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June 10, 2013

A Few June Deals, More Links Worth Checking Out, and Future Camera Thoughts…

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Sony Alpha

Some new June and Fathers Day Deals worth checking out, a bunch of links to new products and plus I wanted to discus my plans for the future as it pertains to Pro Photography gear. I also finished Nex-3n Review >>, and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens Review >>

I own the Canon 5d Mark II, but the new Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras have me really thinking about what I’m going to do in the 2014?? Is the Canon 6D worth considering if your an aspiring Pro on a budget?? Find out below along with detailed specs and a full overview of the very affordable full frame Canon 6d.

 

A Few News Items Worth Checking Out:

Zeiss Touit for NEX – Pre-Order Now, should be in around June 13th @ BHphoto >>


 

Sony Dominates the Best Selling Compact Camera Systems @ Amazon >>

New Sony Cybershot HX50v available for pre-order @ BHPhoto >> | My Full Preview Click Here >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera

 

New Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for $999 @ BHPhoto >>

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Sony Alpha

 

Killer 4% Reward on select cameras and lenses @ Amazon >>

4% Rewards on Select Cameras and Lenses

 

Sony June Rebates

Check out the Sony June Savings page @ BHPhoto >>

sony-rebates-june

 

Bower (also branded as Rokinon and Samyang) is offering $70.00 off the 35mm f/1.4 lens @ BHPhoto >> and $40.00 off the 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fishey lens @ BHPhoto >>

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle US UMC Aspherical Lens for Sony

 

More Links Worth Checking

 

Need a camera Bag??

Check out this article I recently wrote with several user comments and recommendations on camera bags from small holster style to large roller travel bags:

 

Lightroom 5 Now Available!

Adobe Lightroom 5The Photoshop Lightroom 5 Software for Mac and Windows (Boxed Full Version) from Adobe is a complete photo management and editing suite for Mac OS X and Windows. Ideal for enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom takes a nondestructive approach to photo editing, leaving the original files uncompromised. All your adjustments and edits are stored in a database and applied to an image on the fly, so that you’ll always be able to go back to the original image. This enables you to execute as many post-processing adjustments on a photo as you’d like, without making permanent changes to the original image.

Available from $79 US to $149 US @ BHPhoto >> | Adorama >> | Adobe >>

Check out this Lightroom 5 (beta) Mini Review courtesy of Monico Here  >>

 

Looking for Cheap Old School Lenses for your Nex Cameras??

Check out these popular articles on lenses and Ebay Auctions below:

 

Sony E-Mount Lens Quick Link List

Lens # OSS Filter Size BHPhotoVideo
Amazon Ebay Auctions
SEL1018 Y 62mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SELP1650 Y 40.5mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL1855 Y 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL18200 Y 67mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL18200LE Y 62mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SELP18200 Y 67mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL55210 Y 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL16f28 N 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
-VCL-ECF1 N n\a BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
-VCL-ECU1 N n\a BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL20f28 N 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL24F18Z N 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL30M35 N 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL35F18 Y 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
SEL50F18 Y 49mm BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
All Lens Filters BHPhoto Amazon US, CA, UK Ebay US, CA, UK
Neutral Density Filters by size 40.5mm, 49mm, 62mm, 67mm
Polarizing Filters by size 40.5mm, 49mm, 62mm, 67mm
OSS = Optical SteadyShot
Black = Zoom Lens
Blue = Power Zoom
Red = Prime Lens
Green = Lens Converters
Magenta = Macro
 

Canon 6D Worth Considering??

I say yes until Sony comes out with their new FF Mirrorless Models of course 😉  At ~$1600 on Ebay (Click Here), the Canon 6D full frame camera is a great bang for the buck in my opinion. Remember, I own the Canon 5d Mark II from back in my Pro Photography business days before Layla (CLick Here), so I’m not just speaking out of my a$$. The Canon 5d Mark II is an incredible camera, and I still use it for my occasional Pro work, side job, or favors for friends. It still goes for $2600 with the awesome 24-105 f/4 L kit lens, @ BHPhoto >>, but on Ebay(click Here) you can find some good deals.

