Panasonic Open Day Tomorrow…H Preston Media, Hampton

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Sky Sports Promo “Camera Combat”

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101CREW a new website for Panasonic AF101 owners coming January 2011

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Here is a great idea, a website dedicated to Panasonic AF101 owners and it’s produced by none other than me. You will get hints, tips, tutorials and videos all about the AF101, not only that we will have some cracking special offers on various accessories and other kit with the collaboration of H Preston Media.

You don’t have to be a customer of H Preston Media to enjoy this new web site but customers get a monthly 101CREW Eshot issue one is just out with issue 2 coming mid December discussing “Lenses for the AF101″.

It’s all about keeping the customer informed and updated with the latest information and it will be interesting to see what uses our fellow DPs have for the AF101. In the January Eshot we will have a look round the camera itself as I am expecting to see an AF101 by the end of December…cross fingers.

We will also be able to announce the USA company making the wireless Canon mount and have pictures and all the information to go with it.

Exciting times indeed a whole new industry is about to be unleashed into the video production marketplace and along with H Preston Media we will be the first to report on the UKs 1st production model of the new Panasonic AF101.

This must be the 1st camcorder in history to generate such a buzz not only on the internet but people clambering to be one of the first adopters.

Finally we have an alternative to the very popular HDSLR and with all the added bonus of XLRs, sound metering and controls, moire free buildings …”the positives just keep coming”.

Remember if you want to see the AF101 in the flesh then get to H Preston Media’s showroom in Hampton, Twickenham, West London on Tuesday the 7th of December for 4pm where you can get a hands on with the new camcorder.

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Sony F3 Noise findings by Alister Chapman

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Alister “One of the tests I did with the PMW-F3 in Oslo was to look at the cameras noise and grain. There was nothing sophisticated about the test, simply shooting a few clips with the gain set at 0db, 9db and 18db. You can see the results on the left. I had to blow up the image by 200% as at 100% you could barely see any difference.

Even at +18db the noise level is remarkably low and I would not be afraid of using 18db of gain if I needed to. This lack of noise is one of the benefits of a large sensor with big pixels”.

Funnily enough when Philip Bloom and myself were looking over the Sony F3 at the London launch a couple of weeks ago Phil noticed that the camera was set to 12db to which I never paid much attention to at the time but looking back on it and the footage we shot on the day it was remarkably noiseless.

I have to agree with Alister’s findings that this camcorder even at 18db is unreal, I have never seen a camcorder to date that will give you usable pictures at 18db and if you are shooting low light moody productions this camcorder will fit the bill.

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Cineroid EVF for DSLR or AF101/F3…£645 from Creative Video

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This is an interesting little gadget, an independent EVF that claims higher resolution than your Canon DSLR, Panasonic AF101 and Sony’s F3. Now I have to remain on the fence with this one until I see one working in the flesh, maybe Creative Video could send me one to review.  Details are on Creative Video’s web site the price is £645 incl vat.

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The Voigtlander NOKTON 25mm f0.95 micro 4/3″lens for the Panasonic AF101

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Having just spent £800 on one lens for a camera that I do not have yet may seem a bit ludicrous but I want to be set up for the Panasonic AF101 when it ships later this month.

Remember all of you who are thinking of buying the AF101 it does not come with a lens so your options are…

Micro 4/3″

4/3″ to Micro 4/3″ using a Panasonic DMW-MA1 adaptor

Nikon to Micro 4/3″ adaptor from MTF (From stock)

PL to Micro 4/3″ adaptor from MTF (From stock)

Canon to micro 4/3″ wireless adaptor (Still in production)

You are not stuck for choice and I can vouch that the Panasonic 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens is very sharp indeed. The 25mm Nokton has a certain appeal and remember although this is a 25mm lens on a Micro 4/3″ you can double the focal length so rather than being 25mm it’s actually 50mm.

I took some test shots with the 25mm Nokton on a Panasonic G2 to let you see how it performs at different aperture settings, this would have the same effect used on the AF101. Firstly as with most lenses of this type you are pushing the boundaries at f0.95 though the “bokeh” or the amount of blur is exceptional though even at f2.8 Dill the dog has a lovely shallow depth of field.

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H Preston Media…Panasonic OPEN DAY…7th December 2010

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I hope by Tuesday of next week we will be well rid of the snow as H Preston Media holds their Panasonic Open Day. At around 4pm you can get a glimpse of the new Panasonic AF101 thats being specially delivered from Europe for the day.

There will be many Panasonic products on show from 10.30am including the new AG-3DA1 professional 3D camcorder, now for my money this is the way to shoot 3D. The pictures I saw during ProVideo 2010 were stunning and looked like Photoshop layers. This camera allows you to zoom unlike it’s domestic SD750.

If I were shooting a big budget 3D production this would be my choice as it performs like a conventional camcorder and is truly portable unlike the 45˚ mirror versions with two camcorders stuck at 90˚ to each other.

