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    Posted: 06 January 2019 at 21:25
Wondering what your backup camera is if you carry one at all. If you do, do you shoot film or digital and whats your lens choice. My primary is an A6000 and I want a second carry that is either Sony or Minolta instead of another brand I own as I want to change over.
 



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On this page you'll find the most recent polls of what people's primary and back-up camera's are.


For your A6000 backup I think there's a few options depending on how much you want to spend on it and how "similar" you want it to be.

You could just choose a second A6000 (simple, but most expensive)

You could consider a NEX6, looks are similar and it has a viewfinder like the A6000, however buttons, layout, menu etc. are quite different from the A6000. Same is true for a NEX7 which has more MP's than the NEX6 but an older sensor and less performant in low light.

I just went on a week vacation with an A6000 and a NEX6 but I know both cameras quite well so the difference in operating interface didn't bother me personally but YMMV.

If you can live with a backup without EVF (just the LCD) there's several A5xxx options as well as the NEX5x or NEX3x variants. I'm not familiar enough which those regarding interface/menu style like NEX6/7 versus which are more akin to the A6000, maybe others can chime in on that.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 01:39
I haven't brought a backup camera anywhere. I just bought an A7II as the new toy to replace the A6000. I have an A68 for more strenuous stuff. A Pentax Q7 which is silly. And a Minolta 600si I should use for the film challenge here.

An A5000 or A5100 would be a good backup for the A6000. Same menus, different ergos. You might find an older NEX model cheaper than the A5000. The little 5N/5R/5T have fancy metal bodies. The 3N is tiny. The F3 is bigger. I gave my daughter an F3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 22:40
Another vote for the Sony A5100 as a backup for the A6000! I recently bought a second one (my first is IR converted), used - but mint with 1500 shutter actuations - for Euro 180. Cannot imagine a better value for that price.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 23:38
My Primary Camera is an A900, my secondary camera is an A99 and my third camera is a A700. My first lens is a 70-200F2.8, then a MInolta 400F4.5 then a Sony 20F2.8. And for the A700 is a 70-300 lens, 16-105 lens then a Minolta 100Macro and sony macro flashes

I also have 2x Minolta 9 film bodies, but with the cost of film processing here in AU, I rarely use film unless I have a subject worth of using a roll or two.

I also inherited a Bronica Medium Format film camera and two motor drives, with a range of lenses and film backs and flashes to suit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wacrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2019 at 01:27
Well, I'm seriously thinking of buying either a A77 or A77II and keeping the A6000 as my second camera. The question I need to research now is which one.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote JST1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2019 at 04:29
a99 is my primary. My back up is either the a77ii or the RX1. The a77ii has the same set up and menus. The RX1 is better if I am trying to travel light.
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I frequently use four cameras: one ILC that I like for 'studio' work, another ILC that I prefer for mobile work, a third ILC (different brand, mount, and sensor size) with a few special capabilities that the other two don't have, and a fixed-lens compact camera for casual stuff and traveling light.

Each one is the primary camera for some things while the others would be considered backups for the primary.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2019 at 08:31
My back-up camera has been Canon AF35M. This is a small fully automatic full frame with only 35mm F2,8 lens film camera, in my hands since about 1990. I still have it to secure my digital era - Konika Minolta 5D (2006-2007), Sony a700 (2007-2012), NEX7 (2012-2017), Sony 6500 (2017...). Only 2 AA batteries needed for puting it into the pocket.

I had never done it in 2006-2018, because of no need!

But of course, can happen, and if you feel you need it, then my way to solve this problem can be to leave a6000 as "backup" and look for newer model as "main". The best result can be - you have 2 familiar for you cameras for 2 mounted same system lenses - so you do not need to switch lenses outdoor. Here "backup" remains as just a word, because you use cameras right way. And if you like to shoot in not great weather conditions, use camera you name "backup".     
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