Diving head first into wedding videography was an unexpected and sudden thing for me. It was pure chance, a lightbulb moment, an epiphany! As with all ideas I have, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I couldn’t let it go. It started when my business partner Ashleigh and I went to a wedding we were shooting for our joint business In The Wilds of Someplace. This girl showed up, with blonde hair, glasses and flowing pants. She introduced herself as “just a girl with a handheld video camera”. I had been thinking about video on and off, and I had made a video of our old blue heeler a year or more before, but I hadn’t seriously considered getting into it. I studied a unit at uni but it wasn’t a thing.
As soon as I saw this fascinating videographer – Emily from Life Atlas films, I was transported to a vision, of myself, doing what she was doing and I knew I had to give it a go. I initially tried using my Canon 6D but tired VERY quickly of 1) the terrible camera shake 2) the weight 3) the flat monitor.
I absolutely LOVE canon for stills, I think it’s the best, and I don’t think anyone could persuade me otherwise.. but I knew the standard for video was either Panasonic or Sony. Given Emily was kind enough to give me a million tips and personified my future self, I decided to buy the same camera as her. This all might sound very dramatic but the idea of committing to a second camera, when I was feeling super broke, and already had a full swag of lenses that were not compatible – was keeping me awake at night. I didn’t know if I would like it, or if I could justify the expense.
But as soon as I switched on my new Sony A7SII and saw how smooth the clips were I was in love. Ashleigh even accused me of wanting to marry my camera at the first wedding we shot. I laughed that off, but then had to admit YES, I do want to marry my camera.
Things I love about the Sony A7sII
- In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) – The smoothest ride ever.
- The fast Auto Focus – I used manual focus on my canon, but you can set your camera to Auto Focus with Face Detection (yes please) and you can still hold down a button to manually focus if you want to change focus to another part of the shot
- Focus Peaking – really handy if you want to make sure you have found focus or want to slide across the room using manual
- Retro body – it looks friggen cool.
- Weight – it’s so light I nearly threw it over my shoulder the first time I picked it up.
- Custom buttons – I have mine set up so I can quickly change the white balance, ISO, frame rate – I use c3 for recording and I also have the dial set up to swap between 25fps and 50fps.
- It does shoot 4k but I am not up to that yet.
So far I can’t find anything that I don’t like about it.. I know people who have the Panasonic GH5 would totally disagree, but for me this is perfect at the moment. I have only shot two weddings so far, but I am so keen to do more and see where this takes me.