New Datavision LED lights from Holdan…See them at BVE 2016

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E116c

  • Bi-Colour LED On Camera Pad Light
  • Ultrathin Design
  • Button control with Digital Display
  • CRI Rating: 95
  • Illumination (LM): 666
  • Dimensions: 174 x 120 x 16 mm
  • Weight approx: 230g
  • Power from AC Adapter, AA Battery, Sony NP-F or Panasonic CGR-D series batteries (not supplied)
  • Power: 11.6W Power Source: 7.2-15V DC

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  • Bi-colour Ultra Soft LED Studio Light
  • Ultrathin design (27mm)
  • Can be mounted horizontally or vertically
  • Interal 2.4G remote control reciever with WiFi control box, control the light via smart phone or telecontroller
  • DMX control with LCD display
  • Bi-colour, 3200K to 5600K;
  • Dimmer control
  • Barn doors included
  • Rear heat dissapation to keep the light cool
  • Dimensions: 710 x 330 x 70mm
  • Honeycomb Louver also available

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  • Bi-colour Ultra Soft LED Studio Light
  • Ultrathin design (27mm)
  • Can be mounted horizontally or vertically
  • Interal 2.4G remote control reciever with WiFi control box, control the light via smart phone or telecontroller
  • DMX control with LCD display
  • Bi-colour, 3200K to 5600K;
  • Dimmer control
  • Barn doors included
  • Rear heat dissapation to keep the light cool
  • Dimensions: 1375 x 330 x 27mm
  • Honeycomb Louver also available

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NEW Sony a6300 4K camera…with NO headphone jack !

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Sony a6300

The new Sony a6300 by all accounts is a well spec photographic-video camera with the ability to accept Sonys XLR-K2M professional XLR audio adapter.  Its all fine and dandy kitting this camera out for video but to omit a headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is just stupid.

HP jack

“Oh but its not a professional camera” so why add S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas to the camera if Sony don’t intend it to be used by professionals.

I have the Panasonic FZ1000 once again spoiled by having no headphone jack, I get round this by using Sony’s UWP-D16 radio mic system by monitoring via the receiver which has a headphone output, but that is no match for a proper headphone jack on the camera.

a6300 front

Why do manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic deliberately leave out the headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is beyond logic. I used to work in the electronics business, to add a headphone socket into the initial design would be extra pennies all your doing is changing the spec of the CPU to add an amp or add one to the double sided PCB…easy.

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I will leave you with some impressive footage shot with the Sony a6300…

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Sony’s New G Master lens

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To be truthful its about time Sony delivered some decent lenses for the “E” mount lens system. We have put up with f4 lenses for long enough.

24-70v2

For A7s owners this will become the “Standard” zoom lens though its at a cost of £1500.

85

This portrait lens the new 85mm f1.4 looks to be a cracker, our friend Gordon Laing from CameraLabs has had a play with this lens and judging by the photograph below its stunning.

beard 85

70-210

Last but not least the 70-200 f2.8 a great asset for photographers looking to get action shots without increasing the ISO.

Both FS7 and FS5 owners will benefit from these larger aperture lenses allowing a far greater shallow depth of field but remember they are full frame lenses so your 24mm will look more like a 36mm FOV.

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NEW Canon 1DX Mk11…20.2MP…14fps…4K 50p

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Canon 1DX v2

When I first saw this camera my first thoughts were “not again” a DSLR with upgraded video features but one feature in particular caught my eye… improved EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system.

Having just filmed my sons wedding last weekend the Sony FS5 could do with Canons focusing system. I was led to believe via Alister Chapman’s video about the FS5 that the new face detection was one of the best of its kind yet as a remote camera that is far from the truth. Fortunately I had 5 cameras filming the ceremony so a focus hunting FS5 won’t be a disaster.

The video below shows the new Canon perform some cracking tracking shots and 4K 50p is quite something although that uses expensive C-Fast cards.

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Sony have admitted problems with the FS5

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FS5 update

Finally we get the answer from Sony engineers on the problems seen with some FS5 users, here is the statement from Sony…

‘Sony has investigated the PXW-FS5 image artifact issues reported by users. Our engineers have been able to duplicate these issues and identify their root cause. Sony plans to provide a firmware update. Our goal is to issue this revised firmware toward February/end.

