THE SIGMA 60mm f2.8 DN – still sharp as a knife.
My first mirrorless camera was a used Sony Nex 7, took me a little bit to get used to the diminutive size, but from the start I was sold on the 7 for a number of reasons.
One being the camera’s twenty four megapixel sensor and what it was capable of.
Over time there’s been several different lenses mounted on the 7 and I was never disappointed if I held up my end of the deal.
Time passed and I fell into a used Sony A 6300, a gem of a little camera, same twenty four megapixel capability with some tweaks to the sensor.
The 6300 is a fine camera , a little bigger, a little heavier than the 7 with new features like phase detection , 4k video capability, and others.
There were some initial complaints related to the 6300 about overheating when doing video but Sony released a firmware update to address that issue – and while I don’t do a lot of video I’ve experienced no problems.
It may just be me but I’m inclined to believe that with the same lens, in this case a Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN, which may be the deal of the century cost and IQ wise, the 7 seems to have something of a love affair going on with the Sigma that the 6300 doesn’t.
Mounted on a tripod with the identical settings, same Sigma lens, subject, and lighting the 7 renders a better photo.
I haven’t any complaints about the IQ the 6300 produces with any lens, exceptional seems an apt description, but as I say the 7 just seems to embrace this lens for some reason.
I can’t offer an explanation as it’s something of a mystery to me, but I’m not complaining as both cameras have a place in the backpack and routinely used.
I have no hesitation to switch back and forth between the two when out and about – the Sigma 60mm on the 7 and a Zeiss 32mm f.18 touit on the 6300 plus a couple of other vintage lenses for different situations.
I’m a fan of film photography but slacked off of that due to concerns about the chemicals involved – recently I read an article on fstoppers I believe it was about using beer to develop film.
Sounds kinda bizarre and I haven’t tried it but willing to give it a go – I don’t drink and therefore know nothing about beer “quality”, I assume though any beer would work and be less expensive and more environmentally friendly in the bargain.
For those who have a taste for both beer and film this could be like opening a box of Cracker Jacks and finding a hundred dollar bill.
In telling a friend about this he jokingly said “perfect, a good cover story to tell my wife”, and then asked to borrow my film camera.
Truthfully though he’s not much of a drinker, just has a good sense of humor.
I’m not looking to start a riot in saying so but for me at least mirrorless has become what it’s all about as more and more companies are embracing the technology.
Doesn’t mean I’ll give up film if the beer formula actually works only that I believe as I’ve said previously that mirrorless will become to the traditional dslr what the same traditional dslr was to film.
Sony apparently is on the verge of releasing a new mirrorless model named the A9, and though I’m not one to go with pre release reviews or the immediate reviews upon release it sounds amazing.
Amazing, along with a price tag of $4,500 – which translates for me and others no doubt of having to sell a kidney – in the interim as I ponder that decision (not) I’m a happy camper with the 6300, the 7, and my old Pentax Spotmatic.
Life is good whether you have the “newest” and the “greatest” or not.