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What's In My Bag: Gene Lower

As a pro football photographer, I utilize I wide array of Sony bodies and lenses. All the gear listed below will make the trip to the stadium in my Pelican case for this weekend’s playoff game in Phoenix. To be light and mobile on the field, I’ll only carry certain gear while working on the sideline.

On the field:

Sony α7 R II & Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens: My go to camera to cover the action is the Sony α7R II camera paired with the Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 lens. That’s an A-Mount lens so I use it with the Sony LA-EA3 adapter on my a7R II. The phase detect autofocus system in the camera paired with the focal range of the lens lets me capture every moment of the action.

Sony α6000 & Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens: Around my neck I wear the α6000 camera paired with the Sony 16-70mm f4 lens. This combination is extremely light and I can grab it instantly should the action suddenly appear very close by (this happens often in pro football). This setup allows me to capture all my wide angle photo needs with ease.

Accessories: I also carry a monopod, a few extra batteries, a star filter, my phone to transmit images via the Sony PlayMemoriesMobile app, and of course my sideline credential!

In my case in the locker room:

I have Sony α77 II and α7 camera bodies as back up, as well as the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM II A-Mount Lens. I also have a 1.4x tele- extender, a flash, the Sony LA-EA4 adapter and rain covers (just in case).

With this collection of bodies and lenses I am well equipped to cover any sports event, from the kids in youth leagues to the pros. On Saturday night January the 16th, I get to put the gear to the test covering the Cardinals playoff run to the championship - wish my Cardinals luck!

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