When shooting the beautiful Montana Lower with a 3 light setup, I had the chance to swap cameras and see how the little Sony A6000 would perform.
The photo on the left was taken with the Canon 5D Mark III + Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II and the one on the right was taken with the Sony A6000 + Sony Sonnar T* 55mm f1.8 CZ.
I tried to keep similar settings.
Canon: 1/125 shutter, f5.6, ISO 100;
Sony: 1/200 shutter, f5.6, ISO 100.
DISCLAIMER: both photos have been fully edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Considering only image quality, I can’t say there’s any difference. I mean, they are different, but one photo is not really better than the other. If I pixel pick, well the Sony has higher resolution than the Canon, and shooting at ISO 100 and f5.6 where both lenses are very sharp, I would have to give it to the Sony, just for those extra 2 ish megapixels. In real world, it’s a tie.
The Sony completely loses the battle here for something that some times is a very good feature: the EVF. With those settings, the optical viewfinder from the Canon allowed me to see everything I was doing and compose properly for every shot. Sony’s electronic viewfinder was SO dark that I was guessing most of the time. The only way to see anything before shooting was to press the focus button. That would give me a glimpse of my frame and also where I was focusing on. Very frustrating and time consuming.
EDIT: I received a message from a reader (thanks Totti) about a setting (under the second page of the gear icon menu) called “Live View Display”. Setting that to OFF will make the EVF a bit more like a Optical View Finder and you can see everything! The Live View Display effect is great for natural light photography as you can see how your photo will look like before you shoot, but when using flash this needs to be turned off!
I got some good shots with the Sony but it was more luck. Montana tried throwing the jacket over her shoulder twice, and because I couldn’t really frame it properly, I didn’t get any shots worth sharing. If I had the Canon for those shots, I would be able to frame it properly.
Photograph of me shooting taken by Richard Johnson.