New Toy (NOTE: NOT a toy)

I finally upgraded from Canon 5Dm3 to a Sony A7Sii for personal kit. I would love an FS7… but that is what hire companies are for as I am mostly a P/D rather than a full-time camera op. But it’s definitely an upgrade!

I was invited to the opening of the International Festival of Glass by the lovely people at the Ruskin Mill Land Trust and seemed like a nice opportunity to test the new camera. I read the whole instruction manual, I watched numerous tutorials… No.

I figured out how to switch it on, get all settings I wanted to manual, stuck it on SLog2, 4k (well UHD) and went out to play! (All handheld due to numerous people and expensive pieces of art so my new Three Legged Thing test will have to wait it’s turn)

Interesting exercise in shooting and grading! Been a while since I shot away from fast turnaround Rec709, need to adjust to exposing everything right – especially noticeable on the wides! There is a LOT of stuff on the EVF and screen and working around zebras and focus peaking etc going to take some time to adjust etc.

Camera worked very nicely with Metabones and my Canon L24-105 f4. I do need to look at a cage / rig, the camera felt really nice but is a trifle small, good in many ways but need a little more support to lose some shake! Cut in HD with FCPX and very quick grade with Color Finale mostly just dropping a 709 LUT on.  Need to get back into grading and work out stabilising but was turned around in a couple of hours which was the test I was conducting!

Film here:

Side by side with SLog2:

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