September 5, 2014 at 7:34AM

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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 9:03AM

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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 6:58PM

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 11:15AM

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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 7:03PM

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 1:41PM

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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 11:38AM

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