AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Camera Issues

Camera Issues


Posted on Dec 17, 2013

We bought the Sony NEX-6 for this trip. It is small and lightweight but has interchangeable lenses so we can swap depending on the type of photography we want (usually landscape or close up). We have the 16-50mm and the 55-210mm lenses. The 16-50 is fantastic, it has a large range but is such a compact lens. This gives us a picture quality on par with lower end  DSLR cameras but for a fraction of the weight and size. But a few days ago the lens stopped focusing properly, it would zoom in and out then turn the camera off. As we are a long way from home and won’t be anywhere we can call home for at least a year our options are pretty limited. We contacted Sony who gave us a possible solution, which didn’t work. They have been no more help since. That’s just great, dropped in the shit by poor quality from a company you wouldn’t expect this; especially after paying such a large price tag. A new lens is coming out imminently (was due out in September), the 18-105mm. That is a prime, top of the range lens that would be great for this trip. But we can’t buy it yet! A 16-70mm lens is available but the reviews we have read have slated the build quality as very poor and a let down. We can’t risk buying that and finding we have a bought a bad one. Today we headed down to the Sony center (a 10 minute walk from our hotel) to look at our options. The only decent choice we could make was to get another 16-50mm (identical to the faulty lens) and hope. In the shop Annemarie swapped our lens with one on display and tested it. No focus issues. Then just to be sure she put our lens back on; the problem could not be reproduced. We tried and tried and the camera wouldn’t fail in the way that it has failed every 10 seconds for the past couple of days. At a loss we decided to stick with our lens and see how long we could make it last. Outside we took many pictures of Saigon by night and the camera just wouldn’t fail. Finally we got back to the hotel and reviewed the pictures and it failed. Sod’s law huh? First thing tomorrow is to go back and buy the lens. So thanks Sony. We paid a premium for what we thought was good quality and reliable camera and it turns out not to be the case. —- UPDATE 1 —- Today we visited the Sony shop...

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