246
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

"I upgraded from a canon 70D after a year wait followed by failed expectations regarding 6D2"

That is exactly the boat I am considering a jump into. I have been using a 70D with a Sigma 50-150 to photograph indoor volleyball, and need the better low light performance of a full frame. The 6D2's pathetic AF frame coverage has me looking to see if Sony is now able to grab my $$$. It looks like the A9 is a no-brainer, but I am hoping the A7riii would do well enough in the gym that I could use that as an "all arounder." Hopefully somebody goes for some sports testing at some point. An interesting sport shooter channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pmrphoto/videos

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PWPhotography Senior Member • Posts: 7,275
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

In this sequence,

5D, 5D II, 1D III (still own), 60D, EOS-M, 5D III, A7r (co-owned with 5D III for a while), A7 II (after sold 5D III), A7r II, A9. Also owned compact S95, sold and got RX100.

May still have a chance to get a 5D IV (mainly for 500L/4.0 IS and several Canon flashguns and two other EF lenses still keep) if there is a really good deal in future. Technically still own two systems although usually shooting with Sony in last few years.

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HeywardImages
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Re: What brand did you have before Sony?
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Pentax since film days. I got sick of waiting for the Pentax digital full frame but fell in love with the tiny A6000 and was hooked ever since.

Wasn't long before I bought the A7ii and now trying to decide between A7Rii (now price has dropped) and A7Sii (for video and astrophotography)

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Mike99999 Regular Member • Posts: 445
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

alex2016g wrote:

Just a quick poll to see which ecosystem is Sony affecting the most.

If you have upgraded to any of the Sony A7xx/9xx cameras from a non-Sony system, which system did you upgrade from?

I had an Olympus for compactness and a Nikon DSLR for image quality.

Then I figured I could successfully merge both into one with the A7 series. I have never looked back.

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NumberOne Veteran Member • Posts: 4,049
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?
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Even before 4 years ago, when I joined the Sony Ship, I began realizing that Canon was in a dead end concerning sensor technology/development.

Otoh, they were milking the cow or crippling cameras with the only reason being marketing policies.

I had enough of it - It was time to move on - I just did the same with Adobe now that  they announced the end of LR+PS standalone/computer versions...

It's just not my cup of tea...

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Pedro

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sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,352
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Hard to say. I had a Minolta SLR in the 90s and into the early 2000s. I bought a Nikon D70 in 2004-ish. I didn't shoot photography and rarely used it. In 2011, I started a photo a day project that put me on the path to where I am today. I started with an iPhone camera and graduated by summer to a Lumix LX5, which was a pretty cool point and shoot for manual controls back then. That camera was used and I sold it about 45 days later to buy the Sony NEX 5N the day it came out. That was when I went Sony.

Along the way, I bought a Nikon D600 and had it 1 week (grease spots on the sensor issue). I then bought a Canon 6D for the better part of a year before going back to Sony with the A7. I have the A7RII now.

So, what did I have before Sony?

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olstrup Veteran Member • Posts: 3,643
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I think the poll is not too well laid out. It's a problem that one can only vote for one brand, but many use more than one brand.

You use the word "upgrade" for switching to Sony from another brand. I don't see it that way. I bought a Sony to get a smaller and lighter system (with the Leica M lenses I already had idle in the closet). The IQ is no better or worse than with my Nikon gear (which I kept and still use).

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SilvanBromide Senior Member • Posts: 3,486
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

olstrup wrote:

I think the poll is not too well laid out. It's a problem that one can only vote for one brand, but many use more than one brand.

Agreed and I had the same problem.

As my sig line says, I'm a former Canon, Nikon and Pentax user. I chose Pentax, somewhat arbitrarily in the poll, because I was arguably using that the most immediately prior to the move to Sony. But of the three I've used Canon most since moving to digital (and used Pentax most in the pre-digital days).

I suspect there are more of us who have used or owned multiple systems (prior to our move to Sony) than not.

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Jefenator
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Re: What brand did you have before Sony?

Nikon from the film days, Canon when I went digital in 2001, Sony when I got tired of being stuck at the "kiddie table" with Canon's EF-S lens system. (Full frame was still well beyond my grasp in 2012.)

Sony's NEX-7 got me hooked on EVF, then the A7 sealed the deal.

I keep hearing that Canon and Nikon are going to finally get serious about mirrorless soon. I would very much like to see that, though I doubt either will win my business back. (You never know, though - both still offer a certain matured refinement when it comes to interface, colors, support, etc and both can still deliver some pretty compelling bang for the buck when properly motivated.)

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Landsandgrooves Regular Member • Posts: 244
Re: What brand did you have before Sony?
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Need a better poll, to allow multiple systems.

Nikon

Fuji

Leica (M and R)

Olympus

Pentax (35mm, 645, 67)

Others.

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