Article By Jimmy McIntyre
I feel like a sulking child who isn’t getting his own way, nevertheless, my patience with Nikon is running out. They have chosen to ignore the consumer. While the likes of Sony are taking the photography world to new levels with their lightweight mirrorless cameras, the dinosaurs that are Nikon and Canon have barely budged. I’ve waited patiently for Nikon to respond, but the best they came up with was the D810, a slightly tweaked version of the D800
Sure, these two companies have made a small effort to join the mirrorless market, and there are always little rumours floating about, but Canon and Nikon have been left behind – there is no denying it.
I’m a Nikon user, with a D800. I’m a Sony user, with an A7. I’m a Canon user, with my old 60D. I am a camera hussy – I’ll go with whatever is going to deliver the best results.
Here’s the thing, released last year, the Sony A7r II is quite simply the best camera on the market for landscape/cityscape photography. Nikon and Canon fanboys might kick up a fuss about that statement, but I believe it to be true.
There are only 2 things stopping me from making the full shift from the D800 to the A7r II. Firstly, no lens on the mirrorless market can compare to the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens for landscapes. I have the wonderful Sony Vario 16-35 f4 lens. But this simply won’t perform as well as the Nikkor lens in the 5 astro shoots I have coming up.
I do have an adapter so I can use my 14-24mm on the A7, but it kind of defeats the purpose. I’d still have to carry around a monster-sized lens.
The day a company comes out with a small, lightweight f/2.8 lens to rival the 14-24mm for mirrorless cameras is the day I say goodbye to my D800.
The second reason why I haven’t made the shift to the Sony A7r II is that I’m verging on OCD when it comes to memory cards. In the D800 we have two card slots – one for a standard SD card, and the other for a CF card. I write to both of these cards, so that if I lose all of my images on the SD card, which has happened before, I still have them safely backed up on my CF card. Given the time, effort and cost to get to some of the locations I travel to, this is a wonderful relief. As far as I know, the Sony doesn’t have a backup memory card slot.
Although it seems unrelated, I find myself thinking of companies like Blockbuster video or Global video in the UK. They were profitable companies shortly before the rise of DVDs being delivered to your door, and online streaming. They had the money, customer base, infrastructure and presumably business connections to make the transition into the modern world and start offering streaming services, but they sat still and watched other companies do it instead. Both companies crumbled in the end. They simply didn’t listen to what the consumer wanted.
Nikon and Canon – most of us want lightweight, mirrorless cameras, and lenses to compliment these. Times have changed. Look at the sheer number of photographers who have ditched their bulky gear for mirrorless upgrades. You risk losing our business and our confidence by not moving with the times.
Here’s an entertaining review of the Sony A7r II from DigitalRev