Playing with the Sony a9

Portrait at Sony Kando 1.0 ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with 70-200/2.8 G Master, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/2.8

 

At Sony Kando 1.0 all the Sony Artisans and Alpha Imaging Collective folks were able to try the new Sony a9 and an assortment of lenses on different sets created to shoot on.

 

Portrait at Sony Kando 1.0 ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with 70-200/2.8 G Master, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8

They had a large scrim overhead to soften the light for this setup.

Cyclist on the half pipe ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4,  ISO 400, 1/400, f/8

Cyclist on the half pipe ©Tony Gale, Sony a9 with Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4, ISO 400, 1/800, f/5.6

On the hill above where we stayed they had set up a half-pipe with BMX cyclist riding so we could put the a9 through it’s paces. Because I was using my 16-35/4, which didn’t have the new firmware, I wasn’t able to get the full 20fps out of teh a9 but it was still crazy fast and great at tracking focus, even with the backlight for the sun.

Overall I was very pleased with the camera, super fast and easy to use. Plus I really, really love increased buffer size! If you need speed, the a9 is absolutely worth a look!

Playing with the Sony 12-24/4 G

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/320, f/9

 

At Sony Kando 1.0 in May, I was able to play with new Sony 12-24/4 G lens along with a Sony a9.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/320, f/9

With really wide lenses I like to shoot landscapes, especially with foreground elements. This was on the hill behind El Capitan Resort in Santa Barbara where we all stayed.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale a9, ISO 125, 1/100, f/22

Sun stars looked great with the lens.

 

Shot with the Sony 12-24/4 G ©Tony Gale  a9, ISO 125, 1/250, f/13

I found the lens to be very sharp, and really quite compact. I was quite pleased with the lens and definitely plan on buying it when it becomes available in a few weeks!