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Joined on Aug 15, 2012

Banhmi's current gear

Sony Alpha a6000
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
Easily the best <$1000 MILC at the time of my purchase in late 2014 (and surprisingly still one of the top ranked MILCs in 2016!). The only real downside is that Sony lenses are often a bit more expensive than comparable lenses produced by Canon and Nikon. That said, high-quality 3rd party lenses by companies like Sigma are increasingly bringing down overall prices and expanding users' options. As of early 2016, the only native lens I really can't find for the A6000 is a fast (F2.8 or better), zoom, UWA lens (that said, high-quality UWA *prime* lenses are widely available and the $750 Sony *F4* 10-18mm is available).
Appreciate the slightly wider-angle nature of this kit lens (relative to other kit lenses). The small size, zoom range, and IS of this lens add to the general convenience of the stock A6000. In fact, the A6000 combined with this lens is small enough that I typically carry it in my briefcase (so I properly capture those random moments that deserve something better than a smartphone pic). Even after acquiring a much faster prime, I still use this lens for situations requiring a wider angle.
Performs as expected. Sharp. No real vignetting issues. Not much larger than the kit lens. Great in low light. Can deliver shallow DOF shots with non-distracting bokeh for tastefully emphasizing your subjects while, at the same time, still giving you a reasonably wide view for indoor usage. The lens that is most commonly found on my A6000.
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Good image-stabilized zoom lens for the (low) price. I really like the pics it takes in daylight at around 55-135mm -- many of my more interesting pics are done with this lens. Can also be quite useful for portraits. For a lens going to 210mm, it is still pretty small and painless to carry around (largely because it is F4.5-6.3). Bear in mind, if you want to get a telephoto lens for your Sony APS-C camera that is considered 'very good' by DXOmark's standards, you will probably be spending 3-10x the price for a (F4 or F2.8) lens that is a bit beastly to lug around and use on a regular basis. I can fit my a6000 with this lens on in my briefcase without any real difficulty, which means the lens actually gets used. In broad daylight, from 55-135mm, it achieves sharp photos and can provide reasonable isolation of the subject from the background, if desired -- feel free to see full-size samples from my gallery. At first, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about manual zoom, and a bit to my surprise, this hasn't proven to be a problem at all. As one should expect based on this lens' specifications, it is not going to be an all-star in super low light conditions and you are rarely going to be able to send undesirable backgrounds 'off to bokeh-town'.
Other gear:
  • Sony PCM-M10

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Samyang 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Fujifilm GFX 50S
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN | C for Sony E-mount
Sony Alpha a6300
Sony Alpha 7R II
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
Samyang 12mm F2 NCS CS
Sony Alpha 7 II
Sony Alpha 7S
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Sony Alpha 7R