An Informative Guide to Using the S-Log Upgrade on Your Sony F3
With Sony’s recent decision to make the S-Log upgrade standard on new F3‘s, and some current owners wondering whether they should shell out $900 for it, there are a lot of folks wondering about just what they’re getting with the upgrade. With that in mind, Andy Shipsides, the Camera Technology Specialist at AbelCine, has wrapped up a 4-part series that goes over many of the upgrade’s features — including footage comparisons:
From comparing the dynamic range of the camera with and without S-log, to understanding how the in-camera look up tables (LUTs) can be used to preview footage with different looks, the series does a great job of explaining and showing just how useful the upgrade is. Just look at how the details on his forehead magically appear in this demonstration:
The series also goes into how you can edit and create your own custom LUTs — pretty handy if you’re a DP trying to give the director a rough sense of how the footage will look in post while on-set.
As someone who doesn’t own an F3, and hasn’t gotten a chance to play with one, I found this all pretty informative. The Sony F3 is a pretty great camera out of the box, but with the S-log you’re getting a whole lot more. I may not get a chance to own one any time soon, but at least I’ll have a better understanding of just what I can do with it if I rent it. For all 4 parts of the series check the links below.
- Part 1 – On the Charts
- Part 2- Exposure Index Mode
- Part 3- Application
- Part 4- In-Camera Look Up Tables
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