How much? Sony Alpha 6300 review

Sony A6300: Great perfomance in a small package: But how much?

From Pratical Photographer Magazine:

“The Alpha 6300 boast a very impressive spec that buids on its predecessor, bringing 4K and improved EVF to the table. Touchscreen would have been nice, as would a longer battery life.

Sony has set the price at around £1349 with a lens which is more than twice (yes twice) that of the Alpha 6000 on its release”

Its still a great camera, but many will feel the Alpha 6000 kit is currently a far more attractive buy at around £500″

My Take:

For around £900 (body only) I’d want (no I’d absolutely expect) a touchscreen on my camera for starters. I’d also like the screen to be fully articulated.

The Sony Alpha 6300 is a fine camera thats for sure, almost certainly the best all round rangefinder styled APS-C compact CSC on the market. It boasts a truly impressive spec ( again possibly the best in class) but even so as I write I still consider it over priced especially when one considers you can get (at Digital Depot- Stevenage)  the previous Alpha 6000 ( still a good camera) with the rather excellent Zeiss 16-70mm f4 zoom  for the same money as the 6300

Or you can have the Alpha 6000 with standard 16-50mm zoom ( an ok lens to start with) for almost half the price of the Alpha 6300, its a no brainer?

As Dpreview commented a few months ago:

“The a6300 represents a step back upmarket, after the more cost-conscious a6000. This higher price tag puts it up against some very capable competition, which makes it harder for the camera to dominate its class in the same way the a6000 has.

However, just about every aspect of the camera, from build quality to viewfinder refresh, video capability to autofocus has been improved, along with a small fishing vessel’s worth of little feature additions that quickly add up to make it a much better camera”.

Mark Baynham ( September 2016)




First Fuji X-T2 Review

This months Pratical Photography Magazine contained a review of the Fuji X-T2 here’s what they said:

From Pratical Photography Magazine:

“Fuji’s design team has clearly listerned to feedback – good and bad – it recieved about the X-T1 and used it when creating the X-T2.

The 24.3MP X-Trans APS-C sensor coupled with the XF range of lenses produces excellent quality images with drastically reduced moire and false colours.

Although strictly a CSC, the X-T2 really challenges some DSLR’s, and it sits comfortably besides the X-Pro 2 as Fuji’s joint flagship”

September 2016

Wow: Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA Prime Lens : As good as it gets


This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine had a technical review of the very expensive Sony Planer T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA prime lens designed to be paired with Sony’s full frame mirrorless A7 cameras like the superb A7R II.

To sum up AP’s verdict “Wow” this lens is as near perfect as its possible to get, hence the “Gold” award , no wonder it costs near £1500.

Here a choice sentence from AP’s verdict that says its all :

“Its always a little difficult to critically assess a lens this good”

August 2016


Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 12mm f1.4

Panasonic- Leica DG Summilux f1.4 wide prime review

Dg Summilux 12mm F1,4 With Hood On Gx80

From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine

“With its fine optics and robust metal construction there’s a lot to like about the Summilux 12mm f1.4 Asph. Its fast maximum aperture should please Micro Four Third (M43 M4/3) users who like to shoot in low ligh.

But the biggest stumbling block is the price – £1.199 feels like an awful lot to pay for this lens

However Micro Four Thirds users willing to stump up the cash are unlikely to be disappointed by the len’s performance”

Dg Summilux 12mm F1,4 Front Oblique View

My Take:

Its clear from the technical results that the new Panasonic DG Summilux 12mm f1.4 is a superb lens optically speaking but like several other Panasonic-Leica optics designed for the Micro Four Third system it appears somewhat over priced.

The Olympus m.Zuiko 12mm f2 prime is a great little optic, maybe not a “fast” as the Summilux 12mm f1.4 but its half the price, smaller and lighter. Unless you absolutely need an f1.4 aperture I know which lens I’d go for, in fact I have the Olympus 12mm f2 and its a very fine optic indeed.

Here’s some shots taken with the Olympus m.Zuiko 12mm f2 Prime


Mark Baynham ( July 2016)

Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC review

Tamron SP85mm f1.8 VC Prime: A fast stabilised Portrait Lens

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

From What Digital Camera (WDC) Magazine:

“Examing the files on my computer only confirmed that this lens is really quite special”

Pro’s :

Outstanding Image Quality

Effective image stabilisation

Works well on both Full Frame & APS-C bodies


Big & quite heavy

Expensive compared to other 85mm f1.8 lenses

July 2016