Some of you may know that I used to shoot my videos on a Black Magic Production Camera. I no longer own that camera, that camera's actually been sold and I put my deposit down on a new camera. However, that camera won't be released until sometime in the March timeframe. So that means, I really don't have a camera. I kind of do have a camera now, thanks to the folks at B&H, I picked up the Sony A7RII. I wanted to give it a try and see what the fuss is about. It's a full-frame camera, does 4K internally, really beautiful photos, 42MP sensor. It's definitely one interesting package and I really did want to try it out for myself.
So the A7RII will be my in between camera from my Black Magic to the camera I'll be upgrading to in the March timeframe. I'm not going to say what camera I bought. I'll let you guys find out in due time, just know that I'm super excited about the camera and I think you guys are going to be just as excited as me when you guys get to see the footage off the camera.
Other bits of news is-- this right here behind me is going to change slightly over the next couple of weeks. I am going to be doing some slight remodeling around here, kind of give you guys a new, freshened up place: new desk, new lights, new things to look at in the videos. I know this setup isn't ideal for indoor shooting but because it's winter, it's really cold outside and I definitely need to step up my indoor game. So over the next few weeks and months, you are going to be seeing a lot of product changes on this set and also in terms of the video production so make sure to hit that subscribe button, stay tuned because there's definitely a lot of great stuff coming to your sub boxes.
Let's go ahead and jump into the Sony A7R11 unboxing and take a look at what we'll be shooting all my videos for the next few months:
I'm doing my unboxing live-style so I get to talk about my first overall impressions. I haven't opened this box yet but let's go ahead. I have the A7R11 right here and I also have the metabones adaptor that mounts EF glass to an E-mount that Sony has. The box overall looks pretty nice. On top, you have a bunch of manuals you'll never get to look at. And beneath that, it looks like this is the body of the camera-- Sony A7R: pretty beefy, pretty weighty though it's not too heavy. Aluminum magnesium body, again full-frame 35mm sensor right here, no APS-C size. It's a full-frame. You have a nice 3-inch display on the back. Overall, it does feel really nice in the hand. It has an in-body image stabilization which is really nice because it's going to be really helpful for lenses that don't have IS in it. I'm going to use it in addition to my Sigma 18-35 certified lens here with that metabones so hopefully, I should be able to get some really good handheld video.
So you have the A7R, you also have a strap that you'll never use. And inside the accessories pouch, you have a battery charger, which is nice. You have whatever this is, no idea what that is. And then beneath that, it looks like you have a wall wart. I guess you can charge this using USB cable as well if you don't want to use the external battery charger. Here's that micro USB cable that you'll plug into the camera if you want. You can also use that to transfer your files. And then in the bottom of these, you have two pretty tiny batteries for the A7R. The reason why they give you two is because battery life is pretty dreadful on the A7R and they give you two because they think it might come in handy.
Here is a better and closer view of the Sony A7RII. Basically, if you had the A7R original, it doesn't really look any different other than the little II dash right over here. And you might see a 4K symbol on the top of the camera so you can finally shoot UHD 3840 x 2160 video. It can shoot 30 frames per second, 24 frames per second; all at a 100Mbps in a X8VCS file format. It's a QuickTime format though it's a little proprietary. It may not work super well with some computers. But if you have a Mac, usually it does work on FinalCut Pro and iMovie and obviously it works on the Adobe Suite.
Let's go ahead and just take a look at this metabones really fast. If you're going to use anything other than Sony E-Mount lenses, you're going to need a Metabones adaptor. Metabones won't really provide you a full-frame image and the main reason for that is because the Sigma 18-35 is designed for APS-C size sensors. So basically, I'll only be using this lens for video mode in the APS-C size mode.
We'll be shooting photos soon.