I'm trying to figure out how I would like to approach getting back into wildlife shooting.
If money wasn't an issue, I would get the a7r III or a9 paired with the 100-400 and call it a day. Unfortunately that's not in the cards right now. I shoot with the original a7 and it works for all my other shooting, but doesn't really make a good wildlife body. I'm kind of thinking of three options.
1.) Purchase a Nikon D500 and 200-500 f/5.6
Advantage: Great ergonomics and battery life, great AF
Disadvantage: whole separate system for only one lens, heavier, possible MFA issues
2.) Pickup an a6500 and FE 100-400
Advantage: Stay in Sony ecosystem and share lenses between bodies, very small and light. The Sony 100-400 is better
Disadvantage: Worse ergonomics with long lens (to me), mediocre battery life
3.) wait for the a7 III announcement and shoot other subjects for a while
Advantage: It's free, I might be able to stick with FF (which I prefer)
Disadvantage: Having to wait to have a wildlife setup.
How do those of you that have used the a6500 or similar like the ergonomics? I have never liked camera bodies that lacked the "second dial" and have never owned a camera that didn't have it. Is it easy to adjust to? Annoying?
What a quandary...I like all those options and can’t pick a favorite. D500 is a brilliant wildlife camera. I know firsthand how amazing the FE 100-400mm GM is though. I think I’d pick the lens and figure out how you’re going to fit it to a body later.
Is the ergonomics concern with the a6500 due to it’s size? Would a battery grip help any?