Torii Tunnel

Colin J. Pearce

Image: Colin J. Pearce, a6300 Digital E-Mount Camera with APS-C Sensor Torii Tunnel

Colin J. Pearce is an award-winning, Adelaide-based photographer and filmmaker who has used the Sony mirrorless system since 2010. He has been involved in photography since he was 6 years old with an old Brownie camera. The magic of seeing his view transform to a print inspired him. Right through high school he was in the photography club and the darkroom club. In 1990 he bought his first Sony video camera, and gradually became interested in filmmaking. While he was living in Brisbane he did an Advanced Diploma of Screen. In 2010 Colin bought his first Sony E-mount stills camera, the NEX-5, to get travel photography with a large sensor but incredibly small size and weight. In 2012 he bought the Sony a99 full frame camera, but after a trek in China in 2015 decided to change completely to the Sony APS-C E-mount cameras to keep weight to a minimum, but still allowing lens interchangeability with his Sony E-mount movie cameras. With his Sony 4K E-mount video cameras he makes feature films and music videos. With his Sony stills cameras he mainly does travel, landscape and some portrait photography. Colin is an adventure traveller, having completed a 17-day trek to Mt Everest in 2017, giving him a range of spectacular photo opportunities. However as President of the Port Adelaide Camera Club he is involved in most forms of photography.

What is in your camera bag?

Commonly I’ll have two bodies (my main camera being the Sony a9, and secondary camera the a6400) plus four lenses (16-35mm f4 FE, 16-70mm f4, 85mm f1.8 FE and 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 FE), plus a spare battery and SD cards. I carry an ND filter if planning to do videos.

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

Sony a6400 with Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f/4. It’s a fantastic lightweight combo that produces colours and quality far beyond laboratory tests can show. I typically take 85% of my photos with this combo, despite carrying all my other gear.

Most memorable moment shooting with Alpha?

Climbing up to the top of a ridge at midnight near Everest Base Camp and doing astrophotography – while almost passing out from lack of oxygen. Loved the result, though.