This LUT Fixes the Slog Problem on Sony a7S, Sony a7S II, a7R II, a6300 External Recordings

External recordings on Sony a7 series cameras are awesome for several reasons, but unfortunately the image is crushed and there can be a loss in dynamic range when recording externally via HDMI. The famous Slog problem cuts off blacks and highlights and gives you a wrong Slog 2 or Slog 3 image. But we’ve developed an extremely easy fix.

This LUT can be applied either during external recordings or even in post and give you back the full dynamic range of a true Slog image.

The Slog Problem Explained

Back in March, I wrote a scientific article on the crushed blacks phenomenon concerning the Sony a7S, Sony a7S II, Sony a7R II and Sony a6300 cameras. Basically, the contrast information is saved incorrectly on external recordings via HDMI,  thus defeating the whole purpose of a standardized Slog Gamma.

This phenomenon has been the main reason why some people have avoided using external recorders with these cameras. There is a fix that involves either DaVinci Resolve or level filters in Premiere that I described here, but these can impact your rendering time considerably.

[Important UPDATE:] You do not need this on the Convergent Design Odyssey Recorder as their latest firmware provides a fix in the form of a “Legalize HDMI” function you will find in the INPUTS menu.

[UPDATE:] The Slog Fix LUT also fixes external recordings in F Log from the Fujifilm X-T2. There is a recovery of about 1 stop of dynamic range in the highlights.

The C5D Slog Fix


Here is better way to fix the Slog Problem at any stage of your workflow, and it’s the fastest we have found in the form of our very first official C5D LUT. Essentially, it recovers any Slog 2 or Slog 3 files recorded externally, and gives you back a true Slog image with the cameras full dynamic range.

On top of that, this LUT gives you the unique possibility to burn the correct Gamma right into your external recordings. By loading this LUT onto an external recorder like the Atomos Shogun, you can fix the Slog problem during recording, work with a correct file from the start, and save the additional rendering time otherwise needed in post production.

This Slog Issue is especially problematic in Slog 2 Gamma, as it kills some of the highlights and thus reduces the dynamic range of the image where it matters (highlight rolloff in critical shots):

100% crop of 4K image

100% crop of 4K image (Slog 2 Gamma)

This is how the Slog affects the dark areas of the image and how the Slog Fix recovers the correct Gamma:

100% crop of 4K image

100% crop of 4K image (Slog 2 Gamma)

In our tests, an external recording with the C5D Slog Fix LUT on an Atomos Shogun was virtually identical to a file otherwise transcoded in DaVinci Resolve by changing the Video Levels manually (See more sample images below)

Note: We cannot be held responsible for wrong use of the LUT. Please test this yourself before implementing into your own workflow.

We decided not to give away the C5D Slog Fix LUT for free, but if you buy us a cup of coffee it’s yours to use in your projects. We’ll also be happy for a higher contribution if you feel this fix helped you in your work.


[UPDATE:] As cinema5D reader Corey Robson pointed out, there is an alternative method on the Atomos Shogun, that gets you half way to the goal: The Shogun offers a “5D MkIII” Color Corrector option in the “Source” window. While I do not know the science of it, the tests showed that it recovers some of the highlights, but not the true Slog Gamma. If you’re working semi professionally it should be “good enough”, as the highlights are most important. For those who want to use a second LUT as a preview on the Shogun, I would recommend this method instead of the C5D LUT, or alternatively the C5D LUT can be used in post for a 100% accurate result.

Sample Images

Sony a7S - Slog 2 - Internal H.264

Sony a7S – Slog 2 – Internal H.264


Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External – unfixed

Sony a7S - Slog 2 - External Fixed with Slog FIX LUT in post

Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External Fixed with Slog FIX LUT in post

Sony a7S - Slog 2 - External - Fixed with Slog FIX LUT burned in, on the recorder

Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External – Fixed with Slog FIX LUT burned in, on the recorder


Do I need this if I don’t use Slog 2 or Slog 3 Gamma?

No. The Slog Problem is only present in external recordings with Slog 2 and 3 Gammas via HDMI.

What about external recordings via SDI?

External recordings via SDI are not affected. Please don’t use the Slog Fix on those.

Will this work even on files that have already been recorded?

Yes. You can use this on files you have recorded with an external recorder in the past. The files were only saved with the wrong metadata and the information can be pulled back with the help of our LUT or the workarounds described here.

Who is it for?

For people who want to retain the original Slog 2 or Slog 3 Gamma in order to grade accurately, match cameras or use pre defined LUTs. If you apply LUTs meant for Slog 2 or 3, you will not get the correct results without fixing your files first.

