Photography 101: Is the Sony A7RII Really a PRO camera?


Stephen F. Dennstedt

Do you need a Pro-level camera system? If you’re an enthusiast probably not. However, if you make your living with photography you probably do. A Pro-level camera system isn’t always the most technically advanced system with all the latest bells & whistles. In fact, most likely, it isn’t. What Pro-level systems bring to the table is reliability. This usually comes in the form of sturdy magnesium alloy camera bodies, heavy weather-sealing against dust and water, dual card slots for redundancy (try explaining to a bride why your memory card failed) and a wide array of super functional Pro-level lenses.

Is Sony a good camera system? Technically speaking it is, within certain limitations that is. Its sensor technology is first-rate and even Nikon is incorporating Sony’s stellar sensors in their newer Nikon camera offerings. Reliability and lens choice might be a different situation. Matt Granger, a professional photographer and YouTube presence, produced a good video outlining some key considerations when thinking about a Pro-level camera system. People often ask me why I stick with Canon when there are other options available with more bells & whistles. This video goes along way in explaining my decision.

My advice to any aspiring Pro is to stay with the two leaders: Canon or Nikon. Why? Because you can depend on their quality, reliability, choice and support. If you’re not a professional photographer your choice might not be so clearcut. Those bells & whistles can be mighty tempting, and you can get outstanding Pro-level results from other manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic and Olympus. Canon and Nikon might not be as glamorous but overall they offer the quality, reliability and support you need day in and day out. That’s why over ninety percent of all professional photographers shoot either Canon or Nikon and will continue to do so for a very long time.

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