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Video setup for a wildlifedocumentary filmmaker

Reading Time: 6 minutes - September 22, 2022 - by Fotokoch Marketing Team

Johannes is an ambitious wildlife filmmaker and we want to show you his equipment he uses to film in the bush!

In his work with the FX 3, the Sony SEL 200-600 is used, with this lens and his tripod combination, it is possible for him to film the animals close, even at great distance, without the animals being startled. The recordings live from the moment and that the animals are not startled. To protect against detection and damage, Johannes uses a lenscoat. Of course, the distance also offers protection from wild animals such as leopards, lions and Co.

Sony Alpha FX3 Cinema Line (ILME-FX3)

  • Full frame Cinema Line camera
  • Real-time eye AF + Touch Tracking, S-Cinetone
  • Netflix Certified
  • 5-axis image stabilizer with Active Mode
  • up to 4K 120p video recording
  • ISO expandable up to 409,600
  • suitable for low light shooting
  • incl. XLR handgrip
Sony SEL 200-600mm on the Sony FX3

Sony SEL 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Sony FE mount

  • Super G telephoto zoom lens
  • optical stabilization
  • Focal length: 200-600mm
  • fast, precise and quiet autofocus (Direct Drive SSM)
  • circular aperture allows for beautiful bokeh
  • Dust and splash resistant design
  • Full-frame FE mount

Why a Sony FX3?

The low light performance and the possibility to use the body with different mounting points. Other advantages of his new FX3 to his old Sony Alpha 7s II is the majority of focus points and the double fps at 4k.

The highlights summarized:

  • robust body
  • more mounting points
  • better ISO behavior
  • more FPS at 4K
Sony 16-35 G on the Sony FX3

When it has to be closer: Sony 16-35mm

When it does come to an interview, close-up or landscape shots, he falls back on the 16-35mm, which gives him enough cropping and great sharpness.

Sony 16-35 G on the Sony FX3

Conclusion

In wildlife videography, focal length matters, but so does performance in low light situations! When choosing a tripod, it is best to choose one that can support the heavy equipment and still be placed close to the ground. The movements with the camera will be very smooth thanks to the fluid head mounted on the tripod and ensure a quiet work. The DJI Mavic is used in its setup for cinematic landscape shots and aerial shots over wildlife. The whole thing is rounded out with the 16-35mm, one of the standard cine lenses it allows for great cinematic shots for people and landscapes.

We find Johannes setup very suitable for his work and are happy that he presented his setup to us!

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