For the "still" part, I am positive this camera from Fuji ticks a lot of boxes and also for the operating way it has some major points (at least for outdoor use, which I am interested in), like the charge in camera option thru usb, the option to use the grip as a booster and as a battery charger, the ergonomics, etc.
It would be interesting to see the 4k video recorded in camera and then downsampled to 1080. It should be possible to have a 4:2:2 video this way. I suppose this would be the best way to use this new xt2 for video works.
4k 4:2:0 image into a 1080p 4:4:4?
I was thinking only a 4k into a 1080p 4:2:2 was possible.
thanks for your reply. I have seen your video and it's good: composition, music choices, lightings. I did not see weird stuff like smeared corners or strange flares.
- I was also considering the A7S, but I have read that while the Sony A7 family are quite good cameras, they start to show their weakness once in the field: messed up menus, buttons hard to use with gloves, lower performance in the cold, general weakness to humidity, etc. Have you ever experienced these issues?
- Can I ask your opinion about the Voigtlander M 21mm f4? I read mixed opinion about this lens, especially on mirrorless cameras. I was considering the Voigtlander 21 Ultron, but the f4 version is about 1/4 the price and size.
I considered also the A7S II with all its nice characteristics, but the projects I am up to are 50% video and 50% photos. While 12 good mp would be nice and enough in most cases, I prefer to have more than that and having a body as the A7S II only for video would be above my budget
since we are in a similar situation, I will try to answer based on my experience. However I just started with video, so my experience is not so huge.
I had problems similar to yours, making video in the wilderness (in the Alps, Italy). My basic setup is Nikon d7200, 3-4 lenses, Rode ntg-2 and tascam dr40. As you stated, your biggest problem making video in the wilderness will be battery consumption and unfortunately the weak point will be the sony a7sii. I try to run the most I can on rechargable AA batteries (the NTG-2, Tascam and even the D7200 when I will get the battery pack). It depends on how many days you will be out, how many batteries you want to carry and the season/place you will be in, but a solar charger could boost your autonomy, at least for all your audio setup.
I don't comment on the interview stuff or the lavaliers since I don't use them, but I recommend you the setup NTG-2 + Tascam DR40. The NTG-2 is a good mic, and, unlike the NTG-1, it runs also on a single AA battery, so you don't need phantom power from the recorder. You could also take a look at the new Rode NTG4 plus, which has an internal rechargable battery, but since it's quite new there are not so many reviews. I like the NTG-2, it's light and good for outdoor stuff. However, it prefers 1.5V batteries, while most rechargable ones are 1,2V. I don't have some precise data on autonomy, since I never bothered to measure it and I use my AA batteries for other needs like my Tascam, head lamp and so on, but using the Tascam along with the NTG-2 with its own battery, I could have several hours of audio autonomy, way more than the camera's one. I used the ntg-2 to record some ibex and I could easily listen to them about 50-70 meters away. You could use the Tascam for camp recording. Also, do get the appropriate deadcat/windscreen for all your mics!
I don't know about prices in New Zealand, but here in Italy you can find a full setup for the NTG-2 (the mic itself, blimp, deadcat, pole, etc) for about 400 euro and the Tascam DR40 for about 150 euro, so within your budget.
When I was looking for an audio recorder I also faced the choice Zoom H4n vs Tascam Dr40 vs Dr100. The H4n and the Dr40 are very similar in specs and functions, so I went with the DR40 since it was about 80 euro cheaper.
One last advice. You will be backpacking, go to a constuction/do-it-yourself store and get one of those 30cm plumber pipes made of hard plastic. For about 1 dollar you will have a good case for the mic!
I have seen your campaign on Indiegogo and it looks like you will be trekking a lot. When I do heavy duty trekking I prefer to go with a minimum of gear and my minimum arsenal would be (full format equivalent):
- 35mm - 85mm - 300mm in case of wildlife
- 28mm - 50mm - 85 or 100mm for landscapes only
now that I am starting with videos, the gear I need to carry is way more than for simple still images. Also, video takes a lot of battery power, I like the Goal0 solar chargers. With the nomad7 charger I can recharge 4 aa batteries with which I will run some utilities and my Rode NTG-2 mic and the Tascam DR40 recorder.
I am in a situation similar to yours but since I am starting out in the video making my experience is quite limited. Anyway, I am looking with great favour at the Nikon D750, it's quite small and light. Also I am considering going with minimal gear also, like 3-4 prime lenses