I was looking for a perfect wildlife setup but didn’t quite find something really portable that was of “superior” quality. The A6000 could have been almost perfect:
1. if the 55-210mm was of the above mentioned quality (it isn’t performing as well as, let’s say, a SAL70300G)
2. if the LA-EA4 would have let the camera focus, and not the in-adapter focusing system (which is rather slow and hunting in many wildlife situations, like against a sky).
The AF of the A6000 is being completely ignored when you put on the LA-EA4. The quality I got from the cam + adapter + A-mount 70-300mm G lens was really good, but sadly unusable in wildlife situations. One other portable wildlife system could have been an EM1 + Panasonic 100-300 but I don’t think I’ll go under an APS-C sized sensor ever again and the pana lens doesn’t perform that well either.
– The AF is almost perfect. I have used the Center AF called “Expand Flexible Spot Auto Focus” and it is very fast, accurate and makes almost no mistakes (2 shots out of 800 have back-focused).
– 12 fps is just awesome.
– The buffer performs very well. (I suggest using this SD card (Adorama) or your buffer will be under performing).
– For me, the camera is a little big (I’m a mirrorless Sony A7 shooter) BUT it seems light and well balanced.
– The cam is responsive.
– Awesome grip.
– I personally prefer a wheel like on the A7, than the joystick. It needs some getting used to.
– Battery life is “ok” (as on all the Sony cams I’ve owned). I must admit that the screen being always on, or the EVF, doesn’t really help.
All in all it feels like a great camera with a strongly performing auto focus system. All the AF settings that you can configure are just awesome. There’s clearly something for every situation.
The A77 II is like an A6000 with a slightly better AF and buffer, but being bigger/heavier and mounting A-mount lenses.
A few words to Sony:
– Please ship faster battery chargers with your cameras.
– Give us the option to use the EVF only, but still have previews of shot pics on the main screen.
Real world sample images (will be constantly updated like here):