Hands on with the Sony A9- Portraits, sports and low light test!

While in California for the Sony event, I got some real hands on on time with the new Sony A9 and had the opportunity to use it in many different situations. I decided to record my screen using my Atomos ninja 2 recorder to give you a very immersive experience.

 

When testing the Sony A9 paired with the 70-200 GM in it's ability to shoot portraits using off camera flash, I quickly realized that it wouldn't fire the flash using the electronic shutter mode (The possibility of getting banding would be high anyway) so I shot in mechanical shutter mode and I got some amazing results. Here are one of the portraits taken with this setup. I absolutely love the photos! 

When testing the Sony A9 paired with the 70-200 GM in it's ability to shoot portraits using off camera flash, I quickly realized that it wouldn't fire the flash using the electronic shutter mode (The possibility of getting banding would be high anyway) so I shot in mechanical shutter mode and I got some amazing results. Here are one of the portraits taken with this setup. I absolutely love the photos! 

The tracking capabilities of the Sony A9 really impressed me when going out and shooting some skateboarders. The speed of the auto focus tracking combined with the ability to shoot 20 FPS really made it really hard to miss any piece of the action. One thing that a lot of my previous mirrorless cameras have struggled with is the ability to track subjects moving towards or away from the camera but I feel that was solved with this camera. I shot this photo at 16mm with the camera really close to the edge of the ramp and it nailed the fast approaching skateboard. In the video, I shot with the 35mm 1.4 Zeiss lens and you can see for yourself how amazing the tracking is. As for the buffer on the A9, I never had the camera fill up on me when shooting pretty vigorously. I have heard rumors on the internet about how fast the buffer fills up but I just couldn't replicate that issue when shooting in the real world. 

The tracking capabilities of the Sony A9 really impressed me when going out and shooting some skateboarders. The speed of the auto focus tracking combined with the ability to shoot 20 FPS really made it really hard to miss any piece of the action. One thing that a lot of my previous mirrorless cameras have struggled with is the ability to track subjects moving towards or away from the camera but I feel that was solved with this camera. I shot this photo at 16mm with the camera really close to the edge of the ramp and it nailed the fast approaching skateboard. In the video, I shot with the 35mm 1.4 Zeiss lens and you can see for yourself how amazing the tracking is.

As for the buffer on the A9, I never had the camera fill up on me when shooting pretty vigorously. I have heard rumors on the internet about how fast the buffer fills up but I just couldn't replicate that issue when shooting in the real world. 

Shooting in this heavily back lit scene at the beach, I didn't expect the Sony A9 to perform so well. I expected it to hunt along with focusing on the background at times but to my surprise, it didn't and tracked those surfers very well. One thing I really enjoyed about using this camera when shooting these surfers was that with the 695 autofocus points it offers, I didn't have to worry about keeping them in the center of the frame. The autofocus points being so spread out within the frame, I could just shoot for composition and let the autofocus do its thing! 

Shooting in this heavily back lit scene at the beach, I didn't expect the Sony A9 to perform so well. I expected it to hunt along with focusing on the background at times but to my surprise, it didn't and tracked those surfers very well. One thing I really enjoyed about using this camera when shooting these surfers was that with the 695 autofocus points it offers, I didn't have to worry about keeping them in the center of the frame. The autofocus points being so spread out within the frame, I could just shoot for composition and let the autofocus do its thing! 

Can you believe that this photo was taken at 25,600 ISO? I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the files looked at such a high ISO. Keep in mind these are SOOC Jpeg files so there is possibly some in camera noise reduction going on but still, really impressive performance coming straight of the camera. The low light tracking was also spot on. Notice in the video how the focusing would jump from his face to the yellow fabric and back to his face in a split second! 

Can you believe that this photo was taken at 25,600 ISO? I was pleasantly surprised at how clean the files looked at such a high ISO. Keep in mind these are SOOC Jpeg files so there is possibly some in camera noise reduction going on but still, really impressive performance coming straight of the camera. The low light tracking was also spot on. Notice in the video how the focusing would jump from his face to the yellow fabric and back to his face in a split second! 

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