August 18, 2016 at 6:11PM

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Going for sony 7 series but don´t know which should fit my needs

Dear all!
I own a canon 70d and some samyang lenses (24/35/50mm video lens)
Right now i shoot mostly wedding and things are getting boring with this camera. I am thinking in upgrading my set up and once canon 5dmk IV isn´t going to bring the market something really exciting i´m looking for sony 7 series but don´t realy know what will suite me the best for my needs.
The reasons for me to change are in priority as follows:
1 - Grading flexibility
2 - Better dynamic range
3 - Better low light performance
4 - At least 1080p @60fps

I know that jumping from a 70D, even the a7 is a very good option but at the end, between the a7 mk2 and the a7s i find it really dificult to see wich would suite me the best. Of course the a7s mk2 it´s a bomb and honestly i think that it would be far to good and complex for me right now but...... who knows..
Could you give your thoughts?
Thank you all!!!

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I have a number of friends who shoot weddings that say the A7sII is the best camera. I am also partial to this since I use an A7sII and love it for it's versatility. however the A7sII is a lot of money compared to the A7s but the extra features do make it worth the price. The biggest problem at first was the lens range. It took awhile for companies to start building lenses for E mounts but that problem is almost gone and if you don't want to buy new lenses you can always buy a good lens adapter that will allow you to use your canon lenses and don't even get me started on the low light capabilities.

All in all I would highly suggest the A7sII, it's has some fantastic features especially for wedding cinematography, it is on the pricey side but it's worth the money and shouldn't need to upgrade for a while.

August 20, 2016 at 8:04PM

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Toby Garside
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Thanks Toby!
It really impresses me the features that that camera has but as you say its a bit pricey.. And with the camera i will have to buy some spare batteries or the battery grip, plus that lens adapter.. Really struggling with my budget.
One more question regarding editing this files. I edit all my footage on a imac late 2013 with i5 2,9Ghz 8Gb of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GT750 1024MB. Do you think that this is enough for editing this files? Not the ones in 4K (for that matter a will have a specific work station) but since i edit all the wedding at home and probably they will be in 1080p, do you think that i might have some issues?
Once again thank you!!

Pedro Nuno Pinto

August 22, 2016 at 1:36PM

Have shot across the board on many cameras.

If you're still going down the DSLR route I would shoot on the A7 :) Not many other DSLRS come close to it (Its the Canon Killer!)

The a7s II is a great camera for sure, but it's just the price point.

The a7s has done me wonders over the last year, and the 50FPS is quite nice.

August 21, 2016 at 10:20AM

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As long as your fine with all your shots looking like they were shot through jello, then yes the A7S is a great camera. If you need a real video camera, one that you can pan and tilt you should look elsewhere.

NinjaMonkey

August 21, 2016 at 6:35PM

To me, the Sony A7 footage seemed just as compressed and soft as the Canon 70D. Both
cameras made me depressed and disillusioned when I saw the great footage from the BMPCC, GH3 & GH4. If you're worried about low-light, maybe start with the A7S. It's a fantastic camera with a great image and if you're lucky, you can find a good deal on ebay.

August 21, 2016 at 3:14PM, Edited August 21, 3:14PM

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Dennis Nagelkirk
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A7S footage is just too ugly for me, I hate that camera and won't edit for anyone who uses it.

NinjaMonkey

August 21, 2016 at 6:36PM

The A7s is a fantastic camera for weddings. I use them and although I would love to upgrade to an A7s2 it doesn't make sense to me (cost wise) because I shoot the majority of the day at 60p anyway (just so that I always have the option to slow a shot down in the edit to add emotional impact). Until I can do 4k at 60p I probably won't upgrade. The A7s series do have bad jello but you really won't notice it in 98% of your shots. Its gonna be obvious with a whip pan, of course, but its not often you'll be doing that in a wedding!
The image is not ugly at all, I think it has perfect sharpness (with the sharpest dialled down) and if you possess moderate grading skills you'll be able to get a fantastic image out of it. You might be able to buy 2 used A7s' for the price of a new A7s2 and having 2 cameras would always be my preference so you have the opportunity to capture more moments.

August 22, 2016 at 6:14PM

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Mark Relf
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