I have a feature coming up later in the year and I'm liking the idea of using an Alexa Studio for it. We'll have quite a lot of practical light flashes in the film, so I like the idea of the mirror shutter to avoid the partial exposure frames that a conventional rolling shutter yields.
However I haven't seen the Studio model up close before, and haven't shot through an optical viewfinder since shooting 16mm short films at uni a **gulp** decade ago.
I was wondering if anyone could comment on their experiences using the Studio compared to a conventional Alexa?
- How did you find the optical viewfinder after becoming used to what-you-see-is-what-you-get with electronic viewfinders?
- Did the extra weight of the camera make much of a difference on set?
- Was 800 ISO a problem outdoors having to put so much ND in front of the lens (and therefore darken the image coming into the optical viewfinder)?
- Did the noise from the mirror shutter cause any issues for sound recording?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.