With the mirrorless camera transition happening around us people have been switching camera manufacturers more than ever. I for one am staying put with the brand I've trusted for years. Am I wrong for doing so?
There are some things that we don't ever consider changing and accept them as fixtures. I prefer Coke over Pepsi and my favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox. Now I understand that these examples are a little more static than say a modern day digital single-lens reflex camera, but the commitment to sticking with something you know and like carries merit.
I grew up around what I thought was the neatest camera setup ever. My Dad had a Canon AE-1 with a camera bag and a few lenses. We took it everywhere. I can't help but think that his affinity for Canon may have been passed along to me early on without me ever even realizing it.
When my wife and I got married back in 2005, one of the first things we knew we were going to buy with some of the gift proceeds was a digital camera with a removable lens. The model we ended up with was the Canon Rebel XT. We were about to go on a honeymoon to St. Maarten and were excited to finally be able to capture digital photos with a real camera. We called it that because after coming from film, the lack of megapixels and overall quality of most digital cameras of the time left a lot to be desired. This camera was one of the coolest things we had ever bought. The focus was fast, the frames per second seemed snappy, and even the sound of the shutter compared to everything before it was something we loved.
We enjoyed the camera so much that a number of years later we bought a Canon Rebel T3i. Once again, the updated feel and performance knocked our socks off all over again. It was only then that we started investing in Canon lenses. Owning lenses is one of the main factors keeping people like me from ever switching camera manufactures. Selling a lens that you bought new is an excellent way to waste money.
Once we outgrew the Canon Rebel T3i, it was time to take the huge leap into a full-frame sensor. This came in the form of the Canon 5D Mark III. This time I would have to say the step up in quality was off the charts. This camera knew what we wanted and delivered in every way.
Once we had one full frame beast, the Canon Rebel T3i was a bit outgunned and outclassed. This eventually lead us to purchase a Canon 6D. Once the spending floodgates were officially opened, a couple of Canon's popular zoom lenses found their way to our porch. By this point, the photographic quality of the images we were both producing went way up. This effectively helped push our confidence to exactly where it needed to be to succeed.
It has been about six years since our last purchase, and I must say the brand new Canon RP looks like a perfect new addition to our squad. While the small size is enticing, the real draw for me is all the boosted specs and being able to finally shoot with a mirrorless system from my favorite camera maker.
Brand loyalty is waveringly these days as technological advances can leave some companies out in the cold. Competition is fierce to gain the spotlight in a time where perception is as important as ever. I think Sony did a heck of a job pushing the industry forward. They put out some great products and created quite a buzz by getting their cameras in a number of talented individuals hands. I will admit there was some curiosity on my end, but at the end of the day, there is only one camera brand for me. Knowing that lets me focus on the important part, taking pictures.
Would you ever switch camera manufacturers? Would that answer change if it didn't cost anything to do so? Drop your thoughts in the comments.