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  • Pre-purchase questions — Sony a7

  • Karen Lee

    March 3, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Hi, I’ve been shooting vids on a Sony NXcam FS100 for a few years, projects include pro and hobby — corporate and original doc and narrative films. Sometimes I have an assistant to work sound and lights / second camera, but often things are recorded solo and edited in Premiere Pro.

    I’ve wanted a digital camera for stills and some vids — for use now in lieu of the ENG for travel, and maybe to transition out of the camcorder eventually. Leaning toward Sony Alpha a7 ii or iii. This will make use of my lenses — although I understand when switching lenses between cameras the images produced will not be full-frame.

    Have some questions about this setup and ancillary equipment before making purchase:

    Will a Sony Zeiss Sonnar T 24mm E-mount lens produce full frame images on the a7 or only the .6 crop?

    I have a Zoom h4N and some decent mics. How best to connect the recorder to the a7? Cage below is what was recommended to me but I don’t see how this would secure the Zoom. It would mostly be used atop a Sachtler but a handheld or monopod option would be good too, as long as it’s not too heavy or cumbersome.

    Also the recorder requires male XLR but would a straight or right angle 3.5 be best? (pix)

    Are there any other thoughts about transitioning from video with a prosumer type ENG type camera to a mirrorless digital? Any pitfalls / equipment needs to be aware of before going ahead with the a7?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    March 3, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Sony has a few cameras that are based around more video than stills. I’d have a look at the Sony FX3 if you do need stills, or the more video centric Sony FX6. Not sure if you’d need an external audio recorder with either of those cameras. If you need more stills than videos there’s also the Alpha 1. We use the A7sIII for gimbal work. I wish we should have known the FX3 was coming as we may have waited for that.

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