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Fedora Nation: a response to the groupies of Jason Lanier

There has been quite the chatter on the comments about why I am now back to using Nikon (not Sony cameras) and why I have named the blog, Nikon Dojo. I find it funny that the people who are creating this drama are the brianless groupies of Jason Lanier, a guy that I really respect for his skill. They call themselves the “fedora nation‬.”

I said then and I will say it again, Jason was a jerk to me about his obsession with Sony gear but his craft is amazing. I respect him as a photographer. His work is very good. You will never hear me say anything against that. It is the Sony snobbery and gear whoring that has always bothered me about Jason.

All the groupies (they are more off the wall about Sony than Jason) call themselves the Fedora Nation, after Jason’s hat. I don’t really pay much attention to them unless they come up on my social media channels. I have better things to do than to listen to trolls tell me how great their over-priced bodies are and how they are brainless worshipers of Sony’s marketing team.

At least Jason is smart, he milks these guys for training sessions. I saw he is just talked them into $2,500 a month to “follow him on different levels.” He is smart. I do not have much of a problem with it. If the people are dumb to open their wallets, take the money!

Fedora Nation can be one annoying bunch

I have to laugh when they throw around their snobbery. They think that shooting Sony is a “calling” and if you can’t afford Sony, you can shoot Nikon. I am not even joking. One of them actually made that comment. The irony of that is I have the Nikon D7200, Nikon D750 and Nikon D800. The funny that is they cost about the same as their beloved Sony mirrorless systems. I am sure the Nikon D500 will find its way into my camera bag in the coming months as well.

The funny thing about the Fedora Nation is how quiet they become when you start talking about affordable lens and flashes. They get really quiet. Ask them how many F/2.8 lenes are under $1000 on the market? They fear to the answer: none. They know Nikon knocks the shit out of Sony in this area and about every other area too.

Dealing with the people are the best to give actual facts, not opinions. Things like the 10 reasons I sold my Sony full frame cameras. All 10 of them put fear into the hearts of the Fedora Nation. They do not like to admit that Sony has given then a system that is not ready for game day. They also don’t like to hear they are just being played by the marketing department of Sony in Tokyo.

Mark my word, the Summer Games will be full of DSLRs made by Nikon and Canon; not mirror less made by Sony. I would be surprised to see more than a few Sony mirror less cameras at the Olympics in Brazil!

Should you watch Jason Lanier?

That is really up to you but I would suggest that you realize that he is a Sony snob and about half of his videos are “buy this” and “buy that.” He is a salesmen more than an educator these days. If he is not selling Sony or Rotolight, he is pimping his own workshops for $600 a pop. I just see less and less real education in his videos on YouTube and more pimping of products.

If I was a young guy that just picked up a camera, I could not really learn much from his shoots that he post. No breaking down the images, if he does talk about settings; there is never a reason why. I would not put him in the same league as guys like Jared Polin, Chase Jarvis, and Matt Granger. These guys actually teach photography.

One thing you can get from watching Jason Lanier is ideas. I have came up with some cool ideas to expand over the years from watching one of his shoots. This was especially true when he was shooting Nikon and not the snob of today. I do not watch him much anymore because of that but I still am thankful for some of the cool things I came up with from watching his videos on Youtube back in the day.

As I say, it comes down to make a choice that is right for you.

Don’t I still own a Sony A6000?

Actually, I do. I still love to use it especially for timelapses. It is a handy camera that can do some pretty cool stuff. I can use that little pancake lens that came with it to get the timelapses…. when you are making 10 minutes of video into 5-10 seconds; it doesn’t matter too much. I am not sure I would trust it for a professional shoot anymore though.

At the end of the day, the Sony mirrorless system does have alot of things right; they just wont do the major things to finish the system. Until they can bring to market f/2.8 lens for under $1,000 and high quality flashes in the $200 range; the Sony system will remain a partial system. You will have to mix and match lens from Nikon or Samyang to make it work. That is not a complete system.

As far as I am concerned, I have lost patience with them and I am not waiting for it. I will have the Sony A6000 around for shooting timelapses and doing a little street photography but I am going to put my faith in the timeless Nikon gear for legit shooting. Nikon has always been faithful to me and the lens & flashes are there at realistic prices.

