Welcome to SonyAlphaLab if this is your first time and please bare with me as I explain a ton of info, that is not necessarily Sony related, in the next few paragraphs 😉 I’ve been wanted to recap my current situation with you all and let you know exactly where I stand in this insane camera market of today. I also want to explain what my intentions were when I first started doing this website work, this way you can understand why I am doing what I am doing.
If you don’t know already, I’m a Pro Photographer that used to have a photography business and used all Canon gear including the 5D mark II and an assortment lot of L lenses. Michele and I had a part time photography business and did some wedding, portrait, and commercial photography work on the weekends and stuff. Needless to say the business grew so fast we could barley keep up with our growing customer base using all are spare time. Weddings were proving to be the most profitable, but the post processing work involved was so time consuming do to the shear quantity of images etc.. Especially making Albums!! Our portrait sessions were much more fun than the weddings, but we were really not able to charge enough for it to be worth while unfortunately.
Fast forward a few months and we now have Layla on the way!! It was time for me to make some serious decisions here. Leave my good paying full time job with benefits, for the photography business when we have a baby coming and a mortgage to pay etc.. I quickly decided to shut the Jason Hermann Photography Business down for a while 😉 It’s been 2 years already!! The Photography business was going very well, but still in it’s infancy really, and wasn’t making anywhere near the amount of money I needed to continue our current lifestyle etc.. It did help me buy all the photography gear I have now though which is awesome!!
So, now I needed something to do to get my creative juices flowing and keep my insane passion for photography alive!! So, I started JHPVideoTutorials.com and created tons of video tutorials as well as other photography tutorials which really helped keep me sharp and even hone in of a few skills. I then started reviewing different camera equipment and writing reviews and creating tutorials on that stuff.
So Why Sony Alpha Then ??
What happened next is sorta odd, but true. I reviewed the Sony Nex-C3 and a few other Sony cameras and was blown away by the technological advances Sony had over Canon and Nikon!! I was convinced Sony was the way to go for my future photography needs and gear.
I was so convinced in fact, that I created SonyAlphaLab.com, and have since been dedicated to reviewing mostly Sony cameras and lenses. I have since expanded on the Lab a bit and added the new Sony Alpha, Nex Forum which is growing fast and will incredible soon!! All my photography work will be shared over there as I get time as well if your interested 🙂
So what is the deal then Jay?
Well, I need to replace my broken Sony Nex-7, and I wanted to upgrade my Full Frame Canon 5D mark II with the New Sony A99. Unfortunately, and especially after reading about the limited lens options, I can’t justify selling my Pro Canon gear to buy the A99. If it was an actual upgrade with better AF performance and image quality across the board it would be a simple yes, but that is not what happened. Sony clearly wants you to use only specific lenses with the New A99. This is totally crap in my opinion, and I will not invest in that sort of mentality for Pro Photography work. It’s just crazy when you have both Canon and Nikon coming out with cheaper and better full frame cameras for photography. Granted the Sony A99 will be leaps and bounds better with video and image quality will certainly be excellent. Photography is what the Camera’s primary purpose is though, and that is still lacking for Pro’s.
The AF module is a software tweaked A77 module?? Full Frame cameras should have a much larger AF Module than the one found in the crop factor sensor A77!! It needs to have a larger spread so the AF points actually cover the frame. The A77 AF module is very center oriented on the A99 as it relates to the sensor size. This is bad, and if the new AF module worked with all lenses like it should, this would not be an issue. As it turns out the Nikon D600 and the Canon 6D also have the smaller AF Module like the A99.
As is stands now though, I can’t in good conscience recommend the Sony A99 if your a looking for a Pro full frame camera for photography specific purposes. The Nikon D600 or Canon 6D would be a better way to go this time around my friends. If your hardcore into video and photography, perhaps this is a great match.
When it comes to making money with photography, I want and need a Pro grade camera with Pro grade performance across the board in regards to photography. Not really good photography and great video. It should be best image quality ever, fastest focus ever with all lenses, best build quality and ergonomics. Fact is, it’s all lacking from a Pro Photography business perspective. That is not to say all the Semi-Pro cameras like the A57, A77 are not awesome. They are!! Pro Photography is another animal though as you can see with the insane lens costs and normal full frame camera costs. Full frame is a totally different animal when it comes to photography in my opinion.
I would rather invest my extra money in the Sony Nex camera system so I can still use my Canon Lenses with the adapter I already have, and keep the 5D mark II if I ever need or want to do Pro Photography work for profit. The economy is garbage here in the US, so Michele or I could potential get laid off at any time!! If this happens, Jason Hermann Photography will be back in business hardcore and I need all the Pro gear as a fall back. I have a family now and I just can’t afford to play games trying to sell all my Canon stuff in order to replace it with the A99 and a few lenses. I wish I could, but I just can’t. I’m sure you understand if you read all this 😉
So what Sony Alpha Gear am I going to buy then??
This leaves me with really only a few options. The Sony Nex-6 and which lens first??
The next Sony camera I will be purchasing is the Sony Nex-6 with the 16-50mm lens – SELP1650 I’m currently saving my pennies, so hopefully in a few months I can buy the kit. The SELP1650 is the perfect match for the Nex-6 APS-C sized sensor with a resulting focal length is equal to 24-75mm as it relates to 35mm. Check out my Crop Factor Tutorial if your curious about sensor sizes as it relates to perspective, effective focal lengths, and lens options!!
Once I have that paid off and some additional savings I will purchase a few E-Mount lenses as I can afford them. First being the New 10-18mm OSS lens – SEL1018, then the 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – SEL50F18, and finally the 55-210mm OSS lens – SEL55210 for a telephoto zoom.
I will then have all the Nex E-Mount lenses needed for most photography. I can also use my Canon L Glass with my Sony E-Mount to Canon EF Lens Adapter and get ridiculously killer photos using manual mode w/ focus peaking etc..
The Sony Nex system is more than good enough for 95% of the photography that I like to do, and is also the best mirrorless system available today in my opinion.
Please feel free to ask any questions on my ramblings here, and also if you have any specific A99, Nex-6, or other questions, fire away!!
Sony Nex-6 and Nex-5r Pre-orders now available!!
- Nex-6 (body only) ~$898 US @ BHPhotoVideo (Click Here), Amazon (Click Here), Adorama (Click Here)
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- Nex-5r (body only – Black) ~$648 US @ BHPhotoVideo (Click Here), Amazon (Click Here), Adorama (Click Here)
- Nex-5r w/ 18-55 OSS Lens (Black) ~$748 US @ BHPhotoVideo (Click Here), Amazon (Click Here), Adorama (Click Here)
- Nex-5r w/ 18-55 OSS Lens (Silver) ~$748 US @ BHPhotoVideo (Click Here), Amazon (Click Here), Adorama (Click Here)
Sony RX1 Pre-orders Now Available!!
Sony SLT-A99 Pre-orders Now Available!!
- Sony SLT-A99 (Body Only) ~$2798 US@ BHPhotoVideo (Click Here), Amazon (Click Here), Adorama (Click Here)
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