Sony A1: an unexpected endurance test at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

From today until February 20 will take place Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. In addition to the challenges between the different athletes, many photographers will be ready to capture the magic moments and the victories of the challengers. Having the right equipment with you will be essential to take unforgettable photos, much like what happened to Göran Strand during the Biathlon World Cup. What happens if a photographer drops a very expensive camera? A model of Sony A1 just at the opening of Winter Olympics.

The video of just under a minute is not recommended for those who own one sony camera and he cares about his camera body. After all, it is a professional model also designed to withstand some “abuse” during use also thanks to the magnesium alloy body. At this time, it’s unclear if the camera sustained any significant damage, although some parts are breaking off as it rolls disastrously down the icy descent.

Sony A1 and service center at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

One of the fortunes of the photographer who owned this Sony A1 is that the Japanese company has rolled out an impressive support center just for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, much like all major sporting events. This means that in addition to a probable second and/or third body, he could also repair his device (or return it to the center if it was a rental).

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According to what is reported the Japanese manufacturer brought 250 camera housings and 600 goals available for hire. Among the former are high-end solutions designed specifically for events of this kind such as Sony A1, A9 and the updated version, A9 II (introduced in 2019). On the optical side, photographers can request the FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM or the FE 14mm F1.8 GM. Obviously there is no shortage of zooms such as the G Master FE 100-400 mm or the FE 200-600 mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS up to the large telephoto lenses FE 400 mm F2.8 GM OSS and FE 600 mm F4 GM OSS. Some photographers, like Nick Didlick (15 active Olympic Games), they brought with them to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics your own instruments.

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In particular, Didlick can count on five Sony A1 (two used remotely), two Sony A9 II (used remotely), one 12-24mm f2.8, one 14mm f1.8, one 24mm f1.4, one 35mm f1.4, two 24- 70mm f2.8 (one used remotely), one 50mm f1.2, two 135mm f1.8 (one used remotely), two 70-200 f2.8 MKII (one used remotely), two 100- 400mm f4.5-5.6 (one used remotely), a 400mm f2.8, a 600mm f4, a Tilt-Shift 50mm and two teleconverters (1.4X and 2.0X).

Returning instead to Sony A1 (protagonist of the unfortunate event), we remind you that this is a flagship model presented a little over a year ago. This without mirror can count on a full frame sensor of 50.1 megapixels (Exmor RS) with 759 AF points (phase detection AF) and Intelligent Focus for people and animals. The heart of operations is the new processor BIONZ XR which promises higher speeds than previous models.

For sports photographers, there’s also the burst shooting capability of up to 30 fps at full resolution and the ability to record 8K 30p video or 4K 120p. Don’t miss the 5-axis 5.5-stop IBIS system. The EVF is 0.64″ with a resolution of 9.4 MPixel with 100% coverage. In the rear area there is also a 3″ 1.44 MPixel screen. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 32,000 (or ISO 50 to ISO 102,400 in extended mode). The retail price for the camera body only Sony A1 is equal to 7300€.

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