Flagship cameras are all about performance, they do their job and they do it well. Flagship bodies come out ahead of big sporting events. This year, with UEFA Euro 2020 and the Summer Olympics in Japan, we have seen the launch of new bodies from Canon, Nikon and Sony. However capturing sport is only one application for these incredibly versatile cameras.

Fixation is lucky enough to work with photographers in all genres. We invited some of our customers to talk about why they choose flagship camera bodies for a wide range of subjects.
Last week we featured music and food photographer Justine Trickett on Nikon. This week we have turned to Sony and invited live theatre and performance photographer Johan Persson to write about using the Sony A9 series.

THE VISIT by Kushner, , Original Play – Friedrich Dürrenmatt, The National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 2020, Credit: Johan Persson/

Professionally I shoot a lot of live performances for theatre, opera and dance. Having the latest and best equipment is imperative for getting the best results in what is often challenging lighting and shooting scenarios. I initially chose to go with Sony because of it’s ability to shoot silently, which in my field of photography is incredibly beneficial.

Having said that, stage lighting is occasionally a challenge for mirrorless cameras causing banding in some cases. The sensor technology in flagship A9 mark 2 is the only one of it’s kind. It is the best for handling banding and now with the dual UHS-II compatible SD card slots, 10 frames a second mechanical shutter, amazing ISO and auto focus capabilities, I feel secure in knowing that I can get good results in any situation I’m faced with.

The Sony A9 mark 2 is the camera of choice for me.

The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, Director – Maria Gaitanidi, Designer – Liam Bunster, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, 2020, Credit: Johan Persson/

Johan Persson is a photographer specialising in portraiture and promotional and production photography for live theatre. See more of his work at perssonphotography.com

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