Going 4k with the new Sony a7rii - Real World Test Footage

UPDATE 4th August: I'll be updating this blog in the next few days with my findings and experience with shooting with the Sony a7rii, stay tuned!

4k is upon us! Well it's creeping slowly over the horizon at least. I won't bore you with a long winded essay about the pro's and cons of 4k, so let's skip straight to some real world footage. Before I take any new piece of equipment on a commercial job I like to know it inside and out. Moving from Canon to Sony is a bit of a jump, so I thought a great way of testing the waters was down the local skate park, a relaxed Saturday afternoon skate with some friends.

Technical Details:

No color correction or grading applied. I used a customised version of Picture Profile 2 (details below and in the video), this is the footage straight out of the camera. It could do with some post grading but I wanted to keep it simple and concentrating more on gaining that crucial muscle memory for the new button layout and getting familiar with lens swaps and exposure. This is a mix of Full Frame and Super35 modes. 

Tripod and hand-held. 5 Axis Steadyshot was used with non IS lenses. Shutter Speeds: Various (Sometimes very High). ISO: 200 almost exclusively. Spot Metering. Occasional use of ND Filter on the 50mm 1.4 to achieve 180 degree shutter (1/50). I wanted this to be as run and gun and as fluid as possible. Shot in 4k 25p. Slow motion has been upsized. Original in-camera audio. Editing in FCPX on a 5k imac.

Original Export File:

File Formats:
XAVC S 4K 25p 100M

XAVC S HD 50p 50M (1080p)
XAVC S HD 100p 50M (720p)

Picture Profile 2 (Customised)
Black Level: 0
Gamma: Cine4
Color Mode: S-Gamut
Saturation: +2
Detail: Level +2

Metabones EF-E mount 
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 IS
Canon 15mm f2.8 Fisheye 
Canon 50mm f1.4 + Tiffen Variable ND