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Old Oct 19, 2014, 8:10 PM   #1
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Folks, I'm toying with the idea of buying an Alpha 6000. Which lenses would a boy get to cover most bases.
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The good lenses are expensive and the inexpensive lenses aren't very good. The E-Mount bodies are nice, but the E-Mount lenses leave something to be desired. You may be able to find a combination that works for you, but I'd need a better idea what you want to shoot in order to make any kind of recommendation.
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The good lenses are expensive and the inexpensive lenses aren't very good. ...
BTW, the same is true for all mirrorless cameras.
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Tcav, I always appreciate your insight into camera gear.

Most of my photography is based around family and vacation outings where I'm on the move. I recently spent a long weekend hiking thru NYC and my DSLR gear just wore me out. I've sold all of it and I'm teetering between the Sony A6000 and the Oly OMD EM1.

I understand that Oly has better and more lenses but I'm also intrigued by the reviews I've read about the A6000. I do understand that lenses is Sonys weak point.

If I go with the Sony, I'll have more $ to invest in a complete kit. I've thought about buying a Zeiss prime lense (not Sony) and then supplementing that with the best zoom available but can't decide what that is?
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There are a number of nice primes for the E-Mount.

The Sony/Zeiss 16-70/4 is a nice lens, but it's $998.

The other general purpose zooms for the E-Mount have a lot of distortion and other flaws.
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Is the Sony 35 or 50 1.8 decent lenses? If I went that route I could afford the zoom you referenced

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The Sony 50/1.8 has a lot of field curvature (soft corners) at apertures larger than f/4.

The Sony 35/1.8 is better, but it costs $449.

If you can handle the smaller aperture, the Sigma 30/2.8 is about as good but it costs a lot less.
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I would like to add that Sony's cameras can "compensate" for some of the problems with its lenses, but a big issue with Sony's E-Mount zooms is distortion, which cameras "compensates" for by playing with the pixels, reducing the sharpness of the corners where they're already not very sharp.

I consider that to be an unacceptable compromise, but if you're ok with it, then you might find the Sony 18-105/4 to be acceptable.

And, btw, everything mentioned here is available at LensRentals, if you want to try it before you buy it.
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