June 27, 2017 at 9:45AM, Edited June 27, 9:46AM
Stuck between GH5 & a7sII - Need your experience & thoughts to help me decide
Hey everybody, it's about that time for me to upgrade my camera and I need your input to give me some clarity on what to decide.
I've been using my Canon 5D Mark III for three years now and it has served me very well in my personal & professional work but I'm at a point now where it's been limiting me due to it's outdated specs.
I've narrowed my options down to the a7sII & the GH5 for a few reasons. Compared to my 5D, both offer me higher framerates @ 1080 (slow motion has become a priority) better video codec options (coloring & effects work on compressed h.264 from the 5D is becoming a major problem) and additional video options that I just don't get with my 5D.
What's been driving me crazy, and this is where I need your help, is the low-light situation.
As we all know, the a7sII is a low-light beast. I've seen the footage and I've been very impressed with what it can do. Most of my work is done in a controlled lighting environment, but I also do a fair amount of run&gun shoots (looking to do more in the future) and I can see myself really benefitting from the low-light capability of the a7sII.
However on the other hand, the GH5 practically outdoes the a7sII in just about everything else. The 10bit color, the high-res shooting, the framerates, etc. It's got everything else I want besides the low-light performance.
I've read online that using a metabones speedbooster XL to the GH5 helps increase the amount of light entering the sensor, and can sort of offset the comparative low-light disadvantage. I would have to pick one up anyway so I can use my Canon glass on whichever camera I pick up, but I'd like to know if it really does offer that low light performance boost.
My dilemma might seem trivial since the GH5 meets more of my needs than the a7sII, but the low-light abilities are something that (after seeing how it performs in the real world) I place very high on the priority list - which is why I'm having this dilemma.
So my question to you is: Is it that big of a deal? From your experience, is the low-light performance difference between them something that I should really be concerned with? I know it's about "preference" and many of you will most likely tell me to choose depending on what I need most, but I would like to get your personal opinions on it and how you would go about making a decision like this if you were thinking of the same thing?
Thanks in advance,