3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7

3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7

San Francisco-based freelance filmmaker and photographer Matt Maniego recently had the opportunity to see how the new Sony FS7 would stand up to the standard of his professional shooting needs. His films have been featured by the three major Bay Area professional sports teams and his requirements are high quality RAW recording and relatively lightweight rigs for his run-and-gun shooting style. Here he breaks down why the Sony FS7 may be the camera he’s been waiting for…but is perhaps not perfect yet! Read on to see if the the Sony FS7 is the camera for you. 3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7 by Matt Maniego I’ve shot on many cameras before, including the Canon 5D Mark III, Canon C300, Sony FS700, RED Scarlet/Dragon, Black Magic Cinema/4K Production. You name it, I’ve probably shot on it. But none of them had all of the features I wanted at an appealing price point…until now. When I was hired to document the Golden State Warriors championship run I wanted a camera that was lightweight, easy to use, and shot 4K/SlowMo internally. Borrowlenses suggested I try the Sony FS7. I had read many great reviews about it and it did suit my needs well. The good outweigh the bad, so I’ll start with what I really liked about shooting with the Sony FS7. Benefit 1: SLog3 This alone is probably the best part about shooting on the Sony FS7. The ability to capture so much detail on a compressed codec is amazing! The camera captures plenty of detail in highlights and shadows that’s on par with much more expensive cameras. It’s definitely not RAW, but it’s also not a bajillion gigabytes per minute (if any...
Top Ten Tips for Amazing Amusement Park Photography

Top Ten Tips for Amazing Amusement Park Photography

Kristopher Rowberry is the creator and host of Great American Thrills and an anchor at 1590 KLIV: Silicon Valley News. He is an extreme theme and amusement park enthusiast and knows the ins and out of taking photographs at one of America’s favorite attractions. If you’re heading to an amusement park this summer with camera in tow, be sure to read this tips first! Top Ten Tips for Amusement Park Photography by Kristopher Rowberry There are few places on Earth that allow you to use the full feature set of your camera skills and most people don’t think that place would be the grand old American amusement park! I’m here to show you how to get spectacular shots, while having fun at the same time. My Favorite Arsenal: Nikon D800 Nikon 14-24mm Nikon 24-70mm Nikon 70-200mm VR II 3 circular polarizing filters Lowepro Flipside 300 Backpack For most of my action shots, I shoot at a high shutter speed to avoid blur in the daylight (about 1/4000th of a second and above) and adapt my ISO settings accordingly depending on sun or shade. TIP #1: If you intend on going on any rides or attractions, assume your gear isn’t coming on board with you. While you’re spinning around in the air, your gear is on the ground and vulnerable to theft. Take this into consideration when packing your backpack the night before. Consider using an “All Day Use” locker so you can secure your items and not worry about your equipment being stolen while on rides. The $5-$15 investment is well worth it.  TIP #2: Check the park press page...
New Zacuto Stabilization Shoulder-Mount Rigs Available to Rent at BorrowLenses.com

New Zacuto Stabilization Shoulder-Mount Rigs Available to Rent at BorrowLenses.com

