Sony RX10 Takes on Europe’s Strongest Man

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Eddie Hall World Record Deadlift 463Kg, 11th July 2015. Sony RX10, ISO80, f/4.5, 1/250", 200mm
Eddie Hall World Record Deadlift 463Kg, 11th July 2015. Sony RX10, ISO80, f/4.5, 1/250″, 200mm – clck the image to enlarge

There is a long held Christmas tradition in many UK homes and that is to watch the World’s Strongest Man competition. One of the heats leading up to this annual event is Europe’s Strongest Man, and that’s where I went at the weekend, my daughter having bought me tickets as a birthday present.

The competition was held in Leeds at the Rugby ground and will probably be screened around Christmas in the UK. As it’s recorded I wasn’t sure they would allow cameras into the ground so I took the RX10 along rather than my Olympus EM5. I have known some events to class interchangeable lens cameras as Pro cameras and be banned whilst fixed lenses such as the RX10 are allowed.

As it turned out the organisers were happy for photo’s to be taken in a non-professional capacity. Initially I was kicking myself because the RX10 only has a 200mm lens which as it turns out was a little shortof range. Something like the 40-150mm lens on the EM5 would have taken me much closer to the action.

Then I stopped and asked myself why this was a problem. If the images are only ever to be shared on the Internet why did I need to get closer? The 20Mpixel sensor of the RX10 would allow me to crop in close and will still need to be down sampled. And so it is with the image here. It’s about 3 times the dimensions it needs to be for Internet viewing so has been down sampled to just 1,000 pixels wide. I didn’t need a longer lens or a bigger image. The RX10 was perfect.

In case you are wondering, the picture shows a new world record deadlift at 463Kg (around 1,020 lbs). Congratulations Eddie Hall.

2 thoughts on “Sony RX10 Takes on Europe’s Strongest Man

    Richard said:
    July 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Great shot of our Eddie! I follow him on Facebook and he’s quite an amazing bloke to be fair! Hey… I was telling you a week ago about me exchanging my RX100mk3 for maybe the RX10. Well….. The RX100 has now gone and in its place is my new a6000 and my first lens I’ve purchased was the Zeiss 16-70 f4 for quite an amazing price on line….. I was a bit nervous about buying from abroad but so far things look good!

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      July 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

      The A6000 should give you more scope photographically. Do let me know how you get on with it after you have been shooting for a little while.

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