Ben Howland

Competition Judge
Image: Ben Howland, Alpha 9 (A9)

I've been photographing weddings since 2010 and love what I do more than ever. I focus on letting couples enjoy their day without having the photography distract them. It's been great to see technology enable me to capture a wedding day even more naturally, especially now with silent shooting.

What is in your camera bag?

2x Sony A9ii's (soon to be A1's)
Samyang 18mm
24GM
35GM
Sony 35/1.8
Canon 45 T/S
50GM
Sigma 85 DG DN
Sony 90/2.8
135GM

What is your go to in your Alpha kit and why?

Being a wedding photographer, the 35GM is the lens I lean on the most. It has amazing performance, especially considering the size and weight.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

I'd have to say the first time I ever picked up an A9, at B&H in NYC. Shooting 20fps in complete silence, zero blackout and experiencing eye-AF (on the 85GM) was mindblowing. Even in a poorly lit camera store, the focus was incredibly accurate. It was instantly obvious that this system was in a different league to DSLR's.