Not that I need an excuse to take more photos, but with my recent purchase of a Sony a6000 I’m now free to be as creative as I want, whenever I want. And that’s a great feeling! For some time now I’ve been looking at purchasing a camera and I was finally able to narrow it down to a Sony a6000. I had heard some really great reviews for the camera and was basically just waiting until the timing was right to make the purchase.
~ Sony A6000 with a 55-210mm lens ~
As it turns out, last Saturday the timing was right. The camera body, with a double lens bundle was on sale at Best Buy, meaning I could just walk into the store and walk out with the camera. I don’t know about you, but once I make a big purchase I HATE waiting for it to arrive on my doorstep! So I walked into the store and about 20 minutes later walked out with a new camera and two beautiful lens, a 16-50mm and a 55-210mm.
So why this camera? Well, I did a ton of research on it first and determined that I didn’t want a DSLR camera right off the bat. First, because Lee has a Nikon 7100 that we use for some blog pics, and second because my hands are pretty small and those camera are relatively heavy – something I learned while trying to lug the Nikon around on a Disney cruise. I really wanted something that would easily fit into my bag or that I could carry around with a neck strap without giving myself a headache!
I also knew at least three people who have shot with the Sony A6000 on a regular basis and they sang its praises – for both quality and ease of use. I know my camera settings, but I’m in no an expert (yet) and I was able to pick up this camera and instantly start shooting. This camera is great because you can see how you’re adjusting the image before you even take the photo! Also, it has this great little sensor feature that allows you to either look through the viewfinder or look at the larger screen by just changing your eye position.
It also has a few other features (like being a wi-fi camera) make it a really great purchase, so all in all I’m so happy I went with this model as my first digital camera purchase!
If you’re looking to make a big purchase – camera or not – in the next few weeks or months, I have a few tips I’ve learned along the way that I thought might be helpful to share.
FRIST // Physically interact with the camera.
I did this with both my new laptop and my camera – both things I would consider fairly significant purchases. I’ve never regretted actually holding and using the thing I want to buy before I buy it, but I have regretted not doing that. Right before I bought my laptop I was thinking I wanted to purchase the new MacBook because, well, it looked pretty and it is a great computer. But after a trip to the Apple store right before I made the purchase, I actually used the computer for myself and found that I didn’t like the keyboard or the size or the weight. All those things combined made me switch to buying a MacBook Pro, and I’ve never looked back.
SECOND // Be picky.
I don’t know about you but I grew up in a home that did not tolerate pickiness. And those are great lessons for the majority of life situations, but when you’re about to make a $500+ purchase on something that’s (hopefully) going to be with you at least 4-5 years, it’s ok to be picky. I made a list of the things I was looking for in a camera (everything from capability to size to style) and I went on a hunt to find the perfect one. Voila! Sony A6000 it was!
THIRD // Research. Research. Research.
Maybe it’s my grad school training, maybe it’s just my personality, but I love researching and planning. Pros and Cons lists? Oh yeah. I have hundreds of those! Even if you’re not a researcher, go around and ask people you know that are knowledgeable on the subject or have used the product for themselves. A recommendation from a friend can go a long way to shape your perception of the product.
So whether you’re looking for a new camera or just looking to make a big purchase, I hope these tips are helpful!
~ Emily ~