New York, New York

When we arrived in New York I had a box full of fun waiting for me. The Sony A7S, the new breed of DSLR filmmaking with amazing low light capabilities and rumoured to have the best HD image seen yet from a camera of this size. 

The new line up on this trip. The GoPro 4, Fuji XT1, Sony A7S and Canon C100

The new line up on this trip. The GoPro 4, Fuji XT1, Sony A7S and Canon C100

I charged up my batteries and flicked through the camera menu and control buttons/dials on the body of the camera before heading out to shoot some test footage. The temperature was around -8 degrees celsius when I arrived at Central Park, my firs location of the day. I walked and filmed, mostly trying out the 50fps slow motion setting. As it was so cold I opted to leave the tripod back at the hotel, that also gave me a chance to see how the IS worked via the Metabones adaptor I needed to be able to use my Canon lenses. 

Central Park, New York and it's -8!

Central Park, New York and it's -8!

This was when i had my first teething problem (and the reason I do some tests before using to for 'work' on paid shoots), the adaptor, unbeknownst to me, needed updating, as did the camera, so that they worked together better and more regularly. The IS on occasion didn't and just wouldn't work, so at -8, when you don't particularly work at your steadiest as a handheld camera operator, I needed to be super steady. Other than that everything looked great in camera. I found my way around the controls pretty quick, and after Central Park headed via The Americas to Staten Island so I could get shots of the Statue Of Liberty and Downtown Manhattan from the ferry.

En-route to Staten Island walking past and paying my respects at the now One World Trade Center

En-route to Staten Island walking past and paying my respects at the now One World Trade Center

That done, I headed back to the hotel to thaw out. I had some food, warmed up, updated the camera and the adaptor, tested those updates from the room, grabbing some shots of the buildings around me on 54th and Broadway and then headed down to Times Square to finish off my tests for the day. Here is a little edit I put together yesterday...

I also am testing out a new 'travel screen' by Asus on this trip. It is incredibly thin and light and connects to your laptop via a USB cable which also powers the screen. I use it purely for extra screen space when editing, as you can see in the picture below...

The excellent and very portable Asus travel screen combines perfectly with my Macbook Pro when i'm editing on the road.

The excellent and very portable Asus travel screen combines perfectly with my Macbook Pro when i'm editing on the road.