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#1 Steven Bolton

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

I currently have two A6000s. One has been plagued by problems and in the repair shop at the present time. I had one before that. It was used a couple of weeks and quit working. Any thoughts on Canon 80D ($1,349.00) and Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens ($1,099.00) versus Sony A6000 ($548.00) and Sony 70-200 F4 Lens ($1,398.00) for travel and general photography? Priorities = image quality, durability of equipment and portability. In a previous life, I have had a number of Canons and then lost everything and switched to Sony. I have the 16 -70 f4 (made to Zeiss standards) on the Sony that works (I bought a month ago from B&H because I was going on a trip to the Middle East). I was going to order the 70-200 F4 for the Sony. When I called B&H, I asked about the Canon just out of curiosity. He said the 80D was a professional camera and was quite one sided about which one he would buy. I think the Canon 80D is a good camera probably, but I don't think it is professional like the guy at B&H said. Then, I thought I would have one Sony and one Canon. It is starting to seem like folly. I must say, that my one experience with the two Sonys has made me gun shy. I like to travel and had I not purchased the second Sony a6000 body I would have been extremely frustrated. Then I have read about the Sony 70-200 breaking in two. See http://www.amazon.co....94&store=photo http://www.sonyalphaforum.com/topic/...for-sel70200g/ I discovered on this last trip that I like to carry two cameras on me. I do a blend of street and travel photography and I liked having the two Sonys with the 16 -70 mm lens and a kit 55-210 lens. Actually, the 55-210 kit lens is surprisingly sharp. But I would really like to get the Sony 70 -200 as I used it once and it seems like the image quality is very good. However, then I read about a few of these Sony 70-200 lenses breaking in two and that, combined with my bad experience with the two Sony bodies has me really gun shy. I don't know that I want to invest in a camera system that is so prone to breakdowns. Yet most people say they are durable (Sonys). In my years with Canon I never had these kind of problems. I feel inclined to get the 70-200 and a Sony a6300 and later a full frame. Yet, the Canon looks tempting too. Any thoughts? Any input is very appreciated. Smorton

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:35 PM

Well that's very unfortunate that you have had so many problems with your gear. I own the 70-200 f4 sony lens and it does great. haven't had any problems with it at all. Haven't looked to much into the 80d or 6300 but they are both good cameras. The sony will outshine the Canon on the video side for sure. I wish you the best of luck on your research and future purchase. If you have any more questions about the lens I will give my opioin on it. 



#3 Steven Bolton

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 10:50 PM

Thanks for the response, JB. It does sound like the problems I have had with the Sony a6000 are bad luck more than anything and it is good to hear that you live the 70-200 f4 Sony. Thanks again. Steven Bolton




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