Since the new Sony a9 announcement and subsequent release, it’s been earmarked as an honest competitor to the sports and wildlife scene. As time went on we saw a lot of talk about it being framed in the context of sports photography, so I eagerly wanted to take it out and see what it had to offer to the wildlife and bird photographers who were often getting left out of these discussions. Here’s a collection of my thoughts after heading out into the woods with the Sony a9.
When I knew I wanted to write up an article about photographing wildlife with the a9, I decided that I would stay true to the Sony FE system and not use non-system lenses via mount adapter. Since the just-released Sony FE 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 GM wasn’t available at the time, I went with the next best option in reachability: the Sony FE 70–200mm f/2.8 GM with a FE 2.0x teleconverter. Of course, Sony does make the FE 70–300mm 4.5–5.6 lens, but for a 24-megapixel full-frame camera, I felt there would be limited cropping potential and knew I’d want that extra 100mm. It turned out I was pretty spot on with my assessment; I never really strayed from the effective 400mm focal length and almost always was wishing I had a little more on top of it. Cropping in was almost always still necessary for my images. Figuring in the 2.0x teleconverter’s two-stop loss of light, my kit here was basically a Sony a9 with a 400mm f/5.6 lens.Read More...
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