For the casual user that wants something a little more powerful than their point and shoot; the Sony mirrorless system might work for them. Pass that; I would not put my faith in Sony. At least, not at this point.

Jason Lanier is a paid hack

Ever wonder what popular vlogger told me to marry my Nikon D7000 (that I hardly use)? It was Jason Lanier, the regular Sony worshipper. I do not think I have ever seen a person so obsessed with being a gear whore in my life. He does not use the gear; the gear uses him. We call these people the infamous Sony Snobs.

Before I get into this, let me be very clear: he is a very talented photographer and does make amazing pictures. He is also a master at using lighting. I use to (and still do at times) watch his videos just to see the amazing images he puts together. I really did enjoy his older videos when he was using the Nikon D800 too.

The problem is not his craft; that is solid. The problem is first his obsession with a tool to do the craft and secondly, his ego is out of control. That is what concerns me. Truth be told, I kinda liked the guy at one point. I didn’t like him well enough to pay $600 for his photowalks, but I did like him nevertheless.

One thing that bothers me is anyone that disagrees with him, he lashes out at. This includes people like Jared Polin, one of the world’s most respected photographers.


Jason Lanier is a paid hack by Sony

Jason Lanier

Jason Lanier being questioned by police about permits.

If you watch any of the videos, you will notice he pimps Sony like crazy. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery. It is something that Sony gives out to professional photographer in exchange for being a sony snob and a gear whore. There is more to it but that is basically how it works. If you notice, since he took the “honor,” he has nothing but praise for every single move Sony makes.

I was interested in it all because about the same time, I was playing around with Sony mirrorless cameras too. I had picked up the Sony A6000 and even got a Sony A7 to try and see if making the switch would be worth it. I ended up selling all my Sony gear. Here is 10 reasons I sold my Sony.

I think when photographers start being ambassadors for brands, they start being whores. I had the chance to a Representative for a gear company in the Philippines and I was asked by Nikon Philippines to do some stuff. In both cases, I basically gave them the middle finger. I could not be without bias and also be a partner in a project.

A recent video I saw was him pimping the world’s most over-rated camera, the Sony A7rII, as the world’s best. I am sure any camera is great when you have Nikon’s holy trinity in front of it! Sony still have a “Lensgate” problem but don’t tell Jason Lanier that…. he won’t believe you.

What concerns is when people like him put more attention on the camera they use than the image they capture. I have seen some of the world’s greatest photographers’ bodies. Why is it only Sony snobs point out it was shot on a Sony mirrorless camera. Nikon and Canon boys don’t seem to do it…. only Sony snobs.


I think it is sad really.

Jason Lanier in Africa.

It just takes away from what Jason could offer to the photography community. He has some real skill when it comes to building an image with lighting. I am not talking about pimping Rotolight either. I am talking about actually helping people build an image with lighting that an average photographer can afford.

That means using the cheapest stuff on the market, Jason. I did my first portrait shoot with my desk lamp and wax paper to soft it. That was a $3.25 budget shoot. Believe it or not, this is what non-professional have to spend or close to it. Few are throwing down $500 on one light. It does not matter how awesome they are.

Doing videos about how to build lighting and even some Lightroom tutorials would do far more for the photography community than pimping a Sony camera out and trying to whore for Rotolight.

This is one reason I like watch Serge Ramelli and his videos. He does not pimp any model of gear and teaches things that work no matter what brand you have. The community needs more of that and less of the gear whoring. I have learned more from Serge and a few others than I did watch 100 videos from Jason Lanier.


Photographers need alot less ego

Jason Lanier Production shotI am not sure why but the photography scene seems to be full of complete assholes who do not little but compare how big their @##$ are. They do nothing but put down people’s work. Jason did this with Jared Polin (FroknowsPhoto). If I had to list the biggest jerks I know, at least half of the list would own a professional grade camera. This is not healthy for the photography community at large.

The condition of what is happening with photographer has concerned me for years. It is like a “every man for himself” dog-eat-dog environment. It is a place where you fear to ask a question, lest you are gang up on and beated down. I have seen this happen time and time again. It is not just Jason doing this but he has done it more time than he wants to admit.

Note: I realize many people have different views on Jason Lanier and what he has done with the Sony brand. I believe in free expression but please don’t attack people and be civil. If not, I will use the delete button for comments.