Apr 26, 201858 views

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Canon or Sony? why? My family has a canon t3i and I bought a sony alpha 6000.
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Okay. So, I have been using the Sony line of cameras since before they were Sony, when they were still Konica Minolta. They've done a good job of making it possible, until quite recently, to use older lenses on more recent models. And then there's the part where Sony made some of the first efforts with mirrorless and frameless cameras, which offer some incredible imaging, and at prices that actually put them within reach of, well, regular people without breaking the bank. To be perfectly honest....when I was in school, I just couldn't afford Nikon or Canon, they were just too expensive for a poor college dude to manage, and they are STILL brutally pricey. The glass is excellent, the lens range is just as wide as any other, and they have earned the accolades of many critics within the pro community.
For myself, all of that aside; I got into Konica-Minolta/Sony because 1- I could afford it, and 2- I like the very hands-on, kind of old-school feel and operability. Most of the primary things one does on the fly are accessible with knobs and buttons, just like an old manual camera..instead of having to page through the menus on the LCD on the back of your camera. And now that cameras like the A9, the 7R III, which bring us to the edge of medium format in a DIGITAL platform....well, I dont regret that I still use Sony and that most of my lenses are compatible, and that I am very comfortable with a Sony in my hands.
Now. All that being said..... the camera itself is actually less important than the eye and brains behind it. You can use any camera to train the eye and mind how to see and photograph... then worry about the next move on camera purchasing. That Sony Alpha 6000 is a good camera to be going along with. :)
SONY.
I'll be back to give more detail. Got storms to beat.
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p.s. You should try both the cameras you and your fam own, see what you, yourself think. I have found the best answer is the one I give myself by learning my gear hands on. What suits somebody else's style may not really suit yours....kinda like some people like jazz, others like classical.
Doesn't matter as long as it's a Nikon!
For entry-level cameras (like the Rebel line), I don't think it really matters that much. Just buy whatever has the features you want.
That said, One thing that Canon has going for it is volume. Because they sell so many cameras and lenses, they have the largest budget for lens R&D. Thus, they have the widest variety of niche lenses. If you're a pro, or if you need an odd lens for whatever reason, this can be a big deal. Canon's DSLR's are also generally very good at video (something Nikon is terrible at).
Historically, Nikon has had better AF systems, particularly with regards to tracking. My recollection is that dpreview's tests show this to be the case with the latest pro AF systems as well. Their sensors are also usually top of the line, and often outperform Sony's DSLRs, even when both are using Sony sensors. Nikon's lenses are generally excellent, but they seem to focus too much on kit-zoom type lenses. Prices are also usually higher than the competition. UX seems to be poor? At least according to Thom Hogan, and it's his brand of choice.
I don't really know anything about Sony, except that they put very good sensors in relatively cheap bodies and their pro glass is excellent, even if it isn't actually made by Zeiss. As a practical matter, I think the priority should be placed on glass, meaning you should choose whichever mount has the lenses you want to shoot with, though it can be hard to know what lenses you want before you've already committed to a mount (my needs have certainly changed over the years, but I've always stuck with the F-mount).
I'm kind of wondering the same thing, but except with Canon or Nikon. Still torn as to which is better, or rather, which one I should go with based on what I want to do.
Duncan
Start here: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews?category=cameras (but go with a Nikon...)
RayF
Thanks!