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Thursday, 06 May 2021


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Good for you, Mike! Nice remarks and observations. I have been an enthusiastic fan, and owner, of Sony's NEX-style cameras almost since they appeared. There is something wonderfully liberating and casual about them, yet they can capture some murderously good images seemingly by themselves.

Hey, anybody and everybody does "leading edge" product reviews. Manufacturers send them review products and sometimes fly them to exotic places to attend launch love fests. Pfft. No biggie.

But how many bloggers/vloggers do "Adieu Reviews"? Maybe you should try to hitch-up with KEH or MPB?

Old Sonys never die, they just go downmarket - so a review of the about to be replaced(superseded, really) model before a new one launches is really helpful - it's good to see how a contemporary reviewer rates the camera vs. it's launch.

The A6600 is one of just a couple of the Sony APS-C bodies with IBIS, right? That makes it of interest if there are at least some end-of-life discounts to be had. I've been interested in it in the past, as I still have some of the NEX lenses kicking around and would like to have that baseline of resolution and stabilization in a small crop sensor camera. However, the price along with the menus and general apparent apathy from Sony to the APS-C side of things has kept me from buying another body. Make it cheaper though and I just might give it a try again.

MJ receives a camera for review - let it rain. Seems to be the pattern.

"Trust TOP to be in there last with the hot reviews!"

Au contraire! Intentionally or not, TOP does a great service by reviewing the newest entry in the discontinued/closeout/used bargain market, which, as has been pointed out more than once in these pages, is nothing to sneeze at these days. It's helpful to have a review in contemporary context, as opposed to the many that came out when the camera was introduced.

I should have read Rob L's comment before posting mine! (We're not related, just think alike, apparently.)

Your comments about the body design reflects my past experience with NEX-type bodies. They look somehow arbitrary and not right for a camera, but in use they work well and get out of the way. As a friend of mine would say, "I don't want to like it, but..."

I thought you had a GFX for review?
Are your thoughts still to come on it or did I miss that post?

Back in 2010 I was at a skateboard park while a now well known vlogger filmed our sons skating. He was reviewing a new video camera from a rapidly ascending camera manufacturer. There was a companion still camera which he handed to me to have some fun with while he shot video.
The camera was too small to hold comfortably, had no viewfinder, or controls that I could comprehend and the LCD screen was impossible to see in the late afternoon sun. After I pushed the shutter a couple of times I put the camera down and realized how much I liked my DSLR. I had been shooting film and digital for 40 years and I could tell that this was a camera that was going nowhere.
I think the front of the camera was marked NEX-3 or something. Duh?

Some time ago I believe you pondered just using a phone and a FF or MF system, nothing in between. I've been thinking about it. Two months ago I concluded that given the current quality of phone imaging and low prices of FF digital, this was the most sensible path for me - I upgraded to an iPhone 12, sold all my gear and bought into Sony FF with a couple of unusual lenses.

Before doing so, I had to admit first that most of the photos I had taken since I started this hobby could have been snapped on a phone and I'd have been none the sadder, such is the mediocrity of my photographic talent. Once I was past that I knew that a dedicated camera should really allow me to do things I can't casually do with a phone. For instance, the things an F1.2 lens can do on a FF body.


So, no more processing of thousands of RAW vacation snaps for little to no payoff.

Pleasantly surprised at how small the A7R II feels in reality, only four ounces heavier than the A6600. Not a major factor, though. If Fujifilm ever gets their GFX bodies under $2,500, there's my upgrade path.

I have the A6000 and A6400. Seems like the A6600 addresses my three complaints about earlier models. Bigger battery. Mine go through batteries quickly even if I follow all the online tips for conserving power. Second is the grip. I have small hands and earlier grips feel like I am holding on with the tips of my fingers. Finally the A6600 has in body image stabilization. I like to use my old Olympus OM lenses on various modern cameras. From experience with an Oly E-M10, IBIS makes a huge difference at slower shutter speeds.

One thing I appreciate about Sigma - they don't write things in bright white lettering on the front retaining rings. They are either blank, or engraved with lens info that is left black, not filled with paint. This prevents the text reflecting back into the lens, ruining your image, when you're using a filter.

I really like that puddle photo. It was a terrific coda after a string of pleasant, undemanding snaps of your walk.

Yes, where’s that GFX? I am waiting to buy and have a few choices, the GFX is one of them. An old Sony is not. I want to hear your opinion before I choose.

Yes, a moment of silence, please. No surprise---maybe the only surprise was that Sony waited so long.

The A850 was my first FF digital camera, coming to it from the Oly E-3 (another abandoned form). It was a good transition between the 2, they had a lot in common in terms of ergonomics and build quality. I used the A850 a bit longer than the E-3, for 4 years. The files were indeed far better, though, and I can still use them today w/o much PP fuss, less so the older Oly files (although with new software advances, new life can be breathed into those files, a good thing!).

In some ways I miss those more innocent and hopeful days of digital. Traded in the A850 for a 645Z, and haven't looked back---a truly great camera, and my backup camera, a K1mkII, is also superior.---but I still feel a pang now and then.

So, here's a toast for auld lang syne.

[I'll raise a glass with you, Tex (although make mine Perrier). I still feel an occasional pang for my Konica-Minolta 7D. Was that camera ever an eye-opener. It had the best digital color of any digital camera I've ever used, and making the leap from a small-sensor digital was possibly the biggest leap in quality I've ever experienced in digital, too. Despite the low pixel count, the files still look good. My camera basically broke, and I'll always wonder how long I'd have used it if it hadn't. --Mike]

I had the A6000 and 24 1.8 Zeiss for a time. It produced perfectly fine photos. The colors were especially nice. However, I admit that I am one for whom the experience of photography is also important (a clear sign of my amateur status, BTW). To that end, the brutalist design was an impediment to any personal pleasure that I might experience using the camera. It was too much function over form, and I knew that I could get equally pleasing image output and more pleasing tactility elsewhere, so I moved on.

I too just bought a camera about to be replaced (a Panasonic GH5). About 3 years after initial release, the performance is good enough for me -- but more importantly, the ecosystem (i.e. online training from passionate users) is mature.

I'm going to be tinkering with video, something I know not a lot about -- so this was an important consideration. Not everything needs to be bleeding edge.

Enjoy the Sony!

Cheers, Pak

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