Do I need this on the Sony FS7 or FS5?

If you’re using an external HDMI recording you will also need this on a Sony FS7 and Sony FS5. If you’re using SDI as an output interface you will not require the fix.

Will I lose color information or quality when I use the LUT on a recorder (burned in)?

No. According to our tests the results are the same as if you would apply the fix in post. Note that in general there is a slight variance between externally recorded colors in comparison to internally recorded H.264 files on Sony cameras. We think the external recordings with our LUT look more color accurate. Download the sample images above to compare them and see the nuances. Make sure you use this workflow properly before burning the LUT into your recorded files.

How do I use this on an Atomos Shogun?

1. To use the C5D SlogFix for monitoring purposes:

  • Copy the C5D-SlogFix.cube file to the root folder of your Atomos Shogun Media (An SSD or harddisk)
  • Tap the yellow “…” icon at the bottom right hand side of the screen
  • Tap on one of the 8 LUT slots (preferably an empty one)
  • Tap on the folder icon
  • In the new window that opens tap the “C5D-SlogFix.cube” file twice. This will load the LUT onto your Atomos Shogun recorder
  • To monitor tap the LUT slot now associated with the C5D-SlogFix and tap the monitoring icon on the top right hand side to switch monitoring on or off
  • The C5D-SlogFix.cube file can be deleted from the media

2. To burn C5D SlogFix into your file (RECOMMENDED for a faster grading workflow):

  • Follow the monitoring setup of 1
  • After your camera is connected, tap the “hdmi” icon in the top left hand corner
  • In the window that opens, under the section “RECORD 4KUHDp…” tap on “3D LUT: Off”, so that it shows “3D LUT: On”
  • There should be a red, flashing icon in the top right hand corner that says “MON LUT”
  • Make sure the C5D-SlogFix LUT is selected in the yellow “…” menu


Click the image below to get the C5D LUT Slog Fix:



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Wild Giles July 4, 2016

About to shoot a feature film A7rii+Shogun, this is awesome.

Dan Boey July 4, 2016

article says its free but it actually has a minimum of $4 to buy it from the link provided. Did you guys change your mind?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber July 4, 2016

Hi Dan,
Maybe the sentence was not so clear, but it says “we decided NOT to give away the LUT for free. Sorry for the confusion.

Dan Boey July 4, 2016

oh sorry my bad. $4 is a good price anyhow. Thanks!

Jake Braitman July 4, 2016

If you shoot +1-2 exposure should you correct that first before applying the LUT? Also is this LUT meant to be used with sgamut2 or is it ok to use sgamut3.cine? Thank you

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber July 4, 2016

Hi Jake,
The LUT does not influence Sgamut. You can use any that you prefer.
Regarding exposure the LUT only affects the output range. When exporting to a disk recorder via HDMI the range is capped at 16 and 235. The LUT only gives you back the full video range. So exposure should not be affected. You will eventually get the image you are supposed to get on your camera.

Corey Robson July 4, 2016

Atomos recorders will scale full/extended range levels into legal levels if you select the “5DMIII” setting found in the “source” and “correct color” menu options. I use this always with my A7SII to keep things simple for post.

Corey Robson July 4, 2016

I will try your LUT though for my Pix-E5. Thanks!

Arvīds Barānovs July 5, 2016

Can someone confirm that under the hood this technique does the same as the C5D LUT? I would like to use a different LUT for monitoring on Shogun and end up with a legal file at the same time. Using this LUT would prevent that since Shogun does not allow to burn in a different LUT.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber July 5, 2016

Hi Cory and Arvids,
It is correct that the Shogun offers this “5D MkIII” Color Corrector and to be honest I was not aware of this function. I just tested it and it is true that it solves half of this problem. While I don’t know the science of it, I noticed in my tests that it recovers some of the highlights, but it is not recovering the true Slog Gamma. I would say it is about half way there. For most people, working semi professionally it should be “good enough”. Especially if you need the empty LUT slot as you described Arvids I would recommend using this method, OR avoiding it alltogether and using the C5D LUT in post instead for a 100% accurate result. I will update my article now. Thanks for pointing this out.

Arvīds Barānovs July 5, 2016

Thank you for testing this out. That solution won’t work for me though, since a burned-in non-true Slog Gamma is worse than a broken one that can be fixed in post. Will be using your LUT in post until Atomos (hopefully) introduce a “slog fix” switch like they did for 5D.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber July 5, 2016

Sure. I suppose our articles and people’s interaction on them will make Atomos more interested in providing the same solution.