Sony Ambassador & Nat Geo Explorer Chris Schmid Shoots the Serengeti
Sony Ambassador Chris Schmid - photographer, filmmaker and cinematographer - takes us to the Serengeti with his a7s III. https://youtu.be/OIbZNd-Yf0o https://youtu.be/bBMDOAi12wA https://youtu.be/ZeDAxSKC2GI https://youtu.be/GQzP7EW9YgE https://youtu.be/s_gEFisV3OY
Sigma in the House!
I've been on a lens buying spree since pre-ordering the a7s III: first, the sensational 20mm f/1.8, then the massive 135mm f/1.8 and today, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.
a7s III: Tap to Focus with Imaging Edge App!
For the first time ever with a Sony Alpha camera, the Imaging Edge mobile app allows focus pulls and real time tracking by tapping the screen on your mobile device and an icon appears confirming your selection. Skip ahead to around one hour to see the demonstration. https://youtu.be/AJN_EmnOUBI
Canon EOS R5 FW Update 1.1.0
Jared Polin tested out the new firmware update and finds increases of anywhere from 50-100% indoors. Times given are after reformatting the card for 8K when it filled up and after restarting camera after shooting 4K HQ for longer than 29:59. Apparently, shooting outdoors in the heat showed no improvement, but there are significant gains... Continue Reading →
ProRes RAW Update in Final Cut Pro
It's no secret that one of my biggest disappointments with Sony choosing to go with ProRes RAW for the a7s III was that critical information stored in the metadata was inaccessible in Final Cut Pro, meaning that it did not have the true flexility of RAW. All that's changed now, with Apple announcing the ability... Continue Reading →
Austin Black’s Impressions of the FX9
I'm sharing these videos by Austin Black because (1) he talks about the differences between shooting with the a7 III and the FX9; (2) they demonstrate the natural, lovely-looking skin tones the FX9 is capable of; (3) he shares impressive examples of S-Cinetone, difficult to find online and; (4) he uses LUTs designed to mimic... Continue Reading →
I’m speechless after seeing how effortlessly the a7s III handles those skin tones in direct sunlight. I can’t recall ever seeing anything quite like it. And that 1080p! https://youtu.be/8gRYv7KOlf4
The a7s III Is a Cinema Camera!
Endeavoring to reassure his followers understandably in a state of panic that the a7s III will render their cinema cameras obsolete, Sony Pro Alister Chapman claims that ergonomics guarantee their relevance, arguing that ILCs require a truckload of ND filters, bulky external monitors and cages, an external power supply and heaps of rigging to make... Continue Reading →
Sony a7s III Chroma Noise
Brandon Li, in the BTS (9:00) of the "Crossroads" video he made for Sony, says there's noise even at relatively low ISOs. Could it be that Sony is just using less aggressive processing than in their other less video-centric alpha cameras? Not a few filmmakers complained in the past of not being able to lessen the amount... Continue Reading →
G Master In the House!
I just added the 135mm f/1.8 GM to my collection, my favorite focal length for portraiture. When I used to shoot micro four-thirds, my go-to was the Olympus 75mm f/1.8, still among the sweetest lenses in their lineup., as well as being an outstanding value. Best of all, I snatched the GM for $500.00 less... Continue Reading →
a7s III Cinematic Camera Test
https://youtu.be/2y2dCni_pqc A word about the lenses Armando paired with the a7s III for the shoot, the MasterBuilt "Soft Flare" large format primes. I think this is a new formulation of their Vista-M primes, perhaps using different coatings on the front element, which, on the Vista-Ms, has been polished in such a way as to flare... Continue Reading →
The Ultimate Video Shootout
These fellas are real working professionals who shoot every conceivable type of video - real estate, product photography, fitness, travel, corporate, weddings, interviews - you know, the kind of stuff we do to put food on the table when we're not shooting the next Netflix series. In the video, Parker Walbeck says "I wouldn't recommend... Continue Reading →
The Art of Flow
Sony shooter Brandon Li takes us to a tropical paradise. https://youtu.be/-FYThFXeKrk
a7s III Rolling Shutter: King of Full Frame Mirrorless
DPReview's initial tests of the a7s III video performance are just coming in, beginning with the rolling shutter measurements, and the findings are pretty spectacular: below 10ms in all modes! 4K 60p/30p/24p measured just 8.7ms; 4K 120p (one I plan to make a lot of use of) only 7.7ms and 4K Steady Shot Active (60p/30p/24p)... Continue Reading →
If You Watch Just One a7s III Review…
This is it! Crispy a7s III XAVC HS 4K 100FPS footage, a fair and balanced review (English subs). Thirty minutes of review interspersed with gentle, lovely slow motion footage, the first I've seen that is neither heavily graded nor over-sharpened, that demonstrates the outstanding dynamic range of the camera. I would have liked to see... Continue Reading →