Profile | Mark Galer
Mark Galer
Educator and Sony Imaging Ambassador
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Location: Lady Elliot Island, Australia
Camera: Alpha 7R IV
Lens: SONY FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Settings: ISO 320 / F1.8 / 1/2000s

Interview with Mark Galer

What's In My Kit

Mark's Camera Kit Image Map
As I often photograph rapidly moving subjects, both the Alpha 9 and Alpha 9 II are my choice to ensure fast and 'super-sticky tracking' at up to 20 frames per second with blackout-free panning. The stacked sensors used by the A9 cameras puts them into a unique performance category that cannot be found in any other interchangeable lens camera.
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The ultra high-resolution Alpha 7R IV gives me the freedom to make prints up to two-metres wide and has jaw dropping dynamic range (I've given up bracketing since owning this camera). The Alpha 7R IV also gives me 'cropability' - the ability to crop really aggressively in post or shoot 26 Megapixel images in APS-C mode, giving me the extra reach on my telephoto zooms.
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Although I use Sony's excellent telephoto zoom lenses to capture much of my wildlife and action photos, my favourite lenses are Sony's telephoto primes. The FE 135 F/1.8 GM is perhaps the perfect partner for much of what I choose to capture. I mostly shoot with the aperture wide open when using this lens to provide excellent figure/ground separation and stunningly beautiful bokeh. The lens is equipped with lightening fast AF so can even turn its hand to shooting moving wildlife at close range.
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When using the Alpha 9 with longer telephoto zooms you will always find the 1.4x Teleconverter in my camera bag and the grip extension screwed onto the base of the Alpha 9. The grip extension gives me a confidence-inspiring hold on the camera (no little finger waving in the breeze) and doesn't add the extra weight of the vertical grip. It takes just five seconds to clear the grip out of the way to replace a battery.
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