The new year has brought new toys.
I'm now a Sony user!
For someone who shoots video primarily (especially in low-light settings), this was a change that was a long time in the making. Nothing against Canon. I like Canon, but Sony's recent video cameras were pumping out a much higher quality for my tastes (again, especially in low light).
As for my purchases, I went with the Sony A7III for the camera. I found it to be the perfect combination of usability, affordability and performance (again, especially in low light…if you can't tell, that's important to me). When shooting weddings or any event that required a run-and-gun shoot, it seems to be a extremely easy to use, right down to the autofocus touchscreen. Oh, and it's 4K! That's not nothing.
As for lenses, I'm sure I'll be adding to the arsenal, but I've started with two for now: the 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master and the 70-200mm f/4.
The 24-70mm will be my all-purpose lens, and while it is a bit more expensive to go for the f/2.8 over the f/4 for that size, all the reviews point to the extra cost being worth it. After playing around with it for awhile, I have zero regrets so far. The only caveat is this lens is quite heavy.
As for the 70-200mm, this is a lens length I've needed for awhile. It became more and more apparent when shooting recent indoor weddings that I needed that extra zoom for the ceremonies. Outdoor weddings are easier to get closer because there is so much more room to maneuver without being a distraction. That's not the case for indoor weddings. You're locked in to only a few spots and those can be an unfavorable distance from the bridge and groom.
Now, don't take this as a complete knock on Canon. My 70D was the perfect camera to introduce me into the DSLR world, especially for the price. But there is so much noise in low light, which if you couldn't tell, was starting to annoy me.
The 5D Mark III was fine in the times I used it too, but it lacked that great autofocus when shooting run-and-gun style video. So when it became obvious that it was time for me to upgrade, I was deciding between a Canon Mark IV or switching to Sony.
I've made the switch.
I'll let you know how it goes, but I'm confident it's for the better.
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Raleigh, NC. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.