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Canon 5D III Vs Sony A7II Swimwear With Julia Trotti | Things To Consider

By Kishore Sawh on April 15th 2018

Julia Trotti has been making a name for herself on YouTube in recent months, and it’s not difficult to see why. She’s a charming photographer in Australia who shoots a variety of natural light and casual set-ups that fit with a popular aesthetic of the moment, and does it all in a ‘behind the scenes’ look.

While her videos aren’t particularly educational from a traditional standpoint, they do impart some of the things you can’t learn from reading. Essentially, you can pick up ways to interact with a model, angles, how to use certain locations, and get a feel for the energy of a casual shoot – none of which is learned as effectively as through watching via example, and for that alone they’re worth it. In her latest video, however, there’s something else to pay attention to.

It was brought to my attention from an SLRL audience member who was asking about what he had seen in the video in relation to equipment used. It’s a simple beach shoot where Julia is using a Canon 5D Mark III and a Sony A7II interchangeably, but she voices a few critiques about her use of the Sony system which he was curious about, and which many may be given the ever-growing interest in Sony.

She points are that the EVF looks very ‘digital’ and thus she prefers to use the rear LCD on the Sony compared to using the viewfinder on the Canon, on which she hates the rear LCD.

Well, the simple way to address this is that digital EVF’s are not quite as smooth as OVF’s at this time, and particularly with the A7II compared to its newer sibling the A7iii, and even more so the A7RIII and A9. It’s been one of the debate points of late, weighing the value of the EVF differences between the A7iii and A7RIII. As someone with both on my desk my opinion is that the better EVF in the A7RIII makes a significant difference to me, and I would assume Julia would also notice that difference. The A7RIII is still actually more in line in price with the 5D Mark III than the A7II or A7iii. But there’s no debate that EVF’s aren’t quite yet as fluid as we’d naturally see. Though it’s coming.

The next comment, however, is a bit more contentious and those watching and looking to make gear choices would do well to understand a little of what’s happening here. She mentions that the focusing on the A7II is taking a while ‘to get there’, and while the focusing abilities of the A7II aren’t remarkable, it’s absolutely critical to keep in mind she is using non-native glass. Here she’s using Canon L lenses with a Metabones adapter on the Sony, which –particularly in that generation– will dramatically diminish the ability of the camera to work optimally.

It also depends on the focus settings and the version of the Metabones adapter (which we do not know). For example, some Metabones adapters allow for PDAF (some still limited in area) but you won’t be able to get Eye-AF unless you switch to contrast et cetera. Some are better than others with tilt-shift lenses, and older versus newer lenses (built after 2006 typically). Without getting too much into boring detail, just know that with adapted lenses, until recently, ability was quite dampened.

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You can check out this article and video however, to have an idea about how other Sony’s now function with adapted Canon glass, and check out more from Julia here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Anders Madsen

    It’s really nice to see someone compare these two cameras in a way that relates very well to the situation that many photographers on the fence with regards to jumping ship from Canon to Sony may find themselves in: Will I be able to use my existing Canon glass in a meaningful way or will I have to go the whole way and invest in native Sony glass?

    Yes, I’m aware that this may leave the Sony looking less than optimal, but it is definitely a real world scenario that is very relevant for a lot of Canon users.

    I think her experience is pretty close to mine (very brief, to be honest) when it comes to the Sony A7II: The viewfinder is still very grainy and “digital” compared to an OVF, but on a natural lit shoot like this, the ability to see the image as it will captured in the EVF is an advantage. If a flash had been involved, the EVF would have lost that advantage and would be inferior to an OVF – and more so in a dimly lit studio where the OVF would wipe the floor with the EVF.

    Side note: Am I the only one who was really, REALLY bothered by the MUA hanging over the shoulder of the photographer and taking pictures with her phone all the time? I know that this is probably a TFP project and all, but still – it must be distracting for the model and as a photographer I hate having someone moving up that close to me while I am concentrating on directing and photographing.

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  2. Cthulion The Great

    Yeeaahh, but she’s not comparing it to the a7iii, is she? That makes that argument moot.

    Also focusing with the a7ii is awful with any lens.

    5d3 vs a7ii is the appropriate generational comparison.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      I disagree. Comparable generation, yes, but not tier. The 5D 3 was the top tier of Canon (barring their sport flagship) and cost much more than the A7ii. 

      Also, focusing with the A7ii was not awful with any lens –  granted that’s subjective, but I’ve subjected it to many many lenses. The primary point here, however, was that she is comparing one camera using its native lens to another with non-native adapted lenses, whilst introducing a third party adapter. By no means would that equate. 

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