I've been getting a lot of weird looks (and made fun of, you know who you are) on assignment these past few months. I mean, I know I might be a bit goofy looking, but it's not that. It's been the tiny, little cameras I've been carrying around.
At the end of March, I migrated from my long-time Canon full-frame HDSLR kit to the new Sony Alpha camera system. I was at an impasse. I needed to upgrade a camera body, I needed to have my bodies checked and cleaned, glass repaired. Essentially a slight overhaul to my kit. I had been carrying around the Sony a6000 for months as a knock-around camera for personal images, backpacking trips, and the such. The size and subtlety of the camera was very appealing to me. I found it very easy to carry, it was discrete and the image quality was pretty darn good.
When I'm able, I speak with shooters that worked in the era of film. Their approach is a bit different than a lot of the "digital native" shooters and I enjoy the stories and perspective. I had been conversing quite a bit with Angel Valentin, a shooter that I greatly respect and whose opinion I value, and he had all but completely switched to Sony, shooting the a6000. He guided me to resources such as videos by Patrick Murphy-Racey, highlighting the advantages of the little mirrorless cameras. He also had a stack of work done with the Alpha system that I was simply impressed by.
After more and more conversation and sample images and research, I decided to invest in the Sony system. For my kit I went with the following:
Two Sony a6300 Bodies
Sigma 19mm f2.8 Art (a previous purchase with my a6000)
Sony/Zeiss 24mm f1.8
Sony/Zeiss 55mm f1.8
Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8
Sony G 70-200mm f4
This kit is fitting for the majority of my assignments, especially the assignments that I love. The small, intimate, tight, quiet assignments. You could even say "mundane." The fewer people, the less of an audience, the more personal, the better. Unfortunately, work hasn't dictated much of that recently, but I know it'll come.
So. After all the gear talk, I wanted to drop some images (there are a decent amount) and I'm going to include the technical data so if there's anyone out there wanting to know how the gear performs in specific instances, you'll have the info. This isn't something that I normally do and, really, don't give a shit about because it's not really what matters when making images.
After the images, I'll weigh in about the system.
I will also say that I do NOT consider myself a traditional "sports shooter." I don't find my sports images to be exceptionally compelling, to be a demonstration of great skill or even remotely close to award-winning. The only reason I'm including sporting images is to show that you can use these little cameras for sports too.
With no further ado...