Check out the Killer Canon 6d design and build quality

Canon 6d Front Canon 6d Top Canon 6d Back Canon 6d Grip

 

Canon 6D Overview and Features Breakdown

The Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera is the ideal tool for unlocking your creative vision. It features a 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to L: 50, H1: 51200, and H2: 102400, for incredible image quality even in low light, and a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor delivers enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed. A new 11-point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV -3 sensitivity allows focusing in extreme low-light conditions, and with continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps, you are ready to capture fast action.

Full HD video with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates, and the benefits of a Full-Frame sensor provides stunning performance and creative flexibility. The built-in Wi-Fi® transmitter allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, or upload virtually anywhere from your iOS or Android smartphone* with the free download of the EOS Remote app. You can use your smartphone for remote camera control and operation (with the EOS Remote app), or even print your images on a Wi-Fi® compatible printer.

Perfect for travel and nature photography, the built-in GPS## allows location data to be recorded while shooting. Compact, lightweight, brilliant low-light performance, and loaded with easy to use features, the EOS 6D is truly the Full-Frame DSLR camera for everyone.

The Canon 6D is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon 6D is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 6D is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 6D: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Quiet to mention just a few.

  • Newly designed 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, a wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light, and the next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.
  • New 11-point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV-3 sensitivity for focusing in extreme low-light conditions and a bright, high-quality viewfinder for easy focusing.
  • iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  • Continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps for capturing fast-action.
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p(29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p) with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time: 29 minutes, 59seconds), selectable “All i-frame” (UHS-I Card is required) or IPB compressions
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® transmitter allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, share your images with Wi-Fi® enabled Canon cameras, or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android smartphone – Use your smartphone for remote camera control and operation (Requires EOS Remote app)
  • Built-in GPS## Receiver records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting.
  • Compact and lightweight body with shutter durability tested up to 100,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance, and EOS Integrated Cleaning Systemfor improved vibration-based dust removal.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor, 160° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure modes expand creative possibilities, and Scene Intelligent Auto and Special Scene Modes lets you achieve high-quality images with ease
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High-Speed (UHS-I) cards.

