Couple of thoughts on the A6000 + Zeiss E 16-70

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LBJ2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,707
Couple of thoughts on the A6000 + Zeiss E 16-70

I just received the A6000 and Zeiss E 16-70 bundle yesterday. After a few hours with the camera, I think I am going to sell my Nex6.

The Camera

For me the A6000 is blazing fast. I've never used a DSLR before so coming from the Nex 6 and the A7r I am amazed at how quickly the A6000 operates. Sure I read all the reviews and comments about the super-fast autofocus system --but in person, Wow. Now I know what people mean when they say the A7r is slow.

The Lens

I really like the sleek look and feel of the Zeiss E 16-70 with the A6000, a great looking pair--I find the 16-70 FL ( APS-C crop factor 24-105) and OSS to be very useful making this a good walk-around solution. I am still experimenting with optical quality--but so far it appears I received a good copy.

One Nit

For me the A6000 eye cup is not comfortable and too shallow--tough to block out side light. I'll need to find a better solution since I tend to use the viewfinder almost all the time. On the other hand , I don't find myself missing the Nex6 2.3m dot EVF like I thought I might--the 1.4m dot on the A6000 is pretty good--doesn't feel down graded at all.

Good to know

FE 24-70 works well on the A6000 and Steady Shot is enabled. I need to do some more pixel peeping but I think I am seeing better corner performance with this lens and the A6000 sensor.

DT 55-300 with the Sony LAE 4 A adapter worked well with the A6000 too. The DT ( APS-C crop factor up to 450mm) is a front focus lens and can itself be slow at times but once the lens is parked the A6000's continuous shutter speed does not disappoint.

The Photos

A few practice shots.  I was so mesmerized by the A6000's supersonic continuous shutter speed and AF that I forgot to pay attention to my settings and as a result I left the SEL 55-210 shutter speed too slow for the FL and these two photo opportunities.  However if you don't scrutinize too much and close one eye while viewing, you may not notice how well OSS tried to cover up my mistake.  Same story with the second photo, but I thought the subject was so interesting you might overlook my technical misstep .

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