Well, it seems that time has gotten away from me again. Well, we will just get right into today’s subject, I finally bit the bullet and bought my camera. After reading review after review for over the past month. See when I lost my other job I had 140 hours of PTO that got cashed out and since I had another job starting the next day I didn’t need to live off the money so I knew what I wanted to do with the money since I never got to enjoy my time off anyway. I wanted to buy a new camera, my Sony Alpha a200 is over 9 years old and is still kicking but I am finding it harder and harder to capture the images I want to take. Working with the outdated equipment I am surprised at the images I am able to capture. Coming in at 10.2MP I can only enlarge or crop my pictures so much and the images people are easily able to capture takes twice as much work for me. Don’t get me wrong I like the challenge but there is nothing more disappointing than coming home and realizing that half your images are crap because of your equipment. This has been a great starter camera for me and has been my buddy for 9+ years.
I don’t like to tell people I am buying a new camera because they sometimes take it upon themselves to tell me what I should or should not buy. Yes, most people are fans of their brand and I have loved Sony for a long long time. I don’t like being told that I shouldn’t buy the brand I am buying just because they like theirs. I would like to say if I didn’t like my camera or this brand I would have switched a long time ago. So you are probably wondering what did I buy. Well, I stuck with the Sony Alpha line but I have been eyeing the mirrorless line of cameras. They are small, light weight and just as powerful as their DSLR siblings, with the same sensors the only difference being no mirror and the size. Well, last October Sony releases their new a6500. It is a 24.2MP yep I just jumped 14MP on my camera. It has a 5 axis in camera stabilization which means, unlike the other competitors I don’t have to buy stabilized lenses I can use one with Optical Stabilization or without. I can buy adaptors for other brand camera lenses and it will stabilize them also. My current camera has this feature although I am not sure if it is 5 axis but being able to use an older Milota lens cuts down on cost for me.
So you are probably wondering what did I buy. Well, I stuck with the Sony Alpha line but I have been eyeing their mirrorless line of cameras. They are small, light weight and just as powerful as their DSLR siblings, with the same sensors the only difference being no mirror and the size. Well, last October Sony releases their new a6500. It is a 24.2MP yep I just jumped 14MP on my camera. It has a 5 axis in camera stabilization which means, unlike the other competitors I don’t have to buy stabilized lenses I can use one with Optical Stabilization or without. I can buy adaptors for other brand camera lenses and it will stabilize them also. My current camera has this feature although I am not sure if it is 5 axis but being able to use an older Milota lens cuts down on cost for me.
The new camera also has 425 phase-detection Auto Focus points which cover the majority of the sensor and not the center most part like most other DSLRs. Then add to the camera that it will focus in on the subject in .05 seconds and I am sure to not miss a shot. Considering how my current camera only has 9 auto focus points.
Now, this camera will take 6K video and compress it to 4K in-body. Not that I take video often and I will probably not even use this feature although who knows maybe I will be the next Youtube sensation. 🙂 The camera should be great for fast action shots as it will take 11fps for up to 30 seconds in JPG or 10 seconds in RAW before the buffer will fill up. Like I need to take 30 or even 10 seconds worth of pictures, it is just nice to be able to get a short burst of photos that I haven’t been able to achieve on my old camera, which would only achieve 2.3 frames per second. 😀 But what is nice that the DSLRs that are hindered from their mirror is that I can move it down to 8fps and still have live view so that I can see where the subject is moving. Speaking of live view it is nice to look through the electronic eye viewer and see how the photo is actually going to turn out with my settings. No guessing how it will look the way it looks in the viewer is how it will be taken. One option I need to play around with is the Sony Memory app which I can use my phone for a shutter release, transfer photos, and use the Bluetooth of my phone to Geo tag my photos if I remember to use it. LOL.
As with anything of any cost I read and read and read and read until I can not take it this time it even included tons of youtube videos. Yes, I read up on the Nikon, and the Cannons. Yes in some areas they may excel slightly but none of them in my opinion and yes this is just my opinion came close to the overall package this camera had to offer. It is weather sealed, it is smaller than my old camera and weighs less too. Which when you do hiking you don’t like having a big old camera around your neck the whole time.
So before work on Wednesday, I got on to Amazon and I picked the bundled I thought would give me the best bang for the buck. For years with my older camera, I only had one lens a 18mm-70mm lens. Then here a year or two ago I picked up a Sigma 70mm-300mm. The kit I bought has a 16 – 50mm lens and a 55 – 210mm lens. Which should do me well until I start picking up some prime lenses also. It came with some lens filters, a bag, 2 extra batteries and a charger, memory card, some software and a flash. Now I don’t do a lot of photography with flash so not sure if I will use it or not but I am going to play around with it so I can see how it works. September 9th is my brother’s wedding and this camera will be going out on its first job and considering the reception will be in the evening I may need it. Then I picked up two more memory cards. So now I have a 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB which should cover anything I ever shot. Normally I am not the type of person who buys protection plans but for the cost of this camera I did pick up a 3-year protection plan which extends the warranty along with covering drops and spills.
So here is to a new future looking forward to taking better photos or at least ones with more detail. I have been watching HDR photography youtube videos I would love to give that a try. May even take a stab at some video, and I am really looking forward to the fall season this year. I need to practice with the sweep panoramic, and some other features this camera has. Getting used to a new camera is going to take awhile and a lot of playing around until I fine tune my settings just the way I want them. One thing I am not used to is having all these buttons on the back of the camera and being able to program each one of them. So once I find what I like those will get updated.
You may be wondering what I am doing with my old camera. Well, it still takes pictures and for someone else, it would be a great camera. Since my dad is still using an old film camera and not a great one at that I am going to give it to him. I hate to part with my lenses that I have but I am not going to need them anytime soon and I can pick some up later. I thought about keeping it for a backup but why do that and just let it sit around when my dad may be able to go have some fun with it himself. Well, it is time to go practice some so I have the general idea on camera function before my brother’s wedding next weekend.
I want to thank you all for taking the time to read and I appreciate your being part of my blog. Hope you have a wonderful evening or day where ever you are at. Below are some shots that I got between rain storms here with the remnants of Hurrican Harvey.