At the end of 2017, I started “drift photography” which is all about capturing action, showmanship and movement in your shot. This sparked my enthusiasm for motor sport photography and in 2018 I had the opportunity to photograph the Wolves speedway team at Monmore Green Stadium in Wolverhampton. From this I was invited back on several occasions where I’ve been able to improve my skills and test a variety of kit. This is where I have surprised other photographers with what I use to get my images.
I use a combination of Sony A7II and Canon 70D when shooting at the track. I usually prefer to use the Sony with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 which has actually allowed me to use the SIGMA 105mm F2.8 MACRO EX DG OS LENS. This setup gives me excellent shallow levels in which to play with my depth of field, even at fairly long distances for the lens. The SIGMA 105mm MACRO has also worked well with poor lighting conditions at the speedway, as many of the race meetings are under fluorescent spotlights, leading to the track being unevenly lit. However I have not found any issues with finding and locking onto the bike/rider of my choosing. Safe to say this lens packs a lot of punch without breaking the bank.
I brought my Sony A7II along with the MC-11 mid-last year, which made my move to full frame very easy and allowed me to use various brands of glass. With regular updates to the MC-11 to keep it ready for any lens, I have also been lucky enough to test native Sony glass with the comparable MC-11 + SIGMA glass. The speed difference in focusing is nothing that you would notice on a day’s shooting and this keeps me a firm fan of the SIGMA brand.
My SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary has also been used extensively whilst covering the British Drift Championship and Drift Matsuri in 2018. It proved to be an invaluable and highly versatile piece of kit to myself. Plus the use of the SIGMA USB Dock with the customisable features has really given my photography that extra oomph before any editing processes.
I have tried a wide range of SIGMA products and they are all fantastic. My kit bag has several SIGMA products that are used on a regular basis such as:
SIGMA 105mm F2.8 MACRO EX DG OS
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
SIGMA 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 (Canon to Sony)
SIGMA Teleconverter APO TC-2001 x2
SIGMA USB Dock
Overall the SIGMA 105mm F2.8 MACRO EX DG OS is a strong and dependable lens. It provides a large range of usage weather it is for macro, landscape or sports it has always given me a high quality finished photo. For any Sony user with an E-fit mount I would highly advise the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. This will open up a large opportunity to use lenses that are not made with an e-fit mount without any issues.