Thank you! I just read your blog posts and they were very informative! What is your experience when shooting with the camera handheld, not on the shoulder, but out in front of you much like you would with the C300 or a DSLR? On the FS7 I imagine that the arm would need to be folded up and would get in the way. Where does your right hand go in this position? Is it awkward to shoot this way with the FS7?
I am looking forward to seeing more reviews of the FS7. I really want to love this camera and have been on the fence about selling my C300 to buy one. But I have a lot of questions that have gone unanswered by the limited reviews that are currently out there. I want to read more about users' experiences.
I've heard the camera is much heavier and bulkier than the C300 which prevents the use of small sliders and other DSLR rigs. I've also heard that SLog 3 is much, much more difficult to grade and I'm seeing evidence of that in the sample footage available online. I've seen some footage that has looked amazing but I've seen a lot of footage that has been poorly graded with too much contrast and strange colors. When people apply Film Convert filters to test footage it sure doesn't help in judging a camera's real world color science and dynamic range. I've also heard of adapter issues with the Metabones EF adapters and iris control. And although the E-mount can accept a ton of different lenses, I'm not keen on depending on adapters for every shoot.
I'd really like to see some more shots of people using the camera in the compact style with the arm folded up. How is the camera held when shooting in this manner? Where do you position your right hand with no grip to hold it? Does the arm get in the way?
It would be great if No Film School would cover more news on this camera as it unfolds. It seems to be a camera that may cause waves. Most people are expecting the C300 MK II to be a major disappointment and if that is indeed the case, I believe the FS7 will establish a firm position as the documentary camera of choice. I'll certainly be buying one if Canon fails. They are really going to have to deliver this spring and secretly, I hope that they do. As much as they aggravate me to no end, my C300 has been the best camera I've ever owned. I'd love to see the C300 MK II answer the FS7 with a 5k or 6k sensor delivering a 4k image (similar to the current C300 setup with the 4k sensor delivering a 1080p image). I'd love to see higher bit rates and higher frame rates in 1080p and 4k. I'd love to see a waveform/histogram inside the viewfinder and not just on the LCD. This year should be another exciting year for cameras. Then again, it seems like every year is now an exciting year for cameras.