D500 > A6400 for Wildlife

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Boss of Sony Senior Member • Posts: 2,080
Re: D500 > A6400 for Wildlife

bryand7k wrote:

Well, my D500 + Sig 100-400 just got messed up and my Insurance will be paying the cash for replacements. So I have a chance to change. I'd go to the G9(my wife has it) if it wasn't for the contrast detect AF as it can be frustrating trying to find and keep focus.

I've been pretty happy with this kit but the Sig has it's limitations in reach and AF speed.

So without getting into lens questions has anyone gone from a D500(DSLR) to the A6400 for birds. If you look at the Dpreview lens review/comparison it beats the D500 on a few key items like metering and low light!


I can't even find an A6400 locally to even hold.

Anyone who has made this kind of leap please respond.

Honestly, I think it is a mistake to choose Sony APS-C system over an M43 system for birds/wildlife. The Sony system only has one native lens option that gets you to an equivalent of 600mm, and it costs $2500 and weighs 1.4kg. The M43 system has a plethora of sharp options that reach 600mm (equiv), ranging from 420 grams and only $400, some of which you might pick up much cheaper secondhand. On top of that, M43 bodies have better IBIS, and some special tricks like Panasonic's 4K and 6K photo modes and Olympus's Pro-Capture mode.

I see decent bird photos posted on this Sony APS-C forum, but I don't see anything like this:






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