 To ensure that users achieve the best results from the FS5, Sony is also preparing guidelines to help professional shooters take full advantage of the FS5’s features, including S-Log and S-Gamut’.

Here is Alistair Chapman’s take on Sony’s news…

My understanding is that this primarily relates to the edge tearing issue as well as the blocking type artefacts that can be seen, particularly at higher gain levels. It’s great to see solid proof that Sony do listen to us. They always have done, but often simply went away and investigated and fixed the issue without actually saying anything.

It does still need to be remembered that in UHD the camera is an 8 bit camera and this firmware update will not change that. Nor will it change the recording bit rate.  I also do not expect to see a change of the cameras base ISO, so don’t expect to see any significant difference to the cameras noise levels. So while I am sure the firmware will bring a useful and welcome improvement to the image quality, you will still need to be careful how you shoot with the camera, especially in low light or with S-log in UHD. The user guides that are being prepared will hopefully address these areas.

Further info at http://www.xdcam-user.com/2016/01/sony-make-official-statement-regard-fs5-image-artefacts/

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Sony FS7 FW v3 update is now official (installed)

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Out today is the new firmware update for the Sony FS7. Sony Broadcast have now responded with a FW update here  http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/support/software/SET_BPE-SS-1238/40

New Features & Improvements:

1.) Focus Magnification function is improved.
– Support for magnification area position adjustment
– Magnification resolution improvement
2.) Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode
3.) Support for Interval Recording function
4.) Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%
5.) Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode
6.) Video Signal Monitor usability is improved.
7.) The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
8.) FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement
9.) Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved

HDW : V3 installed, the installation happens in 2 phases the first takes 5m the second takes 10m. I used a fully charged battery which is against Sony’s “use a mains adapter”. If the mains fails there is a possibility your camera will not work or brick, so with a fully charged U90 battery you have tons of power and takes that doubt away from a mains failure.

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All CF cards sold

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Sold

Thanks to everyone who bought my Transend 32G CF cards…a bargain at £10 each.

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YAGH for sale £600

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Interface

The YAGH has now become gold dust to those looking for quad SDI output as they are no longer available.

Spread the word that via HD Warrior we have the last YAGH in the original packing as good as new if interested email me on hdwarrior@me.com

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Panasonic GH5 full frame camera.

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GH5

Some people tell me Panasonic have too much to lose going full frame especially when it comes to lenses. Micro four thirds as a sensor size has taken panasonic far but it has also hindered them with noise beyond 1600 ISO.

Sony on the other hand brought out the A7s full frame camera with some spectacular results with ISO settings of 6400 and above though cannot attain a good natural skin tone as the GH4 can.

Panasonic need a noise buster and I think full frame is their only option, they constantly cripple cameras with noisy sensors.

A few choice PFF (Panasonic Full Frame) Leica lenses like a 20mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 80mm f1.8, 24-80mm f2.8, 70-210 f2.8 and a 300mm f2.8 would do the trick. The adapter companies like Metabones would soon have a Canon to PFF.

I don’t think it would be that much hardship to re-invest in FF lenses as long as they were fit for purpose.

Video features as the GH4 plus 4K 50p, LOG, lemo to XLR connectors on the side please and make sure there is a headphone output and “NO” 29m record limitation.

Adding a hand/battery grip (2 batteries, twice the power) would also give you the ability to adjust the sound (2 channels) and the headphone volume manually and give us a full size HDMI.

Any other ideas ?

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New VariCam from Panasonic on the 10th February 2016

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Interesting…are we witnessing a competitor to the Sony FS7 or even the FS5, lets hope so for Panasonic’s sake, they badly need a foothold into this marketplace and this just might do it for them.

Panasonic will announce their new VariCam on Wednesday, February 10th 2016 at 7pm at the DGA theater — 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

PS. Dear Panasonic my Birthday is 5 days before your announcement any chance of an early birthday present xxx.

PPS. Thanks Rose for this heads up. xxx

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