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Old Yesterday, 12:28 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by disney65 View Post
Last yr I did consider buying a6500 but I got better price on a7rii so end up buying second a7rii body (I was buying Sony for switch-over)

I have f/4 FF lenses but they are not sharp enough, yes they are very light.

If you do get a6500, I believe 16-70 has better reviews then 18-105.

You should be able to get 55-210 used very cheap.
It sells used for about the same price if it's included in a kit, so I plan on getting the 55-210 up front. It gets really decent reviews so it might work well. I've also considered the Canon 70-200/L f4 (older version with IS) with an adapter. It's supposed to be a great lens for around $500 (cheaper used) and the a6500 has good in-body stabilization.

I don't use that reach often but would certainly enjoy it when I want it.

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Originally Posted by carolina_yankee View Post
Thanks for the tips on the other cameras. In fairness to Sony, their 16-70 f4 zoom is roughly the same price as Canon's 24-105 f4 and both cover the same focal range.

The only viable Sony zoom alternative is there 18-105 f4. It's not as sharp, and the Power Zoom comes off as annoying for photography while loved for video. I have to figure out if the extra sharpness of the Zeiss is worth the extra $$. I may end having to test both before committing the $$$. At least i know I can buy used for a reasonable savings!

Something I haven't considered is that the Sony a6500 auto-focus works very well with Canon and vintage lenses with either a Sigma or Sony adapter, which isn't true with older models. That broadens my lens options considerable, which is good because I have a Canon ef-s 60mm 2.8 macro, and Sony doesn't have an alternative that's as fast. The whole world of vintage primes would also be very interesting to explore - there's supposed to be some amazing glass out there for little money.

A professional photographer attended a recent baptism at my church. He said I would be happy with either Fuji or Sony, and that both had their plusses and minuses. He went with Fuji because Sony wasn't there yet, but now he said it would be a very hard choice! I guess it's kind of like deciding which is better, Magic Kingdom or Disneyland.


I have sigma MC-11 adapter which is cheaper then Metabone. Does the work OK/fine but will not trust if I am looking for sports shots. You may hear some grinding noise if you use for videos.

Most new Sony cameras responds better with adapter then older version. Frame rates goes down with adapter.

In body stabilization will be available only for 3 axis not 5 axis with non stabilized lenses using adapters.
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