Looking forward to renting this, finally a Sony camera I'm excited to shoot with!
Great article! You guys missed a few really amazing opportunities for medium format coming up on the horizon. The Sony VENICE and RED Monstro are really the best option with their full frame sensors. I've been using Kipon focal reducers and they're great, even with an A7s. It'll be even better on the full frame VENICE. Unfortunately the RED doesn't have a native M or E mount (even third party).
I'm working on a custom mount for the RED as well with the Kipon optics. The Dragon isn't quite full frame so the focal reducer doesn't quite give the medium format look, but it does get further than the Vista Vision look! Can't wait to try it out on a MONSTRO someday soon ;)
If you dig into the RED forums, there's a few sets of the Duclos Mamiya lenses there. They're really fantastic. I think the Pentax 67 lenses are good candidates for cine conversion as well. The older Hasselblad series lenses are also fairly inexpensive online right now.
It's fantastic. There just hasn't been a good replacement for a 2k single point source. Slap a fresnel lens on this and just go
I was at the event and they talked about this, and I was able to talk with a Rep after. The new sensor architecture has a new high speed readout that greatly reduces rolling shutter. I gave it a quick shake before their guy got a bit cross with me, looked pretty solid with a full frame image.
The camera is also rated at base EI 500 according to him, but has the ability to push up without introducing noise to a huge amount. Wasn't able to test this out though.
Also the Alexa Mini has a rolling shutter, a pretty bad one too imo. This camera weights like 8.6lbs and is TINY.
I used an early version of this, understood immediately how it worked, amazing design. This is absolutely going to be in my bag when I travel.
Chapstick and a knife on the lens? Sign me up!