Canon 6D Specs

Camera Type Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
Recording Media SD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card
* Compatible with Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) memory cards.
Image Sensor Size 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full-Frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S and EF-M lenses)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type CMOS Sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 20.2 megapixels
Total Pixels Total pixels: Approx. 20.6 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Pixel Unit 6.55 um square
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
Manual cleaning
Recording Format Complies with Design rule for Camera File system 2.0 and EXIF 2.30
Image Type Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes
Large RAW and JPEG images are recorded simultaneously
Size Large: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648)
Medium: Approx. 8.9 megapixels (3,648 x 2,432)
Small 1: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824)
Small 2: Approx. 2.5 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
Small 3: Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648)
M RAW: Approx. 11.0 megapixels (4,104 x 2,736)
S RAW: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824)
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Backup Recording Not Availabled
White Balance Settings Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000° – 10,000°K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2,500° – 10,000°K), White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
* Correction based on the current WB mode’s color temperature
Color Temperature Info Transmission Provided
Viewfinder Type Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 97%
Viewfinder Magnification / Angle Approx. 0.71x / 33.3 Degree
Viewfinder Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Eg-A II provided. Interchangeable with Eg-D and Eg-S. Incompatible with Eg-A.
Viewfinder Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information AF information:AF points and focus confirmation
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information:Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock
Image information:Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card information
Battery check
Composition information: Electronic level
Warning Symbol
Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
AF Points 11 points all cross-type AF (f/2.8 at center: Dual Cross Sensor)
Center: cross-type at f/5.6; vertical line-sensitive at f/2.8.
Upper and lower AF points: vertical line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.
Other AF points: Horizontal line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.
AF Working Range Center AF Point: EV -3 to 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Other AF points: EV +0.5 to 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes Autofocus: One-Shot AF – AI Servo AF – AI Focus AF
Manual focus
AF Point Selection Automatic selection
Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Displayed or indicated by superimposed display in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
AF-assist Beam Enable
Disable
IR AF-assist beam only
Metering Modes Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes:
1) Evaluative metering
2) Partial metering (center: approx. 8% of viewfinder)
3) Spot metering (center: approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)
4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Creative Zone
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom shooting mode,
Basic zone
Scene Intelligent Auto (Program AE / non-shiftable), Creative Auto
Special Scene
Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control mode
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index) Auto and Manual setting range of ISO 100-25600 (expansion possible to ISO 50, ISO 51200 and 102400) in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments)
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB : ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock Yes
Shutter Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/180 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Shutter Lag Time (1) During SW-1 ON, time lag between SW-2 ON and start of exposure: approx. 0.060 sec.
(2) Time lag between simultaneous SW-1/SW-2 ON and start of exposure: Approx. 0.144 sec.
* Time lag with the aperture stopped down by 3.5 stops or less (Excludes AF operation time).
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Compatible Speedlites EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative flash metering and average flash metering)
Flash Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
External Speedlite Control Provided
* Compatible with radio wireless flash photography.
FE Lock Provided
Drive Modes (1) Single shooting
(2) Continuous shooting
(3) Silent single shooting
(4) Silent continuous shooting
(5) 10-sec. self-timer/Remote control
(6) 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous shooting: Max. approx. 4.5 fps
Silent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3.0 fps
Maximum Burst Based on 8GB memory Card:
JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 73 Shots
RAW: Approx. 14 Shots
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: 7 Shots
Based on 8GB UHS-I memory card:
JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 1250 Shots
RAW: Approx. 17 Shots
RAW + JPEG Large/Fine: 8 Shots
Focusing (1) Autofocus
1. FlexiZone – Single * One-point, contrast AF. Switching to another AF point is possible.
2. Face Detection Live mode
* Face detection, contrast AF. Face is selectable.
2. Face Detection Live mode
* Face detection, contrast AF. Face is selectable.
3. Quick Mode AF
* Phase-difference AF with 11 AF points.
(2) Manual Focus 1. Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.
Metering Modes Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor.
(1) Evaluative metering (315 zones)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 11% of Live View screen)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3% of Live View screen)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid Display Provided (Two-type grid displays)
Exposure Simulation Provided
Silent Shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Video File Format MOV (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
Video Frame Rates 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p
1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p
640 x 480 (SD): 30p (29.97) / 25p
Video ISO Range Auto ISO range: ISO 100-12800
Manual ISO range: ISO 100-12800 in 1/3- or whole-stop increments (expandable to H: ISO 16000/20000/25600)
* If highlight tone priority is set, automatically set within ISO 200 or higher.
Video Shooting Time Based on 8GB Memory card
[1920 x 1080]
30 fps/25 fps/24 fps:
32 min. with IPB compression
11 min. with All-I compression
[1280 x 720]
60 fps/50 fps:
37 min. with IPB compression
12 min. with All-I compression
[640 x 480]
30 fps/25 fps:
97 min. with IPB or All-I compression
LCD Monitor Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size 3.0-inches (Screen aspect ratio of 3:2)
7.7cm diagonal (6.37cm wide, 4.25cm high)
Monitor Dots Approx: 1,040,000 dots
Monitor Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment Manually adjustable to one of 7 levels
Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian,Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Image Playback Display Format Single image display
Two types of single-image full display, two types of shooting information
Index display
o 4-image index and 9-image index
Jump display
Jump 1/10/100 images, Shooting Date, Folder, Movies, Stills, or Rating
Highlight Alert With single-image display (Info.) and single-image display, overexposed highlight areas will blink.
Histogram Brightness and RGB can be displayed.
USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Audio/Video (Out) Terminal Audio/Video (Out) Terminal (1) AV stereo OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal (Type C)
Remote Control Terminal N3-type terminal
Battery One Battery Pack LP-E6
With the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, AC power is possible.
With Battery Grip BG-E13, two battery packs (LP-E6) can be used. Or six AA-sized/LR6 batteries can be used
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 in./ 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm
Weight Approx. 26.7 oz. / 755g (CIPA standard)
Approx. 24.0 oz. / 680g (Body only)

Canon 6D @ BHPhoto >> | Amazon >> | Ebay >>

 

Why is the Canon 6D so Affordable??

