Based out of San Francisco, CA.
I would recommend the A7S II and maybe get an external monitor (Small HD 502)
Eric's point about smaller lighter is important. I have the A7S and an Atomos Ninja Assassin with a solid Noga Cine Arm. I recently took it out on a one-man shoot as an A-Cam. It did the job, but there were spots where the bulkiness really got in the way and the HDMI connection dropped out a couple of times. Part of that is my mistake, I probably shouldn't have chosen that set-up if there was a chance I would need to turn run and gun. But if I had the A7SII, I wouldn't have had to think twice.
The thing I do like about the A7S + Atomos combo is the ability to dual record.
I wouldn't count on the Atomos Ninja 2 being a good substitute monitor. It's actually pretty terrible unless you're in prime, in-door conditions.
I've used it with a C100 and I found myself still referring to the Waveform Monitor and peaking on the C100 to make sure I was properly exposed and focused.
If you were to get one, just count on it being a great tool to record ProRes with.
Possibly look at the Ninja Blade which is slightly better.
Jordan thanks for these links. Have you had experience with the Aputure device? I currently shoot with an A7S + Ronin M + Zeiss ZE lenses + Metabones Adapter. Will this work somewhere in there, or will it only work with Canon EF lenses.
Agreed, all great points Jose.
I heard this quote somewhere that I thought was a great definition, and I'm paraphrasing "If we can advance the story without anybody saying a single word, then we would've done our jobs as cinematographers"
Great work. I really like this as a reel. And the music was fantastic. The break that happens at :50 is a beautiful moment and the use of the lantern shots there was awesome.
I would've actually liked seeing the second lantern shot in place of the first shot since it feels like a richer frame. And I think it would match with the grandiosity of the change in music.
Great work nonetheless