Just a basic montage of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade. It took place about 7:00 in the evening. Music is "Spigel & Nongo" by Peatbog Faeries.
I shot it using the Sony NEX-7 with three of my favourite Canon FD pieces - a 50mm 1.4, an 85mm 1.8, and a 135mm 2.8. I mounted it on a Manfrotto 293A3 compact tripod and recorded audio with a tiny Vectra DSLR shotgun mic, and the entire kit was so small that transport, setup, and teardown was completely effortless. Everything except the tripod fit in my small Lowepro Messenger bag.
I shot entirely in 1080p/60p, but here you see a 720p/30p web render. I also slowed the footage to 40% for the smooth slo-mo effect. The camera's creative style was set to "Standard" with sharpness and contrast at -3 and saturation at 0 . This made for a plenty gradable image, at least for this project, and it helped that I had the live histogram on so I could overexpose the footage as much as possible without clipping the highlights. Of course, I graded it back down and added some contrast, but the detail is mostly there when I want it. I'll be testing more creative/picture styles with this camera soon, as well as Sankor anamorphic workflow technique.
The low contrast of the 7's creative style paired with fast glass made for some perfectly fine detail capture as well as exposure in the failing light - the sun set about halfway through the parade yet I never pushed the 7 beyond ISO 800, indeed I used 200 for the majority of the shots. Very pleasant and clean.
Also, the camera's notorious rolling shutter when handheld at 24p practically disappears when used at 60p, especially at high shutter speeds (1/125 rather than 1/60). Many of the shots in this sequence are handheld, with camera's EVF held up to my eye - no other stabilization needed! See if you can spot which clips they are, you'll be surprised. A happy find indeed, and it supports my growing conviction that there's no reason NOT to shoot 1080p/60p with this camera for EVERY project - after all it can be changed to 24p later, can it not? It feels weird/naughty to say this but Sony may have been right about this all along.
The colour and exposure were graded with MBL and Corrections in Avid Studio 1.1. Letterbox crop added as well - not true anamorphic! Not yet... ;)
All in all I'm finding that the camera's wonderful on-site ease of use, control and flexibility, combined with its tiny kit size and lens flexibility, make it one of the best bang-for-buck video cameras out there. I'll be carrying video and photo gear around with me a lot more often now.