Canon cheaped out on a few things that make a big difference in performance, but not necessarily image quality. What I’m talking about specifically is the Auto Focus system. Canon put the cheaper much smaller APS-C sized AF sensors module inside, as apposed to the much larger full frame unit. Basically the AF points are concentrated to the center area as apposed to a wider spread across the entire frame like the 5d mark II has. Other than that it’s very similar and I would not mind having it.

 

What am I Planning on Doing?

I’m personally waiting for the full frame Nex-9 or the next Full Frame A-Mount Sony Camera which will be mirrorless and have 5-axis image stabilization technology thanks to Olympus. That seems like justification to sell my Canon 5d mark II. This way I can afford to buy the camera and a few lenses if I sell all mine. I’m totally confident in SOny after using my Nex-6 now for quite some time. The Disney Vacation proved to me the Nex-6 can handle almost anything I want to do, so a Full Frame A-Mount version with killer Sensor Steady Shot technology would be a suitable replacement for my pro Canon gear. What do you think? My wife Michele does not want to part with the Canon 5d mark II. I can’t blame her as the image quality is incredible, she knows how to use it like a Pro, and we have all the lenses we want. I think change is hard when it comes to the Pro quality gear is all, and I can understand. It’s a bit scary when you know how much money is invested and the quality you can output when needed with what you have. Take that away and it’s an unknown I suppose. I really hope the new Sony gear is off the charts killer!

Thanks for checking in and I’ll catch up with you later,

Jay


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10 Comments


  1. Jay, I read at SAR that the person (or company?) offering this super duper good price on the Canon 6D was known to have a considerably low reputation as an Ebay vendor. I personally have not read owner reviews or comments. Checking out this same camera in the Tokyo market, I can pick it up for ¥145,293 ( approx. $1,470) BUT, that gives me body only. Thing I have to ask myself is, what would be the objective to get this now and drop 1500 bucks? To have bragging rights for an FF sensor? I think I can easily tolerate the APS-C of the NEX6 as, like yourself, I really love the camera, the built-in EVF (necessary for video) and other aspects. The lack of an articulating screen on the Canon 6D is not attractive for sure. Where I see the Canon 6D becoming a ace card up the sleeve, so to speak, is, if Sony releases new equipment…. mirrorless Alpha, full frame NEX models which are so ludicrously overpriced, (if RX-1 is any indicator) having the Canon 6D might very well become an attractive, alternative choice for full frame. Furthermore, a year out from now, even greater price suppression on the current pricing of the Canon 6D will take place.

    For the interim and as a sidekick companion to the NEX-6, I will have a look at what Sony plans or intends to offer as a sequel to the RX-100 at the end of this month. 🙂


    • Jay

      Hi Jerry and thanks for the comments 😉

      Thanks for the heads up about the Ebay vender! I did not notice the reputation of the seller, but gave a general search link to the Canon 6D.

      Interesting points about the Canon 6D you raise, but I think the bottom line is image quality for the money. Nothing about bragging rights, who cares about that? Full frame image quality is significantly better than APS-C sized sensors, so from that perspective alone it’s a really great deal I believe. Not by any means a replacement for the Nex-6? Just a great option for an aspiring Pro looking for the best image quality possible for the least amount of investment. I’m thinking wedding shooters on a budget, or Landscapers on a budget for that matter 😉

      Good point about the prices in the future as I have no clue what Sony is going to price their new Full Frame Mirrorless cameras at. It could very well be in the $2000 plus range. Sony is really streamlining their camera lines though, so hopefully an affordable full frame mirrorless will be in the plans as well. It seems like it should be doable for a fair price? No translucent mirrror expense, no phase detection module or prism expense. Basically a killer new sensor that is going to cost more and a awesome camera body is all we need. One for $1500 with the basics, and one for $2500 with all the bells and whistles?? What do ya think Jerry?

