Here at Sachtler we eat, drink and sleep camera supports and accessories – we are total gear heads! When we are not designing and making the world’s best tripods and fluid heads we are checking out our favourite cameras and production gear. In this series we’ll share our dream cameras and rigs with you.
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A wide range of the projects we support around the world choose to shoot with the Sony FS7, so we have lots of experience in selecting the accessories needed to deliver perfect results with this camera - whatever the environment
Sony PXW-FS7M2 - Overview and Tech Spec
Expanding on the original FS7, Sony's PXW-FS7M2 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system.
Designed as a camera that is at home on productions as diverse as "Cinéma Vérité"-style documentaries, reality TV, commercial, and corporate applications, it features a Super 35mm sized sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field.
The camera incorporates a stronger locking E-mount that is fully compatible with E-Mount lenses, and supports all electronic connections. The locking mount reduces lens play, and allows you to use most 35mm lenses including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon via optional adapters. This stronger E-mount is ideal for using heavier, long cine-zooms without the need for additional lens support.
Recommended Camera Kit
The ways to rig your camera are limitless, it all depends on your shoot and budgets. Here is one of our favourite rigs, ideally suited for a cinematic application where weight matters.
Extending the renowned FSB family, the FSB 10 fluid head is an entry-level 100mm solution for work in news, documentaries, wildlife, and everything in between. Backed by solid engineering, the FSB 10 is an affordable introduction to the 100 mm class and perfectly supports today’s digital cinema-style cameras, such as the Sony FS7, Canon’s C500, and the Blackmagic Ursa Mini. With a higher payload than the FSB 8, the FSB 10 allows you to employ a wider range of system configurations using a convenient Sideload interface.
The award winning flowtech® tripod technology offers unique quick release brakes to deploy and adjust your tripod in an instant. The ergonomic carbon fibre leg design offers exceptional torsional stiffness and makes it easy to transport. The integrated versatile hinge lock mechanism allows you to capture extremely low and high shots with superior performance and reliability thanks to extensive endurance and environmental testing. flowtech®100 is designed for precision shooting and heavier camera payloads up to 30 kg / 66 lb.
The XT series of batteries from Anton/Bauer are designed and engineered to give the longest lasting and most reliable Li-ion batteries in their class. With a 12A constant current capability (20A for 2s to deal with inrush on challenging loads) the XT series will power the most demanding 14.4v cameras and LED fixtures.
The revolutionary 'green' LP charger series supports the Dionic XT battery series and features an efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing total cost of ownership. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.
The Astra 6X Bi-Color panel builds on the popularity of the Astra 1x1 Family, the next generation of LED panels from Litepanels. The innovative Astra family of LED panels were years in the making, with every design element of these next-generation panels being meticulously crafted.
This Snapbag softbox is made to fit the Astra 1x1 family of LED panels and fits securely to soften its output. This comes with a 1/2 diffusion and attaches via the incorporated Velcro, allowing the edges to be sealed to prevent any light leaks.
Monitor and Wireless Transmission
The SmallHD 502 is the lightest 5-inch, 1080p Full HD field monitor with colour capabilities that rival OLED technology. It's a mere 7.4 oz light and is able to reproduce 100% Rec 709 colour.
Teradek Bolt 500 LT
The Bolt LT takes Teradek’s industry-leading wireless performance and packages it into an affordable, streamlined series of zero-delay wireless video systems. The LT line is available in 500ft. or 1000ft. max-range models, with the LT 500 offering external antennas on the transmitter for enhanced wireless performance.
Fujinon MKX18-55mm T2.9 Lens
A lightweight cine-style zoom lens for X-mount cameras with a Super 35mm-sized sensor. It features a mechanical design with three independent lens control rings: focus, iris, and zoom. Each ring incorporates a cine-style gear with a 0.8 MOD for interfacing with standard cine-style lens accessories.
The focus ring features approximately 200° of rotation, which provides room for precise focus pulls, and the iris is click less, enabling smooth iris pulls. The lens also incorporates a macro mode for close focusing capabilities.
Featuring an extra-wide opening, Sachtler's Dr. Bag 4 is a large bag designed to store and protect a camera with a matte box and microphone attached, along with extra gear. It features removable internal rigid dividers for custom configuration, cold-moulded laminate panels provide extra protection, and side pockets for additional storage. Additionally, the bag provides internal LED lighting to enable easy viewing of your contents even in dimly lit environments. The bag is carried using the ergonomic handle or included padded shoulder strap, and is also compatible with Sachtler's Snaplock Trolley System.