I recently purchased the Sony a6500 and I am very impressed with its auto features for both video and photography but I am an old glass junkie and love my vintage gear, and I also love to have full manual control over shooting and prefer to use vintage lenses when I can. I own an A6000 and the sony cameras are easy to use adapters with and I don’t think there is a mount that wont work with the sony. The electronic eye with focus peaking allows you to easily focus and to see your results live. Shooting with the a6000 was fun when it came to photos, but video was a bit of a challenge for the old glass.
The new sony a6500 has added image stabilization into the body which makes shooting both video and photography easier then ever and I have been re-inspired to retest some of my large collection of lenses with hopes of finding some new gems. One of my first unscientific tests is with one I forgot I had. Its a konica hexanon ar 100mm 2.8 lens. Konica glass, especially the hexanons, are legendary for sharpness, bokeh and color. My first test was a simple shot of one of my dogs. This was shot wide open at minimal focus – I never had results like this before with this lens, which is why it sat in my cupboard of shame for two years. I love the sharpness and bokeh.
After seeing the results, I wanted more and didn’t want to go out so I made due with what I had, that was my messy two year old, reading a book and eating a muffin. Not the best light or most exciting subject but I wanted to see how stable the lens would be with video. I didn’t expect much since it’s a 100 mm and every little shake should be magnified.
I was wrong – along with some steady hands, the A6500 kept my shot smooth. Focusing was easy and the shot, once again wide open, looks great.
My conclusion is this is a solid lens and it will no longer be shelved. From now on it’s either on the sony or at least with me in my bag. I will post some professional work with it the first chance I get.