I am sorry but I see no reason to invest in this system
1) There is no magic in mirrorless except maybe only the possibility of using any lens you like, which means you can hunt for used bargains like Zeiss ZF or Leica R for example
2) It's 2018/2019, FF cameras hover easily in the 50mp range now
3) Yes, with a ridicolous crop, ending up with the same crop factor of the new blackmagic PC4K, which costs less than half and can record prores internally
4) 120 fps only in 720 hd, wow...
5) only point to note. Canon colors are good and can play on fair ground with Fuji colors (for me at least)
6) another wow, a set of super overpriced lens like many others out there with no special feature to talk about
7) if you buy the camera and even just a couple of lenses you are talking about a 7000 euro investment. Just to have a camera and 2 lenses with zero compatibility with other systems and really no special feature
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.