The other main reason for choosing this camera is it’s ability to record onto two SDHC cards, combining the two pictures gives you the 3D effect but a great feature is the ability to produce a 2D version very easily by only using the V2 or V1 from the timeline, this is truly versatile as you can easily deliver 3D and 2D versions of the same production.

Sadly this camcorder has not been given the publicity it richly deserves as the AF101 has stolen it’s limelight but you have a chance to see this camcorder at the Hampton Open Day on the 7th of December 2010.

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“30 MINUTE MEALS” filmed with Canon 5D2 and RED ONE cameras

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Fascinating…here we have a company who dare to mix Canon 5D2s with RED ONE’s and get away with it. Interestingly from all accounts the two cameras matched in post production but here is a small extract from the story on HD Magazine Digital Edition No.45…

It just goes to show even Jamie Oliver is a big DSLR fan though I am still not convinced now we have the Panasonic AF101 and the Sony F3 though would the Panasonic or the Sony sit beside the RED ONE… that’s a story yet to be told.

This is a YouTube link to a 3min documentary talking about 30 minute meals with shots of filming…

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MicroGaffer what a brilliant idea

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I was filming in Ibrox football stadium last week and as you can see from the picture below there were a lot of camera sound cables strewn across the floor, Rangers like most big football clubs supply a line level feed from two microphones on the desk. In order to keep my kit to a minimum ie. 4 bags,I forgot to re-pack my trusty roll of Gaff tape.

MicroGaffer is the perfect companion for all my bags then at least I will have one usable not so heavy roll of tape with me. The size of the tape is very convenient as I usually tear off smaller strips from the bigger 2″ roll.

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Prime lenses on the AG AF101

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This is the latest picture of the Panasonic AG AF101 FilmLike camcorder. This looks the part and is how many of you will using the AF101…with Prime Lenses. The Prime lens marketplace must be buzzing with DPs ordering 35, 50,85mm lenses.

Alister Chapman says “PL mount lenses were developed by Arriflex for use with movie cameras, so PL mount lenses are an obvious choice. You used to be able to pick up older PL mount lenses quite cheaply, but when RED came along most of these got snapped up, so now PL mount lenses tend to be expensive. If you want top quality then Zeiss or Cooke lenses are the obvious choice. If your budget won’t stretch that far there are a number of 35mm SLR lenses that have been converted to PL mount.

PL  mount lenses often have witness marks for focus. This are factory engraved markings, individual to that lens for exact focus distances. They also often feature T stops instead of F stops for aperture. An F stop is the ratio of the iris opening to the focal length of the lens and gives the theoretical  amount of light that will pass through the lens if it was 100% efficient. A T stop on the other hand is the actual amount of light passing through the lens taking into account aperture size and transmission losses through the lens. A prime lens with an f1.4 aperture may only be a T2 lens after loss through the glass elements is taken into account. A multi element zoom lens will have higher losses, so a f2.8 lens may have a T stop of T4. However it is the iris size and thus the f stop that determines the Depth of Field.”

To read his fascinating story on Prime lenses…

Not all lenses are the same although Canon and Nikon produce at least 3 qualities of lens the best in Canon’s case being their “L” glass. You get better optics in “L” glass, optics to stop light loss, aberrations, vignetting and light versus optical quality. On a simple lens you will find that it will be slightly soft till you stop down to f5.6-f8 by that time your light is overtaken by grain if you are filming in a room with subdued lighting.

This is where the “L” glass comes in, I usually choose Canon “L” glass that is f2.8 all the way through which means that no matter where your zoom is 70mm or 200mm you can shoot at f2.8 and get sharp pictures. This is not true of lesser lenses in the Canon range where they start at possibly f3.5 and stop down to f6.3 loosing you a fair amount of light by the time you are at 200mm.

So in my opinion it’s prudent to always afford the best glass possible if you buy a DSLR like a Canon then as in this case you can use the same “L” glass on your AF101 using a Canon adaptor available Dec-Jan 2011.

Is there a major difference between Prime and “L” glass…in my books you always strive for the best but at around £8,000 per Prime lens it’s a bit prohibitive but remember you can always hire your Prime lenses and if I were a rental company I would be stocking up on PL glass as I think there is going to be an explosion of DPs renting PL glass.

Back to my question is there much difference, personally you have to to back in time to realise that for big 35mm productions you had one choice…PL glass after all it was made for the cinema in mind. OK so that was many years ago and if you wanted the best… PL was the answer. Today we have far superior optics both in PL glass and 35mm glass but for many of us the choice will be micro 4/3″ or 35mm glass due to constraints in budget and having the glass already.

As I said in the previous blog I do a lot of head and shoulder interviews so the shallow depth of field will be an absolute winner for me as demonstrated above.

Lenses are as important as the camera itself so aim high when choosing your glass for your AF101 wether you rent or buy, PL or 35mm, make sure you do not compromise your clients shoot with cheap glass.

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