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Gone and bought one
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:53:44 PM »
Just treated myself to a new A6500 and so far I like what I see, can't take any photo's yet as my chosen lens, Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE, was not in stock. I will have 2 A mount lenses for sale here shortly, a Taron 18mm - 270 and a Sony 18 - 105 if anyone is interested.

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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 10:17:45 AM »
I have an A6000 as my travel camera, and from what I read the A6500 has a number of significant improvements from that, enjoy your new camera.
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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 03:18:39 AM »
I have the A6300 with that same lens as my walkabout camera.  Nice and light and good reach...enjoy...john
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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 06:54:27 PM »
Just arrived home from 3 weeks in Florida having used this camera for both photo and video, I left my camcorder at home. Being really the first time of extensive use since purchase I thought I would give my jet lagged follow up, bear in mind that I am a happy snapper.

Against.

The first bug bear for me was the lack of lcd/view finder button compared to the A77ii, followed by being unable to see anything on the lcd screen during bright sunlight, again compared with minimal problems on the A77/A77ii under the same conditions.

For.

Performed better than expected for most conditions with any iffy photo's being down to me not being fully conversant with the camera and leaving all settings at default. While it may be a subjective thing, I feel that most if not all photos could do with a +1 sharpening increase in the menue the same as my old A77/A77ii. A job for the weekend when I get over the jet lag.
Video, for me, was a mixed bag and probably down to my inexperience with using a stills camera for video. In sunshine the video quality was excellent while dimly lit indoors was lacking. Nothing that can't be put right with a good video editing package, the same as for the photo's.
Video results however were better than the A77ii.

In conclusion may I say that I am perfectly happy with the results, I need to learn quite a bit with this camera and will probably get either the
Sony sel35F18 or Sigma 30mm 1.4 art lense for night video purposes. Compared to the A77ii, for a 68 year old, a lot lighter to carry around and only one camera in the bag equals less nagging from 'her indoors' who always carried whichever camera was not being used. A win win situation all round if you ask me.

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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 11:02:57 PM »
Great honest revue and as a fellow 68 yo,  I 100% concur on the weight.  I will still reach for the A99 and big lenses for macro and portrait work or around the house but for walking around, and carrying any distance it is the mirrorless A6300 for me too.   john 
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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2017, 12:27:21 AM »
Update

Bummer! No facility in the camera settings to alter sharpness so have to do it the slow way on the computer.

Just played some of the video shots on the t.v (LG OLED 55C7 )and they look far better than on the computer screen or the camera lcd.

I also forgot to add in the review that I have 3 batteries, 1 x original and 2 x Rav Power (bought for £24 on Amazon complete with charger),
with mixed film/photo usage I got around 160-180 shots before battery became exhausted, no real difference between original and 3rd party
that I noticed, I may get another 2 batteries off Amazon as I have decided to sell my camcorder and just use the A6500.

I hope that this information is of some use to forum members and when I have fully viewed all my footage/photo's I will update if necessary.

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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 05:08:00 PM »
If you want an invaluable resource, check this out:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/a6500/index.htm

Gary Friedman in my opinion is THE best author of 3rd party owners manuals in the business.

His books cover each and every single feature of the cameras in GREAT detail, and are extremely well written and easy to understand.

His ebooks are available in multiple formats for any mobile device and are excellent for any photographer from the fresh beginner to the seasoned professional.

Gary is also available via email to answer ANY question you might have about gear or technique. I can vouch for the fact that he DOES read and answer his emails... and if HE doesn't know the answer to your question, he will find someone who does.

Finally, Gary offers a 2week satisfaction or your money back guarantee so give him a try.

ENJOY your new camera!!!
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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 08:59:44 PM »
Update
Bummer! No facility in the camera settings to alter sharpness so have to do it the slow way on the computer.

Not sure if you are referring to stills or video here.

For stills you alter sharpening by adjusting the Creative Style.
This is from my A6000, but I believe the A6500 should be similar

Select creative Styles, then choose the style you want from the column on the left - once you have navigated to it, use the right button to edit the Contrast, Saturation or Sharpness for the style.style
It is difficult to explain to white mice that black cats are lucky...

2 x A900/VG, A6000
CZ 16-35 f/2.8, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di USD, Sony 70-300G,
Tamron 150-600, Sony 50 f1.4, Minolta 85 f1.4 G RS, Sony 100 f2.8 Macro
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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 11:59:53 AM »
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I eventually found that setting and have been experimenting with it, I found that in bright sunlight (yes we do get that in the U.K) increasing the in camera sharpness by 1 makes the image over sharp on many images. On cloudy or rainy days 2 stops of sharpness are needed, for my eyes anyway, so I have decided to leave it as is and tweak on my p.c.

@CHOLLY
I knew of the Gary Friedman books from posts in this forum as I purchased the book for the A77ii, you are correct in that it holds much information. I have purchased the download version as I thought the printed version was a bit pricey this time around. Good bedtime reading.

Because of reading the Friedman book I mapped the C2 button as my movie on/off but find that it results in an audible click at the end of the movie clip when exiting the movie mode. Not a real game changer but it is inconvenient, when editing, for those with little patience.

I am having to put the camera on hold for the moment as 'her that must be obeyed' tells me I should be decorating not playing, no logic for the important things these women.

Thanks for the suggestions though.



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Re: Gone and bought one
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2017, 06:12:08 PM »
I am having to put the camera on hold for the moment as 'her that must be obeyed' tells me I should be decorating not playing, no logic for the important things these women.

You're not playing, you are investigating how to best use your camera.

This will enable you to produce better images.

Better images can then be hung on the wall.

Therefore you ARE Decorating :lol:
It is difficult to explain to white mice that black cats are lucky...

2 x A900/VG, A6000
CZ 16-35 f/2.8, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di USD, Sony 70-300G,
Tamron 150-600, Sony 50 f1.4, Minolta 85 f1.4 G RS, Sony 100 f2.8 Macro
Manfrotto 055CXPro3 + 410 Junior Geared head,
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/36503683@N08/