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Old Mar 13, 2020, 6:16 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I wish to replace my current camera with an A6000.

What is your advice about my alpha lenses tho, should I buy an adapter or just sell the entire kit and buy new E-mount lenses?
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G'day mate
Good to see you back ~ problem is the low numbers of others here ...
I don't know whether TCav is able to help ~ maybe you will need to look wider afield for your answers

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Old Mar 14, 2020, 9:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Ozzie.

The only thing that kinda worries me about the A6000 is the lack of in-body image stabilization. But I'm on a tight budget, so I can't afford the one of the A-series models with IS.
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First, Sony is the only maker of E-Mount zoom lenses, their reasonably priced ones are not very good, and their good ones are outrageously expensive. The lenses you have outperform anything you can get for the E-Mount, except the Tamron 70-300, and the Sony equivalent is $900.

You can mount your A-Mount lenses to the A6000 with an LA-EA4, but that will make it more expensive and almost as big as the A-Mount A68, though it will be slightly lighter. Plus, your A-Mount lenses won't be stabilized on that adapter/camera.

A6000:
$449.99
4.72 x 2.63 x 1.78 in
12.13 oz

LA-EA4:
$349.99
3.125 in. 3.5 in. 1.75 in
5.6 oz

Total:
$799.98
4.72 x ~4 x 3.53 in
17.73 oz

versus

A68
$599.99
5.61 x 4.10 x 3.26 in
23.81 oz

It's your call, but I don't think the E-Mount is a very good option.

I won't deny that it seems Sony is headed toward dropping the A-Mount altogether, but while it's still around, I think it's the best choice, especially with that gorgeous Tamron 17-50/2.8. There isn't another lens like it, which makes it a good reason to stick with the A-Mount all by itself.
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Yikes.

Thanks for replying, but it's still hard for me to make my mind up. I've given up on using the A580 because it's so bulky, and have seen more and more people around me renounce their beginner or mid-range DSLR in favor of mirrorless cameras.

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No, that can't be right. I've seen E-mount lenses from Sigma and Tamron.
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Sony is the only maker of E-Mount zoom lenses
No, that can't be right. I've seen E-mount lenses from Sigma and Tamron.
Yes, but they're primes. Only Sony makes zooms for the E-Mount.
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I take that back. Sigma has a 'Full Frame' 24-70/2.8 for $1,099, and Tamron has an 18-200 for $599, but that's it.
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Remember what I keep saying: The lens is the thing.

There's nothing for the E-Mount that even remotely compares to your Tamron 17-50/2.8 with respect to image quality. And if you want to keep using it with a Sony E-Mount body, the result will be almost as big and heavy as an A-Mount body.

The Sony 70-350 is lighter than your Tamron 70-300 (625g v. 765g), they're about the same size, and the Sony is $899, but you won't need the adapter.

Also, the A68 can take almost twice as many photos on a single battery than the A6000 can.

Your choice is complicated, but if I were you, I'd keep the lenses and replace the body with another A-Mount body.
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Your choice is complicated, but if I were you, I'd keep the lenses and replace the body with another A-Mount body.
Yeah, that seems like the wise route, until you see this:



Judging just by their score, replacing my A580 wit the A68 almost seems like a downgrade. To be honest, I'm quite astonished, even disappointed, to notice no sensor improvement between cameras that are 6 years apart.

Darn. Guess I'll have to stick with my current kit until I save more money for a significant worthwhile upgrade.
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The A580 was a fine camera in its day, but it only has a 16MP sensor, while the A68 has a 24MP sensor. That makes up for a lot.
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