December 7, 2014 at 11:04AM

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Sony FS7 or Blackmagic URSA?

Hello,
I find myself in an important moment in my life: the moment you have to decide on which camera I'll have to spend my hard-earnt money.
As for my budget, I have to choose between Sony FS7 and the Blackmagic URSA.
I know this has been discussed before but still...
I need a versatile camera (both), with some slow motion capabilities (both), able to work in low natural light and not only in light controlled situations.
I do my edits with Mac systems.
In terms of overall image quality, what camera do you think is best?
Thanks!

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Can't speak to image quality - I think it depends on your skill in pos. but FS 7 wins in versatility, slow motion, low light, and perhaps most importantly - cost. The URSA is poor in low light (though it has interchangeable sensor so that could improve). But memory is about25% more expensive, and you need an a decent evf for handheld ($1000) plus some kind of shoulder rig system. Rigged up the URSA has 8-10lbs on the FS7, a tripod that can handle this weight will cost you $1000+ and you'll need more expensive, heavy duty jibs, sliders, dollies, and stabilizers (steadicam, gimbals, etc)

December 7, 2014 at 6:39PM

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Dave
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FS7 seems like the safer bet and more versatile option plus the F5/F55 is what it's very similar to in terms of image and they are tried and true cinema cameras, where as the Ursa or any Blackmagic hasn't really seen the theaters.

December 8, 2014 at 3:48AM

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Brad Watts
Filmmaker/Creative Director - Redd Pen Media
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FS7. It's simply the more robust camera in terms of features and usability. The only reason to get the URSA is if you are shooting primarily feature films with a full crew.

December 15, 2014 at 3:56PM

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Geoff C. Bassett
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Do you know if there's an adapter for Nikon lenses that lets you control aperture on the FS7?

December 19, 2014 at 9:22AM, Edited December 19, 9:22AM

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Andrea Labate
Director / Cinematographer
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Hi, I know this is not a straightforward, 1-piece option: but I have Nikon lenses that I've used already on Canon 5D with a simple adaptor (Fotodiox) and now am using them on my Sony FS7 via a Commlite adaptor that has good iris control (& auto-focus, not that I use that during recording)- So I have Zeiss/ Nikon-fit lenses with a Nikon-Canon EF adaptor, then put that into the Commlite EF-Sony E mount and all works fine.

February 9, 2015 at 11:02AM

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Do you have also aperture electronic control?

February 21, 2015 at 11:22AM

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Andrea Labate
Director / Cinematographer
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OT how is good your Nikon-EF adapter? which brand is? I've just brought Milvus ZF and i want to put on an URSA, do you had any issue with the nikon-canon adapter? thank you

December 8, 2015 at 6:04AM

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Marius Mele
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