You CAN Now Shoot Sports With Mirrorless
It used to be said that you can’t shoot sports with a mirrorless camera. However, photographer Yonathan Kellerman, is just one of many photographers for whom switching from a DSLR to a Sony A9 has changed the way he captures imagery.
© Yonathan Kellerman | Sony α9 + 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6| 1/40s @ f/6.3, ISO 100
Yonathan finds ‘movement is so impactful’ - whether the art work of a ballet dancer, the determination of a sprinter crossing the finish line or simply watching the astonishment on the faces of the crowd as a champion becomes victorious in their sporting battle. Sport provides a beautifully diverse playing field for a photographer but you need the right camera kit so you don’t miss ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. The Canadian-born photographer spent years using a DSLR; switching to a mirrorless camera wasn’t a simple decision.
© Yonathan Kellerman | Sony α9 + 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6| 1/2500s @ f/5.6, ISO 1250
© Yonathan Kellerman | Sony α9 + 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6| 1/1000s @ f/5.6, ISO 6400
To capture those defining moments, all photographers are reliant on their camera kit and Yonathan is no exception to the rule; the 24.2MP full-frame sensor of the α9 has to provide him with the image quality he needs, even when it is pushed towards its extremes.
Yonathan’s current love is photographing dance although it comes with its own set of challenges; largely the difficult lighting conditions.
© Yonathan Kellerman | Sony α9 + 70-200mm f/2.8| 1/400s @ f/2.8, ISO 10000
With sport, you’d expect it to all be about the large telephoto lenses but as Yonathan highlights, that’s not always the case.
© Yonathan Kellerman | Sony α9 + 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6| 1/800s @ f/5.6, ISO 2500
Another advantage is the silent shutter of the α9 means photographers can shoot in places where a DSLR would simply be too loud. Photographers can shoot at 20fps as a golfer takes a swing without fear.