Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

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trax87 Contributing Member • Posts: 654
Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.
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I'm only half joking.  Lol.  Not sure how it happened exactly.  I have a NEX 6 that I am very happy with, along with a few lenses.  I basically have everything covered from ultra wide with the 16mm and adapter  through the 55-210 plus the 35/1.8 prime.  I had been considering the 16-70z, but thought it was a little pricey.  I also was thinking about a DSLR for better AF and/or either a DSLR or m4/3 for greater lens and accessory options.

Next thing I know B&H offers A $300 discount on the 16-70 and A6000 combo.  I wasn't yet sure if I was going to buy the 16-70 and had all but decided not to upgrade the NEX at this point.  But there I was pushing the buy button!  And I don't usually do things like that.

Oh well.  It's still on pre-order, so I guess I'll have some time to consider my actions :).

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Sam Rijver
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Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

That's cool. I'm looking forward to following your experience with this lens.

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DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,167
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That $300 off the SEL1670Z got a lot of us, didn't it?

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Pat Whittingham
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All depends on what you are doing.

I like mine just fine thank you for family and travel.

Will use an A7r/35/55/24-70 for more serious work (portrait and landscape) but the A6000/16-70 is a very enjoyable combination. I actually prefer this to my OLY E-M1/12-40 due to the wider zoom range and equally or faster focus (in reasonable light).

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Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

trax87 wrote:

I'm only half joking. Lol. Not sure how it happened exactly. I have a NEX 6 that I am very happy with, along with a few lenses. I basically have everything covered from ultra wide with the 16mm and adapter through the 55-210 plus the 35/1.8 prime. I had been considering the 16-70z, but thought it was a little pricey. I also was thinking about a DSLR for better AF and/or either a DSLR or m4/3 for greater lens and accessory options.

Next thing I know B&H offers A $300 discount on the 16-70 and A6000 combo. I wasn't yet sure if I was going to buy the 16-70 and had all but decided not to upgrade the NEX at this point. But there I was pushing the buy button! And I don't usually do things like that.

Oh well. It's still on pre-order, so I guess I'll have some time to consider my actions :).

You will not regret !

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OhioMom08 New Member • Posts: 9
Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

I've been shooting with this combo for almost a week now. It's been amazing! For what it's worth, I'm not a pro and I'm using the AFC to track small children - not birds in flight, or dogs running in the park. I've been happy enough with the A6000's AF performance to say I'm done with my DSLR. The A6000 combined with 16-70Z gives me results close enough to my Canon DSLR with 24-70L lens in a much smaller package and (in my opinion) a much more pleasurable user experience thanks to the EVF/live view and face tracking feature. I've also tested the AF on the 24 1.8z, the SEL 35 1.8 and SEL 50 1.8 and it hasn't let me down. Even wide open on the 50mm, which if I tried to capture with my NEX6 I would have failed miserably. I think you'll be happy with the combo. I'm sorry I missed out on that deal for $300 off!

Heavens Light Regular Member • Posts: 155
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I found the 16-70 for £530 online from a site I'd bought from before and bought it a couple of weeks ago to go with my Nex 6 and am really pleased with it. Then yesterday I was walking past a camera store and they had the A6000 in stock. You can guess the rest 

looking forward to test driving the combo this weekend

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Mel Snyder
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Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

trax87 wrote:

I'm only half joking. Lol. Not sure how it happened exactly. I have a NEX 6 that I am very happy with, along with a few lenses. I basically have everything covered from ultra wide with the 16mm and adapter through the 55-210 plus the 35/1.8 prime. I had been considering the 16-70z, but thought it was a little pricey. I also was thinking about a DSLR for better AF and/or either a DSLR or m4/3 for greater lens and accessory options.

Next thing I know B&H offers A $300 discount on the 16-70 and A6000 combo. I wasn't yet sure if I was going to buy the 16-70 and had all but decided not to upgrade the NEX at this point. But there I was pushing the buy button! And I don't usually do things like that.

Oh well. It's still on pre-order, so I guess I'll have some time to consider my actions :).

Check the used market for the NEX-6. It's terrific. Anything without an EVF is terrible.

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alvie Regular Member • Posts: 282
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Well, it sounds like a lot of us are drinking out of the same Tequila bottle.

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le_alain Senior Member • Posts: 1,559
Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

You save yourself buying an M4/3 or DSLR with ither set of lenses no ?

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trax87 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 654
Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

OhioMom08 wrote:

I've been shooting with this combo for almost a week now. It's been amazing! For what it's worth, I'm not a pro and I'm using the AFC to track small children - not birds in flight, or dogs running in the park. I've been happy enough with the A6000's AF performance to say I'm done with my DSLR. The A6000 combined with 16-70Z gives me results close enough to my Canon DSLR with 24-70L lens in a much smaller package and (in my opinion) a much more pleasurable user experience thanks to the EVF/live view and face tracking feature. I've also tested the AF on the 24 1.8z, the SEL 35 1.8 and SEL 50 1.8 and it hasn't let me down. Even wide open on the 50mm, which if I tried to capture with my NEX6 I would have failed miserably. I think you'll be happy with the combo. I'm sorry I missed out on that deal for $300 off!

That's encouraging.  I'm not a pro by any means and just want good image quality and a fun to use camera for all of the typical things as well as to continue to learn and grow as a photographer. The NEX 6 has been great, but in certain situations, I wanted a manual zoom and something a bit better plus some extra reach.

