A fun couple of days at the World Rally Championships in Wales armed with the Sony a6500 and the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 GM lens.
All images that you will see throughout this article are SOOC (Straight Out of the Camera) JPEG’s. If I do any post editing to images I will always make this clear.
You can see some lens flare in the following shot. This is coming from the Hoya UV filter that I was using to offer a little protection to the 100-400 GM, the lens itself is very resistant to flare. I’d rather not use the filer if I can help it, but on this corner it was far too risky.
This was the first time I’ve used the Sony a6500 and 100-400 4.5-5.6 GM lens shooting rally cars, it was also the first rally that I’ve ever attended and will most definitely not be the last!
As usual the combination of the a6500 and 100-400 GM worked extremely well. Focusing was never an issue when there was plenty of light available, and even under the darker canopy of the forest stages it still locked focus very quickly. However, I did find that it will hunt a little around the 250-400mm focal length when light was particularly low.
Many of the spectator positions around the various rally stages allow you to get extremely close to the action, as a result the 100-400 was often overkill. Many shots could have been taken with my 70-200 F4 G lens.
I’d like very much like to try the 70-200 F2.8 GM lens at a rally to see if the extra stop makes a difference during the darker forest stages, I guess I’ll need to start saving!
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