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12-06-2018, 12:10 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I am just thinking if there are any owners of Sony apsc a6xxx, specifically the a6500? What are your thoughts on the camera? How do you use it? With Sigma's rounded lens line up for the E-mount (16/30/56) I think the a6xxx series becomes more attractive for those who are looking for small set up.

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12-06-2018, 12:43 AM   #2
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I have an A6000, with some Sony APS-C lenses, plus the excellent little Sigma 19/30/60 f2.8's, and other gear for Sony. I don't use the A6K much. Summary of my experience in no particular order: battery life is awful, face detection is very capable, Sony kit lenses are mediocre, body is light, EVF is good, handling is awful (except that Sony lense release button is the same position as Pentax, which is a big plus), video options are good, can easily adapt other lenses for it.

I've had NEX-5, own NEX-F3, and A5000 - I have nothing against Sony mirrorless, but I find them useful only for light, casual shooting.

The A6300 or A6500 have tempted me only for their 4K video support. I see little reason to upgrade from an A6000 since I don't need 4K.
12-06-2018, 09:10 AM   #3
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I love the NEX & a6XXX series and use them almost daily instead of dSLRs, BUT the battery cannot run more than 20-25 minutes of shooting and expensive.
I have to use AC adapter for shooting video or time lapse. Also, the camera heat up very quickly when shooting video and shut you down within 10 minutes.
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I have a friend who in the past was a Pentax employee and avid Pentax user. He has the Sony A6000 and is waiting to upgrade to the A6500 for non-video reasons. I can't recall the specific need/want that is driving his upgrade. He resisted the A6300 and still owns his K-3 and a few lenses. But the vast majority of his shooting is done using the A6000.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I have a friend who in the past was a Pentax employee and avid Pentax user. He has the Sony A6000 and is waiting to upgrade to the A6500 for non-video reasons. I can't recall the specific need/want that is driving his upgrade. He resisted the A6300 and still owns his K-3 and a few lenses. But the vast majority of his shooting is done using the A6000.
The A6500 has IBIS and weather sealing. The A6000 does not. The A6300 has weather sealing but no IBIS.

The A6000 also has a poorer EVF than the 6300 and 6500.
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What picqued my interest is that the a6500 has WR, IBIS and comes in a small package, I am also eyeing the Sony 24/1.8 and maybe a Sigma 56/1.4, Sony's apsc lens ecosystem maybe smaller than Pentax but they have fast lenses for my interest. The issue is apart from their pricing is the low capacity of battery, how bad is that?
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how bad is that?
Not a total deal-breaker, but just a real inconvenience sometimes if you don't have a spare or two handy while out shooting for a day. However most Sony's support in-camera USB battery charging nowadays, which can help a bit when caught with a dead battery in the field.
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I have the a6500. It really is a good camera. So far I have it paired it with the 85 f1.8. The combo is very good.
I have been thinking if I should get the Sigma 56 f1.4, The reviews seem to be really good. The sharpness is amazing.
I have only two problems. I am not sure if I need that focal length. Two, I am not sure if I want to get aps-c lens.

If the two interest you, you should buy it and test it.

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