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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 prices and expanding users' options. Also, you *can* commonly adapt Canon/Nikon lenses on to your Sony e-mount, often retaining AF control and FF-brightness, if you buy the right adapter! As of early 2016, the only native lens I really can't find for the A6000 is a fast zoom UWA lens (that said, pretty-good-quality UWA *prime* Rokinon lenses are available and the very pricey $750 Sony *F4* 10-18mm [15-27mm FF equivalent] 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 can carry it in my briefcase or even a winter coat pocket (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. You would be hard-pressed to find a more flexible lens anywhere at this very compact size (which is a big deal for my GF who needs her camera/lens to fit in her purse).
Performs as expected. Sharp. No real IQ issues of any sort. 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. Commonly found on my A6000 after sunset. Obnoxious to be paying nearly $400 for what is a FF-equivalent 52.5mm f/2.7 lens, but if you want AF and IS, this is probably your best bet. Note (1): Now that the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN is available, the choice is more difficult. Video shooters will likely continue to want the image-stabilized (OSS) Sony lens; while "strictly-stills" shooters will likely opt for the faster, lower-priced Sigma lens. Note (2): Don't need AF and IS? Get a vintage Canon/Minolta/Nikon 35mm or 50mm lens and adapt it to the a6000 with both a regular adapter and a speed booster!
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Not worth $350, but for the very low price I paid getting this in a bundle, it's a solid IS AF telephoto zoom (Note: if you didn't get it bundled with the camera then only buy it used -- very cheap). Good portraits from 55-135mm. F4.5-6.3 means it's soda-can-size and fits in my briefcase (and thus actually get used) but is not very useful after dark. F4 and F2.8 alternatives are 3x-10x the price and a beast to lug around. Sony/Tamron 18-200mm lenses (and if you won't miss the long end of the range, the Sony 18-105mm F4) are slightly brighter alternatives but won't add *that* much more value if you're using primes for the 18-55mm range anyways. Some vintage lenses may be preferable if you don't mind MF and lack of IS.
Other gear:
  • Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 love it.
  • Sony PCM-M10

Banhmi's wish list

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Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM
Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art
Samyang 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS
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 a7R II
Samyang 12mm F2 NCS CS
Sony Alpha a7 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Other gear:
  • Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 or f/1.8
  • Canon FD 100mm f/2.0 or f/2.8
  • Canon FD 135mm f/2.0 or f/2.8
  • Canon FD 14mm f/2.8
  • Canon FD 17mm f/4.0 or Tokina FD 17mm f/3.5 or Tamron 17mm f/3.5
  • Canon FD 20-35mm f/3.5
  • Canon FD 24mm f/1.4 or f/2.0 or f/2.8
  • Canon FD 2X-B Teleconverter
  • Canon FD 300mm f/4.0 L
  • Canon FD 80-200mm f/4.0 L