I have considered upgrading my camera for some time now – that being years as opposed to weeks or months. With five teenage daughters to feed, and said five daughters to put through college, I had to limit the amount of money to put aside for a purchase like that. On the other hand, I wanted to make a significant step up in quality and ability. For this blog I have used a trusty Sony Nex F3, with 16 MP sensor, up to this point. It is a solid camera and has allowed me to get back into photography as a hobby.
I now have a new Sony α6000. It has a 24 MP sensor, an LCD that tilts up or down, a built-in eye viewer (that accessory for the Nex F3 would have cost me $300, that was more than I paid for the Nex F3) and can shoot 11 frames per second with auto focus (I have not tried that feature out yet – maybe this weekend). I stayed with a Sony camera for several reasons. I have always liked Sony’s color reproduction. This camera will use the same lenses I have for the Nex F3. That is a huge savings in investment there. Plus, I really like my 18-200mm telephoto zoom anyway. I had purchased it as a walking-around lens, but it has evolved into my everything lens thus far. It fits well into my style of photography. Finally, this was the least expensive camera I could find that met my ‘upgrade’ criteria.
In my research, reviewers rate this camera as ‘Expert Amateur’ level. I am not sure if I fit into that class yet, but, so far, I have enjoyed using the camera. That is a good thing since it will have to last me until I can cover the kids’ college costs or if I receive a significantly huge cash award from some anonymous donor, whichever comes first. My first set of test shots are Macro-mode since that is where I spend most of my photography time. The pictures in this post came from a walk around the house. I am happy with the results so far as the learning process continues!
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More test shots to follow!