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21/03/2017

Product Review: The PXW-FS7 MK II

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What's the difference between the FS7 MK I and the FS7 MK II?

Article credit: Shift 4.

The PXW-FS7 MK II was unveiled by Sony towards the end of last year and first made available in January. It looks suspiciously like the MK I – so why should you hire it? Shift 4 outlines its main advanced features:

Improved Ergomonics
The FS7 MK II has several design updates which Sony says are based on MK I customer feedback. The MK II's "tool-less" mechanical design makes it easier to make on-the-fly set up changes; for example, the MK I's handgrip arm has two flathead screws meaning you need a screwdriver to make adjustments; the MK II has a more easily adjusted locking lever.

Electronic Variable ND
The FS7 MK II has an internal variable ND filter. Rather than the MK I's 3 solid steps of ND .6, 1.2 and 1.8 (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64), the MK II allows a specific ND to be dialled in (between the 2.1 (1/128) maximum and .6 (1/4 minimum values) with easy transitions, allowing greater exposure control. Preset mode is also available meaning users can assign 3 ND settings if preferred.

E Mount with Lever Lock
The FS7 MK II E mount has a cine-style lever lock meaning E mount lenses, or other mount lenses with an adapter, more solidly attach to the camera body. Also, they can be changed by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, saving time and hassle whilst on location.

Bottom line is the MK II is virtually the same as the MK I, with the variable ND in our opinion being the most notable improvement.

www.shift-4.com

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