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trax87 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 654
Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

Mel Snyder wrote:

trax87 wrote:

I'm only half joking. Lol. Not sure how it happened exactly. I have a NEX 6 that I am very happy with, along with a few lenses. I basically have everything covered from ultra wide with the 16mm and adapter through the 55-210 plus the 35/1.8 prime. I had been considering the 16-70z, but thought it was a little pricey. I also was thinking about a DSLR for better AF and/or either a DSLR or m4/3 for greater lens and accessory options.

Next thing I know B&H offers A $300 discount on the 16-70 and A6000 combo. I wasn't yet sure if I was going to buy the 16-70 and had all but decided not to upgrade the NEX at this point. But there I was pushing the buy button! And I don't usually do things like that.

Oh well. It's still on pre-order, so I guess I'll have some time to consider my actions :).

Check the used market for the NEX-6. It's terrific. Anything without an EVF is terrible.

I will, Mel. It's good to know.  Not sure what I am going to do just yet. And I have to admit that I am still looking at all of the potential options I mentioned. But one possibility is to keep the NEX 6 as a second body. I had considered at one point getting a less expensive camera from the Emount line as a backup and so I wouldn't have to change lenses often, but I didn't want anything without an EVF either.

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trax87 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 654
Re: Uh oh. What did I do? A6000/16-70 purchase.

le_alain wrote:

You save yourself buying an M4/3 or DSLR with ither set of lenses no ?

I would like to think I saved myself some money, but I'm not sure that is really the case.

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Anthony Alongi Regular Member • Posts: 264
Me too!
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I just hit the order button as well.  I have been debating between the Sony combo, an Olympus combo and  Fujifilm combo for about a month since exiting the Nikon 1 system.  I have gone back and forth dozens of times.  That lens is what I have been after with the Sony, but I couldn't justify US$1K for it.  Earlier today while perusing the forums I saw the $300 off and (somewhat impulsively) pulled the trigger.  Looking forward to it.

For me, I love the range in a single lens.  Most of my photography is travel related.  I lived most of the 1990's in Europe and happily shot with just a Minolta Maxxum 7000i and the 24-105 from that system.

Later this year, I'll probably add a low light prime to the kit and be happy - although that 10-18 might eventually suck me in as well.

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trax87 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 654
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Anthony Alongi wrote:

I just hit the order button as well. I have been debating between the Sony combo, an Olympus combo and Fujifilm combo for about a month since exiting the Nikon 1 system. I have gone back and forth dozens of times. That lens is what I have been after with the Sony, but I couldn't justify US$1K for it. Earlier today while perusing the forums I saw the $300 off and (somewhat impulsively) pulled the trigger. Looking forward to it.

For me, I love the range in a single lens. Most of my photography is travel related. I lived most of the 1990's in Europe and happily shot with just a Minolta Maxxum 7000i and the 24-105 from that system.

Later this year, I'll probably add a low light prime to the kit and be happy - although that 10-18 might eventually suck me in as well.

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Tony A.

Congratulations and best of luck with it.  It's tough with so many great choices.  We are all very fortunate, but it doesn't make it easy.

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PVCdroid
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trax87 wrote:

I'm only half joking. Lol. Not sure how it happened exactly. I have a NEX 6 that I am very happy with, along with a few lenses. I basically have everything covered from ultra wide with the 16mm and adapter through the 55-210 plus the 35/1.8 prime. I had been considering the 16-70z, but thought it was a little pricey. I also was thinking about a DSLR for better AF and/or either a DSLR or m4/3 for greater lens and accessory options.

Next thing I know B&H offers A $300 discount on the 16-70 and A6000 combo. I wasn't yet sure if I was going to buy the 16-70 and had all but decided not to upgrade the NEX at this point. But there I was pushing the buy button! And I don't usually do things like that.

Oh well. It's still on pre-order, so I guess I'll have some time to consider my actions :).

You're going to be in heaven with the new lens and camera I suspect. Those darn specials do turn you into an ordering zombie. I got an A7 and A7R bundle when the trade-in program was in effect at huge savings. BH Photo was to blame by adding another $160 to the $300 trade in deal on top of the $650 bundle discount. Sold the A7 and SEL2470Z (very nice lens but had to keep the cost down) and kept the A7R, LA-EA4 and HVL-60M. I'm blown away by detail the sensor can produce and overall image quality although my NEX-7 and SEL1670Z combo is no slouch.

The SEL1670Z actually does a stellar job on the A7R in crop mode too. The 16-70Z is a lens you'll use for years. The sharpness, color, contrast, focus accuracy and speed improvements from the lens were very noticeable to me on the NEX-7. It must be even better on the A6000. Have fun, I sure am! I think Sony is trying to take over the world, turning one of us at a time into camera junkie zombies.

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Jesper Frickmann Contributing Member • Posts: 570
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Congrats, and good luck with it. At this point, I believe this must be the ultimate allround CSC combo - second to none!

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DezM
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Don't see it

I don't see this $300 off combo on their site. This was I wanted to get but settled on body only And received the a6000 body yesterday from Amazon.

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dquangt Senior Member • Posts: 1,690
Re: Don't see it

I don't see this $300 off combo on their site. This was I wanted to get but settled on body only And received the a6000 body yesterday from Amazon.

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www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1038726-REG/sony_alpha_a6000_mirrorless_digital.html

Just searched for a6000.

DezM
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Re: Don't see it

dquangt wrote:

I don't see this $300 off combo on their site. This was I wanted to get but settled on body only And received the a6000 body yesterday from Amazon.

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www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1038726-REG/sony_alpha_a6000_mirrorless_digital.html

Just searched for a6000.

Thanks, how did B&H swing that? Great deal, although I've already received the body from elsewhere.

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