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    Posted: 28 October 2021 at 20:59
Well done - I look forward to seeing the results!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 October 2021 at 20:42
I also hope you can shoot all day

Enjoy it. I think it is a really nice camera.
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Good luck Phil
I've loved (& still love)my a6000 & think it's a great little camera, only bad point is that pesky rotary dial on the back, not good with my clumsy fingers !! The batteries are so small, light & cheap just get a couple of spares & carry them with you - just in case !
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Well it took a while, but I am now in possession of an A6000 with thee 16-50mm OSS kit lens and an LA-EA4 to enable use of A-mount lenses.

I am hoping that Addy's comment on the A6000 battery means I can shoot all day with one, but I've ordered a couple of Duracells for backup.

So far all seems well though setting the dioptre adjustment was a bit hit and miss, it's not the most user friendly dial.

On my next trip I shall take these and a few lightweight A-mount lenses (probably Sony 55-200, 30 macro & 85/2.8) and see how I cope without my normal load.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2021 at 10:28
Lets look at the CIPA ratings:
A6000: 360 (same as NEX 6)
A6400: 410
A6600: 810
A7r2: 290
A7r3: 650

Comparing your cameras:
A58: 690
A77: 470

Figures from Dpreview. With the A6000 I never felt the battery was to small, with the A7r2 I felt it was borderline. With A7r2 I always brought a spare battery, with the A6000 I usually brought a spare and with then A6400 I seldom bring a spare, just when it is below half. YMMV.

The battery life with the APS-C cameras is noticeably better then with the A7 cameras with the same batteries. But be aware, the way you use your camera makes a huge difference. I use manually switching between the EVF and screen (which is a pain with the A6000). It improves battery life compared to the automatic switching because when I remove the camera from my eye, the EVF shuts off, with automatic switching the screen turns on and still draws power. Like always, YMMV.

BTW, the FW battery is nice and small, easy to bring a spare. Not bringing one is of course easier.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2021 at 06:02
Originally posted by overeema overeema wrote:

Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

I have and like the A6000 which gets used a lot more than my NEX6, better menu (like the A7's I also use) and a better sensor. AF is also a slight improvement.

Only thing I find dearly missing from the A6000 is the spirit level, the NEX6 and later A6xxx models have it, but not the A6000

I've never used a NEX7, so I can't compare it against the NEX6 or A6000

On the downside for A6000 or NEX7 compared to NEX6 are:
NEX6 has a higher resolution viewfinder (2.3 vs. 1.4 Mpixel) and the the NEX6 and 7 have a metal alloy body, whereas the A6000 has a plastic body.
(if 16 Mpixel sensor is good enough for hiking)
I agree the menu system of the NEX6 is a disadvantage.

I can cope with the menu system. It's just a pity that the LA-EA1 & 3 don't provide usable AF with the Nex-6.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2021 at 14:40
It is weird what they left out of the A6600. It is not an A77III. It supports screw-drive with the LA-EA5, but there's no A-mount Lens Compensation. It has a durable but rather slow (1/160 s sync speed) mechanical shutter. The A1 has Lens Compensation for DT lenses and a 1/500 s sync speed in APS-C mode--twice as fast as the A77 cameras. The A6600 does have 5-axis IBIS and the Z battery.

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Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

There's definitely a trade-off between features and battery life. The A5000 was pretty decent with the little batteries. The A6000 less so. The A7RII can drain them in an hour. The A7III could last a week with the Z--A7RIV not so much. I need a second Z battery.


I have seen that trade-off moving from A58 to A99ii, but I carry spares and it hasn't been much of a hindrance.

If the A6600 could be found for half the price it would be a no-brainer, I may end up with a A6000 or even a Nex 6, to satisfy my holiday needs for a year or two, until the A6600 can be found at a better price.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2021 at 09:56
There's definitely a trade-off between features and battery life. The A5000 was pretty decent with the little batteries. The A6000 less so. The A7RII can drain them in an hour. The A7III could last a week with the Z--A7RIV not so much. I need a second Z battery.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2021 at 09:02
That TOP article I mentioned above discusses the improved battery, and my own experience with the A7 IiI is that the battery is a huge improvement over that for the A7 and NEX-7 (in my case). You might have to factor in the cost of an extra battery for the earlier models if you think you’re likely to be a day-long user of the camera.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2021 at 08:46
I have no interest in vlogging, but if it makes a camera I'm interested in fall in price I'm all for it. I guess it would also mean more used 6600s on the market - even cheaper.

If I spent the extra £350 on a 6600 I'd be spending it on LA-EA5 compatibility as well as the IBIS (worth a fair bit to me). The bigger battery is a bonus, but not as big a pull, perhaps as interesting for the better grip as the battery life. However, I have no experience of any of the A6xxx bodies, is battery life as bad as Kilkry found with his early FF bodies?
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

[QUOTE=Phil Wood]

Just wait for the A6700/6900 that is expected shortly.


I'd wait for the A6700/A6900 announcement too, if only to see if the "vlogger camera" (described so on SAR) will also have enough updates in the stills photography department and not necessarily because I think that the A6600 price will suddenly take a nosedive.

On a slightly related to-the-discussion tangent I relatively recently acquired my first E-mount camera that employs the Z-type battery. The larger battery wasn't what I was looking forward to primarily but it is what I've come to appreciate the most. Coming from A-mount to the A7 then A7rii I'd gotten used to mini batteries that die after 30 minutes shooting in the cold; the Z-type was a minor relevation.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

The A6600 is way more tan I was planning to spend (about 3 times) - though not as expensive as I'd anticipated. In every other way it seems better. I guess it would replace my A77 for APS-C use as well fit with my holiday camera plan.
I feel that the A6600 is overpriced compared to the A6400. When I look at Harrisons it is 843 GBP for the A6400 and 1199 GBP for the A6600. That is 350 GBP for IBIS and a better battery. But then, just get the A6100 for 679 GBP with lens.

Why not wait for the A6700/6900 that is expected shortly?

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