Please spare us the “born again Sony users”

There is an annoying breed of camera user and they’re everywhere no matter how hard you try to avoid them. This is officially the age of the ”born again Sony user.”

To avoid offending all Sony users, I do want to be clear that it’s not all users, there are many pleasant Sony users, but it does seem like Sony has a much larger volume of these problem users than I have experienced with other brands. It similar to the people who get behind the wheel of a car and act like idiots endangering other users because they know better…in Australia we call them hoons, but every country has them. Whilst they drive every kind of car, more often than not they are confined to one or two brands, and specific styles of cars like utes (small pickups). In todays technology world, it would seem that Sony has become the modern day choice of camera for the photography hoon, and they are officially becoming a very annoying group.

Normally when people switch from Canon to Nikon, or Nikon to Fujifilm, or Fujifilm to Nikon, the disappear to another forum appropriate for their brand, write a blog and move on with their lives. I get the need to write about your experiences, or sometimes even create a rant about it, for some people it’s a creative output or just documenting their experiences. Not to the born again Sony user…they feel it’s their right, their duty and their personal crusade to hang around their old forums, and become the saviours of the fellow photographers souls, lest their poor Nikon, Canon, or Fujifilm souls go to camera hell by continuing to use a camera they actually like.

The spend their time annoying the crap out of the previous fellow camera users whilst they let them know what they are missing out on. It has more dynamic range, better AF, better battery life, the glass is cheaper, better high ISO, and it can predict the next week’s lottery numbers. The have become the modern day evangelist equivalent of the old problem ex-smokers who feels the need to hang around with their smoking friends just so they can lecture them on the dangers of smoking after they quit a month ago.

Whatever you do, do not try to argue with them! That would be like herding cats. Using any form of argument, whether logical, factual or just something about your own preference will cause consternation and outrage. How could you be so idiotic not sell all your glass, your car, your home and everything else you own to purchase the A7iii right now? You don’t know what you are missing out on! Ergonomics? Your current camera good enough for you? You’re just lying to yourself! You need full frame whether you like it or not! Eye AF is now the single most important feature in the photography world, and far more important than composition, even if all you do is landscape photography. Did you know that A7iii is just as good as the A9? Well you should know it, damn it, because that’s more important than world peace! Did you know you can take a photo under exposed by 5 stops and still bring it back? Don’t even think about asking why you would take a photo underexposed by 5 stops, that’s not as important as knowing you can.

I’m still mystified as to where this evangelism comes from because I haven’t seen anything quite like it. At least with the Apple fanboys you could argue they were attracted to equipment that looked aesthetically good even if it wasn’t functional. You can’t argue that about the Sony with that horrible orange band, but maybe that’s the problem. Maybe it’s aesthetically designed to cater for the kind of person who puts glowing lights under the bottom of their car. Maybe it’s a chemical they put in the paint of the camera or subliminal advertising in the viewfinder. It’s hard to establish what attracts annoying people to a particular brand, but it’s clear, Sony has somehow been successful with it and it’s only getting worse.

Please pass some prozac.


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The Overrated Photographer

I am a forty something year old Melbourne based photographer covering a broad range of genre’s from sports to portraits and travel. My introduction into photography started with doing some kitesurfing photos, but with the arrival of my first daughter, my focus shifted to family and the vast majority of my photos are either family or street. I still try to get extreme sports when I am not kitesurfing myself. My current non-personal photography work is confined to charity and not-for-profit engagements where I am engaged in photography for a number charity events to give back to the community and help support fund raising for these organisations. These include the homeless and cancer events. I do not currently do any paid commercial work as I run a successful non-photography business and this allows me to explore my personal creativity with photography.

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