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Old May 9th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

I really want this camera and would like to hear some feedbacks from people who use this camera for weddings.
I am currently using the the 7D so it will be nice to hear from people who transition from the DSLR.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

I guess no one here has this camera.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

Dror, I know at least one person around here uses the camera, I think it's Noa, but I'm not sure. Be patient, they will show up. Try a search in this forum and see what you can find, if you haven't. I know the camera's sensor produces extremely high quality images. My concern with the camera would primarily be with the cost of outfitting it with fast enough lenses for wedding work. I believe the most popular zoom lens for the cam is a bit slow. Good luck with your research and your final decision.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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Thank you Jeff, you are very kind.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #5
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

A friend of mine, who is an event videographer, asked me to shoot a wedding for him with my FS100. He was interested in the camera and wanted to see what it could do. The FS100 worked great for the wedding. I used the stock 18-200 lens. Low light isn't an issue with the camera.
My friend loved the camera so much, he bought his own. That's a pretty strong endorsement.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

Did you use auto focus all this time?
what about using other lenses with camera as far as focusing.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #7
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Glen, the lens begins at f/3.5, that is slow by any standard for wedding work, but I can't argue with you if you've used it successfully. The slowest lens I've used for wedding work was a F/2.8-4.0 and it got through the ceremony ok, but for the reception it was useless most times unless wide open and full wide.

I would seriously research the heck out of low light examples of footage with the lens before purchasing, to be safe.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #8
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

If i ever use this lens it will be wide open for the dancing part of the reception.
For anything ells I have my F1.4-35-85.
All i want is a good indication that I am in focus.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 05:20 AM   #9
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It sounds like an exciting camera Dror. If you get it please let us know about it!
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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #10
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

I purchased the FS-100 back in January. Most of my work is corporate, but there is a good article regarding weddings with the camera at Event DV by John Goolsby. My experience thus far after 20-30 mostly corporate gigs:

1)Great images, even with high gain and dim lighting
2)modular body with easy access to all the necessary 'camcorder' features
3)top mounted LCD makes overhead shooting difficult
4)lens selection is fantastic if you're okay with adapters...but there are no power zoom lenses, few fast e-mount lenses, and no internal image stabilization.
5)battery life is amazing, no overheat issues, efficient AVCHD codec
6)built-in timelapse and slow motion is wonderful
7)you'll need to invest in neutral density filters and should consider using step-up rings for every lens to get them to a consistent thread size (72mm in my case).

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Old May 11th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #11
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

Dror,

I use the FS-100 for wedding and event work. I use the kit lens 18-200 and the 16/wide adapter for the reception. I love this camera but i have been lately using a mono pod to keep it steady. I bought the new letus cage for more attachments points. This was my first wedding with the FS-100. I also have the noflex Nikon adapter.

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Old May 11th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

I own an FS100 but find the only time I use it is for running audio into it during the ceremony and at the reception when I want to shoot at 16000 ISO. The rest of the day is still my trusty old 7D.

The FS100 however is my go to camera for corporate work. I don't even want to touch a DSLR while on set.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #13
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Dan, that is some very nice video. The lens looks great. I take back everything I said. The images are crystal clear, outstanding.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #14
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

Dan,
Looks like video to me. Just like the old days. I've been interested in this camera for a while, but looking at this and other samples I've seen, it looks ok but still like video. Very sharp. What is that video look?
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #15
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Re: does anyone use the Sony NEX FS100

Bill,

If you have the money buy 2.8 or lower lens and you will get the look you want. I don't have the money to get the lens i want. Not completely sure what you mean though."What is that video look? "

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