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Old July 28th, 2014, 01:22 PM   #181
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Here is a same day edit that utilized 2 C100s and an A7s with EF glass. Only had 2 hours after the ceremony to put the edit together so some of the colors are a bit off. The A7s produces more green in its footage and as a result, I'd remove more green from the highlights in the future.

No stabilization was used for the A7s except for a monopod and IS on the glass.

Overall my only complaint with the camera (as a B camera) is the lackluster battery life.

Film Convert 2 and Impulz were used to color correct and grade.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #182
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Nice clip Edward, how long can you shoot with one battery on the a7s?

I guess the very shallow dof shots in the video where from the a7s?
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Old July 28th, 2014, 05:10 PM   #183
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One battery lasts 1.5 to 2 hours, more towards 1.5.

The a7s was used for most of the bridal prep minus the sliding shot of the groom and the outdoor/staircase shots.

It was also used during the ceremony for reaction shots, center, and the exit.

The only shots I was really displeased with were the center aisle shot. Then again the entire background were sunny windows. Maybe using slog 2 might have been better for highlight recovery.

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Old July 28th, 2014, 05:20 PM   #184
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That's quite good battery life or where you expecting better? with my rx10 I often can't get passed 45 minutes on one battery and it takes ages to load the battery in camera.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #185
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Yeah the gh4 battery lasts muuuuuch longer and 1 a7s battery takes over 2 hours to charge.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 03:05 AM   #186
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Yes, the gh4 batterylife is exceptional, I do have to say that if you use stabilised lenses the battery drains a lot quicker but if you stick with non stabilised the battery just keeps on going.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:04 AM   #187
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The A7s comes with 2 batteries though :)
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:12 AM   #188
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1,5 hour is really not bad, 2 of these batteries should get you through an entire weddingday if you have a second camera as well.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 02:16 PM   #189
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Yea, shot a wedding yesterday on two batteries. Had to put the first one on charge again at reception venue as precaution, but didn't actually need to use it. Two batteries was enough - but i will probably buy a third just for the peace of mind.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 02:18 PM   #190
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I have a friend in Nashville who was able to get a brand new Sony a7S for $2,249. Not a bad discount! Apparently they will price match Ebay prices. Saved $250 by negotiating with them. Something to keep in mind if you're looking at buying. Always negotiate!
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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #191
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Some low light high ISO shots I put together from my A7S.

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 05:10 AM   #192
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Can any A7s owner confirm an issue I'm having before I send mine back as faulty please (although it may be the lens adapter - not sure)

In manual mode with a fixed ISO (not auto) cycle up and down through the apertures - all is ok. Now press record and do the same - do you experience white flashes as the aperture opens up? Don't know if this is a fault or just the way it is with this camera - It happens with Metabones smart adapter and EF lenses but not with NEX lenses and camera in APS-C mode - Clive what adapter are you using and do you experience this?

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 11:51 AM   #193
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Peter, just tried it and yes, I'm getting white flashes when the aperture is widening. Not when narrowing.

Would you normally change aperture whilst recording though? I know I wouldn't... not unless necessary. And if it were the case of light drastically changing mid clip - would ISO not be a better way to brighten the scene (theres no shortage of it! ;-) )
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 01:07 PM   #194
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It's not the amount of iso you can use that will make the difference, it's how smooth the transition is. I guess the best way to have a smooth aperture change is to use a adapter that has a clickless aperture ring. I wish all dslr's could handle iso and aperture changes the way my rx10 can, that would be a big improvement.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #195
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Peter, just tried it and yes, I'm getting white flashes when the aperture is widening. Not when narrowing.

Would you normally change aperture whilst recording though? I know I wouldn't... not unless necessary. And if it were the case of light drastically changing mid clip - would ISO not be a better way to brighten the scene (theres no shortage of it! ;-) )
I guess unless I'm going for a particular DOF then I do quite often use the iris to control exposure - a throwback to old school camcorders that had 3 fixed gain positions (low/mid/hi) but also I've been using the 5D3 for the last year and have kept my ISO settings to multiples of 160 for a cleaner image (apparently the 5D introduces noise for 'inbetween' ISO settings) so I never just scrolled through ISO to adjust exposure.

Anyway I emailed Metabones and problem solved - I just needed to turn on advanced mode for the adapter - happy days!
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