Here's the Sony F55 in action. These shots were all acquired with the Fujinon Cabrio 85-300mm T/2.9 (Thanks again to Steve Gibby). It's an extraordinary lens. Devastatingly good. There's no way a zoom lens this light and compact should render this well. Some Fujinon sorcery going on here, me thinks.
Please forgive the focus errors. I wasn't having the best night. This particular stadium isn't particularly bright, so I opened up to T/4 to keep the ISO down to 3200. Looking at the footage afterwards, I should've bumped it to 6400 and given myself an extra stop...it was that clean.
We shot directly to the SXS Pro cards using the XAVC format and the S-Log2 Gamma and S-Gamut profiles. The XAVC codec is astonishingly clean. Looking at the footage shot at iso 3200 I just sat back and laughed. What an epiphany. So this is what a real codec does. It's so free of noise and artifacting that it leaves MPEG-2 XDCam and MPEG-4 wet and whimpering in a cage somewhere. Don't judge the codec by this terrible MP4 Vimeo version. We'll need H.265 to appreciate the pristine nature of this stuff over the internet.
The footage was sliced together in Premiere CC. Cutting the 4K footage wasn't as straight forward as I'd have liked. The 4K files bogged my machine down something fierce. Granted, it's a 3 year old Mac Pro, but it's a 12-Core behemoth, so you'd think... It could be something in Premiere, something in my hardware, or, more than likely, it's good old user error. Wouldn't be the first time.
Oh well, I made it through. I treated the footage with a tweaked FilmConvert profile with no grain added.