I spent many many years as a Nikon photographer. I thought several times I would venture off and become a Canon user because they were always ahead of the curve when it came to their digital capabilities. But I stayed put, and remained loyal, while hoping Nikon would follow Canon’s lead and keep up! I mean, let’s face it, Nikon is a great brand and there didn’t seem to be any reason for me to go anywhere else. I had all the top-of-the-line lenses and several camera bodies. My workhorse was the D750. I had two of those. I started getting into shooting music videos and they were great for both stills and motion pictures.
As years went by, so many of their competitors started to invent better technologies and alas, frankly, Nikon had a hard time keeping up.
Time to pivot, or not?
During the pandemic many creatives had to ‘pivot’ into virtual technology. I wanted to use my D750 as a WebCam. Nikon finally came out with a software that would turn most of their cameras into a great WebCam. Except for the D750! I tried it as a WebCam and it would overheat. It would also not show on screen as a full frame picture. I did further research and found out that there was a list of certain Nikon cameras that would not work well as a WebCam and the D750 was on that list. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back … after 21 years as a loyal Nikon client.
I would have considered switching to using a Nikon mirrorless camera body as an alternative option, however, I would have had to purchase all new lenses for the mirrorless model!
A new adventure awaits!
But everything happens for a reason, they say. As it turned out, Canon, Fuji, and Sony all came out with great mirrorless cameras and many critics said Nikon’s mirrorless was nowhere near their competitor’s technology and paled in comparison.
So, I dodged that bullet! I didn’t have it in me to wait another minute for them to try and catch up.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, what did I do? I went ahead and sold all of my Nikon gear and decided to become a Sony photographer. “It was literally like going from a propeller plane to a fighter jet,” as my friend Moses Sparks said. Moses has been my photo guru for over a decade. He was with Nikon for much longer than I. He switched over to Sony two years ago and when I was ready to make the switch, my guru was there for me.
I started to photograph everything in sight as soon as my two A7iii bodies showed up along with my beautiful lenses (with the best glass ever): 16-35 f/2.8, 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8. The speed and sharpness cannot be beat. I especially love that the camera goes in silent mode, so if you are photographing wildlife or an intimate event such as a wedding ceremony, nobody will hear a thing. This is especially useful for those photographers who work on movie sets. No more stinky blimps!