Thanks to the kind people at Sony New Zealand, I will be trialing some new weaponry for my next few motorsport events. I'll be testing:
- A Sony A9ii (the second iteration of the cameras I currently use);
- A 600mm F4 GM OSS lens; and
- A 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens.
I'm particularly excited to see how these new lenses compare to my faithful Sony 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, which I've used for a few years now and is easily the best and most versatile lens I've used for motorsport. I'm also interested to see how the new Sony A9ii compares to the original camera.
Shooting motorsport is challenging for any camera equipment. However, motorcycle racing is surely one of the most difficult sports of all to photograph due to the mind-bendingly fast accelerations and speeds involved coupled with the relatively small subject size (compared to a car). I therefore expect the events I have lined up to push this gear to the limit.
The trial will start with the BEARS Motorcycle Club's annual Sound of Thunder event at my home track, Ruapuna, this weekend before I head to Phillip Island the following weekend for the first round of WSBK where I'll be shooting the fastest production motorcycles in the world...
Stay tuned for updates!