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Hi! I’ve been a Nikon user since the early 80s... and have had several. Still have a D810 and love it. 

But I bought a Sony A6500 about a year ago... and am really impressed with it. It’s amazing. 

I can’t wait to connect and learn here. And shed a few pounds from my Nikon rig. Lol.

The only thing I’m struggling with is inconsistent focus. I’m not a pixel peeper... and I’ve upgraded lenses... but I sometimes get amazing shots, sometimes not. Looking for inspiration. 


Thanks again - Glad to be here!

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Hi, welcome to the forum. A6500 is a fantastic camera, very compact. AF goes is great, I had a6300 for a while it has same, but both are older cameras now. Also had a6000 & a6400, sold both & got a6600 which has Sony's latest AF system, even eye AF in video ? Usually it's best to use native lenses, also can adjust several AF parameters in menu.

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