I have been shooting with the Olympus 4/3 system for some time. I started with an E-510, and moved up to an E-30 a few years ago.I have enjoyed having a dSLR, and shot many portraits with it. The Zuiko lenses are super crisp, and all in all, I never worried about getting the shot I wanted.
Over the last year, I found myself wanting less and less to take it on trips, or even get it out at home. An iPhone pic was good enough. I was puzzled by this, and then I realized, this thing weighs a ton. And for the types of pictures I want these days, I really don’t need this monstrosity. Once I decided that, it was a matter of trying to figure out what made sense to get. Regardless, I knew I was going mirrorless. And probably not full frame – that would mean just replacing the bulk of my Olympus for a mirrorless dSLR-sized system. Nope, didn’t need that. But I did want to retain the ability to swap out lenses. That meant a mirrorless ILC system. I could have stayed with Olympus, but for the way they handled the 4/3 system once they started to build m4/3, I really didn’t want to stick with them. They basically left the dSLR owners high and dry when it came to innovation. Things that are taken for granted in the m4/3 space, they just weren’t going to build into the 4/3 line. So a lot of people are stuck with expensive, superior quality glass. No way, not going to put myself in a position for that to happen again.
After reading about a lot of the other mirrorless systems out there, I settled on Sony. In particular, the A6000. Then I debated over my choice for what seemed like an eternity. Then I pulled the trigger. And then, after the camera arrived, I was intimidated by it. I am not afraid to admit it. Here was a crazy cool new gadget that I had no idea how to operate. I had to relearn how I take pics. And honestly, I haven’t spent a ton of time doing this relearning. I mostly have had it on auto, and shooting RAW images that I work on in Lightroom. I did learn enough though to be able to transfer a pic out of the camera and straight into my iPhone (for immediate sharing on FB or Instagram). That feature is more useful than you would think.
So I have had the camera now for a couple of weeks. A lot of people have been wanting to know what I think. I’ll be honest – I haven’t tried enough things yet to be able to say if this thing is great or not. But so far, I am impressed. The pixel count is double the E-30, and the highly touted auto-focus did great when I was shooting a moving helicopter in the Grand Canyon recently (sample pics below). I am not 100% sold on the kit lens yet, it doesn’t feel as sharp as my Zuiko’s. But then again, it is a kit lens. Take a look at the sample pics below (clicking on any will take you to Flickr, where you can view the original sized image and EXIF info), and decide for yourself.
These first images are of a 3D printed dress I saw at CES. The first pic is the photo as I shot it. The second is a crop of a small portion. There is definitely noise, but I shot indoors without a flash, so this is to be expected. I am pleased with the detail available in the crop.
The Grand Canyon. 1st images is straight out of the camera, no adjustments. Zoomed all the way out, you do see the edges of the barrel. Second image is the same pic, but edited in Lightroom a little with Kubota presets.
Next three are of a cactus in the Grand Canyon. 1st is unedited, 2nd has Kubota LR presets applied, 3rd is a crop to show detail available.
A helicopter leaving the Grand Canyon. First is the shot I took, second is a crop of the first to show the helicopter.
All in all I am happy with my purchase so far. Stay tuned to see what else I shoot with it.