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    Posted: 19 February 2022 at 10:50
I was wondering why you didn't just buy a used A6000, but I noticed that the prices of those have an upward trend and the A3000 is less then half price.
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Yes, sub-£100. Thanks for the link - it's a really interesting review and more than confirms the suspicions I had about it - an unusual combination of good and poor features. We'll have to see how it is in use.

Hmm, thinking about it, it could be the ideal old guy's camera:
- simple operation and few buttons, to avoid taxing fading memory cells;
- big grip easy for arthritic fingers to hold;
- light body for those weakening arm muscles;
- low res EVF and LCD to suit failing eyesight;
- accurate AF (see above);
- very good sensor (for its time) to allow PP on a big bright screen at home.
- and of course plenty of cheap OSS lenses for the growing hand tremor.


Edited by Miranda F - 19 February 2022 at 10:48
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2022 at 09:31
Itís not my opinion, but David Kilpatrick did an extensive review of the A3000 here. This kept me away from the camera, even when it was only £100 or so, but he saw a lot of merits despite the big failings. I have a QX1 and the sensor is a big improvement on the NEX-7.

I think the A3000 is an interesting curio, and it would be fun to try one out if itís not too pricey - sub-£100?

(I assume the A3500 is near identical.)
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I tried the A3000 in a store, and it had an awful EVF--worse than my ancient PowerShot. Some sort of LCD. I don't remember if it was field sequential like the A57. It feels much cheaper than the A58.
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Just been re-reading this thread as I'm thinking of upgrading the Nex-6 to an A3500. The main reason is that although I've used the Nex-6 a lot and enjoyed it (mostly), getting the A7Rii has reinforced how poor the menu system was on the Nex, and changing controls when swapping the cameras stretches my brain capacity. The A6300 appears to have fairly similar controls and menus to my A7Rii, being the same generation of camera, so this looks the right choice for me.
I did think about the other APS-C models, but I need a decent EVF which lets out all the A5xxx and the earlier A6xxx, and I will be using mostly OSS lenses on it (apart form the occasional MF prime for retro-appeal ) so I don't need IBIS, and the A-mount stuff will tend to use the A7Rii.

For a bit of a laugh I also bid on an A3500 which appears to be a cross between the A58 I have (similar sensor and EVF) and the Nex. Some sources claim the (Asia/Pacific/etc) A3500 has the better EVF of later cameras (presumably 1024 x 768 as in Nex-6) but M Hohner's site doesn't mention any differences and most web reviews of this camera are light on details or suggest it was a rebranding excercise. Anyone here tried the A3500?
Anyone still using the A3000?

Edited by Miranda F - 19 February 2022 at 09:18
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2019 at 17:11
Originally posted by Anita Anita wrote:

When you are a wedding photographer, weight is an absolute issue! They all complain about heavy lenses, and they are right. So the mirrorless system (read lesser in weight) is also a good choice for people half my age.

Do like I did, swop system and never look back.


In general I would agree. There were three reasons why I was not interested in investing in a full frame camera body and lens when I first bought a DSLR; those being cost, bulk and weight.

Certainly even my a68 is fairly hefty when compared to an a6xxx-series mirrorless aps-c body and yet due to its plastic construction, its only 2/3 of the weight of the a77. Certainly for hiking, a good light-weight setup is a real no-brainer. The HX99 is so small and light-weight, I barely notice I'm carrying it with me at all.



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When you are a wedding photographer, weight is an absolute issue! They all complain about heavy lenses, and they are right. So the mirrorless system (read lesser in weight) is also a good choice for people half my age.

Do like I did, swop system and never look back.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2019 at 08:37
Anita, no, not at all.
And actually - this is very nice period of our life
You and me, we can see our age data at Dyxum site. Some of us are keeping it not opened. There can be many reasons.
But, my hands are not so peacefull any more and this is about 5-6 years ago, when I noticed it. IBIS helps me lot. Younger persons can not know about this jet.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anita Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2019 at 07:47
If you already are or surely coming older??

Not sure if I should feel offended or not.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2019 at 21:38
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

It was also unique in using a 19.8 megapixel sensor that doesn't seem to appear in any other camera.
The Sony A58 and Pentax K-S1 had (almost) the same sensor.

That is my understanding. Also the A5000 and QX1. Seems to be used without an anti-aliasing filter.
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Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

It was also unique in using a 19.8 megapixel sensor that doesn't seem to appear in any other camera.
The Sony A58 and Pentax K-S1 had (almost) the same sensor.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2019 at 17:37
Hopefully it (IBIS) will have a positive effect on adapted a-mount lenses that lack any form of in-lens OSS too. I guess I'll find that out for myself at some point soon.

Thanks.

Originally posted by Aavo Aavo wrote:

Littlebit about IBIS or OSS, as final remark.
A6X00 bodies and lenses are very light and because of this image stabilisation of this combo helps lot, even more, if you already are or surely coming older.
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Originally posted by Aavo Aavo wrote:

Littlebit about IBIS or OSS, as final remark.
A6X00 bodies and lenses are very light and because of this image stabilisation of this combo helps lot, even more, if you already are or surely coming older.

Yes, I find myself taking quite a few unintentionally motion blurred pictures with the A6000 and unstabilized lenses like the Sigma 30/2.8. It didn't happen as often with A5000.
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