j_one Posted March 16, 2015 Share Posted March 16, 2015 Hi all! I've been following this forum for almost a year now, so I thought I'd finally jump in and join discussions! Glad to be a part of the great community here.I've been an owner of an a7s for about 3 weeks now, and I'm loving everything about it, from low light abilities to its dynamic range (8-bit or not). There's just one big deal breaker that has me ready to sell it to a potential buyer tomorrow on craigslist: the colors from the camera. To be frank, I despise the color rendition. I've taken great measures to ensure that white balance is on point with my scenes, and that my exposure reflects what has produced great results for others online. Even still, I find that color accuracy is just plain off, usually containing too much red/yellow, and other times just plain iffy. Accurate, vibrant skin tones mean a lot to me, and this camera just didn't give them like others do in lower budget cameras (canikon, apparently samsung). I now see why people say this camera's picture looks like film; DoF aside, the colors feel like a vintage film stock! I don't only work on narrative projects. I have corporate work that I do almost on a weekly basis, so it's important that I have a camera that produces accurate, vibrant colors right out of the camera (if not fairly close). So as a result of my frustrations spending weeks tweaking and experimenting with slog2 and cine2/cine4 profile settings (as well as neutral) in my grade, I'm switching to the NX1.If any of you have an opinion that contests this decision to switch for the sole reason of COLOR, please voice it! I understand that every shooter is different and has different needs/taste...I'd just like to hear what the rest of you have to say. Because I am hesitant. The a7s is still an excellent camera.Pros and Cons relevant to me as a shooter_______________________________________a7s:++ Untouchable low light (makes looking a photography and light totally new, fewer situation limitations)++ Dynamic range+ Full Frame (I can do without, s35/apsc is enough for me)+ Film Look (color wise, subjective)+ Full Sensor Readout, Quality 1080p (contests some 4k that is downscaled in this camera price range)+ Small files, codec that is easy to edit/grade- In terms of grading, irritating "log" profile that is Slog2 (Sgamut is an ugly color space without a proper conversion LUT, which the a7s doesn't seem to have made specifically for it. Overexposing around +2 stops helps skin tones but not by much)- Weak battery- Not much of a stills camera compared to competition (IMO)NX1:++ Best 4k APS-C+ More accurate colors+ Layout/Ergonomics + 28 megapixels+ Well supported/growing firmware+ h.265- transcoding h.265- Limited Dynamic RangeSo do I throw in the towel, or do I keep this amazing camera and subscribe to Color Grading Central and continue to get my color correction/grading skills up?Thanks again guys! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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