Samsung NX1 Free Lut Pack

After working with and experimenting quite a bit with the nx1 for a few months, here is the set of luts I created to use when shooting. Download them and let me know what you think, and if there are any other looks you think would be nice to have!

Your NX1 should be using the following settings:
Manual Mode
Gamma: Normal Gamma
Master Black Level: 0
Luminance Level: 16-235 (for internal recording) 0-255 (for external high bit-rate recording, ie shogun/odyssey)
Picture Wizard: “Custom 1”
Adjust “Custom 1” settings as follow: Color (leave default settings) Saturation (-2) Sharpness (-10) Contrast (-5) Hue (0)

Rec709 Lut:
(This will adjust the levels back to normal)

Fuji Print Lut:

Kodak Print:

(inspired by adobes take on cinespace)

(This will flatten out the image to accept stylized luts of your choosing and shows you all the info captured in the image)

These are designed to be the start of your color grade, not the final step. Add or take away some contrast, shift it blue or green, whatever!

Click here to download NX1 Lut Pack

Here is a very basic tutorial on how these LUTs can help you get a desired “Look”

get my identical nx1 system: here
get high bit-rate capable SD cards: here

a7s2: the camera that didn’t need to happen – a7sii

today we saw the announcement of the a7s ii, a virtually identical camera to the a7s with the addition of ibis (sensor stabilizing), internal 4k, slog3, and 1080p/120fps
coming out only a year after its predecessor, it makes you wonder: “what is sony thinking?”

the a7r2 has built in 4k, ibis, full frame… so the a7s2 is just for low light?

more than a few of those upgrades definitely could have been firmware updates to the first a7s body anyways (slog3 and likely 1080/120). new hardware likely isn’t needed as the camera is capable of processing 4k (and sending it out) which requires a similar amount of processing as 1080/120, so if it isn’t able to record internally, at least externally it should be feasible.
but this isn’t anything new. within the past 4 years as sony has made great headway into the mirrorless market, it’s shown that instead of improving upon cameras, it would prefer to release new cameras, with a few upgrades, for a little bit more, and entice people to continually upgrade.

the problem it would then seem, is that consumers have little confidence that the product they purchase from sony will receive the type of attention that companies like panasonic give to the gh series, or that even samsung has given to the nx1.

i won’t be upgrading. there is no reason to move on from the first a7s… other than ibis, slog3 and 1080p/120fps, the latter two which could easily be added to the a7s via firmware update anyways. 4k internal recording is nice, but recording externally to a shogun, pxe, or odyssey will give you a better image (422 8bit vs 420 8bit, plus a better wrapper than xavcs). not to mention all the added benefits of an external recorder: like false colors, the ability to monitor with a lut, xlr inputs, proxies… the list goes on. will the sensor be more sensitive to light? maybe, but from all reports, it’s essentially the same one in the a7s, so probably not a big performance gain.

so no, i won’t be upgrading. i’ll probably be selling. i’ll probably sell my a7s, and all of its accessories in december. because sony keeps upgrading, there is no value in these cameras. i can rent an a7s for $25 a day locally. $25! why buy when i can rent and not worry about upgrading every year? and the truth is, most of my work requires an epic/f55/alexa equivalent camera, so the small body is pretty much reserved for corporate and low light gigs. but for people that shoot primarily on the mirrorless/dslr format, what does this tell you about how much sony cares about your experience?

i’ll probably get a samsung nx1 or its successor sometime early next year. sony is innovative… but samsung is right on its tail and it’s proven to actually care and listen to its customers.

if i get my hands on an a7s ii i’ll still probably love using it, and i’ll release some luts for everyone to use, but unless sony can convince me otherwise, i wont reward their disloyalty with my product purchasing loyalty.

am i wrong? are you going to upgrade?

take a look at specs and purchase here.

based on recent comments, i feel people are confusing the purpose of this article. the a7s2 is a good camera that does a lot of things well; it’s a better camera than the a7s. the point was that sony easily could have implemented virtually all of the ‘updates’ the a7s2 recieved to the original body via a firmware updates (minus ibis)… and thus, i feel that they have thrown customers under the bus. there is no sense anymore that you will receive extended support for your camera from sony (like you would from samsung, panasonic, red or even canon), you’ll have to shell out thousands a year for minor updates.

a7s slog2 3d luts for shogun

with atomos releasing the 6.2 firmware today, supporting dnxhr and 3d luts among other things i decided to share the 3d luts that i use for the a7s in slog2 (sgamut).
these are all based off of sonys f65/55 lut for slog2, so they should be a great starting point for coloring in post. i find it’s much easier to compose and light a scene if i have an idea of what it’ll end up looking like (as opposed to guessing based off of a flat image). so you can light with these, and still retain all the latitude of slog2 for post tweaking.
these were designed to be used with the shogun, but should work just fine with slog2/sgamut right out of the camera as well. i rarely apply a lut without fiddling with something, so i imagine you will want to personalize them to taste.

that all being said, here are the 4 that i find most useful:

slog2/sgamut reference photo:
this is the ungraded slog2/sgamut image.


this is the most contrasted and saturated lut. if you absolutely can’t tweak in post, this should generally give you a deliverable image with natural skin tones

this reminds me of the neutral canon 5d setting i used to shoot in a lot a few years ago. similar to the ‘natural’ lut, but less contrast and about 20% less saturation.

kodak 2393 film print:
based off of a kodak 2393 film print lut i found online, merged with some of the sony lut for color. delivers a contrasty, desaturated filmic look.

fuji 2393 film print:
based off of a fuji 2393 film print lut i found online, merged with some of the sony lut for color. delivers a contrasty, desaturated filmic look.

these luts are free to use (for now) but i’d appreciate any credit when applicable. and if you want to share these luts on your website, please link back to this page instead of directly to the files.

leave feedback for any ideas for luts you’d like to see!

click here to download the zip with all 4 luts

UPDATE: new rec709(ish) lut

how to load a lut into the shogun (firmware 6.2+):

1. mount a formatted shogun drive to your computer
2. copy .cube files to the shogun drive
3. un-mount drive from computer, mount into shogun
4. tap 3d lut icon on upper right side of shogun screen
5 select an empty number slot (by default, 1 is a canon lut)
6. after selecting your desired slot, click the folder icon, and then select one of the lut .cube files

once you’ve loaded all the luts you want, the luts will remain there even after using another drive. you’ll be able to overwrite the luts if you want to by selecting your lut slot, and clicking the folder icon again.

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