Mark Bone is really into filmmaking, we honestly think that he’s one of the best in the business out there these days, so it’s really important for us to show you the equipment that he has been using lately.

Mark is most of the time using big cameras, and we I say ‘’big’’ I’m not talking about a Canon EOS R I’m talking about really big cameras, cinematic cameras to be more precise, so let’s talk about it 

SONY FX 9 CINEMA 

Mark Bone Cinematic Camera

Source: Mark's YouTube Channel

Mark Bones Main Camera

The FX 9 has all the professional controls of a real video camera such as XLR audio inputs and large battery life and adds in a full-frame sensor and hybrid AF from the Alpha mirrorless series.

It also combines the glorious color science of Sony’s high-end Venice motion picture camera and a dual native ISO sensor for amazing low light performance, it also has a 6K sensor, the FX9 down samples this signal to C4K and does not offer internal Raw recording, unlike its 5.9K rival the Canon EOS C500 Mark II 

PROS:

  • Most affordable full-frame cinema camera
  • Fast 180fps for slow motion in HD
  • Advanced hybrid AF and digital audio

AGAINST:

  • No internal Raw recording
  • No touch-to-focus screen 
  • XQD cards can be pricey 

With a lot of upgrades, this camera is honestly something incredible with stepless built-in ND filters, super long battery life, professional connections such as SDI and XLR audio inputs, and great ergonomics. Then they use a backside-illuminated, full-frame sensor, and the super-advanced hybrid autofocus system from the Alpha, doing a perfect combination with an impressive result. 

For even better control noise, Sony added Dual Base ISO 800/4000 and S-Cinetone color science from the upmarket Venice cinema camera which cost around three times as much.

SONY FX 9 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Video Formats: 4096×2160 C4K, 3840×2160 4K, 2048×1080 2K, 1920×1080 FHD, 1280×720 HD, Codecs: XAVC-1 10bit 4:2:2 600Mbps, XAVC-L, 8-bit 4:2:0 150Mbps, MPEG 8-bit 4:2:2, 16-bit Raw via XDCA-FX9 and external recorder.
  • Frame Rates: 59.94/50 29/.97/25/23.98fps for C4K, 4K, HD. 120fps/180fps HD and 4K/120fps (external)
  • Gamma curves: S-cinetone, Std, HLG, S-log3
  • ISO: Dual Base ISO 800/4000
  • Dynamic Range: 15+ stops.
  • Autofocus: Hybrid AF; 561 phase-detection points covering 94% of the sensor. one-shot, continuous, face priority, eye tracking.
  • Lens Mount: Sony E
  • Controls: Peaking, waveform, zebras, focus assist 
  • Shutter speed: 1sec – 1/8000sec
  • Filters: Stepless variable ND 1.4 – 1/128
  • Memory Card: 2 x XQD slots, 1x SD data shot
  • LCD: Fully articulating 3.5 LCD, 2.76 million dots 
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, BNC 12G-SDI, BNC 3G-SDI, HDMI-A
  • Size: 146×142.5x29mm
  • Weight: 2kg (body only)

Mark Bone’s second camera 

SONY A7S II

Source: Mark's YouTube Channel

Mark Bone second camera

Without any doubt this is Sony’s best camera so far, it’s actually really fast and sure, it shoots perfectly at night and also it’s practically lightweight compared to others, there are people that actually say that they can appreciate more details shooting at night.

It’s better than the almost identical (but definitely not the same) Sony A7R II because this A7S II works faster and costs less, also it has more than enough pixels while the A7R II actually has some pixel issues. 

Also, there’s a lot of upgrades in the silence mode, which we particularly think it’s awesome. It’s incredible how this thing works and ideal for those of us who like to shoot without being noticed. 

GOOD:

  • Excellent electronic finder; big, bright, sharp, and wonderful.
  • Solid metal construction
  • Impressive Silent Mode.
  • Even in regular modes the shutter only moves at the ends of exposures.
  • Excellent High ISO Performance
  • Facial recognition works well
  • In-finder 3-axis level works great for keeping horizon and vertical lines as they should be.
  • Comes with two batteries.
  • Any lens of any brand can be adapted in some way to work.
  • Stereo microphone built-in 

BAD:

  • Lenses on adapters rarely work well
  • The silent mode won’t work with flash 
  • Battery life is poor, a few hundred shots, but it comes with two batteries.
  • The menu system is famous for being the worst in the whole industry.
  • The LCD isn’t bright enough to see in direct sunlight (a Canon DSLR is actually much better)
  • Only runs 5 FPS, not great for sports or action, get the Canon 7D Mk II which runs twice as fast for half the price.
  • Unlike a DSLR, it will always need some time to wake up and be able to shoot.

MISSING:

  • No second card slot.
  • No built-in flash
  • No way to back up the complete camera state as Nikons can do.
  • No auto-brightness control for the LCD 
  • The super-useful crop button of the Sony A99 is gone.
  • No GPS.
  • No shutter dial / No aperture rings
  • No diagonal scroll on playback. 
  • No ISO dial.

Mark Bone’s Favorite Lens

THE HELIOS 44-2 58MM (MARK’S FAVORITE LENS)

Source: Mark's YouTube Channel

Much has been written about the Russian bokeh monster, the HELIOS 44-2 58MM f2. Why is this lens so famous? Well, that’s an interesting question for a more interesting answer, The Helios is a copy of the Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm. Back at the end of World War II, The Russians occupied East Germany. At that time a few crafty guys went into the Zeiss factory and stole the Biotar formula.

The Helios 44-2 58mm F2 is one of the most mass-produced lenses ever made and can be acquired really cheaply, it’s far from being the perfect lens but the bokeh is great, that was people call it ‘’the bokeh monster’’.

Mount: The lens was manufactured mostly in an M42 mount to be used with the Zenit camera but it was also made in a Pentax K and M39 mount as well.

Filter: It possesses a 52mm filter thread. 

Focus: Minimum Focus Distance is about 20 inches.

PROS:

  • Super small and easy to pack
  • Extremely easy to find
  • Inexpensive
  • Stunning Bokeh Effect

CONS:

  • Can’t shoot in wide open
  • Has chromatic aberration
  • Heavy for its size but great for cinema use
  • Flare Prone (this could go in the pros column as well)
  • No two lenses are the same 

That’s was all!

Now it’s time to buy the equipment you need, and start creating content! see you in a click

Rainer

Rainer

Junior Writer at The Unboxings

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