Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.
For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.
And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!
So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.
I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.
Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.
IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.
20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.
Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.
So, that is where I am right now.
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Not that want one or even vaguely interested. Was just curious to see what the deal was.
I could NOT find any at $250 when I went looking at 12:30 am,
June 13, 2017.
Just the regular $1,046 price. However, what is interesting is that it still says ‘ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK’.
What gives? They didn’t sell the one? Very strange.
What I really was trying to determine was whether this was an indication that Nikon, after the disaster of the 1″ mirrorless DL-range cancellation, was also trying to get out of 1″ mirrorless altogether. That would make sense. Panasonic and Sony have quite a stranglehold of that segment.
Now I am nonplussed.
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The Sony a6500, though it has only been available as of November 29, 2016, is already at v1.02 of the firmware, 1.02 having been rushed out in early March to fix a rather nasty ‘dead camera’ scenario.
Version 1.01 was released on January 25, 2017 — just 57-days into its product life. Makes you think.
Version 1.02 was released 41 days later.
At this rate 1.03 should be out soon!
To be fair, the updating to 1.02 was easy, painless and quite quick. I didn’t time it, but I think it only took about 6 minutes. I could be wrong since I was not paying attention and was doing other things.
What I wanted to share with you was that updating to 1.02 was NOT an hassle.
Didn’t notice any changes after I did, BUT I have yet to run into any unexpected snags with this camera.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Check here for resolution details.
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
Shame. In real bad condition. The springs on the boogie are being held up with pieces of wood. Not sure it can be restored — or whether it is worth the effort. Appears that it was used as an advertising hoarding at some point because there is a — now empty — sign at the top, which would not have been part of the original caboose.
Just wanted to share it with you.