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Experience, knowledge of shooting and how to properly operate original rig, and post processing would have been way more valuable.
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Like others have mentioned, every system has its strengths and limitations ... the trickiest part is to know how to get around the weaknesses and use the strengths to their full potential ...
Thanks john for this piece of opinion, well written and with necessary amout of nuance.
Good points John. May I ask, what your next steps from here...?
My kids still small and they have activities. Current mirrorless systems couldn't keep up with them. However, I do find my RX1 quite handy on lazzzy days.
Always interesting to hear from people who have real, practical experience with the different systems, rather than those who fantasise over what they think a different system can do to improve their photography.
I must admit I'm a bit of a Fuji fan myself, but having learnt over the years that multiple systems are, to me, a distraction from making real images, I now religiously just stick to one, other than trying out the opposition now and again to keep myself up to date.
I used my D800 alongside my Canon bodies, a 1D MK IV at the time. The D800 was fine, my Nikon lenses suffered a lot of CA. Since I do high ISO, and the huge amount of noise at ISO 12800 in D800 images took NR a long long time to run, I realized that the D800 was impractical for my use and sold it (for more than I paid new).
If I were only using ISO 100-400, its a fantastic tool, but at ISO 800, noise creeps in.
We run in similar circles. I've been a Canon shooter for many years and love my 1DX/5D3/1D4 for sports and landscape. I'm also heavily invested in Fuji's mirrorless system and I can confirm that the XT1 and 56mm f1.2 is the best combination Fuji offers. Their 10-24 wide angle lens is also a consideration if you're considering going wide.
While the Fuji's are light and getting faster at 8FPS, they still will not replace a DSLR designed for sports. I've tried to shoot sports with my Fuji XT1 w/55-200 zoom lens and while the lens length was acceptable, the XT1 simply could not lock on as quickly or maintain AF for fast moving subjects. The images from the XT1 were 'just about' as good as the 1DX from the same venue but I missed so many more shots with the Fuji. Agreed too that the smaller Fuji's are not designed to be at the edge of a football field or a racetrack but they really do a great job at portraits and landscapes. Their built-in intervalometer is also a nice feature for timelapse.
Welcome to the 'circle of confusion'. Which system do I take?
Regarding Sony, I too have considered the A7R or S but at this point, and based on some others comments, its not for me.
Best of luck!
Canon DSLRs (60D and 6D), with modern Canon, Sigma, and Samyang lenses, and (via adapters) film-era all-manual pre-AI/AI/AI-s Nikkor lenses (inherited) and my own M42-mount (various brands) lenses.
Sigma DP Merrill fixed-lens compacts.
Interesting to hear that you don't like the Sony shooting experience. I have toyed with the thought of the Sony A7r. Not going to happen soon.