After months of recovering from a knee injury, finally being able go jogging and not feeling pain when kneeling down I was faced with a difficult choice: could I participate the paintball team building session arranged by my employer. I’ve done paintball before and I know it’s really fun. After a serious thought I decided I put my camera-gear into danger rather than my knee and went in as a photographer instead, which proved to be fun as well!
I usually shoot portraits and some urban architecture so my gear isn’t exactly built for action shooting. I took my faithful Sony A7rII camera and attached my beloved Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 lens to it and off we went. Having only 85mm lens made composing difficult: having a fixed focal-length I couldn’t easily shoot anything close to me nor did I have any reach for certain situations. I couldn’t go into the center of the arena as staying at the borders already exposed me to a couple of stray-bullets. I started to dream owning a 70-200 zoom very quickly. Also the camera itself is built for crazy megapixels and impressive dynamic range but the speed of operation or the reliability of auto-focus is not exactly what you want in such conditions.
My camera managed to survive without any hits, but the war-stories from the photographer himself might grow in time, from the original couple of (probably bounced) bullets from the other side of the field.