Camera gear is all about trade-offs, cost, weight, size, optical performance, and so on. There is no one right set up but the setup you feel comfortable with, in my opinion. My camera gear is pretty light. I prefer small lenses and compact cameras for mobility. My first encounter with Sony Cameras turned into my first love years ago. I think Sony produces the best value camera gear for the price. Unfortunately, my experience with other camera producers is minimal as my photography career has just begun. So, I couldn’t try all camera systems yet; thus, I probably cannot provide an objective view, so do not take it as buying tip.

I own two camera systems. I mainly use Sony systems in my landscape, architecture, and portrait photographs, as I mentioned before. My first camera was a Sony Alpha 6000, which I upgraded to Sony Alpha 7m II a few weeks later. As I made this decision, I wanted to do the right thing. So I watched many videos about APC vs. Full Frame sensors and invested significant time grasping the difference. But, I realized that the APC vs. Full Frame decision is another trade-off you probably need to weigh. So, my decision was for the Full Frame one, even though the cost and weight parameters contradicted my value and mobility arguments, which I emphasized before. After all this back and forth, I got my Sony Alpha 7R III, with which I mainly take my landscape, architecture, and portrait photographs and use it in action photography.

My second gear is a Leica system that I wear to take photos of people and streets on almost every occasion. It is an unobtrusive camera, so you can take pictures without attracting people’s attention. Even though the Leica M10 is a digital camera, you must deal with almost every setup manually. There is no autofocus, image stabilization, automatic aperture control, but a rangefinder. A 35mm f/2.0 Voigtländer Ultron and 50mm f/1.4 Summilux accompany the M10 all the time.

Both camera systems make a good combination covering all my use cases and making it fun to shoot photographs. Still, if I had to pick one, I would probably go with the Sony system because of its versatility and its value. Moreover, the Sony system is a no-brainer with various E-mount lenses, including the 3rd party. Although I have quite no experience with other camera producers, I believe the cameras nowadays converge on each other.

My Sony E-mount lens inventory consists of prime lenses and a single zoom lens, 28-70mm F2.8 Sigma. The primes I currently own,

  • Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III
  • Sony FE 20 mm F1.8 G
  • Zeiss Loxia 35 mm F2.0
  • Sigma 45 mm F2.8 DG DN
  • Sony FE 85 mm F1.8 G

A common denominator of the primes is their compactness. They are small, light, and perform very well. My lens inventory sets the focus on street photography, architecture, and landscape.