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    Posted: 10 January 2022 at 14:17
I do not know where to share this. I was watching the swearing in of the new Dutch government and noticed the (female) photographer was using a Sony E-mount camera with either the 24/1.4GM or 14/1.8GM (it clearly is showing the orange GM logo).

You can find the pictures she took here: https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=6036725

Interesting fact: in early 2020 the ANP news agency renewed their contract with Canon (https://www.anp.nl/kennis/82/canon-camera-anp-fotograven) and nowhere on the site do they mention they switched to Sony. I do not know if they switched, if the photographer was using her private camera or that she is an independent photographer hired by the ANP news agency.

See the photographer with the Sony lens and camera here at 29.49 - 29.50: https://youtu.be/EasSruANo4A?t=1789

Sometimes people say only a small number of news agencies switched to Sony and that the majority is using Canon or (to a lesser extend) Nikon.

I thought it interesting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michael Johansson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2022 at 17:27
Im quite shure it is the 14mm GM lens.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve-S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 July 2022 at 00:52
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

... Sometimes people say only a small number of news agencies switched to Sony and that the majority is using Canon or (to a lesser extend) Nikon ...


Everybody's making really really good gear these days.

The gear doesn't look like a substantive reason to change; rather the opposite, actually: sunken costs (of existing/owned gear (and up-front replacement costs)) may be a major part of a "stay with existing vendor" choice since getting that "other" (Sony) gear isn't inherently motivating.

But also -- I wonder about the support contracts. On paper, Sony "Pro" support looked comparable last time I compared, but they had minor differences; those bigger agencies may have had criteria I've never considered, and "minor" to me might be an major issue for them.

Last but not least, I wonder about "execution" -- does Sony reliably "meet or exceed" pro-level support expectations? It has been a long time since I "rubbed shoulders" in person with any pro shooters, but I recall hearing enviously about support they were getting from CaNikon... And frankly, Sony's attitude towards their customers (not just with cameras; other divisions too) leaves a lot to be desired.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 July 2022 at 10:27
Well, the agencies have completely different requirements then individual professionals. The requirements you mention are more relevant to individual pro's or small companies. But the big agencies, like The Associated Press have so many stuff, the sunken costs are non-existent (they may even be leasing).

Regarding customer service, my experience with Sony NL is fine. Haven't had repairs recently, but the experience with my KM 7D (repaired through Sony) and A900 left little to be desired. Sony USA might be different.

Did a quick search on Sony PRO support, but not a lot of experiences - that usually is a good sign. I found one thread on Fred Miranda where somebody said "I have had to deal with them several times for repairs on stuff, but as a Sony Pro Support service member. customer service has been outstanding, and prices reasonable." and someone else agreed.

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