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Sony's Ghosting Problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500, and A7

Published: 10/09/2018

I need to revisit the post I did on August 28th on the question that Kelvin Hammond raised about flare that he was getting from ceiling lights.

Kelvin has done more research on this problem and has found that:

  1. This ghosting problem is not being caused by his lenses.
  2. Some Googling has shown that others have reported this same problem (See this 2017 article and this 2014 article) and it is caused by a Sony sensor problem on some models.
  3. The bodies that have the ghosting problem are the A7, A6000, A6300, and A6500.
  4. The bodies that don't have the flare problem are A7ii, A7iii, A7rii, and A7riii.
  5. He is not sure about the A7s series.

By going through the articles above and the comments on those articles, there is plenty of data examples and history on this ghosting problem.

Larry Lohrman

5 comments on “Sony's Ghosting Problem with the A6000, A6300, A6500, and A7”

  1. @Russell the mirrorless Sony really are excellent to shoot with. The ghosting problem is the only thing that was annoying. But all things considered, mirrorless is pretty slick.

    I replaced my A7 with an A7ii last week ($1100) and the problem is gone now with all the lenses I use. The A7ii is pretty affordable now that the A7iii is out, and I’m pretty impressed with the improvements- I think the IQ is better (color fidelity and acquity seem more refined), it’s quieter, video can shoot s-log, the autofocus is awesome - it’s really perfect for RE work. Once you setup the memory for RE, it’s an extremely fast camera to use room to room.

  2. There seem to be some indications here. However, I would like to see some testing and evaluation by technical experts. The links provided above are just some informal and anecdotal evidence and commentary from amateurs, upon which I am not willing to base any conclusions.

  3. I've had this problem with the 6000 and the 6300. It is most annoying. It shows up when I shoot widows with dark colored drapes.
    The brightness of the window overlaps the drapes. I've tried to paint it out but it is time consuming.
    I'm very open to ideas on how to solve this.


  4. @pete If you are using a technique that involves flash, the workaround is to make sure you have plenty of flash in the area that the window was located, even if you have to shoot an extra frame to paint from. But that creates more time and more work also.
    If you’re shooting HDR with no flash, it’s always going to be a problem with no workaround.

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