The Sydney Vivid light festival takes place at the end of May every year, and it really is something not to be missed. This year, as well as updating my website, I also decided to update my camera gear as well, and Vivid was the perfect opportunity for a first test.
To really make it a challenge, I decided to leave the tripod at home and do everything hand-held. Those of you who’ve been to Vivid before will know how busy it gets, so having the ability to shoot such events without a tripod is a huge plus.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it really was asking a lot to get reasonable photos in low light amongst a huge crowd and without a tripod to stabilise the camera. However, I’m really happy to say that the results absolutely amazed me!
So, what’s the new “wonder kit”? Well, it was a fairly logical choice really. I used to use a combination of a Sony A7r and a Canon 5D Mark iii, both of which are brilliant cameras in their own right. Sadly though, I don’t get a great deal of time for my photography, so I decided to slim down to a single camera… and that is the Sony A7r Mark ii.
I always enjoyed working with the original A7r, and the improvements that Sony made on the Mark ii made it seem like a worthwhile upgrade for me. In order to get the best out of the body, I also decided to match it to a worthy lens – the Sony 24-70 f2.8 GM. I’m still going to keep the best of my Canon lenses, but I wanted a native Sony lens to use as my “everyday” (I wish) set-up.
It took me a while to make the move as it was a significant investment, but I’m so glad I did. I’m thrilled with the results of the first photo shoot. Now I’m looking for a suitable event to take the camera out again!
Have a look for yourselves, and keep in mid that every photo in this gallery was made hand-held.