That's a great point, Michael. It's like elemental-auteur theory - can element (person, camera, lens, light, costume, design, location, etc.) shine through in spite of the collaborative nature of filmmaking?
As you suggest, I'd love to see more posts here about the work put into production design, and the less obvious relationships between seemingly unrelated departments on set (i.e. sound design/costume design, ac/art department).
I fear that NFS is a tad concerned with clicks and views, and gearheads love to click and read posts about who uses what camera. After all, I clicked and read the story...
Thanks, Michael, for your insights. I'm pretty dang happy with the FS700, and people have been shocked at some of the Frankenstein rigs I've built with it to accomplish a variety of tasks. When our run-n-gun is tripod based, the camera is lovely. In terms of flexibility and image quality, it's pretty fantastic.
Your point about the A7x for event videography is great. I hadn't seen that post, but it doesn't surprise me. I don't really like taking stills or video with the A7 series. It's just too much of a departure from my instincts, which were all developed on Pentax K1000 or a DVX100. The menu system is unfriendly, even for Sony. I'm with you when you talk about a "proper video camera" and frankly, I had high hopes for the DVX200. I haven't had my hands on one yet, but plan get on one at the NAB Show.
At this point, I think I've convinced the people I work for that more cameras are a poor investment. More time editing (and matching grading) is a poor use of our limited resources. We've gone a long way with what we have. On the rare occasion that we have in studio guests, we can borrow a couple of DSLRs and spend the extra time in post. At this point, the money is better spent on marketing, or not spent at all.
Ok, fair enough. I didn't post this question to get into a discussion (or even argument) over the merits of the FS700 when shooting events. I'll answer your question, even though it's off topic and feels like you're trolling.
My camera operators and I have found the FS700 to be difficult to use for ENG-style shooting at events. When shoulder mounted, too many of the controls are unaccessible. I suppose that everyone has their own definition of "run-n-gun" and that definition depends on the experience and preferences of the shooter. When shoulder mounted, if I have to remove my eye from the viewfinder and take the camera off my shoulder to make adjustments, then the rig has failed me.
Michael, your a prolific and intelligent contributor here on NFS. I would be grateful for any suggestions you may have for my original question. As much as the A7x cameras annoy me, I've been thinking it might be a good (and reasonable priced) match for our FS700. On the other hand, I've considered picking up a pair of DSLRs or even DSC-RX10 IIs. Our production isn't a true television studio production, and in fact is morphing into something much more liked Jared Polin's RawTalk.
What do you think?