Just in time for NAB, BorrowLenses.com now has a whole new fleet of Zacuto products for rent. Zacuto makes high-quality, USA-manufactured videography  and photography accessories and stabilization rigs for pro-level cameras and DSLRs alike. Shoot like a pro for a fraction of the price! Get familiar with our new kits here… Zacuto Scorpion DSLR Shoulder Mount Z-DSP Good for all DSLRs. Highly customizable. Can hold any Electronic Viewfinder. Articulated to conform to the body. Zacuto Canon Cinema Shoulder Mount Rig Good for shoulder-mounted shooting with the Canon C100, C300 and C500. Can be used on either the left or the right shoulder with equal comfort–perfect for ENG-style shooting. Allows use of Canon’s C300 Grip on the Z-grips. Build-in 24″ cable will connect to the C300. Zacuto Fee-N-G DSLR ENG-Style Camera Support Rig Good for all DSLRs. Ideal for handheld run-and-gun shooting. Includes Okii Systems MC1 USB Mini Controller. Built-in kickstand. Zacuto Double Barrel Good for all DSLRs. Adjustable and expandable with dual handles. Follow focus is included for precise focus pulling. Shoulder mount component comes off and can be mounted onto any tripod. Zacuto Bolt Action Shoulder-Mounted DSLR Support System Good for all DSLRs. Height-adjustable baseplate. Works equally well on the right shoulder or the left shoulder. Bolt Action system compatible with all 15mm lightweight accessories. Zacuto FS100/FS700/F3 Shoulder-Mounted Support System Good for in-line, shoulder-mounted shooting with the Sony FS100, FS700, and F3 camcorders. Allows you to use the Zacuto EVF with the EVF Rod Mount. Universal baseplate and a Z-Spacer. Ability to align the camera with matte boxes and follow focus units. Rent all of these items from BorrowLenses.com, plus cameras, lenses, dollies, lighting kits, and more! Do...
Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster Adds Full Frame Versatility in the Crop Sensor Video World

Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster Adds Full Frame Versatility in the Crop Sensor Video World

Make No Bones About It: the Metabones Adapter is Kind of Amazing The Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster allows you to mount any Canon EF-mount lens onto compatible Sony NEX E-mount cameras, such as the Sony FS-700, Sony FS-100, or Sony Alpha NEX- 7. What makes this simple adapter anything but simple is its ability to increase your maximum aperture and make your lens 0.71x wider! Think of this adapter as being the opposite of a teleconverter. A teleconverter expands the image being projected onto your camera’s sensor, giving us a telephoto crop but also losing light in the process. Teleconverters are popular among nature and outdoor sports photographers who need the extra reach and don’t mind losing a little light to get it.  The Metabones Speed Booster, conversely, narrows the image being projected onto the sensor. The image then fills the cropped sensor similarly to how the lens would fill a full frame sensor. The resulting image is still slightly cropped, but less so than if you were just shooting with the crop sensor alone and no adapter. Does It Really Work? When comparing a Sony video camera using a standard Metabones adapter (which only allows Canon EF lenses to be mounted on Sony NEX cameras with no additional changes) against the Metabones Speed Booster, our video team did notice a significant change in field of view.  For example, they put a 50mm EF lens on an E-Mount Sony camera, which has a 1.6x crop factor. This essentially makes that 50mm lens read like an 80mm lens.  When using the Speed Booster, that “80mm” lens was “widened” by a factor of 0.71x, which makes...
Our Take and Test Footage on the Canon 1D C DSLR with 4K Video

Our Take and Test Footage on the Canon 1D C DSLR with 4K Video

Canon has added yet another camera to their cinema line, the 1D C.  This addition gives professional and novice filmmakers alike a formidable number of shooting choices, not to mention access to a wide variety of cine-lenses. It is also a very sports-friendly camera, shooting at 14 FPS for up to 400,000 cycles with its newly-designed shutter and carbon fiber blades. But what really stands out about this camera–especially when compared to the established C300 and the new C100 and C500? Form Factor The Canon 1D C retains the same DSLR form factor that Canon popularized with the 5D Mark II. It is a lightweight package that will be familiar to many videographers. Having so many shooting features in a small package will be particularly appealing to those who travel a lot or just need to pack light. Everything from Before, Plus More This pro body DSLR retains a lot of the photography options of the 1D X but also shoots 4K video. This is a boon, especially for sports shooters who need the quick shutter bursts but who may also want to introduce great video into their portfolios without having to carry multiple bodies. 4K The resolution of 4K is 4096 x 2160, which is 4 times the size and resolution of full 1080 HD. This is really useful for those who’d like to crop down an image and still have a lot of detail in the shot (again, useful for both videographers and sports photographers but also a nice bonus for wildlife shooters).  4K is becoming very popular and companies are releasing more and more 4K TVs and...