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On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Androole: "...one thing is clear: Sony anticipates the a6300 to be another top seller."

I imagine that a lot of the A6000's popularity came from its remarkably low price tag. It was a high-quality sensor and processor wrapped in a simple, inexpensive body with no extra features or frills to drive up the cost. The A6300 very much follows in its footsteps with a similar template, but at a 60% (!) increase to its starting MSRP for a very similar camera, it doesn't look like nearly the same bargain value proposition in a very competitive market.

Likewise, it's hard to feel like a camera at this price tag will stand the test of time and "look impressive, even two years down the road," with ergonomic oversights you've highlighted like the missing direct controls, no touchscreen or AF joystick, and not being weather-sealed despite the $1000 price point.

It's a nice camera, but doesn't feel like it moves the bar the way the A6000 did unless you only care about 4K and incremental AF improvements...

At this moment, on "Amazon's Best Sellers in Interchangeable Lens Cameras" which includes both mirrorless and DSLR cameras, the A6300 (body only) is ranked #5. The only cameras that are outselling it are the Rebel T5 in various kits (#1, #2, #3) and the Nikon D3300 (#4). The A6300 is available for pre-order on Amazon. The A6300 kit is at #9. In comparison the Canon 80D, which is also for pre-order on Amazon just like the A6300, is currently ranked at #66. It appears that the A6300 is doing quite well, at least on Amazon. Here's a screenshot:

http://postimg.org/image/79lx9n6q7/

If you look at just mirrorless cameras, the A6300 is the top seller, ahead of the A6000:

http://postimg.org/image/pl8y39fq5/

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony a6300 real-world samples (368 comments in total)
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Caerolle: If they ever made some good fast APS-C primes I might be interested. I think the chances of that happening rank up there with an A7000 ever being made, maybe they will drop them at the same time, like a whole new system (or a reboot to the E-mount system).

There are plenty of good fast primes for E-mount. Especially if you include manual primes. And for fairly cheap, too. Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 135mm f/2 are two excellent, fast manual E-mount primes, both for only $550. For AF, I love my Sony 35/1.8 OSS and 50/1.8 OSS. There are definitely options out there. But I think it's a bit of a stretch to expect a "complete set of 5" lenses that all have to be faster than f/1.8. How many systems really offer that? And how many people really buy a full set of 5 faster-than-f/1.8 primes?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 15:27 UTC
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johnsmith404: Since people were asking, at a CP+ presentation the Sigma CEO has explicity stated that Canon, Tamron and Tokina lenses are not supported by this adapter (the LED shouldn't even turn on).

I think eventually software/firmware will be written to allow this. I think we're just seeing the beginning of what this adapter will be capable of. Gone are the days when a product was simply a static thing that couldn't be updated. Everything from cars to phones are getting software/firmware updates that add capabilities.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
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ttran88: No Canon EOS M mount so no good

How many EOS M users are there out in the wild? The system has been a sales dud. So I see no economic incentive for Sigma to bother with the EOS M mount. Besides, the EOS M system has such a poor selection, not to mention such a low usership, that it's kind of pointless to invest the time and money to make an EOS M mount. A "dumb" adapter would require practically no investment, but a smart adapter such as the MC-11 is a bigger investment for Sigma.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:28 UTC
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Donnie G: It's easy to see how this adaptor will help Sigma sell more of their glass. My question is what will this do to Sony's already anemic lens sales? Or put another way, why would anyone want to buy Sony lenses when they can get full functionality, by way of adapters, with Canon and now Sigma glass? It just seems to me that Sony loses more than it will gain from their "universal" lens compatibility "feature", especially so since lens sales is where the money is made with ILCs. Just saying. :))

