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Thinking of the Sony a6500.. suggestions?

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RFDQ1016 wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 4:22 pm
1.5x crop factor. 30mm is equivalent to 45mm on full frame.

They are decent for videos, but they lack image stabilization. Sony has a 35mm f1.8 which has image stabilization which is probably better suited for hand held video

i would have thought that the 5 axis stabilization would help from the a6500
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paf wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 4:24 pm
i would have thought that the 5 axis stabilization would help from the a6500
Yes just saw that you are looking at the a6500 which has 5 axis
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my hiking/travel setup is an a6500 with the f4/16-70 Zony
now I can't see myself using anything else for traveling abroad for the foreseeable future
the weight/size to image quality ratio is superb
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Rather carry 2 primes than sony zooms. lab tests confirms it.
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I own both the a6000 and the a6500. I would highly recommend twitchyzero's combo. The body has been refined significantly from the a6000, imho, but whether you need all the improvements/changes are up to your use cases as has been alluded to since there's a significant premium involved. If considering lenses, especially for travel where versatility/lightness versus budget concerns, the SEL18105 power zoom is worth thinking about and has a following amongst the travel contingent. Along with that power zoom, the Sigma 19mm 2.8 DN is good for the evening walkabout/dinner outing. I have a soft spot for the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS - that wide angle gives some awesome views. Even the humble 16-50 kit can be coaxed for some decent shots, and, for close video, well, that's why I have two of them.
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If 4k isn't an issue and you don't plan on using big zoom lens, the A7II might be a good choice. With a prime lens, it isn't that much bigger or heavier than the A6500. Similar price wise too for the bodies. Lenses are way more expensive though.

If you're looking to have lot of bokeh, you can check for some manual lenses with real big aperture like the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 that is made for Sony E mount. It also exist for Fuji X mount and MFT. If you're used to F1.2 or 1.4 on fullframe, it's pretty similar to it. If you're used to have a F0.95 on fullframe, like Leica Noctilux or Mitakon for fullframe, than there is just no equivalent in APS-C format.
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That sounds like an awesome combo. People like to slam the a6xxx series for being isn't much smaller than a compact dslr, etc, but until they have tested it out, they really don't know what they are missing.
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Sep 25th, 2017 7:09 pm
my hiking/travel setup is an a6500 with the f4/16-70 Zony
now I can't see myself using anything else for traveling abroad for the foreseeable future
the weight/size to image quality ratio is superb
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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i actually started with the a6000 series...moved up to the a7 II series...but the heft gets to you if you're backpacking long distances...every gram counts
still, I'm looking to get soething like a Crane-M so I don't have to carry the action cam and a separate charger/batteries for the video front
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Sep 25th, 2017 8:15 pm
Rather carry 2 primes than sony zooms. lab tests confirms it.
that's what I did for 2 years, lab tests are worthless when it's a pain in the ass to change lenses and detracts me from trying to enjoy a trip...and most of my shots were landscape with smaller aperture. the difference between the end result taken from this lens vs the touit/batis primes were negligible for landscapes....the versatility of a small zoom cannot be understated in those use cases.
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twitchyzero wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 12:27 pm
lab tests are worthless when it's a pain in the ass to change lenses and detracts me from trying to enjoy a trip...and most of my shots were landscape with smaller aperture. the difference between the end result taken from this lens vs the touit/batis primes were negligible for landscapes....the versatility of a small zoom cannot be understated in those use cases.
Lab tests are worthless to you not to rest of us going by scientific evidence.
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if there's an even more anal pixel-peeper than me
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paf wrote:
Sep 25th, 2017 11:12 am
Hey guys,

Currently I have the Canon 5DM3 with a Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC

I use my camera mostly when I travel with my fam. I have been thinking of getting the Sony a6500 . I know its a crop sensor and All. But I feel it is very travel friendly due to its size for Photo and Video

Wanted to check if anyone of you use the A6500 ? What Lense would you recommend with it . I love good Bokeh!
I shoot an a6500 and shoot stills. At home, the sigma 30mm 1.4 is on my camera 90% of the time because it's so sharp. It's noticeable sharper than the Sony SEL35F18 and the wider FOV helps. The Sigma 19/30/60 2.8 primes are also very popular but the AF isn't as good as on the newer Sigma 30 1.4. I trust that you've also seen lists like this http://briansmith.com/aps-e-mount-lense ... s-cameras/.

Sony FE lenses are designed for full frame but are fully compatible with APSC sensor e-mount. So if you had lusted after a fast 135mm prime on your 5d, you can get the Sony FE85mm 1.8 lens (127.5mm equiv.) which will provide a similar FOV for $800.

I have a couple of zoom lenses that come with me while I travel though.

If you're coming from a 24-70 2.8, you will have to think about how much you will miss a fast zoom. There is no such native equivalent on Sony e-mount. People have been waiting for years for it but it hasn't come yet.
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OP, if you don't mind the DoF look of f/4 as the shallowest you can go on their 2.8 lenses (1.5x) I'd give that up for the weight savings, especially on vacation where I don't typically want to blur out the environment, I want to see it more in focus.
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poorwingman wrote:
Sep 27th, 2017 8:33 am
I trust that you've also seen lists like this http://briansmith.com/aps-e-mount-lense ... s-cameras/.
This is a great link -- thanks for sharing it. There are a number of "third party brands" there that I hadn't even heard of.

For what it's worth to the OP, I have an a6000 (mostly used for "family photography") and really enjoy using the Sony 20mm f/2.8. It's tiny, focuses quickly, and has great image quality. I've also heard great things about the Sigma 19mm prime.
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self-proclaimed pixel peeper fails peeping test

You can go with whatever you eye says. I will go by lab instruments and overwhelming number of reviews confirming lab results.

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