Sony A7S – Camera Buying Guide

Move over Canon 5D Mark 3… Sony a7s is the new low light king of cameras! 😉

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or aren’t a camera geek), you’ve probably heard of the new Sony Alpha 7s camera. The camera promises a lot. So, should you upgrade from your old Canon DSLR or trade in the Panasonic GH4 for this new 4K camera? I created a video that will help you decide.

If you want to get the Sony a7s camera, then here’s a few places where you can find some good deals.

You can also find good deals on

I shot my camera tests in Rome, Italy using the Sony a7s and this sweet Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens

Rokinon 24mm T1.5 lens on

Since this lens uses Canon EF mount, I also used this $13 adapter

If you are just starting out in videography / filmmaking, then I don’t recommend that you go out and spend over $2000 on a camera. You won’t need all the features right away to learn the basic skills. Instead, you should check out my “Investing Wisely In Film Gear” post. There, you’ll find lots of advice and links to cameras, lenses, etc. that I recommend for various stages of your videography or filmmaking career.

7 thoughts on “Sony A7S – Camera Buying Guide”

  1. Dear Tom,

    Thanks very much for all those awesome tutorials you’ve shared on youtube.
    What is your favorite Picture Profile setting for shooting skin tones on the A7s? I love the A7s for low light, but I’m having terrible trouble shooting skin tones with it in S-Log2. Thank you in advance for any advice.

    1. Even though I know that I’m exposing correctly for Caucasian skin tones (60-70% IRE), the skin tone complexion doesn’t look natural, a sickly yellow. No matter what I do in Speedgrade or DaVinci Resolv, the skin tones just don’t look healthy or natural.

    2. I wish I could tell you but I pretty much never shot in S-Log2 on the a7s… but as far as skin tones go… it doesn’t matter what camera you use or picture profile, skin tones can always look good if you adjust the white balance properly and then also adjust the colors in post.

    3. Nick,

      I have a Sony A7s/Shogun and I’ ve found that for skin tones to come through properly when shooting S-Log2/Rec-709 that you have to over-expose by +2. If you do that, then the skin tones will color grade perfectly.

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