The jungle of camera equipment

I am looking to purchase another camera and have been looking and changing my mind back and forth for weeks now! Let me start by saying what I have at the moment, which is the Sony A6000 and 5 lens...kit 16-50(reasonable for what it is), sony 35mm(good), a samyang ultra wide(good), sony 55-210( so-so) and the sigma 19mm(good and probably my fav lens).

Now the A6000 is the camera I have because I walked in a shop in 2016 and said I want a decent camera please(no research) and he sold me this one. Which for someone who had only ever had a point and shoot before was probably a good choice given the price at the time. I have been reasonably happy with the A6000 it produces some good results and is a good starter camera.

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The downside with the A6000 is low light which I would rate as poor, as soon as the ISO gets above 400 you can see the noise starting to appear, which to a certain extent can be corrected in post processing(I'm not an expert editor). Anyway this is why I have been looking at upgrading to my first full frame camera. I have been looking and changing my mind back and forth, reading all the reviews which are useful and the more I read the more I realise everything is a compromise. Unless you are willing to spend a small fortune you almost certainly will have to compromise on something. I have looked mostly at the Sony A series mainly because I'm used to Sony but also at some Nikon camera's. I'm sure Canon, Panasonic, Fuji etc do some great camera's too but none that have caught my imagination in my price range.

Now this is how it's been going .....I decided the latest versions A7 series camera's are too expensive once you add in the quite expensive Sony lens. I had almost decided to drop down to the more affordable A7mk2 and one good lens to start with but then I read it has a very annoying loud shutter(little things can put you off). So I've been going back and forth deciding then changing my mind again, it is a jungle out there. Then something completely different caught my eye, now this could seem like sacrilege to some but I noticed the Sony RX10mk4 bridge camera. Now this camera only has a 1'' sensor so you'll be thinking 'what about the low light ?'. Well I would love a camera which was good in low light but I'd also love a lens that is sharp(every review I've read) from 24mm to 600mm.

Now most of my photography is outdoors and I was thinking of all the times I wished I had a better low light camera and then all the times I wished I had a longer lens...I have wished I had a longer lens far more often. If sony ever produced a lens anywhere near this for a full frame(if it was technically possible) it would cost an absolute fortune!

Now the smaller sensor is a newer sensor than my A6000 and of the images I've seen I would say at least equal to if not better than my A6000 in low light. Add to the fact it has a brilliant fast focus and very high burst rate plus great video this camera looks like Sony have taken their bridge camera to a different level. Some say it's expensive but to get a full frame camera and good telephoto lens it would cost considerably more. So at this moment this camera looks favourite to be my next camera as it would be so useful to me and I'd be glad to hear from anyone who has used it. Thanks for reading :)

Photo credits: Patrick Gosling.

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February 05, 2019

Patrick57

I finally bought the RX10 IV Filippophotographer and the 1'' sensor does have it's limitations compared to larger sensors and although I'm still getting used to the settings and have had good and bad results, in the right conditions the lens and AF system are excellent probably only hampered by me.

February 05, 2019

Filippophotographer

I have a bridge LUMIX FZ1000 with 1" sensor and 24-400 lens and its "sister" mirrorless LUMIX G7 with micro 4/3 sensor and a big range of high zoom lenses available (14-140 ; 45-200 ; 100-300 with a crop factor 2). In outdoor photos with optimal light conditions the cameras have about equivalent performances, but as long as there are slightly worse environmental conditions (cloudy sky or shade) the G7 clearly prevails.

January 25, 2019

Patrick57

Very true William!

January 25, 2019

Williamwise1

No matter what purchase choice you settle on, it will be only three months until something else is releasing and the twitch to buy starts again!!! William

January 25, 2019

Patrick57

If only the camera companies would give us all the good stuff in one camera Nostramo, but then we'd never change gear. To be fair most camera's will take good images and it's up to us behind the lens to get the best out of them.

