mercer Posted January 26, 2017 Share Posted January 26, 2017 I tested my a6500 today for the first time. I'm pretty sure I will be using Cine 2 most of the time, but I was curious about SLog3, even after hearing all the horror stories of using it with an 8-bit codec. After reading up on it, I was aware that SLog should be exposed by + 1-2 stops with a lot of folks saying 1 2/3 stops is the sweet spot, especially since the meter will not register anything over 2 stops. So I attached my trusty Minolta 28mm and my strap and headed out with a couple freshly charged batteries and a fader nd filter. Well, I learned quickly how difficult shooting Slog is on the a6500 in the bright midday sun. Between the darkened 4K screen and flat, muted profile, the LCD is nearly impossible to see. But the real tricky part was holding the + 1 2/3 stop. I was shooting in an area filled with pockets of bright sun and sky and curtains of shadows. With the camera's meter set to multi, I found that even the slightest move to the left or right and the meter would erratically jump between + 1 stop all the way to the blinking + 2 stops. It did the same with the spot meter. Also with even the slightest of adjustments to the ND filter and the exposure would jump +/- a stop. And this is where I stumbled upon this little trick. I'm sure a lot of you may be aware of it, but some may not... I went into the menu and check that I was at 800 ISO and noticed an Auto ISO option with a right arrow to modify settings. Curiously I chose it and surprisingly it allowed me to choose both 800 ISO for the minimum and maximum ISO. Ok... I'll bite. I then quickly noticed that the camera wanted to keep me at +/- 0 on the meter, so curiously I pressed the exposure compensation button and even though I was using a manual lens from the 1980s, the camera let me compensate exposure to + 1.7 stops, I still had to ride my aperture and/or ND filter, but now the meter would blink as soon as I wasn't at + 1.7 stops and it also seemed to accept the micro adjustments to the filter and/or aperture more smoothly. This simple little trick made exposing SLog a lot more easier for me. So after shooting a couple dozen clips, I can see why SLog3 is not recommended with an 8 bit codec, especially when I found the black veil of banding death on any shot that showed a good bit of blue sky in it, but I did manage to get a few good shots and I find the 5-axis IBIS to be as good, if not better, than the Panasonic variant on the GX85. And as long as you don't move too quickly, the RS is pretty much tamed by the IS. Here are a few shots at my first attempts with the a6500 and SLog3. I just quickly ran it through the FilmConvert standalone app before chopping a little off the front and back of the shot. One shot I left a little wiggle at the beginning of the take to show how the RS reacts to a quick movement with the IS on. Sorry for the poor color correction/grade... and boring rack focuses... Mattias Burling and Gregormannschaft 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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