Sony’s 4K-ready FS700 is the first 4K-ready Super 35mm camera in its class, giving you the opportunity to get onto a 4K workflow at a relatively low price point (once the 4K HXR-IFR5 recorder ships, at any rate). Recently, we’ve taken to pairing this camera with a Metabones lens adaptor, and we like the combination so much we’re now giving one away free when you buy the FS700.
Why get yourself a Metabones lens adaptor?
Well, it means that you can use your Canon EF lenses with your Sony FS700, but still retain all the automatic functions. Typically, if you’re using an electronic Canon lens on a camera like the FS700, differences between the two sets of firmware would mean you’d lose any automatic features. This is particularly annoying when you come to change the iris settings, as there are no manual controls for that on most electronic lenses, so you’d be stuck moving the lens back to a Canon camera, changing your settings, and then moving the lens back to your shooting camera – a workaround that wastes bags of time and generates more quiet rage than can possibly be healthy.
Metabones’s adaptors sidestep all that by allowing the lens and camera to talk directly to one another, so you retain true electronic aperture control of your EF mount lenses, and are able to use auto aperture mode in run and gun situations. Autofocus will work with some lenses but alas not all, so you’ll want to check the list over at Metabones’s site to make sure yours are supported.
And why would you want a Sony FS700?
This 4K-ready camera comes with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, super slow-motion capability and an interchangeable E-mount lens system, and the latest iteration comes loaded with features that Sony have added based on user feedback, so it should deliver exactly what your workflow needs. Features that have been added in include: 50/60Hz switchability, built in ND filters, a 3G-SDI interface and an enhanced exterior design.
If you’re shooting a lot of slow motion, we’ve tried this camera and heartily recommend it – take a look at our overly dramatic test footage. You can get up to 10x slow motion at full HD resolution, or up to 40x slow motion at a reduced resolution, giving you creative options that were once only available with specialist high-end equipment.