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Sony A6000: Outsize Value with Instant Savings — and is the A6000 an Enabling Platform for Zeiss ZM Lenses?

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The Sony A6000 (see diglloyd review of the Sony A6000) is hardly a month old, but there is already $50 instant savings bringing the camera down to about $598, and more if lenses are added to the order.

That pricing is a reflection on the camera market not the A6000, because its 24-megapixel sensor is sensational, and the camera with its built-in EVF is a steal, costing hardly more than the astounding $499 that Leica charges for an EVF alone for the M240, yet combined with the Zeiss 35mm f/2 Biogon, it rivals a $15K Leica system in my testing. Even better in some ways. And that is not hyperbole in the slightest. Just the facts. You can print out a red dot and tape it over “SONY” if feelings of inadequacy set in. I might have to do that myself.

So pick up a Sony A6000 with Zeiss 35mm f/2 Biogon and Novoflex Adapter for Leica M Lens to Sony NEX Camera, and you’ve got a pretty amazing little system. I’m actively pondering the investigation of how the Zeiss ZM 18/4, 21/2.8, 25/2.8, 28/2.8 lenses fare on the A6000, which would also make an interesting comparison to the new Leica T, which has a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor.

My guess is that the Sony A6000 at 1/5 the price will easily surpass the Leica T on image quality at longer focal lengths, and downsampling 24 megapixels to 16 can mitigate ray angle issues. Still, ray angle issues might or might not be acceptable on APS-C for 28mm or wider lenses, so better to pick up the outstanding Zeiss Touit lenses for an amazing Deal. The Touit 12mm f/2.8 is an outstanding wide angle designed for digital sensor, and the Touit 32mm f/1.8 has far better bokeh than the full-frame Sony 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar.

Sony A6000
(skip the zoom lens )
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