That's the question: Are "predicable" updates still a thing? The max internal NTSC recordings for the a9, a7r III, a7s II and a7 III are the same. (please correct me if I'm wrong)
a9: internal NTSC XAVC S 4K UHD 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100Mb/s 30p, 24pa7r III: internal NTSC XAVC S 4K UHD 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100Mb/s 30p, 24pa7s II: internal NTSC XAVC S 4K UHD 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100Mb/s 30p, 24p
a7 III: internal NTSC XAVC S 4K UHD 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100Mb/s 30p, 24p
If the a7s III only adds internal 4K 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100mb/s 60fs, bumps HD with 240fps and includes HDR options, in its "video focused" alpha model, would that be enough to entice Sony users to upgrade?
Rumors had it coming out late 2017 and then early 2018, but the a7R III and a7 III were released instead. Maybe when Sony saw the Panasonic GH5, they're adopting something different? Probably doesn't matter really - just fun to discuss.
I agree with everything you guys are saying, but it was something Kenji Tanaka of Sony said in the live stream that made me think they will push spec, price beyond product models that are "positioned" in different tiers. Especially in the alpha series. #timewilltell
Maybe we'll see the a7S III announced at NAB/IBC.
(Do want to note I don't own Sony gear, nor are they paying me for my opinion)
a7s III guess: 4:2:2 10-bit internal. DCI, UHD at >150 Mbps, various frame rates. Oversampling. Improved sensor. 4:4:4 12-bit/10-bit external recording... a9 focus system, 14 stops dynamic range, SLog. Free camera body cap :)
Correct, this is not a cine lens.
If you're looking for them from Rokinon/Samyan, look into XEEN or less expensive Cine/Cine DS line.
If they are "shitty lenses" – depending on your workflow – suggest looking into Zeiss CP.3, Zeiss/Arri Master Primes, Cooke Panchro/S7i/5i/S2, Primo Primes/Zooms, Angenieux Optimos, Hawk/Vantage... the Frazier lens if you you're in need an interesting DOF. Sigma makes a Cine line, but haven't tested those. List goes on, as you may know.
Hope that helps.
Well, jump on the train and cash in now, 'cause Spheres sold for 7-figures at Sundance... or don't.
Analytics would argue against the "should not upgrade" idea. It's like when your mom says don't do something and you end up doing it anyways.
When there's criticism, the majority want to know why and if they agree/disagree with it. If that makes sense.