Well, things are getting a bit ridiculous at this point. I’m now spend more time fiddling through the menu system of each camera as opposed to just shooting as I did when I had my Canon A-1 or Sony A700/900. Trying to remember how to quickly change settings not only for three different camera brands, but different menu systems for the same brand is an exercise in futility!
Below on the right are the Sony A900, and A77, both have familiar controls, so they’re not really too different. On top is the Canon G1X, and to the left the Canon 5D III, both with completely different controls and menus, although a few things are the same. On the bottom is the diminutive Olympus E-M5, with a user interface that’s far more complicated and foreign than I thought the NEX-7 was.
I’d strongly recommend staying with one system, even if you have to sacrifice some quality. While I’m out with a camera other than the Sony AA77/900, I’m spending too much time trying to figure out how to get a certain function to work, while others are just taking the shot. By the time I get everything set, the moment is gone.
Here’s a little secret; the Sony A900 with CZ 16-35mm lens will perform about as good as the Canon 5D III with the 24mm T-S lens at low ISOs. Obviously, the T-S lens has certain abilities, one being able to stitch interior images without having parallax problems; you move the camera and not the lens. However, the differences between the two cameras and lenses are very little, even at 100% viewing sizes. The Canon with 24mm T-S has a little more contrast in the extreme sides and corners, and of course better high ISOs, but at ISO 100-200 there is virtually no difference in actual use.
The little Olympus is a bridge camera for me, meaning when Sony comes out with a better selection of e-mount lenses that I want, I’ll fully jump to the NEX system. Also, I may get rid of the Canon stuff, and get the little RX100, although I think the G1X is superior image wise, I’m beginning to think it isn’t really worth the extra fuss.
I didn’t bother putting in the picture the NEX-C3 or a couple other cameras that I have, they’re for testing purposes only.
I think I’ll take Marc’s advice from the comment section of this post. I’ll stick to reviewing Sony lenses, and a couple more MFT lenses maybe, and leave the camera reviews to Amazon.
Finally, some people are complaining that I don’t answer my email. In fact I answer all messages within a few days, but sometimes when replying they come back as an invalid address or some other problem. Also, check your spam or bulk folders, sometimes I show up there, and don’t know why.
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