I really wanted to down size my equipment to be more suitable for traveling and I wanted something that would be good enough for both landscape and portrait photography. I thought by getting a 24 megapixel Sony with an e mount lens, I would be able to get decent high resolution photos. I was wrong.
My normal set up is a Canon 5d Mark III with an 85mm lens. Yes I understand I am comparing apples to oranges but my biggest complaint about the Canon gear is that it’s so large and bulky. When I go hiking or travel for a shoot, I usually take about 30-40 pounds of equipment. Its ridiculous. With this Sony A6000, I had 4 e mount lens, the camera, and 3 memory cards and I was still under 5 pounds.
Now, one complaint I had when using the Sony A6000 when taking portraits was how small it was. With out a battery grip, my pinky finger would hang off the side of the body, and when shooting vertically, it felt like it was going to fly away in the wind.
Shooting with a professional model doesn’t make you feel confident either when shooting with an entry level camera. Good thing she was awesome and we were shooting for fun because I let her know I was testing the camera for this purpose.
Below are three images. Each with an excerpt of my opinions of the photo quality when I shot with Joelle. Below those three will be photos I did for a clothing brand up in Grand Rapids with my 5D Mark III.
The photo above (@joelle.raquel) is straight out of Camera Raw. She did a great job in cold weather and we did get some great photos together. The nice thing about the Sony was that it does have facial detect and would lock the AF on her face. But the thing is, the was a 1.8 Lens I was shooting with. I figured I could have the ISO slightly up to compensate for the shutter speed being set a 1/500th. I typically do this to make sure there is no blur in the image with my 5D mark III and 85mm lens.
This is the quality of the photo on the edge. By seeing this, it may just be the lens producing the poor quality. There looks to be extra grain (possibly from the smaller sensor) and its also leaving aberration. It’s not sharp and has too much noise.
The center of the image is a lot more sharp and produces less fringe. But with the amount of noise from the ISO at 500, it is enough to make the features on the face and hair below my standards. I think I may use a metabones adapter in the future with a Canon lens to test the quality again.
Here are two photos taken with my Canon 5d Mark III features Model (@breighannamarie). Notice the difference?
Would you agree that this is a night and day difference? I would. If you’ve got any input, please comment below and share with your friends. Photographers and Models alike.
Thank you again for reading and thank you for supporting DSLR Warehouse along with me, Rawfoto. I enjoy writing this excerpts for you and hope you take something away from them. Coming soon, Top 5, How-to’s, and more.
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