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      02-27-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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getting back into camera's looking for advice

I used to shoot a good bit with my Minolta x700, but film is dead now. I'm looking at a new digital SLR purchase. The technology is SO different from film I'm a little lost. I've read a bit and talked with salesman at shop so I'm getting a good bit of info toward purchase. I shoot motorsports, landscape, and architecture mostly, but I'm interested in starting incognito street shoots. I was pointed toward a Sony 6000 mirror less. Small and full of features. Built in flash, auto winder(or whatever its called without film), adjustable viewfinder(flips 90 for stealth shoots), and of course the standard exposure controls (a,p,m). I really like the mirror less idea. Also the Sony has built in WiFi so I can print direct from camera without needing a computer. Since Sony bought Minolta I don't feel like a traitor. The price is nice, on sale for $550 body/lenses, or $750 body & 2 lenses. The sale price comes up randomly and will not be available in march. So I will have until April to decide. I'm looking for experienced advice on digital cameras, and other criteria I should investigate in order to get the right camera for my needs. I have an open budget but don't want to pay M6 price when a 328 is all I need. I want the right tool not overkill. Any advice should be phrased for a novice as I really am on digital. Thank you in advance for any help.
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I've been out of the game for a while, but you can never go wrong with a DSRL (Canon or Nikon body) and some sharp glass. Keep your composition game strong and shoot often.
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I was surprised to find out Nikon uses a Sony image capture(or whatever the film replacement sensor is called). Any downside to mirror less? I was feeling Nikon until I found out it uses Sony capture.
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FYI, there is a whole section to discuss photography. People could help you there.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=62
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I thought I was in photo section, I guess not. Maybe this is pictures not photo. Oopsy
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I used to shoot a good bit with my Minolta x700, but film is dead now. I'm looking at a new digital SLR purchase. The technology is SO different from film I'm a little lost. I've read a bit and talked with salesman at shop so I'm getting a good bit of info toward purchase. I shoot motorsports, landscape, and architecture mostly, but I'm interested in starting incognito street shoots. I was pointed toward a Sony 6000 mirror less. Small and full of features. Built in flash, auto winder(or whatever its called without film), adjustable viewfinder(flips 90 for stealth shoots), and of course the standard exposure controls (a,p,m). I really like the mirror less idea. Also the Sony has built in WiFi so I can print direct from camera without needing a computer. Since Sony bought Minolta I don't feel like a traitor. The price is nice, on sale for $550 body/lenses, or $750 body & 2 lenses. The sale price comes up randomly and will not be available in march. So I will have until April to decide. I'm looking for experienced advice on digital cameras, and other criteria I should investigate in order to get the right camera for my needs. I have an open budget but don't want to pay M6 price when a 328 is all I need. I want the right tool not overkill. Any advice should be phrased for a novice as I really am on digital. Thank you in advance for any help.

I use Sony DSLR's, mirrorless, and SLT's, so I know a few things about them. The pros of mirrorless are evident: great sensors, tons of shooting modes, compact, easy to use, fewer components to break, etc.
While a lot of career photographers dismiss these cameras for their lack of optical view finder, I find that LCD one just fine, and actually I find myself using live view a lot, as I do take lots of photos from low angles.

My main pet peeves with the mirrorless (I have NEX6) are following:
Crappy lens selection - Even though they have a few that will keep you happy, there are only a handful of options. For example, there is no lens similar to 16-50 F2.8 that I always use on my A57SLT. The closet one is 16-70 F4 Ziess lens, but it costs a fortune.

AF - it's abysmal. it hunts, it can't find the spot I am focusing on, and sometimes it would focus on absolutely nothing, just show a big blur and beep as if it focused on something. Basically, not the camera I'd take track side...

Metering - if it gets the exposure and focus right the resulting images are very nice, but if's not the focus that lets you down, it's the metering, especially if you select aperture priority and shoot with F8 or higher. Better keep it at manual.

No In Body Image stabilization. Most lenses have it built in, but it makes them heavier and more expensive.

Sony has developed IBIS for their Alpha mount, and dropped it for the mirrorless. They recently redeveloped it for the full size mirrorless (A7II), and then chose not to use it for the new 35mm models (A6300) Why sony, why!!!

Now keep in mind that my camera is pretty old, so if I was buying now, I would probably go for the brand spanking new A6300 regardless whether it has IBIS or not. It's just too good to ignore: completely new AF 4D Focus system making it the fastest in its class, magnesium sealed body, new 24MP sensor, etc!

http://www.dpreview.com/products/son.../sony_slta6300
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Thanks for the info. Sony has a new 6900 coming out next month. They aren't killing off the 6000 either so 3 versions 6000, 6300, 6900.
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Looking at the Canon EOS and Nikon D type of cameras
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Here is my opinion based on what I have found through many years of being a camera enthusiast. Get yourself a decent DSLR body but put your money into the lenses.

http://thedigitalcamera.net/canon-eo...he-difference/
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Best bet would be a Canon semi-pro or Pro DSLR Body. They have the widest option in lenses and work Great both for stills and video. Canon is by far the best for video (with black magic hack installed)

I speak out of experience. working with proffesional grade cameras, etc..

I mainly use it for video. think i got my Canon 7D with a 70-200mm L for 700-750ish usd then spent around 1300usd on the 24-70mm. and i can say im never going to switch brand. way superior image quality and glass


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Well I did the deed and got a brand new......
Sony 6300 with 16-50mm & 55-210mm lenses. Out the door with memory card for $1299. Very happy and thanks everyone for the input. I tried the full sized DSLR and they didn't feel right. This camera feels a lot like my Minolta x700 film. Happy shooting all.
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sony a7ii or a7rii if its in your price range
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