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A6300 Thoughts

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Biro, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    My A7 III arrived a few days ago and it’s great - everything I expected it to be. I already have a few native FE primes and I wouldn’t mind having an APS-C back-up camera so my 28mm f/2.0, 35mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.8 can get some extra use.

    Enter the AXXXX series. I’m focusing on the A6300 because, unlike the A6000, it has the magnesium body, the newer sensor, the improved autofocus shared with the A6500 and weather resistance.

    I feel the A6300 still represents the best value in the line because the A6500 is still $300 more and I don’t care about the touchscreen, which DPReview finds to be a bit slow and clunky.

    The A6500 does have the faster processor but the A6300 has the best battery life in the line. I’m really not worried about a potential A6700 because we know what that is likely to cost. I have the A7 III for most of what the A6500 and a possible A6700 would be used for.

    Any thoughts? Feel free to poke holes in my logic. One last thing: Is it worth getting the 16-50 pancake? I doubt it’s weather sealed even though the A6300 body is.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  2. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    I just got an a6500. I've been very impressed for the most part. I use it mostly for wildlife shots with the Tamron 150-600 and Sony A 70-300. I had intended to get an a6300, but the price was right...

    Is it worth $400+ more? No, frankly.

    The only thing impressive about the 16-50 kit lens is the folding/extending lens element. It almost turns the a6*** series into a pocket camera.
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  3. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    IQ-wise, the 16-50 is OK and about what you might expect in a kit lens. Like Tipton said, it almost makes an A6xxx into a pocket camera; it will easily fit in my coat and jacket pockets.

    The A6500 also has IBIS. If you use all stablized lenses it is probably not an issue, but that is another difference.
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  4. Jeep Captain

    Jeep Captain TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 31, 2017
    Northwest Indiana
    I've got a A7 II and an A6300. I agree on the cost difference between the 6300 and 6500. I use the kit lens when I want the 6300 as a pocket camera. I also just got the Samyang 35 2.8 FE that has been used on both cameras. My only complaint is the short battery life compared to my Nikon D7200.
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  5. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    The a6500's added cost also includes the LSI improvements to the buffer. This is huge for those who shoot action.
    But if none of these features are impacting your style of photography, then the a6300 is the way to go. You also get the improved EVF over the a6000.
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  6. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    ahem... and IBIS
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  7. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    I was adding to Bob's mention of IBIS.

    If one shoots a lot of tripod-ed landscapes, macros, and astro, IBIS is not required.
  8. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    I’m guessing the lenses I’ll use the most on the A6300 are the FE 28mm f/2.0 (43mm equivalent), the 35mm f/2.8 (52mm equivalent) and the 50mm f/1.8 (75mm equivalent). None are what I would call slow and I’ve been pretty lucky historically without image stabilization. I won’t be shooting all stationary objects but I don’t expect to shoot sports with this camera, either. I have other cameras for that kind of work - including the A7 III.
  9. Jbphotography

    Jbphotography TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 9, 2016
    I bought a 6300 and kit 16-50 last year to upgrade from my Nex6, having concluded it to be the best value in the a6xxx range. Very pleased with it. On the odd occasion I need more I use my K1.
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  10. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2014
    Los Angeles, USA
    The NP-FW50 was never meant to handle 5-axis IBIS. I'd rather wait for an A6500 replacement with the new Z battery. The A6500 sucks through batteries way too fast for my taste. I'd probably go with the A6300 as a daily stills shooter or get an A6500 with a dummy battery adapter if I was doing video.
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  11. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf

    Think about the Rokinon 12/2. Set it at 5.6 and forget about MF. I really like mine and used it in Europe quite a bit.

    2018 Krakow Churches   19_01.JPG
    ILCE-6300    E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS    18mm    f/4.0    1/60s    ISO 6400
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  12. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    Ted, the 12/2 is an APS-C only lens, right? How's handling and balance on the A6XXX series?
  13. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    Yes, APS-C. It balances very well and image quality is excellent. That photo above is very high ISO, maybe 6400. The lens works well.

    2018 Warsaw Misc  15_01.JPG
    ILCE-6300    FE 28mm F2       f/1.0    1/50s    ISO 6400
    2018 Warsaw Misc  46_01.JPG
    ILCE-6300    E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS    37mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 100
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  14. mstphoto

    mstphoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 26, 2016
    Aberdeen, NE Scotland
    Mike Stephen
    These days, my a6300 + 16-70 gets more use than my a7r2 kit.
    Fantastic piece of kit :2thumbs:
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  15. Biro

    Biro TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    It's interesting. I think, sooner or later, the 16-70 will become part of my A6300 kit. It just seems like a great combination. But I'd like to see how the FE 28-70 that came with my original A7 classic does on the A6300. It's light, weather resistant and I can't beat the price for now. No wide angle on APS-C, of course, which is why I'll ultimately pick up the 16-70.

    Oh, and Ted, I picked up the Samyang 12mm f/2.0 as well. This should be fun.
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  16. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I have the A6300, 10-18, 16-70, 55-210 and the 70-300,, great light weight versatile kit, which fits into a small shoulder bag. All the lenses have OIS so no real advantage upgrading to the 6500. I've just sold my A7R2 and FE lenses (except the 70-300) and kept the A6300 kit.
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