July 21, 2017 at 11:42AM, Edited July 21, 11:45AM


Necessary gear for outfitting A7SII for run and gun documentary?

Hi All,

I'm working to set up a (mostly solo) run and gun documentary setup with my A7SII that's currently mostly used for stills and wanted to reach out to see what things I should add to get it to a place that I can begin filming sizzle reels on my own. Below are two lists specifically related to audio and video though I am open to other accessories that may slip through the cracks. One is of the things i do have and the other is a list of the things I think I'd need to invest in. In a perfect world I'd own an FS5 but I'm not at that place yet unfortunately.

I currently have:
Camera: Sony A7SII
Lenses: Batis 25mm/f2; Zeiss 35mm/f2.8; Sony 24-70/f4; Sony 70-200/f4; Canon 24-70/f2.8+Metabones

Audio: Zoom H6 Recorder; Sennheiser EWP112P G3-A wireless lav; Oscar Soundtech lav mic

Here is what I feel like I should get to have a more complete solo run and gun setup:
Sony XLR-K2m XLR Adapter: $600
Canon 24-105/f4 mii: $1100 (is the mark ii that much better?)
Tiffen Variable ND filter: $150
Cinema Cage: open to suggestions on brands
Monopod: open to suggestions on brands/models
External Monitor: not sure if I need this or not but open to suggestions


I am not sure if your list is what you expect your kit to be/ or what you are hoping to get.

You put down a monitor on your list, but I don't see mention of a top handle/ shoulder mount/sticks/ stabilizer. It doesn't seem like an external monitor will be a help to you in that way.

For solo operation the native e-mount glass works much better with the autofocus. Any of the prime lenses and anything without effective AF is going to slow you down. I haven't been satisfied with the metabones adapter and an EF lens when compared to a native e-mount lens.

I have the Tilta cage with no handle and it works well and adds nice heft for hand holding the camera.

If you go with the Sony XLR-K2m XLR adapter be careful. The cage you get needs to be compatible. You can go with the K1 adapter and a cage, but it requires using a cage,unlike the k2 that mounts to the hotshoe.

For the H6 you can get a belt clip with a 1/4 -20 screw and it makes things work MUCH better than trying to bag it while operating , for me anyway.

Add headphones to your kit.

For on camera audio the little rode shotgun mics are nice and I recommend a scratch track. With the Zoom you can always add a regular shotgun to the rig without much fuss.

July 21, 2017 at 1:28PM


Scratch the 24-105 Canon off the list. You already have that coverage, and it's a wonky lens to try to use as a Cine lens. Instead, look at the Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (Sony E-Mount) and/or the Fujinon 50-135. These lenses are very likely within your budget, and they are real Cine zooms.

July 23, 2017 at 10:00AM


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