      I’m also looking at that RX100 Mark II and love the look of the camera, but don’t like that name. Why would they use Canon nomenclature for the name? Am I missing something obvious perhaps? RX200 or rx100n makes more sense to me. Loved the RX100, so a upgraded version is a great idea in my opinion.


  2. Uc

    Hello Jay,

    I see the website has improved greatly and as always you’re doing a great job, kudos!

    Now my question is: Do you think a 35mm is a “true” wide angle lens? My 50mm prime is awesome but I find the focal length on my A57 a bit restrictive when it comes to taking indoor photos. Do you reckon a 35mm prime would do? or do you know of any Minolta lens(Wide angle) that’ll do a good job?
    Cheers!


    • Jay

      Hi UC and thanks for the kind words on the website 😉

      On the SLT-A57 35mm f/1.8 lens is reasonable wide in my opinion, because when you factor in the crop factor (1.5x) it puts it almost 50mm. The 35mm would be much easier to use indoors than the 50mm lens in my opinion however. 24mm is also a good focal length for crop factor cameras indoors in my opinion. Family room style photos were talking here where you can’t move back and so on. the 16-50mm f/2.8 is also a pretty solid all around lens.

      I hope that helps,
      Jay


  3. jw

    Hi Jay,

    Stumbled upon your website via Google and am spending quite a bit of time looking at your posts. Very informative.

    I’m actually considering bringing a 6D with me to Europe together with my trusty Nex 6 (with a 16mm+VCL-ECU1, Zeiss 24mm and Contax G 45mm). On one hand I am keen on making sure I get lotsa high IQ shots with my hopefully-constantly-improving photography skills and the 6D. On the other, I’m not sure whether it’s gonna be that big a step up for me to consider shelling out more dollars and lugging it around.

    Like yourself, I have been eagerly waiting for the Sony’s 2014 releases, esp the FF A mount, but if it comes in at near the price tag of A99, I can continue dreaming. Hence, the 6D and perhaps a 24-70 f2.8 I.

    Any thoughts on this? I thought to ask esp since you seem to have some experience with both cameras.


    • Jay

      Thanks JW for the comments and kind regards on the website 😉 I try my best with the little spare time I have!

      In any event, the Canon 6d looks like a great camera for the money, and the 24-70 f/2.8 is a killer lens, but heavy and you already have the Nex-6 and zeiss glass.

      Yes the full frame will produce better image quality, but not significantly enough to justify traveling with the extra size and weight in my opinion. If your looking to go Pro or get better quality images, the Canon 6d is a great option for the money 😉 It’s not exactly cheap though at nearly $2000 for kjust the camera body. I really think it’s going to be worth waiting for the new mirrorless a-mounts if you can bare the weight. I barely ever use my 5d mark II anymore as it’s gigantic compared to the Nex-6 and the lenses are also huge and heavy. Yes the image quality is better, but not so much so it’s worth the burden of carrying it all around in my opinion. Not when the Nex-6 is almost as good image quality wise, and a fraction of the size and weight. I still use the Canon 5d mark II for the occasional Pro work here and there however 😉

      I’m really looking forward to the Next Gen Sony A-Mount cameras and really think they will be worth upgrading to!

      I hope that helps,
      Jay


      • jw

        Thanks a mill Jay. You really knocked some sense into me with your reply. In fact I’ve started using my kit 16-50PZ again and am planning to bring it along on my trip instead of the Zeiss 24mm. Short of pixel peeping every photo or printing it several feet tall and wide, the IQ would do just fine for me.

        Cheers.



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