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  1. Started with Olympus OM10 then OM1n a 'lifetime' ago.... Then mainly Canon ending up with 2 Canon 70Ds (aps-c) one right after the other (pretty much wore out the first one...) Then became transfixed on how neat, compact and 'quality' the Sony a6000 is and 'jumped ship' selling all my Canon gear. Initially less impressed by EVF quality on the a6000 and then unhappy about perceived image quality (as I seemed to have to do a lot of edits in Lightroom on every image) - most likely it was the kit lens. Then traded the a6000 for an a6300 (on trial) which lasted a short number of days before I went for the a6500 which I find fantastic! But I would just love to try an a7ii.... (the devil's on my shoulder...) I still 'grouch' about the limited offering of quality e-mount zoom (or prime) e-mount lenses at the 200mm+ end.
  2. PeterMac

    A6000 Choosing Kit Lens

    Just a couple of thoughts to throw into this post: I suggest that you totally avoid the 18-55 despite it's surprisingly good IQ vs $. I had 2 of them just die on me, one after the other... I have found that the Sony 18-135 f3.5-5.6 is a remarkably useful travel lens with nice IQ (I speak as a happy amateur) and an acceptable size and weight. Agreeably not pocket-sized though. I have had very good experiences with mpb.com and Wex for used lenses (both in the UK) eBay (UK) has been OK for me too, but look very closely at the product photos and closely read the text... Doubt anything not clearly described.... Caveat emptor!
  3. Some nice pics of some beautiful r/c models! Well done. I’m very intrigued by your use of the Olympus extender - how did that go with the e-mount? Evidently you got the focus working fine... Now it’s just down to practice and perfection! 🤪🤪
  4. Your point is valid Chrissie as I also fell out of love with Canon bridge cameras for the same reason. I suggest that Lumix May well offer a better lens than most and is worth trying out probably others are worth trying too. The ‘bottom line’ of your argument is indeed correct that one can not expect a $500 compact camera to be the equal of a high-end $2,000 lens! It will come to deset_view’s ‘available cash’ vs. ‘How good (or not) IQ can I accept for my purposes’. Like many, I’m sure, I would love the IQ of the $2,000 lens but that’s not likely to happen - a case of having champagne tastes on a beer income I’m afraid 😂🤣
  5. Approaching the question from a different angle, as the lens that you would like either doesn’t yet exist or is pretty much unaffordable, what about investigating the purchase of a superzoom compact from Sony, Lumix etc as being your ‘dedicated’ camera for the r/c airshows? Many of the superzooms offer astonishing zoom lenses with full stabilisation, fast focus and good IQ - all the points that you want without breaking the bank. Unless you intend to blow the images up to big poster sizes the IQ will be perfectly good even for magazine submissions. I too have an a6500 and am somewhat frustrated by the lack of affordable lenses beyond 200mm ff (= 300mm crop), but I then backed off my search when I evaluated what % of my hobby was actually spent at airshows. My answer was to stick with my existing ‘nice’ lenses and borrow my wife’s superzoom compact for the annual airshow or two. Clearly if your living is made by taking photos of the r/c airshows then the above probably doesn’t answer your dilemma!
  6. PeterMac

