Sony a6000 - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and the whole small camera big lens thing.




I know that there are people who think the above combination looks crazy, but the thing about small mirrorless cameras is that sometimes we want to put big lenses on them. Indeed there are many lenses that overpower even the biggest DSLR's. And that's where my newly acquired and surprisingly good double case and wooden base grip comes in really useful. All of a sudden the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, a very fine, but very big and heavy lens, overpowers the a6000 a lot less.

In fact I find the above combination very comfortable to handle. It's different to the SLR feel of my A7r and in fact I prefer this. The a6000 has certain advantages over the FE cameras, not least of which is the ultra fast AF and the really Pro-DSLR style burst mode, which I tried out today. It really is very impressive indeed and the camera has a decent sized buffer which means it's possible to keep on shooting burst after burst. This makes the a6000 a camera that would work very well in a fast moving situation such as sports photography and the fast 35mm Sigma is a great lens for low light photography. And it's for occasions like this where making the body larger and the grip area bigger really helps to make the most of the a6000.

It's easy enough to put it back into 'miniature' mode and stick a slow, small, light lens on the front of it, but I like versatility in my cameras and the ability to use them in a variety of situations. I also dislike camera / lens combinations that are too light, which I find very difficult to handle comfortably. 

Quite unexpectedly this a6000 / grip combination has become one of my favourite handling cameras. To say I'm surprised that a Sony has achieved this is something of an understatement. Not for everyone, but if like me, you like a big camera feel with a small camera weight and size, then you might just be as impressed as I am with this 'alternative' solution to the whole small camera / big lens conundrum. 









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