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Drawbacks of the Sony a7

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Video: Drawbacks of the Sony a7

>> Now Rob, we've established that the battery

Drawbacks of the Sony a7

>> Now Rob, we've established that the battery life on these is average with mirrorless cameras, which means if you're used to DSLRs, or turning off the live view monitor, not great by any standards. >> No, and that's a good important point, because you are using the live view on the LCD a lot, you are going to drain more power. And there's actually one thing I forgot to mention that's actually a real big benefit here. >> Okay. >> Is that the actual viewfinder itself is an excellent OLED viewfinder. >> Okay. >> So in terms of actual black levels and stuff, it's great. But if, you know, in combination it uses a little bit more power than just the LCD viewfinder alone.

>> All right, well that part makes sense. Now beyond that with other drawbacks, and this sort of falls back into that pro and con. You mentioned that the MPEG-4 recording format is very limited, recording a non-square pixel version of HD. While the AVCHD version, lots of flexibility. It just means you need to have a very modern editing system. If you're working with an editing system that has to transcode footage, AVCHD is not going to set any land records for transcoding. You're going to want to work with something like Final Cut X, or Premier Pro that can work with it natively.

>> Yeah, and that's important to note. Even though you can record AVCHD and MP4 into the camera internally. We do have clean HDMI out. So if you did need to take it, you wanted to get around that, you could of course record to an external recorder as well. >> All right, well that's a good option, what are some of the other things now that you've been shooting with the camera a lot? Personally for me, I find it really awkward that the record button is sort of here on the side. I'm fumbling for it, I'm trying to find it, it's recessed. >> That actually hasn't bothered me as much as it's bothered you. You mentioned it a couple times, so clearly it bothers you.

>> I don't know it just, it bugs me. >> Yeah, I mean, the thing about it is because the camera is small. The ergonomics of it are a little different. Dials are a little tighter together. You know, controls are a little tighter together. That doesn't actually bother me. I have relatively small hands, so- >> I have bigger hands. >> Yeah, so it, it felt pretty comfortable. I was, I'll be honest with you. The biggest drawback of the system still at the moment is the lens compatibility. And what I mean by that is that native lenses, native full frame e-mount lenses, there's only a few of them. While they're pretty good, the thing that really bothers me about them is that they're not all that fast.

You know, we're topping out at around 1.8, which is fast. >> Right. >> But that's not, you know, you go to other camera systems, you have a 1.2, you know, 1.4. And so what you have to end up doing, especially for shooting video, and shooting and shooting cinema, is that you're often having to adapt lenses. And that's a bummer because a lot of the adapters that you're going to get out there are dumb adapters. So adapting from say you know, a Nikon lens, to Sony E-mount, or so on so forth. But there are smart adapters, Metabones makes theirs. Sony actually makes this unique adapter.

You notice it's a pretty big. >> Yeah. >> Pretty big adapter. What this allows you to do, it actually allows you to take, Sony A-Mount lenses, and mount them to an E-Mount camera system like the A-7. Which is nice because A-Mount, lot more A-Mount cam, lenses out there, that are available and you can now use on this full-frame camera. >> Nice, so that's going to give us a lot more flexibility to choose other lenses. >> Mm-hm. >> And, now, the button here is to release. Is there any power in this or is it a passive unit? Looks like it's got a little bit of electronics to it. >> It definitely has some electronics in it, and you'll notice on the back, there's actually some glass there.

There's like a mirror system inside, and the reason that's existing, you can see also the electronic dials back there, the reason that there's some glass in here is that you're going from A-mount lenses which were essentially for APSC size cameras, and you're trying to shine that on to a full frame image sensor. So there has got to be a little optical voodoo to go on there. Now, actually again sort of one of those plus and minuses. Is that, natively the camera is obviously full frame. >> Right. >> But if you want to put a lens that was developed for a smaller sensor like an APSC size.

The camera can actually auto detect that. >> Okay. >> And you'll start recording and shooting for stills anyway, in a smaller crop mode. For video, it doesn't really matter. >> All right, so the camera itself, some drawbacks, some good things to it. I think all in all, it's an interesting system to me. I know you invested early. For me, I've had a long, rich history with Sony. I've had gear I love, and gear that I loved, that they then abandon. Do you, do you feel confident in this system? Are they showing a lot of growth? >> Well I'll be honest with you, I, I am confident in this system.

I mean, I think the fact that they're dedicating themselves to full-frame is important, not just for video but also for stills, which is nice. I think that as a modular system interchangeable lens they have a publicly stated their road map for you know their coming out with these lenses which is, which is really nice. And then from me the biggest distinguishing factor and the reason I went with this, is because I've had different DSLR's and different camera systems over the years. And I was kind of always, that guy. You know, I'll go to the park to shoot some video of my kids, and I'll have like, you know, a 400 mil lens and a huge camera with a battery grip on it, and it's like.

>> Mommy who's the scary man? >> Right. And one of the reasons I like this is because of the form factor. >> Yeah. >> Because it's mirrorless, it can be nice and small, you take that whole mirror box out of there. And I feel like I'm shooting high quality stills, high quality video, with a quote unquote regular camera. That's less noticeable, and I feel very comfortable about that. And when you combine it with you know, nice optics and other things that the cameras can do in terms of its wi-fi connectivity and other things. I think it's a winner. But you know, like any camera systems it's, it comes down to the personal preference. And if you can go to a place like lends rentals or something like that, and rent for a couple of days, and get a real feel of you know, before you commit your hard earned cash to something that might not fit for you.

>> Well and that definitely makes sense we rented a lense here so we could test it out to see if we like it, I see this lense in your future at this point, I know you like it. >> Yeah, I did. >> All right, well, we got one more thing to look at, and that is the menu system. How easy is it to work with this camera?

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  1. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  4. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  5. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  6. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  7. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  8. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  9. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  10. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  11. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  12. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  13. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  14. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  15. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  16. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  17. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  18. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  19. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  20. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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