January 24, 2019

Nostramo

Talking about gear is an endless theme. (guitar players are an example, but if you like how it sounds, that's the best in the world) In ended finally with a Nikon D3300 with a 18-55 and a 55-200. For the kind of pictures I take, it's embarrasing to swap lenses every minute so I'll adopt a wider range zoom, 18-200 or 18-300 even if it's a Sigma lens. Maybe I'll keep the 18-55 with a macro-ultrawide lens. I know it works. "If I were a rich man", as the song goes, I'll get a Z7 NIkon with F adapter and the 18-300. And keep both bodies, the D3300 with the 18-55. No more lens swapping, but two cameras to carry around.

January 24, 2019

Patrick57

Thank you for your comment Bruce, good logic about the lenses. The RX10 IV looks like a good all rounder and maybe with that I'll get a wildlife photo or two(probably a tail disappearing out of frame) ;)

January 24, 2019

Rbrucew

As a long term GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) sufferer I may not be best placed to give advice, but here goes. If your 55-210 lens is used less than your 19mm lens, I suspect that it's less to do with optical quality and more to do with the photos you like to take. If so, telephoto options probably should not take high priority in any upgrade decision. As for sensor size, I have been very happy with my Sony RX100 and have used it for many of my Dreamstime uploads. Also, I recently watched a Youtube Vlog comparing the Olympus EM1 ii with a full frame camera. A professional print maker could not find any difference between 1 metre prints from either camera.

January 22, 2019

Patrick57

Thank you Serjedi :)

January 21, 2019

Serjedi

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing

January 17, 2019

Patrick57

I was looking at the A7iii but it is quite an outlay when adding some good lenses Singlehk42. I like the sigma lens I have Bjornwestlander..it works very well!

January 17, 2019

Bjornwestlander

Five lenses? That's excessive! ;)How I became a photographer is quite a story, and to be entirely honest, I make do with the two lenses I have: a Canon 18-55 zoom and a Canon 50mm portrait lens. I usually do portraits and people, so I don't really need more... Well, maybe I could upgrade the zoom lens to Sigma's 18-55 as it has a bigger aperture setting allowing for shorter depth of field, but if I put the zoom on, it's usually because I don't have enough room to walk back and fit the subject in the frame.

January 16, 2019

Singlehk42

I used to have the Nex5 and upgraded to the A6500 and the A7iii - both are great cameras. The sensor on the A7iii is just amazing and the upgrade was well worth it, although there's definitely a learning curve to get the most from the camera.One thing to note is that the A7iii is noticeably heavier than the Nex5 when carrying it around your neck all day.

January 11, 2019

Patrick57

That's a good selection of lenses John, far more scope than I have at the moment. I'm still leaning towards the RX10mk4 as it covers a huge range, the downside is the 1'' sensor but there is still lots of scope for getting great images. I think most modern camera's are more than capable of producing excellent photo's if I'm good enough to master the system.

January 11, 2019

Johnatapw

I have been looking at it from the other end of the lens so to speak. I have focussed (forgive the pun) on the lens set up. All my kit is Canon. I am upgrading lenses to the point where I have got as good as it gets. Well, as good as I can afford anyway. And just to complicate matters I need them to be compatible with a full frame, crop sensor and with an eye to mirrorless. Then I plan to upgrade the camera body. It is just a slightly different take on the issue. My set up is: wide angle (10 - 18mm), small prime (50mm), macro (100mm), small zoom (24 - 70mm), medium zoom (55-250mm), telephoto (70 - 300mm). And it will become: wide angle (not sure about size yet), macro (100mm), small zoom (24 - 105mm), telephoto (100 - 400mm). There are so many choices of cameras with new models coming along all the time. Lenses seem to be more stable so I thought that might be the way to go once I had decided on the manufacturer of the camera body. I hope that helps.

January 10, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

I know the feeling, had to visit the opticians after finally deciding on a camera.

January 10, 2019

Patrick57

There is so much choice I go crossed eyed at times!! ;)

January 10, 2019

TheSlowWalkers

Nice blog on the joys of searching for a new camera. (You could always wait for the FUJNIKOLYCANSON to come out. I think it's due 1st April.)

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