September 5, 2014 at 10:34AM

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Sony NEX-6 - Yea or nay?

I found a killer deal on a Sony NEX-6 (under $150). Has anyone had experience with this camera? How is it for a very basic starter camera for someone interested in film-making and would it even be usable as a B-camera to a Panasonic GH2?

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At that price, it's definitely a great way to start. The only thing I would be cautious of is the lenses you start to invest in. As in, your first camera typically dictates the path you take on choosing a lens family/mounting system.

September 5, 2014 at 12:03PM

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Alex Smith
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Thanks for the input, Alex! I talked with the guy who was selling it, and sadly he had already sold it. :(
The reason I was interested at the NEX-6 (besides the price) was the E mount, keeping in mind that I could adapt almost anything to E-mount. I have a Nikon DSLR (too old to shoot video) but I like the way Nikon lenses work more than I do Canon. So, I'll probably lean towards Nikon lenses. Although, I have an old Canon zoom lens laying around that someone gave me; I need to put it to some use!

Braden Smith

September 7, 2014 at 9:58PM

For that price, definitely. I really love the NEX6 form factor, and the quality can be stellar, especially if you spend some time decoding all the Sony-speak around the settings.

September 5, 2014 at 2:15PM

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I appreciate the comment, Colin!
I've read some great stuff about the NEX-5N but couldn't find much on the NEX-6 for film-making. I've used quite a few Sony cameras (still and video), so I'm somewhat familiar with their menus, though I know they change from camera to camera. Sadly, someone snatched it up before I did, but I'm still looking around. :)

Braden Smith

September 7, 2014 at 10:03PM

Alex speaks the truth about lens selection.

There are a lot of different opinions on that, but I went the route this article recommends: http://nofilmschool.com/2012/03/manual-focus-nikon-primes-swiss-army-knife. Because I invested in Nikons (or at least Nikon-mount lenses) I've been able to change camera systems without having to sell/buy any glass.

September 5, 2014 at 4:41PM

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David S.
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Thanks for the response, David!
I remember reading that article when it was posted a couple years back but couldn't find it again. I will be going that route as well, also because my first DSLR was a Nikon, I'm used the way direction Nikon lenses focus and zoom. Now I just need to start building up my lens stock!

Braden Smith

September 8, 2014 at 2:38PM

Normally I would not recommend the NEX-6 when you can get the much better Sony A6000 or A5100 for around about the same price:
http://www.eoshd.com/content/12428/surprise-sony-alpha-a6000-video-mode-huge-improvement

However... at only US$150, that is a crazy good bargain price! Go for it!

The only other camera I'd consider in that price range is the Panasonic GH1 which you can find for under US$200 second hand, and it is really good too:
http://www.anycamerawilldo.com/old-but-not-out/

I agree with David that Nikon F lens mount is the way to go! It is the most versatile lens mount in terms of what it can be adapted to. Plus it is the still lens mount that has had the most produced for it due to its long time it has been around, so you can easily find vintage bargains for it too.

September 6, 2014 at 5:28AM, Edited September 6, 5:28AM

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David Peterson
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Thanks for the insights, David!
Like I mentioned above, I've read some great stuff about the NEX-5N but couldn't find much on the NEX-6. Also, I read some great things about the A6000 from Philip Bloom and then the article from EOSHD. It's good to know of other (better) options to start out with.

Sadly the guy had already sold the NEX-6 by the time I talked to him about it. :(

Thanks for the link about the GH1! I'll have to checkout some of their other articles too.
I've also been considering a Panasonic GH2, having seen some films shot with it, the stellar image quality from it, and relatively low price.

As for the lenses, I will definitely be going with Nikon (F mount). I prefer Nikon lenses anyway. There's a shop near me with a lot of vintage camera gear that no one around here seems to be interested in, I guess it's time to start shopping for some glass! :)

Braden Smith

September 8, 2014 at 9:21PM

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