A6000 w/16-70 Trial

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jazzer, May 19, 2014.

  1. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    These are some pictures from my first real outing with the A6000 and 16-70z taken at a local park/garden. I am still evaluating the combo and don't yet have the camera set up the way I would like it, but I was pretty happy with the performance.

    I'm not usually a big fan of flower photos, but I liked the bokeh and color rendition of the 16-70.
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    Sphinxes overlooking the garden
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    Many thanks to the woman who unknowingly posed for the image and gave it some scale :). She had been concerned that she was in the way while I was trying to take a picture. I showed her the image after I took it and thanked her. I always feel like putting a person in an image like this helps add a little interest.
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    A different perspective
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    An interesting rock formation. Looks a little like rock in volcanic areas that have been eroded by lava.


    Stairs down to a scenic overlook
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    Memorial to fallen fire fighters
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  2. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    Nice - the stairs are my favourite :)
     
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  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Someone could easily think this combo agrees with you. :)
     
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  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Lovely combo
     
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  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Great set of photos! The flower shots are obviously very nice - those colors pop! - and I also like the last 2 photos :thumbup:
     
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  6. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Nice ones Jazzer! My favorites are the first one and the 2 last ones. The one with the woman is a bit underexposed I think. This Zeiss 16-70mm is probably one of the best lens for the e-mount.


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  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick

    Oh, and based on these results above I think you should shoot flowers more often :D
     

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  8. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry
    Thank you everyone.

    Christian, I think you are right about the picture with the woman being slightly underexposed. It didn't look quite so dark on my monitor, but I saw it on another computer and it seemed a bit darker than I intended.
     
  9. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Jazzer, what is your take so far on the combination? I am still waiting on my 16-70 and my a6000 to arrive in the local camera shop (it's crazy how hard it is to get this Sony camera! I have never had a problem in the past with any of my Sonys being in stock!) and wondering what I will do with my NEX 6 when it does arrive. One of my "justifications" for changing out bodies eight months after an upgrade was that I could (and would) sell the 6...

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  10. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
    Larry

    NFWG, I am really enjoying the combo, but I think it really is going to depend on what your expectations are and the reasons for your making the purchase as to whether you will feel it is worthwhile. I do (think it was worthwhile), but I came to that conclusion only after taking the full 30 days to decide (and even then had some question). Like you, I was having a hard time justifying the purchase, having had my NEX 6 for only about a year (and not feeling like I even scratched the surface with it in that time). But my take on it was this. I really wanted an alternative zoom to the kit lens and I was seriously considering the 16-70. For $350 more, I could upgrade the camera as well and benefit from the various "fixes" to the NEX 6 plus the better auto focusing system. That seemed like a reasonable trade off to me.

    I thought I was going to sell my NEX 6 to defray some of the cost of the A6000, but now I'm not so sure. I was out today shooting and I took both cameras - the 16-70 was on the A6000 and I had the 16mm with ultra wide adapter on the NEX 6. It was really nice not having to swap lenses. I also started doing some calculations and I'm not sure how much money I would net after selling the NEX 6 since I would like to keep the 16-50pz lens for a very compact package and I would likely want to buy another Sony battery. I don't have a lot of mileage on the NEX 6 and it's still a great camera. I have to think hard about what is going to mean more to me, the money I can get out of its sale or the value of its continued use as a second body.

    I posted this on the subject a little earlier today, if you didn't see it. https://www.talkemount.com/showthread.php?t=6895&page=2

    If you have any other questions, let me know. And feel free to PM me.
     
  11. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks Jazzer! Sounds like we are thinking about this in the exact same way!

    I was planning on the 16-70 as a "replacement" for may SAL1680Z which is my favorite A Mount. I have been using it a bit with my LA-EA2, but it is a bit bulky. The idea was to get the 16-70 and sell the SAL1680Z to help fund, but then this deal came up so I figured I would add the a6000 since I have had AF issues with my 6 (which I think are related to the way I shoot and my normal subjects). Now I am looking at trying to figure out what to do with a lot more gear than I thought.

    I will probably be pushing return limit times too. I have special ordered the combo in at a local camera store, so the return limits are a little different, but hopefully I will have enough time to make sure.

    Thank for the offer! I may be bugging you for more of your thoughts via PM ;)

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  12. NkedFatWhiteGuy

    NkedFatWhiteGuy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    So...sigh... I recieved my a6000 on June 30th, right before heading to the coast for the Fourth of July. I was told that the lens shipped that day, but they didn't expect it to arrive until like the 5th. I headed out and took both my NEX 6 and my shiny new a6000 in addition to my Fuji X20 and my GoPro (I always take way too much with me).

    On thebtrip, I ended up using the GoPro primarily on the beach and then the NEX 6 back at the beach house because I was concentrating on taking lots of candid shots of family and friends. I figured I would get plenty of time to learn the a6000 when I got back with the 16-70.

    When I returned, I was super excited to call my favorite cameras shop to tell them I would be in for my lens! I called on Monday and learned that I was misinformed (or I misinterpreted what I heard) and that the estimated ship date was the 30th, and that now, the ship date for the 16-70 has been pushed back to July 24th! Oh, but I am "top of the list" because I have been the only prepaid...

    Needless to say, I am not very happy with my local shop nor am I very happy with Sony - which is becoming a very common theme for me. Now, I understand manufacturing, supply chain, delivery, and order fulfillment very well, so I get it... I am just frustrated and I think I just need to vent :(

    The camera shop is listening well and has said that they will be conveying my message to the Sony rep - which includes my now growing regret of staying a faithful Sony camera customer for the past 10 years - to help improve things in the future, but I am still irritated and am wondering why I am continuing to make large (for me) investments in a hobby like this....sigh...

    Okay, I think I got it out of my system for a bit... thanks for listening...