New Equipment

Aside from writing and spending time with my wife and kids, I also love being in the great outdoors. And while I’m outside, I often try to capture the beauty of nature with my camera. I’ve had my old DSLR camera (a FujiFilm S4250WM) for quite a long time now and it’s been decent. However, I have been wanting something a bit newer and a bit better. Not wanting to spend the money (or not always having the money to spend) I have not upgraded in, well, far too long. But two days ago (with my wife’s blessing of course) I pulled the trigger and purchased my new camera. It wasn’t supposed to arrive until next week but I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when it showed up at my door.

I did a lot of research and spent quite a while reading reviews and watching videos online. I didn’t want to go too crazy and spend a ridiculous amount of money on something that I use just as a hobby. I went with the Sony a6400 APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. I won’t lie, I have absolutely no idea how to use it yet. I will be spending the next few days to get familiar with it and hopefully in the near future, I will have something to share.

Here are some of the features of the a6400:

  • 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor
  • 425-point phase detection AF
  • Real-time Eye AF; Real-time Tracking
  • Super 35 mm format, 4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning
  • LCD touchscreen (2.95 inch) with 180-degree tilt up functionality
  • 1.0 cm (0.39-inch) electronic viewfinder
  • 1200-zone evaluative light metering
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • LED-auto focus illuminator
  • Continuous shooting: Hi+: 11 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps
  • My Menu system
  • Single memory card slot (UHS-1 compatible)
  • Electronic shutter for silent shooting
  • Interval Shooting (time-lapse)
  • Animal Eye AF (With firmware v2.00)
  • Allows the operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT (Firmware v2.0)

I know a lot of this is boring to a lot of people, but to me, this is Christmas morning. I’m excited to put it to good use soon. Here are a couple of photos of my new camera taken from my old camera:

a6400 with 16-50mm lens and 55-210mm lens

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Accessories included in bundle

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I purchased the camera as part of a bundle from Amazon.com for $1299.00. To me, that’s rather expensive, but as far as cameras go, it really isn’t much when you see what’s out there. The bundle (shown above) includes the camera with the two lenses shown in the first photo as well as the following:

-Large Camera Gadget Bag

-SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDXC Memory Card

-0.43x Wide Angle Lens

-2.2x Telephoto Lens

-40.5mm UV, Polarizer & FLD Filter Kit

-Replacement Battery For NP-FW50

-SF3000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash

-Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control

-Lens Blower

-Lens Pen

-12″ Tripod

-Spray Bottle

-Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

-LCD Screen Protectors

-Card Reader/Case

-Corel Paint Shop Pro X9

Not all of the accessories are high quality but are more than adequate for an amateur like me. So wish me luck and I will be sharing again soon.

20 thoughts on “New Equipment

    1. I’ve wanted a new camera for years but always put my money into other things such as my kids or my house. I could never justify spending money just on myself. But as I get older, I realize that my enjoyment matters too. Sure, making my kids happy gives me enjoyment, but having something just for me is also a good feeling. I can’t wait to get started. I doubt I’ll ever learn all of the features on this new camera, but hopefully I’ll learn enough to get my money’s worth.

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      1. I know exactly what you mean. The money always seems to need to go to other things sometimes.

        Modern cameras can be intimidating. Heck, I don’t even know what all the features on my old Fujifilm do πŸ™‚ I’ve been kind of looking at some of the mid-range Cannon EOS models but I doubt if I can justify the cost.

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  1. Wow, Ben, looks a little intimidating to me! But I love your idea of getting into the great outdoors which is exactly what my wife and I intend to do, today! We’re heading up to the “great” Lake Winnipesaukee this morning to pick up the boat and put some new bumpers on the docks and get out in to outdoors. wish there were some places we could tie up and have lunch but I’m sure that’s coming – eventually.

    Get some great shots and enjoy your time outdoors!

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    1. That sounds like a good day to me. I live only about 15 minutes away from Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. Beautiful place to visit.

      The camera is definitely a little intimidating, especially for someone like me who normally just points and shoots. I have a lot to learn, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

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  2. Nice! Me jealous πŸ™‚

    So often I am in the same exact boat you describe. Rarely getting anything for myself, even when I need socks, as so often any extra money (oxymoron alert!) always seems to find its way to fixing the car/truck/boat/refrigerator/washer/dryer/etc etc etc, ad infinitum.

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  3. I won’t lie, I have absolutely no idea how to use it yet

    Assuming we are still talking about your camera:
    I’ve had my gear for some time and am still stuck on page 1 of the manual!
    Is there a macro lens in the bundle, I couldn’t tell from the description.

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    1. You aren’t the only one and it isn’t just cameras. I have a radio transceiver called a TS-990 that I’ve had since 2013 and there are still buttons and knobs on it that I haven’t touched and have no idea what they do. some of the bells and whistles are great but I think more than half of them are things I’ll never use. Cameras are often the same way

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    2. There is no actual macro lens with this kit, just a wide angle converter lens marked “macro” on the outside. It’s a .43x wide angle lens. Not exactly the same thing.

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  4. Thanks for delivering such a exciting post. I hope i will see more great post like this in future, Thanks again.

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