Sony a9 vs Nikon D5 at the Pure FC MMA Matches Oshkosh, Wisconsin

I was asked to test a Sony a9 for use in Action Sports awhile back by the good people at the Helix Camera in Itasca,Illinois. So last week when shooting the Pure Fighting Championship matches in Oshkosh, Wisconsin it was time to fire that bad boy up. I tried my to capture some images with the Sony a9 paired with a 2.8/24-70 mixed with images captured with the Nikon D5 2.8 /24-70mm.

First up ….Few Sony pic’s;

Above Sony ARW files straight out of camera (Obliviously when converted to jpg there’s some processing taking place from the orginal Raw ARD files) .

ISO F-lenght f/ Shutter W-Balance

8000 54mm 3.2 1/1250 3300

Not sure what focusing menu I was using at this particular time as I was somewhat swicthing throught various focusing options during the night. At the end of the night I was using;

——Lock-on AF: Flexible Spot L ——

Below Nikon Nef files straight out of camera (Obliviously when converted to jpg there’s some processing taking place from the orginal Raw Nef files) Click on image to view in a lightbox.

ISO F-lenght f/ Shutter W-Balance

6400 35mm 3.5 1/1250 3800

These were somewhat early in the evening , as the night progress and with different skin tones there was some 1/3 stop tweaking in most setting. There was probably a 3/4 to 1 stop drop-off from center of cage to against the cage.

Some first impressions ;

  • The Nikon menu’s after all these years are second nature so I spend a few hours to get a feel for navigating around the Sony a9 and its pretty easy from what I have seen. There’s so many focusing options (which is a good thing) that it will take a few gigs to wrap my mind around selecting best focusing option. But I’m really pleased on the tact sharp images captured shooting through the cage;

  • Love the button placement on the a9;

  • I have never been a “spray and play “ shooter in the past but during the test, shooting burst’s was amazing. Something about the silent shutter and no blackout makes those bursts pretty much fun. I belive there’s going some great boxing and MMA gif’s in my future;

  • Sony a9 $4k Nikon D5 $6K I have been by spoiled by battery life on the D5 and was pleasantly surprized by the battery life on the a9;

  • For the Action Sports shooting I was doing the Sony a9 lives up the hype , it delivered what I needed and more;

  • Only negative that comes to mine is with D5’s I ‘m able to tag files that are ones to be posted by “locking” them. This way they easy to retreive before leaving event, Sony need’s that feature for Action Sports photogs. A work around will be using the 2019 Camranger that will be released. I take to Dave at Camranger and the next release of Camranger will support the a9.

During the next couple of weeks , I have a amature boxing event schuduled on 11/16 , Pro boxing Weigh-In 11/20 -Fight night 11/21-MMA Weigh-in 11/23 MMA Fight night 11/24. This will give the opportunity to be more familar with a9 and take more detailed notes on using the camera for Action Sports.

Support Chi-town Boxing and MMA ………..Tomba

Looking back at film #2 ...

 Below image

Camera : Mamiya RB      Medium Format       Film :   Kodak 125PX      Taken : Approximately 2004

Below is original scan from today, its been so long since I have done any scanning there's no canned air around here to clean neg's ..

Original neg-George-Web.jpg
Film Test011-Web.jpg

 Above is 60 seconds in CS6 levels and healing Brush ... 

 

Below image :                Original negative scan  from today 

Camera : Nikon F   Format 35MM    Film : Ilford FP 4 Plus      Date taken : Approximately 2003 

2nd image                         Enhanced in Photoshop CS6  today

Original neg -Phil-Web.jpg
Enhanced  neg -Phil-Web.jpg

 I still have a couple of Mamiya RB's in Long Grove and I do have the Nikon F with me in East Troy so if time permits during the next couple of days the plan is to fire up some film camera's and see what i can come up with..

 

Cheers,   Tomba

Looking back at film..on a cold winter day in Wisconsin

 When its this cold and there's no real reason for me to venture out ...Time to work on a project  that I have been meaning to do for awhile .....I have been planning to look at some older neg's , scan and see what the Digital World  can do to enhance them in 2014 ... 

    Above image ...   Camera used    Speed Graphics  circ 1935       Taken approximately 2004       Film/ Format : 4" x 5" Kodak 320 TXP   Its been awhile since I have done any scanning but this is the original untouched scan from today...

 Above image ...

Camera used   Speed Graphics  circ 1935      Taken approximately 2004      Film/ Format : 4" x 5" Kodak 320 TXP

Its been awhile since I have done any scanning but this is the original untouched scan from today...

 Below image ..

is a quick enhancement in PhotoShop CS6 from today ....Obliviously when I printed this as a 16" x 20" in a traditional wet darkroom almost ten years ago , the below enhancement was done by dodging and burning..and if I remember right , I spent all day in the darkroom ..But then I spent all day in the darkroom everyday back then.  

Thank you Miles Lowry , Jeff Curto , Hans Klemmer and Glenn Hansen and others at College of Dupage for helping in the "Darkroom" so many times...

Cheers ..Tomba 

Film Test005-Web.jpg




August 27th Flex TT5 testing

The test equipment used;

- (3) Q-flashes   fired with Pocketwizard MultiMax's  

- Nikon D3's      - 70 and 14mm Nikon lens   -FlexTT5's      -Full Mid Day Sun  

- Untouched Nikon Raw files out of camera converted to Jpeg for posting

Purpose of test to check for clipping of shutter at various shutter speeds . 

 ***--Clipping starts at 1-2000 (lower shutter) but is probably acceptable even at 1-4000 and 1-8000 .. *** Not seeing clipping even at 1-8000 with a 14mm lens  

Test station with and without strobes firing ...

 1-250@ f16 ISO 250

1-250@ f16 ISO 250

 1-500@f11

1-500@f11

 1-1000@ f8

1-1000@ f8

 1-2000@ f 5.6    Clipping starting

1-2000@ f 5.6    Clipping starting

 1-4000 f 5.6   

1-4000 f 5.6

 

 1-8000@f 2.8   

1-8000@f 2.8

 

I have other files wide angle and neutral density filter added but I'm running out of time for this project today .. 

Cheers,

 

Tomba