Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Here we go again, last year it was how many time-lapse videos can one produce… to this year with the 240fps FS700’s slow motion feature.

Rightly or wrongly the FS700 will be known for its ability to to slow the world down by ten times rather than the fact its now been re-designed fit for purpose.

NAB 2012 was all about 4K and the FS700’s ability to shoot 4K in a future firmware update is interesting but till we see the results I will reserve judgement.

Do we need 4K ? I am not the chap to answer that question but what I will say is that if the camera performs equally well at 4K it will undermine anything above it in price.

Sony have opened a pandoras box with this C300 sales buster but will it also affect the F3 or even the F35.

The pictures out the FS100 were indeed stunning and by all accounts as good as the Canon C300, tested by myself just before I had to part with my FS100 but the 100 started life trying to convince people like me she was fit for purpose.

No one in their right mind would have designed a large sensor camera with NO neutral density filters but Sony tried their level best to convince us that they did not have the space to include ND filters on the FS100 when it turns out they clearly did.

The best glass at that time for my money was the Nikon glass as the Sony E & A (with Sony adapter) mount lenses are a bit of a hit or miss, let me explain.

I had the Sony A77 for a while and it was a good camera apart from the wonderful flashgun that wobbled on top of the hot shoe due to a poor design flaw. I was confronted by 3 ranges of lenses from Sony (Minolta) to Sony “G” glass and finally Carl Zeiss glass.

As I knew the A77 was a passing phase I did not want to spend a lot of money on lenses so I bought the Sony 16-50 f2.8 and the 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G lens, the photographs out of the camera were very good indeed but I had a struggle choosing lenses for the A77 (Unfamiliar territory).

Canon and Nikon are far easier and produce a lot more f2.8 lenses than Sony, this brings me to the point I was trying to make, the FS100 has a thumbwheel for aperture and only worked recently with Sony lenses, the Metabones EF to Sony E adapter is just becoming available at the $400 price point which should by all accounts work the aperture with the clunky thumbwheel.

The extra expense for a $400 Canon to NEX adapter is money well spent if you finally get to see your aperture on the LCD, this is sadly missing if you choose the manual Nikon route and finally caused me to swap over to a Canon C300. Not knowing your aperture with a large sensor camera is very hit and miss and should be avoided at all costs.

I was expecting Sony to bring out a 4K F3 with a hi-res viewfinder but was nonplussed by the announcement of the FS700 which in theory should out perform the F3 with its 4K upgrade.

The only saving grace for the F3 is build quality against the plasticky FS700, I am still a bit confused as to the marketplace for the FS700 as its a wee bit fragile for the 4K pro rental market yet as a 2K camera it ticks all the boxes from weddings to corporate.

The only thing I can predict is all the boring slow motion Vimeo videos that will be produced with the first wave of FS700’s as boys with toys will be only be to happy to demonstrate to the nth degree.



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

4 thoughts on “From Time-lapse to Slow motion

  1. I will go one better I will get an FS700 and keep the Canon, the Canon is still a better work horse and I know I can match the pictures from both cameras. 4K is of no interest to my workflow but I will upgrade assuming Sony don’t charge the earth to see what all the fuss is about.

  2. Hi,
    I just tested new Sony FS700 with Sony 18-200mm zoom.
    I find IRIS WHEEL on side of camera to be too slow to change exposure.
    Is Canon EF ADAPTER any more responsive/ faster with Zeiss/Canon EF lenses?


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