You’ve probably heard the story of this photographer or that, switching from Nikon to Canon, or from Canon to Sony or Fujifilm and… you probably have thought about it! I guess we all think about switching to a different brand at least once but, what would it take and, the key question, how much would it cost?
I actually considered a switch to either Sony or Fujifilm and, in the end, I remain faithful to Canon. But I know of many photographers who moved and are very happy. One of my major concerns, and probably yours as well, was the cost of the switch and I asked myself: Could I keep some of my gear? Should I use some adapters for my lenses? How can I save money?
In order to have a complete picture, let’s imagine a scenario with one photographer who already has experience, is a professional or semi-professional and has already invested in high quality gear. This person probably works with an SLR style body, not the flagship model but one model below, along with a vertical grip and additional battery. The lenses in his/her collection are pretty usual: 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/4 and a 50mm f/1.4. This photographer’s second camera body is a small one with a kit lens and probably a short fixed lens between 30 and 50mm equivalent. Finally, this photographer uses a top of the line flash with a GN of 60m, a smaller one with a GN of 44m and a small flash controller.
If this person were to switch to a different system, he/she would need to sell all of the equipment previously described, in the worst case, and then replace it with the equivalent in the new brand. Based on this assumption, I prepared a table with Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm equipment that fits the description along with its cost, based on B&H’s catalog.
Camera System Cost Comparison
|SLR-style Body, Non Flasghip||$2,500||$2,800||$1,700||$1,000|
|Small Body w/kit lens||$650||$500||$1,150||$550|
|35 or 40mm (equiv)||$250||$200||$450||$350|
|60 GN Flash||$460||$600||$550|
|43 GN Flash||$270||$330||$400||$160|
|Wireless Flash Master||$60||$250||$150||$175|
Of course, this scenario does not cover every possibility, but it can help you determine the cost if you’re considering a switch to one of these brands and you pack a similar gear set. There are many other considerations when switching to a different camera system, but cost is not trivial and, if you are a professional or semi-professional, you understand that the cost of your equipment is part of your business’ expense, and it should be considered in your plans.
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