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Stefan Voitl

I was born and raised in a small town in lower Austria and have been passionate about mountains and cycling since my childhood. I started racing bikes aged ten – usually with a camera by my side, and never thought or dreamed about becoming a full time photographer – I just loved to capture the adventures I had with my friends. Photography was a hobby and it was cycling and the outdoors that I was passionate about. Realising that my job as an electrician wasn’t making me happy and my talents as a cyclist were limited, I downed tools to study photography at an Art University. I now specialise in sports and expedition photography around the globe.

Why did you pick the Alpha 7C as your main travel camera?

I love to have light and fast equipment when on the mountains and the Alpha 7C offers exactly this. It’s small and has incredible picture quality with its full frame sensor. The last few years have been super exciting as a sports photographer – Sony has always been on top with the progress of mirrorless technology. The cameras are getting smaller, lighter and faster. Even my Alpha 6400 is faster than my professional DSLR equipment from 5 years ago. This makes it easier to concentrate on framing and creativity.

stefan voitl frames a shot on his alpha 7c using the flip out screen

You’re more flexible in your work if a fast full frame camera feels like a small point and shoot one. Light equipment is also necessary if you carry your equipment for several kilometres and have to climb a lot of meters in height! At the end of 2017, when the Alpha 9 arrived, I was one of the first photographers in my professional circle to make the move to the smaller mirrorless cameras. A lot of really good photographers contacted me the following year and I always said the same thing – no regrets. Most of them followed and are now mirrorless shooters.

dramatic skies above the clouds overlooking jagged mountain peaks

© Stefan Voitl | Sony α7C + FE 50mm f/2.5 G | 1/4000s @ f/2.8, ISO 100

You spent quite a lot of time in very cold conditions. How did you find the camera performed?

Working a lot at high altitudes, I’m always conscious of keeping my equipment protected. When I was in Nepal on a separate expedition, the temperature often dropped to -25 Celsius at night! I make a point of keeping my spare batteries close to my body and I had no issues with the performance. In fact, my body had more problems with the cold and the height than the equipment did!

ice capped mountains with a still lake in the foreground

© Stefan Voitl | Sony α7C + FE 24mm f/2.8 G | 1/50s @ f/5.6, ISO 100

Aside from the size advantage, how did you find the performance of the compact G prime lenses?

My usual kit is the Alpha 9 II with the 24-70mm and 70-200 G Master lenses, but I was very impressed with the compact prime lenses and I think they’re the perfect partners for the Alpha 7C. Small cameras and lenses aren’t only handy because of the packable design, but also because there is less distraction between you and the subject. In my opinion photographers who don’t show off and love understatements are always more likeable than those with big equipment.

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