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Found this forum today. I just purchased an a6500 with the 18-135mm kit lens and am looking forward to learning more about the camera.

I have been taking photos for over 70 years, starting with a baby Brownie, graduating to a Pentax Spotmatic, a Nikon slr a couple of film point and shoots, a Pentax digital point and shoot and then a Canon 30D and most recently (until last week a Canon 70D).

After carry my 70D around on a recent two week vacation, I decided I needed something smaller and lighter. I looked at just about every smallish mirrorless camera available. Based on several recommendations, Sony's reputation and experience in mirrorless, I decided on the a6500. At my age, I need the OSS of this camera.

Since getting into digital photography in the early 2000's I have been shooting mostly travel photos, landscapes, birds and occasionally sports pictures and I think that starting out with the kit lens will help me become familiar with the a6500.

As I learn, I hope to be able to post contributions to this forum.




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    • Hi Pieter, Not yet. I've thought about that, to use a tripod. But I've no time to try that yet. I'll try it this weekend and let you know.  Thanks!
    • Did you try manually focussing at 135mm, camera on tripod / solid ground, delayed release? If you can get sharp pictures that way, at least you know the optics are fine.
    • I don't know how those cameras would fare as aviation cameras - either of them are far beyond my scope of purchase - but people have been taking pictures of planes and other man-made flying objects well, as long as they have been around.  Unless the aircraft is flying straight at you or flying perpendicularly away from you, the AF lagging behind the shutter should not be an issue and in almost all cases you would be shooting at infinity so internal lens movements to acquire focus should be at a minimum.  If you are expecting to crop a lot, I guess a camera with higher resolution would be better for you but that also depends on what you are going to do with the image.  If you are going to be printing large mural sized prints, higher resolution image would be better but if you are going to print at or below 11x17 or not print at all, even a cropped image from my A7II will be good enough on any consumer grade monitors on the market.  I have seen images printed from the first generation Olympus OM-D E-M5 (16MP) at 11x17 and they were excellent.
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