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#1 dubscutty

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 03:12 PM

I currently have an a6000 and looking to get into underwater photography.  Is it worth spending the $$ to get the gear for the a6000 or should I look at upgrading to the newer a6500 before splurging on underwater gear?



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Posted 11 May 2019 - 04:39 PM

SeaFrogs Salted Line housing supports A6000, A6300, A6400 and A6500 with a few part swaps, so you can upgrade the body later if you like, and keep the housing. In any case, the improved autofocus on A6400 is more useful for underwater photography than the in-body stabilization on A6500.



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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:42 AM

Thanks for the info.  I'll have to do some more research on the A6400 as I was not considering it as an option.  



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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:51 AM

Phil Rudin has an underwater-specific review of the A6400 in UwPMag issue #108; you may want to check it out.



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:50 AM

The auto focus on the A6400 is truly remarkable for a camera at this price point and beats many cameras in the over $3000.00 price range. I also agree that AF speed and accuracy in U/W photography is much more important than IBIS.

 

The rest of the article is a free PDF download.

 

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:54 AM

Don't write off your A6000. I've been using it UW with a Sigma 19mm and Meikon housing for a couple years now. It's a lot of bang for your buck. Don't get me wrong, I'm hoping to upgrade soon but would still recommend the A6000 to anyone.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:45 PM

Hi dubscutty,

 

I have been shooting with an a6500 and fantasea housing for the past two years until now (I just upgraded to a canon 7d m2 since I had a good deal on the setup). I do really like it, and I think it is worth going for the 6500 over the 6000. I also had the 6300 for 6 months with a meikon housing for 6 months or so a while back before I felt limited and upgraded to the 6500. I personally think it is the best cropped sensor mirrorless to take underwater, but I have not done too much research on the 6400 yet. 

Anyway, I don't think you could go too wrong with either!  Good luck!


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:02 AM

I have been shooting with my A6500 with the Nauticam housing for 2 years as well. It's a great camera and I really like the housing. I did a lot of research when I purchased and felt the A6500 was the way to go. The A6400 was not on my radar, so I can't comment on it.  What kind of photography do you do?  Feel free to message me directly if I can help with other questions.  Also watch in classifieds as I may be selling my wide angle lens and dome port for the Nauticam housing.