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In Topic: Sony A7s 4k with Atomos Shogun in a prototype housing

19 January 2015 - 10:05 AM

Local Camera Store in Singapore selling used cameras. I was offered one 1DC body only - used. Around USD 4K (Excl. 7% for GST). I did not take it as I have two of the Sony A7 series. I doubt its still there now as it was before Christmas.


Still new ones are dropping in price. I think once Canon launch the 54 MB DSLR and may be the 5D MIII replacement the 1DC may drop further.




That would have been a fantastic deal.  I wish I could find one for that price.

In Topic: Sony A7s 4k with Atomos Shogun in a prototype housing

18 January 2015 - 06:21 PM

I am missing the 5diii in some situations. Especially with Magic Lantern installed. However I have sold them. Not regretting getting the A7s. It suited my needs.

The 1Dc is dropping in price. Around 7k. Used market about 4k. I am very tempted. Then there is the C300.

The GH4 is an all rounder. I am happy with it too.

All the cameras I mentioned could do fantastic stuff. Just depends on what you prefer really.

I think this is the time when shooters really just go out and shoot and make great stories.



Where are you seeing $4k for used?

In Topic: Sony A7s 4k with Atomos Shogun in a prototype housing

16 January 2015 - 09:16 AM

" I've heard that it isn't good...."


I guess you have to define "isn't good" . If you mean consistancy then no.  If you mean the the Sony sensor is not providing good colour then that is not true. This is one sensor from Sony that is good for UW. The low light ability and full sensor readout definitely played a part. On the other hand It is difficult to get consistent UW back ground colour. Any UW video camera for that matter. Especially when combined with video lights.


I have used the A7s for two trips now. For ambient light at the shallows with out video light AWB works. MWB also works well.


If you follow Peter's thread he did a sterling job with some UW light filters and the MBW will at least be more consistant with back ground colour:




I am hoping to get a prototype or full production housing for the Shogun. From top side tests this combo is really nice. You could practically shoot in total darkness with a lit match and the scene is still looked okay. Not many Camcorder or DSLR can do that like A7s yet.





Thanks David.  I will be curious to see how the WB compares specifically to Canon.  Which imo is pretty good at the MWB.  It really is a shame.  The Sony A7s looks to be a good camera, and with the shogun, eliminates the issue of internal 4k recording.  I could live with the metabones adaptor to use the Canon glass I have.  But the MWB is kind of a show stopper, as I am not a fan of wide angle with lights (if not needed).


How is the blue water banding on it?


I would like to stick with Canon, but they are not moving at the speed that I would like.  A 1DC like dslr should have been released by now, and if there was one in the $3k range, I would buy one tomorrow.  Rumors for a 4k from canon are out there....but you never know with them trying to protect their cinema line.  I also like the full frame sensor.  Which is why the sony is disappointing.


Which brings me to the GH4.  Which looks like a capable camera, but I am still not sold on it.  The video I have seen has been nice, but I wouldn't say it is better than what my old 5dII produces....I still prefer the looks of the canon.  Heck, I think some canon footage looks better than RED footage.  Of course alot has to do with post color grading etc...



In Topic: Sony A7s 4k with Atomos Shogun in a prototype housing

14 January 2015 - 06:53 PM

I want to know how the manual white balance works on the a7s. I've heard that it isn't good....but nobody with first hand experience.

In Topic: Milne Bay - Papua New Guinea

10 January 2015 - 07:36 AM

Thanks Dustin! That make sense, a dive buddy that understand what you're trying to do and give you space. Once in a while I do capture something unexpected and didn't see it until I review back at the computer. I guess I just have to dive more and probability of those interest shot would occur eventually.


Location is important.  Like I said places like Anilao, lembeh, milne bay make it easy.  When we went to Komodo, I didn't really like it too much.  too much current for my liking.  Only about 25% of the dives gave me the freedom to spend the time needed for filming.