Sony A6000, take 2

Second day with the Sony A6000. It competes against my NEX7. It has much better menus, more customization options, the AF performance is not even comparable. Yet I struggle to not like the N7 better. Old habits die hard, I guess..

Has26Mar14-17I took it to the stables today, but not indoor barn torture test, as the weather was glorious and Marla rode outside

Has26Mar14-19I shot both Marla’s session and the adults, and I’ll alternate shots from both for less monotony

I know what you’re gonna ask. How was the continuous AF able to track the fast moving horses ? I have no damn clue. Because I only used the 16-70/4 with the A6000’s native PDAF for Marla’s slow work, all the fast action stuff was done with the Sig 70-200/2.8 and LA-EA2 AF adapter, which overrides the camera’s AF.

Has26Mar14-01As I said, Gwen took Marla to the outdoor arena for on the line schooling…

Has26Mar14-02The weather was very bright and it was tricky to figure out proper exposure, even through the A6K’s EVF

Has26Mar14-03The idea was to free the kid from direction concerns, to focus on her position and balance

Has26Mar14-24The advanced session, OTOH, was all about speed and jumps

Has26Mar14-23Enora is now big, and mostly skilled, enough to ride with the big girls

Has26Mar14-04Pirouette is doing much better, not chased away from food by the other ponies in her stall anymore, and putting on weight by the day

Has26Mar14-05She’s also gaining condidence, and will show a little attitude whenever the opportunity arises πŸ˜‰

Has26Mar14-20I might be dreaming it, but I thought the LA-EA2 was providing slightly faster AF on the 16K, vs. its performance on the N7

Has26Mar14-24It certainly kept up with the fast moving horses without a glitch

Has26Mar14-06My girl worked hard, and so did Pirouette, who was trying to avoid effort as much as possible, but whom Gwen gently but firmly nudged into motion


Has26Mar14-07Getting comfortable and efficient together is a long, repetitive process

Has26Mar14-09That’s very nice, pretty perfect, in fact

Has26Mar14-22IQ in good light is pretty flawless, not much to comment on here

Has26Mar14-25It’s now Enora who rides Eclaire every week, and they get along just fine

Has26Mar14-21And Doudou being unavailable due to competing this week-end, Emilie rode Vidji, Eclaire’s son


Has26Mar14-10That an excellent position, too

Has26Mar14-11They worked on that a lot

Has26Mar14-12At the walk and trot

Has26Mar14-27Cindy and Mister Lord

Has26Mar14-28A radiant coach today

Has26Mar14-32That’s an ugly clipping pattern, lol

Has26Mar14-13More work

Has26Mar14-14Faster… (they flirted with the lope at some point)

Has26Mar14-15That’s getting really nice

Has26Mar14-16And they the exercises started

Has26Mar14-31Enora in full action


Has26Mar14-29The Sigma EX 70-200/2.8 HSM DG Macro II always does a fantastic job


Has26Mar14-18Hands on the eyes…

Has26Mar14-34She had to put them on her head, thighs, ride with her arms wrapped around her pony’s neck… Before the lesson was over and she was free to roam at will


Has26Mar14-38I was a smidge concerned, but Pirouette played it cool

Has26Mar14-40I have a bunch more that still need editing. I’m getting behind with unattended shots these days…


Has26Mar14-36So let’s go back inside for a minute, for a few portraits. With Navitar 75/1.3 and Samyang 85/1.4, respectively @F1.5 and F2 :

MarlaMar14-17The Navitar here, my pet lens

MarlaMar14-18The Samyang



MarlaMar14-15SEL35 @1.8

AgrumesN7Fruits with N7

AgrumesA6KSame with A6K

CropAgrumesN7N7 crop (ISO3200)

CropAgrumesA6KA6K crop (3200 as well)


MarlaMar14-22ISO 2500 with a manual lens (OM 50/1.8 or PK 55/1.8)

MarlaMar14-21Same set-up

Still experimenting with various jpeg settings. Like the A7, the A6K is much better shot in RAW format, the jpeg engine is nothing to write home about, with a lot of heavy handed and misguided noise reduction in the form of detail smearing, and jpeg artifacts to boot. Shoot RAW and be happy. As a jpeg shooter I need a bit more testing to see if I can find settings I’m happy with, or if I’ll end up reverting to the N7, like I did upon thoroughly testing the A7. There’ll be more, so you guessed it : stay tuned πŸ˜‰


About marla2008

Shutterbug. Shallow DOF nut. Mother of Child. Student of the Horse.
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7 Responses to Sony A6000, take 2

  1. eddiewouldcode says:

    nice pictures, the A6000 is on my buying list!!

  2. Azon says:

    Clair, as a moving models shooter you won’t let it go just for AF improvement:)

  3. marla2008 says:

    Azon, when I really need fast AF, I use the LA-EA2 πŸ˜‰ The AF improvements are very nice, as are some other features, but if I keep it the N7 has to go. The feel in hand comparison is just too unflattering for the A6000…

  4. I’m impressed with dynamic range capturing bright white of horse while retaining background shadow. Do you use in-camera DRO or HDR at all?

    • marla2008 says:

      Bob I never use HDR, the thought of it makes me sick, lol. I do, however, set DRO to A on all my NEX bodies, and it does a fine job of lifting any stubborn shadow just the right amount, so I can underexpose a smidge at capture time, and preserve those white horses detail

      • Robert Rosenbaum says:

        thanks again. I’ve had the same experience with HDR –washes out to get more shadow info or blurs when putting the multiple exposures together. FYI my main difficulty is photos at high altitude (12,000 to 20,000 feet in Himalayas) where keeping the highlight info on the glaciers and snow is tough – graduated ND filter would help but the sliding rectangular ones are a hassle to carry and the circular ones aren’t worth much IMO

      • marla2008 says:

        Have you checked out my ski vacation posts from last February ?? It sure isn’t the Himalaya, lol, but I guess snow is snow and the altitude was already pretty high (close to the Mont Blanc), so it might give you a ballpark of what the humble 5R and 18-55 kit I brought, did.

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