Taking The Long Road Back To Sony
If you read this blog regularly then you probably are tired of me talking about my switch to Sony. It is a big deal to switch brands though. It is not done without a lot of thought and some planning. As I switched though I started thinking back to how this whole photography thing came to be. It was all because of a Sony camera. Below is a fun timeline of how my photography career progressed since getting that first Sony camera at the turn of the century.
The Sony Mavica FD-88
This was the camera that started it all for me. It was my first digital camera. I could see the results of my images right away. This was a groundbreaking camera. It seemed so good. In fact it really was for the time, but the specs seem kind of crazy looking back at them.
- Released 1999
- 1.3 MP
- ISO 100 (That’s all!)
- 7.9x Optical Zoom
- 3.5″ Floppy disk
This camera seemed so amazing, but with a 60MP camera on the way the 1.3MP camera doesn’t seem so good. This was the gateway camera though. It started it all for me. The floppy disk could only store about 17-20 pictures on it so I needed lots of disks and a good system for keeping them on me. The answer was cargo pants. I would have unused disks in my right pocket, and used in the left. It is funny now thinking about how many photos I can get on my 128GB card even with a 60MP camera. Things really have evolved very quickly.
My Point And Shoot Phase
For about three years I had two different Kodak point and shoot cameras that I used. These cameras captured many great moments for me, but they only really worked well during the day. I really needed something more. My point and shoot phase also coincided with my panorama phase. I found a photo editing program called Microsoft Photo Suite that let me stitch panoramas together. It was amazing to me at the time, and I made many fantastically bad photos like the one above with it.
My First dSLR
My first dSLR was the Canon Rebel XT that I picked up late in 2006. It came with a 18-55mm lens, and I quickly added the 75-300mm lens because I wanted to be a sports photographer. I basically used this setup for five years. I made a lot of images that I thought were good at the time with it, but I never really knew what I was doing.
My Cell Phone Phase
At one point I thought that my cell phone could make a decent photo so why take the dSLR at all? The photo above was made with my Blackberry at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The cell phone was good for some photos, but really left me wanting. Early in 2010 my love for photography was waning. I needed a jump start.
The Canon 60D
In 2011 I took a photography course in Chicago that I found on GroupOn. As you can guess it was an amazing course, but it did jump start my love for photography. During that course everything changed for me. I found out a little more about my camera, and I also got a call about a temporary job in West Lafayette. That temporary job turned into a permanent one. With a little money in my pocket and a new found love for photography I purchased my Canon 60D. That little camera made me realize just what I could do. It is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. I was having so much fun making pictures that I decided to try a photo 365 project. This blog was what I used to document those photos. Of course now I cringe at all of them, but back then I was making art.
The Move To Full Frame
In 2014 I was starting to make a little money off of photography. I still only had one camera, and it was not the best indoors for sports. It was then that I bought my Canon 5D Mark III. This was the camera that really jumpstarted my sports photography. I could not shoot indoor sports with some confidence. My camera collection quickly grew after that. In 2015 I bought the Canon 7D Mark II, and the Canon 1DX followed in 2016. In 2017 I bought the Canon 5D Mark IV, and that is where I sat coming into the fall sports season. My cameras were getting old, and I needed to replace a few of them. Canon was not moving forward so I had to make a tough decision.
The Sony RX100 VI
This was the camera that really got me thinking. I can’t take my dSLR’s into a concert so I have searched for the perfect point and shoot with events like that in mind. I started with a Nikon Coolpix camera. It would not let me shoot in manual, and it was not the best camera at choosing exposure. It did not last very long. After that I had the Canon G16 for a long time. It was a good camera, but it had its limitations. Last year I bought the Sony RX100 VI after renting a couple of point and shoot cameras from Sony. I loved how good the files were from a small camera. After using this camera for about a year I started thinking that if these files were this good then how good were the full frame files?
Moving Back To Sony
Last spring I met a couple of photographers that changed how I thought about my camera situation. I was in no mood to switch. When I met Doug Mills he raved about his Sony A9. He was very passionate about how Sony was moving things forward. At that time though I couldn’t fathom switching everything over. It just seemed like too much work. Maybe Canon had a surprise up their sleeve. A month or so later I ran into another Sony shooter at the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament. He was another evangelical user. That is something that I quickly found. Those who switched to Sony were passionate about the switch. I finally tried one at the beginning of August, and as I right this at the beginning of September the switch is complete. It did not take long for me to finally get back to the brand that started it all for me. Just like in 1999 Sony is leading the pack again.
All of the cameras that I talked about in this post can be found at the bottom of the page. Just click on the name in the center column to see all of the posts made with that camera. Sometimes it is fun to look back at this whole thing to see just how far I have come. Just don’t dig too deep to find those crazy HDR images that I used to think were so cool.