Bob Martin

Favourite lens Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Mas­ter

Amateur Photographer - - Technique | Mirrorless Lenses Of The Pros -

When it comes to the Sony Al­pha 9, which I came to rel­a­tively re­cently thanks to its silent op­er­a­tion and speed, there are some great lenses avail­able. I par­tic­u­larly like the new 27-70mm f/2.8 G Mas­ter, which is sharp from edge to edge. It is rea­son­ably com­pact – I use it with the bat­tery grip on the cam­era, then it is well bal­anced in the hand. I also have the 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens, which is very sharp and light. It’s bet­ter than the Nikon equiv­a­lent that I use on my SLRs. Then I have a 12-24mm f/4 G, which is a fan­tas­tic lens even though it’s not a G Mas­ter. While it’s ‘only’ f/4, it is as sharp as a tack. The 70-200mm f/2.8 GM lens is just per­fect, a su­per-bal­anced f/2.8, which zooms at the back not the front – just the way I want to work. As men­tioned in my test of the Al­pha 9 (AP 23 Septem­ber), Sony is lack­ing on the tele­photo side. There is the 100- 400 GM which is good, but it’s only f/4/5-5.6 and doesn’t re­place my faster Nikon tele­photo zoom.

A tele­photo zoom is a must for sport­ing events such as the World Para Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships that took place in Lon­don this year Sony Al­pha 9, 400mm, 1/1000sec at f/8, ISO 3200

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