John Hill Sony A7S II

Source: John's YouTube Channel

John Hill Main Camera

Sony a7s II

In-Body Image Stabilization

Ligh-weight, the perfect pick for any trip

John Hill became super famous among the skater community, he’s has been doing awesome tricks on his skateboard and actually recording them using high tech equipment, John it’s mostly of the time using one camera with some accessories because as you may imagine it’s no easy task going around NY on your skate if you have a lot of weight on your back, so let’s talk about John’s equipment.

If you take a look at his youtube channel you immediately realize that he’s using Sony A7S II and he’s also using The Canon EOS Rebel T5i as well, but he maintains the Sony as his main camera, he’s also using some accessories so we are going to talk about them too.

Sony A7S II

As we say before, here at The Unboxings we actually love Sony cameras because we work with them, which is why we are going to give you the best recommendations for using these awesome cameras on your different camps. 

If you are actually skating around your hometown we recommend this camera especially because of his weight, being easy to pack and also a little bit light compared to other cameras, but it’s also important to say that it doesn’t matter how light your camera can be if you’re going to use accessories that’s why we recommend GoPro for this kind of shooting but we also understand how important it’s to shoot with high-quality cameras to get better results.

The Sony A7S II is one of the best shooting cameras out there at the moment.

This camera is for:

-Super-high ISO ISO 409.600 maximum

-Internal 4K video recording 

-AF system good in low light

This camera is against:

-Video record button not ideally placed

-Expensive and specialist

-8-bit rather than 10 or 12-bit video

This camera like the A7 II and the A7R is actually really comfortable to hold, with most controls being easy to reach, this camera is tougher than the original model, reinforced lens mount and more magnesium alloy, it’s also waterproof.

Sony incorporates some new updates in this camera to fight the previous critics of the oldest models some of the new features on this camera are:

-Bigger grip

-Shutter release forward on to the top of the grip

-More standard semi-recessed type dial.

Unfortunately, the video record button is still on the corner of the thumb grip on the back of the camera and it’s awkward to locate and press when holding the camera, But you are free to relocate this button because of the plenty of customization options.

Here at The Unboxing’s studio, The Mark II camera scored about the same or slightly worse than the original model for stills, which can be taken as confirmation that the A7S II has been further optimized for video. comparing video footage from the two cameras we can appreciate that there’s not too much difference between these two.

Sony A7S II shoots 120 fps in low light with Zeiss Loxia 21 and Milvus lenses. 

This company already makes higher resolutions A7-series cameras so it’s able to target this one at low light and video photography without the need to compromise it for a wider audience. 

Rode VideoMic Pro

Source: John's YouTube Channel

John's Mic

Rode VideoMic Pro

High quality audio recording

Ideal to catch those lower sounds that you need

Rode VideoMicPro 

Using a microphone it’s really important if you need to catch those sounds that are usually difficult to hear, we as skaters understand the importance of the sound that the skates make while your riding it or making some tricks, that’s why you’ll need a powerful microphone 

-A true shotgun microphone designed for camcorders DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as primary and reference audio 

-The ½’’ condenser capsule provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm connector with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db 

-The Rycote Lyre based shock mounting system provides isolation from external factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations.

-Compact form factor (150mm/6’’ length)

The Rode VideoMic is a compact and lightweight on-camera microphone, ideal for professional setups, it is designed to be used with camcorders, SLR cameras, and portable audio receivers.

John Hill Lens

Source: John's YouTube Channel

John Hill Favorite Lens

Sony 16-35mm Lens

-Ideal for landscapes and the a7 series of full-frame cameras, ZEISS T (T star) coating to reduce flare and ghosting 

-Minimum focus distance: 0.92 feet (0.28 m), Maximum Magnification ratio: 0, 19x, focal-length: ⅝ – 1-⅜ inches.

-Three ED glass elements suppress chromatic distortion, constant F4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range.

-Built-in Optical steady shot image stabilization.

-Mounting type: Sony E


-Fixed f/2.8 aperture.

-Wide-angle coverage.

-Quick autofocus.

-Focus hold button.

-Dust and moisture resistant.


-Omits in-lens stabilization.

-Edge softness at 35mm.

-Dim corners at f/2.8

-Some distortion.

Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 Fisheye 

As skaters we understand the importance of having good quality fisheyes footage in every film, it’s something that’s been into the skate filming scene since a long time ago, John Hill apparently doesn’t want to go against those traditions so let’s talk about the Fisheye lens that he’s actually using.

Rokinon gives you a 167° view with the dramatic, exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera, or a powerful circular image floating in the frame when used with a full-frame digital camera or 35mm film camera.


-Ultra-wide 180 degree diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats

-Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images

-Lens features a super multi-layer coating to reduce flares and ghost images

-Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12 inches for enhanced close-up shots

-Lens includes a built-in petal-type hood 

Product Dimensions: 3.03 x 2.95 x 2.95 inches

Item weight: 15.6 ounces


Source: John's YouTube Channel

John Hill Tascam DR-40

Tascam 4 AD Converter Black DR-40 

Handheld 4-track Digital recorder 

The adjustable mic, four-track recording, and extended battery life of the TASCAM DR-40 give you the flexibility to record tracks everywhere. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room.

The Tascam DR-40 includes great practice and studio-style recording tools, such as a built-in tuner and reverb.


-Inputs: 2 XLR/TRS (stereo) combo jack

-Outputs: 1 Line out ⅛’’ stereo jack

-Built-in Mic: Unidirectional, stereo 

-Recording/Playback Format: WAV, BWF, MP3

-Simultaneous Recording/Playback 4-channel (2stereo)

-Storage Capacity: Comes with 2GB microSD, expandable to 128GB

-Power requirements: 3AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH batteries), USB (Optional AC adapter)

-Battery life: 17 – 20.5 hours 

-Weight: 7.51 oz

-Dimensions: 2.76’’ (W) x 6.10’’ (H) x 1.38’’(D)

Thank You Skate Community!

So now the only thing you need is your skateboard, go there a become yourself a professional skate vlogger! Thank you for reading, wee see you in our next post.



Junior Writer at The Unboxings

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