Posts Tagged ‘ 35mm

The Canon 5D mark III is announced

The long awaited Canon 5D mkIII has been revealed today . The camera’s most notable new features for use in video production are as follows:

• Digic 5+ processor (supposedly reduces moire, rolling shutter and aliasing)
• Dedicated video / still switch like that on the 7D
• HDMI stays HD whilst recording
• Headphone  port
• Adjustable audio levels whilst recording
• Choice of either Intra-frame or Inter-frame H.264 recording codecs.
• Additional recording resolutions including 720/50 & 720/59.94
• Increased ISO range 100 – 25,600 (extendable range 50 – 102,800)
• SMPTE timecode support (albeit non linkable)
• Ability to record for up to 30 mins by join clips in camera
• Two card slots, 1 x CF and 1 x SD
• Lockable mode dial (that’s actually big for video usage)
• Better weather sealing
• Still uses LP-E6 batteries

Other notable features that relate more to use for stills include the following:

• 22.3 Megapixel full frame sensor
• 61 point autofocus system
• 6fps continuous shooting
• HDR mode
• 100% Viewfinder coverage

Overal it seems like a very nice improvement over the 5D mkII, lots of the issues that have been a major pain for video production with the 5D2 appear have been dealt with although it won’t be clear of course how well things like moire and aliasing have been improved until the cameras get into the hands of more reviewers.

The one lacking feature that many would have liked to have seen was the addition of clean HDMI out, the 5DmkIII still doesn’t offer this ability to use an external recorder, at least not in it’s present form.

What do you think, will you be upgrading your 5D2? Leave a comment.

Limited Pre-order available now!

The 5D mkIII body is available for pre-order from B&H for $3,499

If buying in the EU I recommend Wex (Warehouse Express) who are listing the 5D mkIII body for pre-order for £2,999

The camera is expected to start shipping at the end of March.


Sony reveals the NEX-FS100

Sony NEX FS100

Sony revealed the NEX FS 100 yesterday, this is the camera that was first shown with huge excitement at Sony’s F3 launch event a few months ago. Den Lennie from F-Stop academy has released a video where he describes the new camera and how he was invited to be part of the team that developed it.

This looks very interesting, I’ve been very tempted by the F3 but have struggled to justify the outlay in terms of return for my business. NEX FS 100 is expected to retail for a more reasonable $6,550 so should make for a more realistic competitor to DSLR’s from Sony.

Sony NEX FS100

It records AVCHD at 24 mbps to an SDHC but also outputs a 4:2:2 clean signal via HDMI so should work well with an external recorder. Den Lennie mentions in the video below that it also supports 50 / 60 fps at 1080p,  that’s excellent news and will be something that would make a big difference to me and my shooting as it gives the ability to overcrank for slow-mo without taking a resolution hit.

I’d love to see it with a Canon L lens adapter that can communicate with the L lens electronics.

The only negative thing I took from the video was that Sony have stuck with their older NP-F batteries, personally I would have preferred to have used my Sony BP-U’s but I can understand that decision as the other the NP-F batteries are also used in the other NX cameras.

Sony NEX FS100

Click here to download the official NEX-FS100 product PDF

For the full details visit the Sony UK Website


Update: The Sony NEX FS 100  is now available to purchase from B&H as a Complete kit with lens or Body Only.

Video Courtesy of Den Lennie / F-Stop Academy

Sony announce the NXCAM HD Super35 35mm camera

Sony have announced yet another addition to their new lineup of Professional 35mm video cameras in the form of the NXCAM HD. This new camera was announced at the Sony Professional 35mm event that I was invited to on the 17th November and there was a camera on show, albeit in a glass cabinet…

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Sony PMW-F3 footage

Ater Sony’s 35mm Professional event yesterday footage shot on the new camera has started to appear from around the world. I thought it might be useful to have a separate post dedicated to sharing those examples as they are made available.

For more information about the camera used see my Sony PMW-F3 Layout Review.

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Sony Professional 35mm launch event (with PMW-F3 footage)

I had the pleasure of attending the Sony Professional 35mm launch event in London and what an exciting morning it was! The event started with a presentation about Sony’s top end HDCAM SR offerings in the form of the “Cinealta” F35 and SRW-9000PL cameras. We then moved on with an introduction to the PMW-F3 and shown the following informational piece about the new camera.

Then we were shown ‘Convergence’ a short which was shot entirely with the PMW-F3…
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