I don't know why people seem to think there's only money in lenses, and no money to be made in cameras. It's the "lens sales is where the money is" fallacy. But notice that all the tracking data in the photography industry measures camera sales as the key metric. You never see lens sales stats. The reality is that lens sales are a small portion of overall sales. For example, as a Canon user I've bought one Canon 35/1.4L; I don't need another one. But I've bought six Canon DSLRs (Canon 10D, Rebel XT, 20D, 40D, 60D, 5D). I'm not buying a new Canon 35mm lens from them every other year! Canon has made plenty of profit with every new camera body I've bought from them. Likewise, Sony will too. Sony will be making plenty of money off of their camera bodies. And as "universal" bodies, even more people will be attracted to their camera bodies. And yes, plenty of people will still want to use native Sony lenses without the need for an adapter.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:16 UTC
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Tieu Ngao: Sigma lenses are on the heavy side. Sony bodies are on the light side. This combination is not balance for my taste.

@Tieu Ngao - a lot of us use large telephotos on our DSLR bodies. Guess what? That's "front heavy"! Even a 70-200/2.8 is "front heavy" on a large pro DSLR with a big grip. What's the solution? Proper hand holding technique.

My first foray into mirrorless cameras was with a tiny Olympus E-PM1, and I used my big Canon FF DSLR lenses on it via an adapter! The reason I liked using the E-PM1 so much was because it had in-body stabilization, which meant that all of my Canon DSLR lenses that I used on it now had stabilization. It really wasn't much of an issue using these larger lenses, because I simply supported the weight of the Canon lenses with my left hand.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
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Tieu Ngao: Sigma lenses are on the heavy side. Sony bodies are on the light side. This combination is not balance for my taste.

Unless you hold your camera/lens combo entirely from the body, I don't see it to be a big issue at all. If you properly support the lens with your left hand (which you are supposed to do), the lens basically becomes weightless from the perspective of the body. Proper handholding technique ensures you can have proper "balance" when using any lens and body combination.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
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sunilkumar: Somehow 'limited edition' does not sound much meaningful as it used to be in film era. After 3-5 years the digi camera becomes junk.

I am not saying anything against digital but only limited edition so

I don't know why people think "after 3-5 years the digi camera becomes junk". A digital camera can basically last forever, performing as well as the day you bought it, providing you have battery power. I still have a Canon 60D, which was released in August 2010, almost six years ago. It still works excellent, and still produces excellent images. A friend of mine is shooting with a Canon 40D, which was introduced in August 2007. Every day, she's still producing great images with it. The idea that a digital camera "becomes junk" after 3-5 years is pure non-sense coming from people who see cameras as gadgets rather than as photographic tools.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 06:49 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Things we found that had been cut in half (136 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I don't know why, but I find this old Nikon F and Canon F-1 much more nicely engineered.
Somehow they look much more clean, solid and passionately designed. Of course to some extent this is due to the actual technology being much simpler.

"much more clean, solid and passionately designed." LOL, talk about ridiculous romanticizing! Yes, they are "more clean" because they barely have anything to them. More "solid"? Maybe yes, maybe no, but there's no way of telling that from these cut-aways. But I think today's cameras, especially pro bodies are more structurally advanced and structurally stronger because manufacturers have had decades to refine these designs. As for being more "passionately designed"...that's extreme romanticizing. With these older cameras, there wasn't much designing needed. They were basically just squarish light-tight boxes. Very few controls, very few ergonomic considerations...just not a whole lot of "design" to do "passionately. In comparison, today's cameras have a huge amount of design considerations required of them.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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belle100: Call me ignorance. I know Pentax produced some excellent MF since the film age. But I don't understand what's the fuss. Why is everybody here so excited about this Pentax FF?

Competition is good. And sometimes, competition can bring something new to the table. In the case of Pentax, they've brought IBIS and other pixel-shift/sensor-shift technologies to the FF DSLR world. I don't think Canon or Nikon would have ever done that.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 04:49 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)

It's strange how the from so many years ago looks more modern than the newly introduced K-1.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 04:18 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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T3: That rear LCD articulation looks fantastic. Very innovative. I love it when companies are willing to try something new, and to break from the stodgy, conservative status quo.

