Author Topic: Nex 6, Alpha 7, A6000 so many choices - Looking to consolidate my A & E mount  (Read 2278 times)

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Offline wil1972

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I have had a few "I love it" and "I hate it" moments with my Nex 5 which basically pushes my use more towards the times when I cannot be bothered dragging my A500 along on planes (which on UK's cheap flights and their reduction of hand luggage sizes is getting more often). Two young kids (i.e 3.5 and a new addition at 1 month) are really pushing toward having one nice compact system for this summer that we can drag along when bundling the two young ones out and about. My wife refuses to carry the A500 out and I find the nex 5 is crap when it is bright and sunny (no view finder) and as such I have resisted spending on it. Then there is the whole flash issue with the Nex 5 - I refuse to buy the HVL20.

So the question is what have other people done to try to get one great setup that still affords portability when both hands are effectively filled for amateur use?

I looked at the Nex-6 and though that was a nice option but the view finder is pretty small (as is the A6000) - it does fill the requirements but ..... The A7 is great but I don't know if I can get the spend past my wife and it is also full frame - $$$ for the lenses coming out soon and the lenses physical size do look to cancel out the nice portable size
Then there are the other options - had a try of the Fuji XT-1 and that looked and felt good but I don't know if I really want to jump ship just yet ....

So have others that have flogged off their A mount equipment been satisfied with the newer E-mount stuff?


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I'm going for the A6000.  The A7 lenses are too big and too expensive for me.  I would get an A99 instead of an A7 because the lens options are much better (with stabilization).

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To some extent us Minolta folk are lucky that Sony are into all of these technologies.
Jumping ship means obsolete lenses. With the A and E mount we can mix and match.
At our photography club there are a few folk leaving their big N's at home and taking the small back-up camera on trips.  The Olympus is certainly making a dent in the N market here.....john
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To some extent us Minolta folk are lucky that Sony are into all of these technologies.
Jumping ship means obsolete lenses. With the A and E mount we can mix and match.
At our photography club there are a few folk leaving their big N's at home and taking the small back-up camera on trips.  The Olympus is certainly making a dent in the N market here.....john

Yes, this really shows the dilemma I have at the moment. A friend reciently ditched is ff nikon and heavy lenses for a mirrorless fuji for that reason and I see him out and about all the time with it now. He took it skiing as well which he would never dream of taking his nikon up the ski slopes. Im swinging towards A6000 / a7 now just have to get a good price for my current a mount stuff. Dont really want to really mess about with adapters.
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This is coming from the perspective of someone who owns both the SLT a77 and the a7. I do not foresee abandoning the A series lens mount as I find the new camera mounts to serve different tasks. For my general, scenic photography, I carry the a7. It is admittedly expensive; however, the kit lens a 28 to 70 mm film is a good general purpose lens that is used for scenic photography. On occasion, I like to use an extreme wide angle lens, in this case, a 20 mm Nikon f2.8 with an adapter. Although this lens lacks autofocus and stabilization, such features are not as important with this focal length than they are with the longer focal length normal and telephoto lenses. It amazes me how much can be accomplished with these two lenses. Good quality prime legacy lenses can be very affordable.

Recently, I have bought the 70 to 400 mm Sony zoom lens and that is permanently mounted on the a77. This lens is for animal photography and I love the speed with which it focuses (I managed to get the older, discontinued version at a good price from BH photo video). It matches up nicely with the a77 and this lens really needs fast focusing and image stabilization. I have managed to photograph handheld, at its full focal length of 400 mm. This amazed me as the pictures were quite sharp and the results very satisfactory. Although I have the LA-EA4 adapter and can use this lens on the a7; however, I do  not. With such a long lens, its weight exceeds that of the camera body and I find no benefit to using it on the a7.

So my answer is, do not consolidate if you have a wide-ranging interests in photography as you will find benefits in using either the a series of the series lenses. If you want a portable outfit, then by all means go for the a7; however, while its light weight is attractive, it becomes much less important if you use a long telephoto. The weight of the lens will be much greater than the weight of the camera body.

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