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    Making The Switch - Should I do it?

    I am still wearing a brace on my right hand & wrist and since I cannot shoot much or work in PS or do much of anything else since I am right-handed, I've been pondering some ideas. Maybe my going crazy over my limitations is fogging my sensibility but here's what I'm thinking ...

    All I need to shoot is macro (flowers, insects, butterflies), portraits and action of my grandkids and dogs, hummingbirds, wide angle but not too wide and a not too heavy medium length tele for backyard birds.

    Sell my 7d II, 6d and get the Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless - This looks like the best of both worlds in a much lighter camera although reading reviews there is a lot of mumbo jumbo technical jargon that I really don't understand so it would be a huge learning curve. Looks to me like this is a really good camera but has a lot to offer that I would probably put to waste in the beginning. Being disabled now, I have only time on my hands to learn all it has to offer though.

    Sell my Sigma 150-600mm C, Sigma 85mm non-art and possibly the 50-150mm lens and my tripod to make up more of the cost of the Sony camera.

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    I would just need an adapter to make my other current lenses (Sigma for Canon and Lensbaby for Canon) work on the Sony, correct? Which one? Will one adapter make DG, DC, EF, EF-S work? Do lenses still work as well (AF, image quality) when using an adapter? Moving forward would I be better off buying lenses for Sony or is it okay to still look at Canon lenses to purchase and use the adapter? If I go strictly Sony and Sigma for Sony, I would have to give up Bryan's reviews, this site and you guys!

    What about my Canon speedlights and Phottix Odin trigger and receivers? This may be a really dumb question but if I bought a Sony Trigger for the camera would my "for Canon" receivers and flashes communicate or would I have to switch out all of my flashes and receivers also?

    Thank you for your time in helping me figure this out. You guys have always been there for me and I really appreciate it beyond words!

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    Have you looked at the Rebel T6s? This looks like a really good option and keep all you favorite gear.
    Or what about the Canon EOS M-series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clemmb View Post
    Have you looked at the Rebel T6s? This looks like a really good option and keep all you favorite gear.
    Or what about the Canon EOS M-series?
    Hi Mark,

    I need to spend some time still going over the M-series. I started out with a Rebel and I know they have gotten much better over the years and the current ones are very good, I just can't get passed the mindset that it is going way backwards. Even when I first started, I only had the rebel a few months because it drove me nuts with how slow it was.

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    The mirrorless cameras are SO much different that I think you'd have to try them out and see if they work for you or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddt0725 View Post
    Sell my 7d II, 6d and get the Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless - This looks like the best of both worlds in a much lighter camera
    If you're only doing it to save some weight on the body and keep using the same lenses...don't bother.
    The 6D weighs 755g, the 7Dii 950g. The Sony A7R III weighs 657g, add for example the metabones adapter and you'll end up at 657+143=800g which is actually heavier than the 6D and only 150g lighter than the 7Dii. To me personally I doubt this will make a real noticeable difference as in a physical advantage.
    Also the cost of trading up for the 150g weight benefit would probably be more expensive than seeing a medical specialist to look at your situation.(maybe a custom made brace?)

    Also personally I doubted the switch a while back, even considered Nikon, but the simple ergonomics of Canon withheld me from doing so. Too much bells and whistles on the other brands including a million buttons and dials on the camera.


    Having said that, me and my girlfriend went to a nightphotography workshop at out local camerashop yesterday and a lot of people used Fuji's, Sony's and other small things I can't identify. I was quite impressed with what they achieved. Bottom line, if you adapt to a mirrorless system all together, the combinations will be a lot smaller and lighter than your current gear. And possibly even better.
    And it might be painful to hear as a Canon enthousiast, but the competition has done more in the last years to please the customers than Canon is willing to do. So switching to a different platform is (certainly on paper) a wise step to make. But since I'm not the shortest and have quite large hands, the ergonomics and total cost are holding me back from switching.

    I hope you find a good solution for your situation.

    PS: I do have a small GoPro Session that I take with me on holidays. If the circumstances are too difficult or heavy to take my DSLR or just typically in favor of the GoPro I'm taking that. And I'm quite happy with the video's and photos that it takes.
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    Sounds like I had better rent a mirrorless first before taking the plunge, Dave. Thank you for that info ...I didn't realize it would be that different.

    Hi Jan!! Oh, I plan on making that dr. appt. and hopefully there will be a remedy that does not include surgery! Even after all is good with the hand and wrist, I would think that I will always have to be careful with causing undo stress and strain. I have always had to uncomfortably stretch my thumb around the 7d, 7d ii and even somewhat around the 6d. I do not know if the Sony would be smaller in this regard. I think it would be best to rent it first and see.

    I never looked at Fuji. Something to consider. I think I will need to take my time and examine weight and size of what is out there. I would prefer to find something on the used or refurb market and the Sony wouldn't hit that market for quite a long time! After buying all new Canon lenses the first few years, I could really kick myself now!!

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    I rented a sony A6500 and found it a quite capable camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busted Knuckles View Post
    I rented a sony A6500 and found it a quite capable camera.
    I like the looks of that one and the weight and price! How was it on noise? I want one that handles noise as well if not better than my 6d.

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    Just on my phone right now, but a couple of things:
    1) similar to what Jan did, but check the size/weight of mirrorless combinations you may want. Last I checked FF lenses were still large, significantly negating a minor savings with the body
    2) cropped sensor lenses are smaller/lighter
    2). Ergonomics. While some like the mirrorless ergonomics, I am hearing most do not.

    That said, Id recommend taking a look at a SL2, M5 or M6 if you want to stay in Canon.

    But, to save much weight over a 6D, youll likely need to go to a cropped sensor. Fortunately, they are better than ever.

    I am not sure if you remember Juza. He was a forum member for awhile. I still occasionally check his stuff out.

    Anyway, he talked awhile ago about making the switch to mirrorless:
    https://www.juzaphoto.com/m_articles...&npost=&show=&

    He may be back to FF, as I see articles on the A7S, 6D and 5DS

    Anyway, if you need to go light, crop sensor cameras are very capable.

    Id still think about support.

    Good luck.

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    I bought the wife an M5, it is extremly light and takes great pics. I have been interested in trying the adapter and macro, just haven't messed with it yet. The downside is really bad battery life. The AF is great but not fast at all. Because it has the main screen on the back and you are viewing through the view finder it eats the battery fast. I wonder if the M6 is better on the batteries. Maybe someone that owns one would chime in.

    You are not going to shed weight unless you go to a smaller system. Maybe someone knows of a different system that would be lighter and handle noise better, but I think your 6D is toward the top on that respect and anything that is better is going to be heavier.

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