With the recent deals, I was able to get a good price on the NEX-6 with 16-50mm lens plus the 55-210mm zoom. I'd rented a number of cameras lately looking for something that was: - Lightweight - Easy to use for a non-enthusiast but with enough ability for an enthusiast (me) to really take control - Had a viewfinder - Produced good quality stills - Produced good quality video - Doesn't break the bank The NEX-6 won out over a number of other contenders: - NEX-7: Didn't like the lack of a dedicated mode dial, felt the viewfinder on the NEX-6 was superior even though I think it's supposed to be the same between the two models, rather more expensive, didn't really need the extra resolution - Olympus OMD-EM5: Loved the feel of the camera, hated the menu system, video was sub-par, not as light as the NEXs - Panasonic GH3: The GH3 had superior video quality and similar stills quality, plus great external controls, but is very pricey and larger/chunkier - Panasonic G6: Also had better video, but stills performance (especially at higher ISOs) was sub-par by today's standards, larger/heavier than the NEXs The camera should arrive tomorrow and I have a few months to get used to it before we go on a big trip. Looking forward to playing with the new gear, and of not having my hands get so tired when I'm shooting for an extended period of time! I've also got a flash adapter on order so I can use my old Konica-Minolta flash -- I understand the Sony adapter will preserve full control of the flash unit. I'd tried the flash out on a rented NEX-7 and the camera and flash did communicate correctly, so I'm expecting I'll have full functionality using the Sony adapter on the NEX-6. The only drawback is that the flash seems ridiculously big for the camera (as big as the camera body, maybe slightly bigger). Are there tips on getting to grips with the NEX-6's controls quickly and learning to get the most out of the camera? I only just discovered TalkNEX so it will take me a while to find everything that's available here.