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Just to start things off, while i'm showing video with the new Sony A7R3 I'm not here to say it's the best video camera on the market. It's nice, but for the price I still think there's better video cameras you can invest in. The A7R3 is not really meant to be a 'dedicated' video camera anyhow. It's got a massive 42 MegaPixel sensor that serves best as a stills camera.

Sony A7R3 camera
Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera

From what I can tell, the downscale of the huge megapixels to 1080 HD video is when things start to get soft(er) on the A7R3. Cameras like the popular Sony A7SII for instance only have a 12MP sensor (almost 4x less). A camera like the Panasonic GH5 which can do 4K/60fps has about 20MP. I think you get the point.

Ok, so back to the video sample that was shot with the Sony A7R3 and Sony G-Series 12-24mm lens UWA. It's quite extreme for video and probably not something for high end clients that want things to look 'cinematic', but it's darn fun to watch on a stabilizer.

If you plan to use this lens (say with a Sony A7SII), then you'll need a decent sized gimbal. I'm showing it on the CAME-TV Prophet which is their largest single hand gimbal, but even something like the new Zhiyun Crane 2 (not v2) should work just as well. You just want to make sure you have enough space in a gimbal frame so that it doesn't collide against the roll motor when tilting. The 12-24mm is a nice lens as you can zoom to 24mm to have a normal perspective yet the physical dimensions don't change unlike other zoom lenses.


CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal


Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal

If you're looking for something slightly cheaper, Sigma also makes a 12-24mm lens for Sony (found here). But if you don't need the zoom and are only after the extreme wide angle, the Laowa 12mm for Sony (found here) seems to have good reviews as well.


Sony 12-24mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens FE Mount

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I've been working with a prototype CAME-TV Prophet gimbal since they announced it at the NABShow 2017. I certainly like the design, but I also wanted to share an opinion on someone who uses gimbals as an important part of their business. BluSky Films specializes in high profile Real Estate videos in the Bay Area and surrounding cities within California. A large percentage of their footage is shot using gimbals and drones. So I followed along while Justin from BluSkyFilms reacts to using the prototype Came-TV Prophet Gimbal with new Orbit 2 Ring Handle for the first time.

And just for your reference, here's the final video edit from Justin using footage shot from the CAME-TV Prophet (prototype) Gimbal and Orbit 2 Handle.

The new CAMETV Prophet is overall a larger gimbal than the CAME-TV Optimus with a more spacious frame, larger and more powerful motors. For those who want to flip out the LCD Screen or use HDMI cables out, the camera can be mounted with the pitch motor on the left or the right side. The Prophet Gimbal can be used inverted or underslung. The new Orbit Handle is a big plus making it easier to setup, balance, and even set down as no stand is required. The Orbit 2 handle has areas for mounting accessories such as a monitor or LED light, and allows for more places to hold the gimbal frame as you operate.

For additional information see the CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal at their website: http://CAME-TV.com
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Learn-More-sm CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal (shown with opt access)

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