I recently bought a Sony a7s. It's a very nice camera, I'm really happy with it.
Of course, after receiving the camera, the first thing I had to do was to play with the settings until I found the ones I like most.
This camera can't take custom-made picture styles, so what you'll find here is not something to
download and install in the camera, but a list of settings that tries to get the best possible results when shooting video with the a7s. That list of settings is what I call Flaat for the a7s:
* Use PP7 (reset it if you have been fiddling with it before)
* Color Mode = Cinema (s-gamut3 has issues, cinema is better)
* Set Saturation = +15 (better bringing it down in post than up)
* Set Color Depth = 0 +1 0 +5 -3 0 (for each of RGBCMY)
That's it, but if you want a complete list of settings, go here.
Apart from that, note that I usually overexpose by one stop with respect to what the camera tells me to do. It's cleaner that way, there's very little risk of clipping the highlights, and colors don't suffer
(a 3-stop overexpose would start to look bad).
I have found these setting to provide a very wide dynamic range (because it's based on s-log2), to be very easy to grade (s-log2 is so, so nice), with very accurate colors (cinema, with the minor tweaks
mentioned above) and a decent amount of saturation
(I have always found that adding saturation in post is a way to accentuate image issues, so I always prefer to get the image somewhat saturated in the can and then desaturate it in post if the final look calls
I didn't touch the knee or the black gamma, because I found that playing with these parameters only messed up with the beautiful slog2 curve, without bringning any benefits in return. I also didn't play with
the sharpening parameters: I leave them at minimum, with the default detail settings. I tried to tweak them, to get rid of the highlight aliasing issue, but I couldn't, so I'll leave them be.
El Escorial (landscapes) (ungraded: this is straight out of the camera)
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