So what was going on? Well after a gap of a year or two, my nephew Ben who works in education asked me to help with the production of a video of a training session for Physics teachers in schools. This also involved some stills shooting for website use. If all goes well and the client likes the results, there may be further work shooting more specific training scenarios.
Like the previous education shooting we have done, we had to fit in with what was going on around us, which was a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. So we took a fair amount of gear. For video Sony A7, A7r and a6000 cameras. 10-18mm, 28-70mm, 55mm and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lenses, four tripods, pair of headphones and Rode microphone. For stills, I used my Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.2 lenses.
Shooting was a mixture of tripod mounted and hand-holding. Having experience of doing this kind of work before and shooting weddings together meant that we weren't particularly fazed by the situation and the results look good. Though my nephew has the footage from 4 cameras to edit by Monday. I don't envy him that. As indicated above I also used my Nokia 1020 mounted on a gorilla pod for close up work.
All our previous work like this had involved DSLR's and this was the first time I'd gone out on a pro commissioned assignment with mirrorless cameras only. In practice of course the mirrorless aspect was pretty irrelevant. The Sony A7 / A7r had battery grips, as did the Fuji, so yes there were marginal weight and size savings, but I still had aching arms and legs at the end of the day, so it makes little difference.
The Sony's worked well and were chosen in preference to my Panasonics because of the marginally better high ISO performance. Though the a6000 turned itself off after a long take because it was overheating. Why Sony can't solve this I have no idea. The Fuji worked very nicely for stills and I have a series of clean sharp images taken in pretty dim light. The fast lenses helped.
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