@photomedium - apparently, there are some people who still think that the only way to take a photo is from eye level.

I like articulating LCDs, and I like them even better if they can stay in line with the viewfinder (I don't like the kind of LCDs that swing out to the side). The K-1's articulation is a great solution.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)

That rear LCD articulation looks fantastic. Very innovative. I love it when companies are willing to try something new, and to break from the stodgy, conservative status quo.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 17:10 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies

Glad to see Sigma continuing to put out great "DN" lenses for Sony E-mount. Good lenses at affordable prices. I hope they introduce an 85 or 90mm.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 71st comment
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Favorable Exponynt: Lens stabilisation doesn't stabilize subject movement (It is a portrait lens after all) You are in danger of ending up with stabilized out of focus area's and a fuzzy portrait.

Right, because there's soooo much rapid movement during a portrait shoot! Not. I don't know what kind of portrait shooting you're doing, but most subjects during a portrait shoot are stationary and still. Your subject or model will move between shots, but then they'll pause for a moment, hold the pause or look, then you take your shot.

I would gladly take these lenses over non-stabilized versions. Because the "danger" of fuzzy shots is higher with a non-stabilized lens. These lens will be great for existing light portraiture and wedding reportage. Right now, we typically have to crank the ISO up to ensure a steady shot. With stabilization, it allows you to get away with a lower ISO, and still get steady shots even at very slow shutter speeds.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
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Paul Petersen: I am not a Canon Shooter but there is a lot of stuff here in a competent package. Don't forget the great DSLR shooting experience of not having to worry about your battery all the time or lag for action shot.
This is a compelling package for a lot of folks.

"lag for action shot."

I would actually prefer my Sony A6000 for action shots over an 80D because the A6000 can do 11fps bursts compared to the 80D's 7fps. That's better for capturing that perfect moment of an action sequence. Fast frame rate is so valuable for shooting action. That's why Canon upped the burst rate from 8fps in the 7D to 10fps in the 7D MKII. Because for action, you're not firing off just a single shot and relying on super-human reflexes. These days, action photographers are firing off high fps bursts into deep buffers.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 10:27 UTC

Hey, it could be worse. They could have omitted RAW, like on the XC10.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 08:54 UTC as 53rd comment

For the average consumer, an A6300 for $1K is a better buy, not just for the money but also for the portability. I take my A6000 everywhere with me. Back when I was only using Canon DSLRs, I rarely carried them with me unless I was intent on doing some shooting. I think that's the big factor: which camera are you most likely to grab when you're heading out the door. I still have a trusty old Canon 60D (I've owned the 10D, 20D, 40D, and 60D). But I also have an A6000. I have found that 90% of the time, I am choosing the A6000 over the 60D when I go out. Both are capable of taking great pictures. I just like the greater portability, smaller size, and features of the A6000. I no longer see the point of carrying around heavier, bulkier DSLR gear when something like an A6000/63000 does just as well or better, with face/eye detection AF and a WYSIWYG exposure-previewing viewfinder. Will I be buying an 80D? A few years ago, I would have been a loyal, returning Canon DSLR buyer. Not anymore.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 07:29 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
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CosminMunteanu: I don't know how much can man trust this company. Not so long ago (beginning of 2015) they promissed the K-Pentax to Fuji-X Lens -Turbo II version but until now, no news of it :-/

"Promised" vs delivered, vaporware vs the real thing. Apparently, this Speedmaster is the real thing, not some future promise.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 08:20 UTC
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PKDanny: This isn't a FAST prime lens because oh NO AUTOFOCUS!!!!

@Thermidor - "Keep in mind however that this style of focusing isn't for pixel peepers." In other words, it's not very accurate and not very consistent, and that's even with using slower apertures for greater DOF. In my experience, fast manual focus generally means sloppy focus where you're relying on greater DOF to mask your inaccurate focusing.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 08:18 UTC
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