After a crazy day of putting together a last minute photo shoot to test out the newly released Sony a7RII last week, I got to spend a morning with my wife and kids. We met up with family friends at a nearby park so the kids can let some wiggles out. Since I still had the camera that my friends at Horn Photo let me review, I decided to be that infamous dad. Yes, THAT dad. The dad that brings his camera bag full of lenses and a Steadicam camera stabilizer to the neighborhood park looking like he’s on a National Geographic assignment. As many of the other parents looked on at the crazy, bare-footed father (yep, my Birkenstocks were slowing me down) wielding a seemingly normal camera, running after his children as they zig-zagged through the maze of the park structure, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.
Still, I was interested in testing out the video capabilities of this highly-anticipated camera. Other than my normal still photo gigs, I shoot quite a bit of wedding footage for my clients and I wanted to see how the camera held up in a run-and-gun environment, and it doesn’t get more run-and-gun than chasing kids at the park. So, this is what I came up with, a quick little edit of my time with the kids at the park. The following footage was shot hand-held with just three lenses, except for a couple of shots where I followed the kids running. For those shots, I mounted the a7RII on a Steadicam Merlin.
- Sony/Zeiss Distagon T FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA
- Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
- Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
I just wanted to say thanks again to Horn Photo for sponsoring this post and Glenn Weinfeld at Sony for letting me use the Sony a7RII and a few lenses to capture these precious moments with my kids and their buddies.
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