Review: Making Sense of Sony a6300 and a6300 Models

It's been almost 2 years since I sold all my Canon equipment and bought Sony mirrorless camera a6000.

Since then, Sony released a6300, the successor of a6000 and only recently and unexpectedly for everybody a6500. But I still keep shooting with my original a6000.

The readers of my blog keep asking me if I am planning to upgrade to a6300 or a6500. To be honest I have not made up my mind yet.

My Sony a6000 produces images as good as a6500 plus. Sony introduced a bunch of new features to a6500 I do not rally need. But, at the same time they retained the announces, I hoped they fixed a long time ago.

So, I am still deciding if I should go for a6500 or should I wait for the next version.

To help all of us to make a right decision, I am sharing with you a very interesting review of the entire Sony a6xxx camera line by Hugh Brownstone from Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions.

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Review: Sigma 30mm F1.4 Lens for Sony APS-C E Mount

I switched from a Canon DSLR to a Sony Mirrorless 18 months ago. And for 18 months I’ve been waiting patiently for a fast prime lens, an equivalent of 50mm on full frame, designed specifically for APS-C sensor. I never was tempted to get a full frame 35mm monster and attaching it to my very compact Sony A6000.

The only lightweight and quality option I saw was Sony 35mm 1.8 but I wanted something faster than F/1.8.

When Sigma unexpectedly announced 30mm F1.4 lens under the Contemporary line with the price tag of $339 I was very skeptical first. But, when I realized that as a Canon shooter I used Sigma 17-70mm from the Contemporary line for years and loved it I decided to give the new lens a try.

Before leaving for a short trip to California I ordered Sigma 30mm 1.4 with the full intention to return it if I am not completely satisfied with it.

But, the lens surprised me with the compactness and built quality first and after shooting with it for a week I absolutely decided to keep it.

When I came back from week long trip with the new lens I put together a short review. It was actually more an observation than a review after a very limited time of using the lens (Review: Sigma 30mm F1.4 E-Mount Prime Lens).

Today I want to share a very detailed review of Sigma 30mm 1.4 by Davin Lavikka whose reviews and opinions I always trust.

I also have more examples of photos I took with the Sigma 30mm 1.4 in the last month or so.

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Review: Sony Mirrorless A6000 vs A6300 Comparison

18 months ago I sold all my Canon equipment and bought mirrorless Sony A6000.

I loved A6000 for its compact size, incredible image quality and extended dynamic range. But, since it was a very first model of Sony’s A6xxx line it had plenty of shortcomings. I waited patiently for the next version but it took whole 2 years for Sony to announce A6300.

My expectations were high. Knowing how fast Sony innovates its cameras, I thought that even generational updates would be groundbreaking. And, when It was announced 100% price increased compared to A6000 I anticipated professional grade APS-C camera.

But it was not the case.

Today I am featuring a comprehensive comparison by Maarten Heilbron of A6000 vs A63000 and let you decide if it worth to upgrade.

 

Head to Head: Sony a6300 vs Canon 80D

When I switched from DSLR to Mirrorless system I was shooting with Canon 60D. Now, after shooting with Sony a6000 for almost two years I am trying to decide if I should upgrade to a new Sony a6300 or skip it for now.

And when I came across this review from funny guys from DigitalRev TV it caught my attention right away. The compare the Sony a6300, the camera I am considering to get, with the Canon 80D the camera I would be probably shooting right now if I had stayed with Canon.

 

Review: Sigma 30mm F1.4 E Mount Prime Lens

I just returned from a week long trip to Northern California where I had an opportunity to drive once again along California State Route #1 from Los Angeles to California, visit Yosemite National Park and to explore San Francisco Bay area.

Also, I was excited to test a new piece of equipment I purchased only two days before my departure, the Sigma 30mm F1.4 prime lens.

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Review: Raya Pro – the Digital Blending Panel for Photoshop

A year or so ago I came across a video course, “The Art of Digital Blending”, by travel photographer Jimmy McIntyre. What I learned from the course changed the way I take and edit my photos. I later reviewed the course and the changes on my blog in the article, “The Art of Digital Blending” Video Course by Jimmy McIntyre.

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Top Reason Why I Switched from Canon to Sony

After 10 years of shooting with Canon, I finally switched to Sony. I say “finally” because I was contemplating the move for a long time. Many of my readers, friends and fellow photographers keep asking me why I jumped the ship.

Here is my long answer.

Flashback

It all started 10 years ago. After I spent almost a year shooting with a DSLR-like Fuji camera, I realized that I had a passion for photography (check my post A Trip Down Memory Lane: Photo Which Changed My Life Ten Years Ago Today) . After spending a few nights on photography forums trying to figure out what camera to buy, I was completely confused with contradicting advice from forum “gurus”.

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