    Alternative 70-200 2.8

    I’m very happy with IQ on my much cheaper Sony 18-220 on my a6500. The crop factor gives me 340. Tamron also offer a 150-600 with E mount - 2 versions too both way cheaper than your current thought - none of these are f2.8 though.
  7. Raz, thank you for your reply and that is most interesting - particularly as I have also moved to the a6500. I will look at the settings that you suggest and try to understand the possible effect of each alternative. Many of the menu options are less than crystal clear in their wording! I just gave up on the 55-210 lens as I became disenchanted due to the focus-losses, lack of IQ and lack of ‘reach’. I have just received a Sony FE 24-240mm (full frame) lens and am impressed with initial flexibility, IQ and reach. Interestingly it is marked-down in reviews for being a little soft at the image edges on full frame but this is where it suits an aps-c camera so well! (I couldn’t quite afford your 70-300G but I expect that you have some astonishing results). I have some moto-cross beach racing to try my new lens on next weekend and I will check your menu suggestion beforehand too!
  8. When I could get it to focus and stay focused, it took good shots. The vignetting is mine, intentionally applied in LR to try to improve a disappointing day’s shooting. No shots were really good enough to warrant more effort... 😢 The lens did not vignette in itself. I’m now about to trial it’s replacement a Sony FE24-240mm FF lens. Looks mighty promising right now.
  9. Update on my original July 8th post concerning the 'shortcomings' of my Sony 55-210mm lens on my a6500. I have now tried just about every setting combination that helpful Guest Jaf-Photo and every other source that I could find suggested to sort out the 'focus dropping out and hunting' problems that I experienced with this lens at airshows. Regretfully - all to no avail.... I went to another large airshow yesterday and of the 200-odd images that I took i ended up keeping only 15! I think that some 25% of the shots were totally out of focus - where the focus had been 'locked on' (green confirmation) and then just dropped out and hunted to re-focus. Probably 25% were just missed shots because I couldn't get it to focus at that time, and so on.... Just a dreadful lens that is going extremely soon. I still would like to get a suitable 'long zoom' for the a6500 and would like either the FF 24-240mm or better the FF 70-300mm but neither really suit my pocket for a lens that will be infrequently used. I think that waiting for Tamron or Sigma to come up with a suitable eMount zoom may be the best option... For all that I now 'detest' on the 55-210mm, I must say the later 18-135mm and a6500 continue to be marvellous!
  10. PeterMac

    Lens confusion...

    Pieter, thanks for clearing that up for me. I thought I was going crazy by not finding the 2nd lens! I too would welcome Sigma 100-400 in e-mount format. I asked Sigma to convert my Canon mount 18-300 C as they are offering this at their service centres but was told “no” because they don’t already have that model in e-mount. Funny as I would have thought that once an e-mount exists for Sigma that it could be used right across their range of lenses - but I obviously don’t know about lens technology!
  11. I have just had to dump a 16-50mm kit lens originally purchased for my (then) a6000 due to ‘jamming in it’s open position’ for the second time. I had previously sent it for repair and service after the same issue right at the time of purchase on eBay. I then Googled the problem and was alarmed to see lots of similar reports. As someone who has a) never had a lens failure, and b) just moved over entirely from Canon ‘big’ cameras to Sony Alpha - I hope that this is not a repeatable trend of ‘Sony lens unreliability’. Reassure me please!!
  12. PeterMac

    Lens confusion...

    In researching a zoom lens with ‘better reach’ for my a6500 (without breaking the bank), I have found the following statement - but can only identify the (expensive) G lens. Can anyone direct me to the less expensive one? If so, is it worth a look? ”There are two Sony 70-300mm (e-mount) zooms and the model tested here is the pro-spec G-series lens for full frame and APS-C cameras. If you are a Sony user who would prefer to pay much less for a 70-300mm zoom, look to the sub-£200 DT lens, which is similar in price to other manufacturers’ 70-300mm zooms...”
  13. A good shout indeed Jaf-Photo! I get all enthusiastic for a model and buy one - then the update comes around the bloc two seconds later...
  14. Really useful info Jaf-Photo. Clearly you are saying "try it" and "experience" which is what we all try to cram in the moment we have a new rig. I'm going to go the a6500 route because i have been able to get excellent visual results (?) with the a6300 when combined with my Development settings of Lightroom. I resist the FF rig sizes because of body/lens weights but want to embrace the lens stabilisation freedom of the in-body a6500. Many thanks for your input!
  15. Many thanks Jaf-Photo - another helpful answer from you! I will put that advice to work for the next air show. Migrating from using Canon for years it emphasises that each manufacturer has his setting 'quirks' for optimum results. I had found plenty of guides and manuals for Canon but they seem thin on the ground for Sony, or at least my a6300. Having sold the last of my Canon kit today (🎉🎉) I am intending to upgrade to the a6500 - mainly for the internal stabilisation - to allow me a much wider choice of lenses. I am running various comparisons with the (affordable) part of the A7 range but still am inclined to go for the a6500 as I am absolutely a hobby photographer (rather than making any income that way) and don't see an advantage of full-frame over the smaller body size of the a6500. Any thoughts about this would be most welcome.