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Camera Labs Tests The α6300 & 70-200 f/4 In The Crucible Of The Tour De France

The 3-week test of endurance known as the Tour De France can be surprising difficult to photograph. Camera Labs' Gordon Laing, however, is a veteran of the race, and of course, a brilliant sports photographer. He took the opportunity of the 2016 Tour to evaluate the Sony α6300 paired with the 70-200mm f/4 lens (the new 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master wasn't available at the time of the race). Camera Labs is known to be one of the most thorough gear testers in the world and this article proves that reputation out. In 7200+ words, Laing describes how he used approached the stages he photographed and how everything performed in a variety of situations. For those whom 7200+ words carries too much suspense, Laing thoughtfully includes a TL:DR summary:

"Of all the cameras I've tested, the Sony α6300 becomes the best for sports photography at its price point, whether DSLR or mirrorless; indeed you'd need to spend comfortably more on a DSLR to match its confidence."

The Cliff's Notes summary is great, but do yourself a favor and check out the entire writeup. It's a good read and Laing is extremely thorough and detailed and he provides plenty of photos (which you can see full res) to illustrate his points. 

Louis Meintjes: Sony α6300 and FE 70-200mm f4 at 200mm. 1/2000-sec., f/4, ISO 1250

Uncropped full images followed by crops reproduced at 50% (Click on the + in the top left corner to see the full image)

 

Tom Dumoulin: Sony α6300 and FE 70-200mm f/4 at 200mm. 1/2000-sec., f4, ISO 400

Alejandro Valverde: Sony α6300 and FE 70-200mm f4 at 200mm. 1/2000-sec., f/4, ISO 400

Photos by Gordon Laing, used with permission.