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Sony a6000 vs Sony a6500?
What is good YouTube, it’s that1cameraguy back at it again with another shooting VLOG. On Friday, April 28, I went out to shoot some high school baseball. Typically when I go out to these shoots, I have a particular focus. I wanted to make some hands-on comparison between the Sony a6000 and the Sony a6500 for shooting sports. I’ve mentioned before in the past that the Sony a6000 is a very formidable sports camera already, and if you do a lot of general sports photos (not professionally), then the Sony a6000 is a really good option.
While I was out there, I also took the Sony FE 2X teleconverter and used that with the Sony 70-200GM. I haven’t really had a lot of opportunities to use this converter and with the Sony a9 arriving next month, I needed to see how good the autofocus and image quality was with this attachment.
At this time, the only native 300mm lens that you can get for Sony E-mount, is the 70-300, which I have. There is also Sony 100-400GM which will be arriving soon as well. I definitely want to do some comparisons if I get the chance to, with the 70-200 GM + 2X teleconverter vs the Sony 100-400 GM. Both lenses will be at F5.6 at 400mm.
I brought with me to the baseball game my new Peak Design Bag, which honestly, looks really nice. Starting to grow attached to it. I still need to get a handle on the whole compartments, but I’m sure that will happen in due time.
I’ve got to say, the amount of reach I was getting with the 2X Teleconverter was really good. From the spot I was at in the video, I was able to get really good framing of the athletes. Now, the outfield is still an issue, but it’s better than if I didn’t have the actual teleconverter. In terms of effective reach, using the Sony a6000 series, I get 1.5 x 2 x 200 = 600mm. So not bad at all.
The autofocus performance with the extender was good. I found the autofocus tracked the subject really well with either the Sony a6500 or the Sony a6000. Some issues however, was with the added extender, shake became very noticeable as is typical when using an extender. I probably should have used a slightly faster shutter speed, but I didn’t want to raise my ISO very much. There’s more to the autofocus, which I’ll touch up later.
When you compare the a6500 vs the a6000, slow motion is definitely something to consider, as the a6500 has 120FPS Full HD, where the a6000 only has 60p. So showing you some comparisons, the a6500 footage is slowed to 20% where the a6000 is slowed to 40%.
This is the area I was very concerned, and I’ll have to do more test (which you’ll find in my next VLOG), but the images came a bit soft or mis-focused. You can also notice some strange things happening in the image. Personally it doesn’t bother me all too much, but it could bother some of you. Once I processed the images to my liking, it didn’t really bother me at all. But that’s because my target audience is online.
The Sony a6000 vs The Sony a6500
I think if you do general sports photography of local teams, maybe your kids play sports and you want to shoot photos of them. There really isn’t a big need to jump to the Sony a6500. Grab the Sony a6000 and save the money to get better lenses, like the Sony 70-200 F4, Sony 70-300 for outdoor sports. If you want to make it a little more serious, consider the Sony 70-200GM. In terms of buffer, you are going to want to stick with the Sony a6500 if you need RAW. However, if you’re okay with JPEG’s, which honestly if you fall into the sports hobbiest arena, is probably all you need if you’re a parent that just wants to get images of your kids, than this is more than enough. I did find on one occasion where the RAW buffer on the a6000 ran out before a player hit the home base, and I was being very selective about my photo taking as well. Nothing amazing happened, but you could lose interesting action with a smaller buffer.
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