Filming Major Educational DVD with the Canon C300

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Every time I get back to base and look and my days filming I still get a kick watching the fantastic footage the Canon C300 produces, it’s my favourite camera to date.

This is a major educational DVD for the Scottish Government about type one diabetes and so far it has taken us all over Scotland, this is Emma demonstrating the use of an injection called Glucagen. The C300 was used with an iPad prompter then with a 60mm macro lens to film the close ups, using an XF305 to film wide shots.

This was a long day filming various medical staff and children at a camp down just past Dumfries using two LED lights to add a lift the dark side of the doctors face and a key light for good measure. I always use my Sony PVM-740 OLED monitor to check my output.

96 mile drives and a long days filming takes its toll, this is my Mr Grumpy mode, as much as I enjoy my work it does take it out of you.

This is my standard interview setup with my new Sigma 24-70 f2.8 lens and my GenusTech matte box rig.

There is nothing better to make me happy than a dog on the set. I still have a few days filming to do on the diabetes video and by all accounts my new Sony PMW-200 arrives next week , so with a wee bit of spare time I will produce a user review of the 200 within the next two weeks.

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35mm Full Frame “Finally Arrives”

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It took a hybrid DSLR from Canon the 5D mk11 to show video manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic that there was not only a need but a major Yen earner !
Why when it’s so obvious does it always take the domestic side of a major corporation like sony to announce a full frame 35mm sensor camcorder.

I was surprised to see Sony domestic maintaining the same camera body as the VG10/20/30 when a slightly bigger body would have been in my opinion far more user friendly.

This FF35mm camcorder has really set the heather alight, Sony are going for the large sensor market big time, it’s just a pity the EA50 due out in November is crippled with an APS-C sensor.

Sony Professional need to respond with FF35mm sensor camcorders, especially the lame 35Mbps Super 35mm F3. Bring out a FF35mm F3 with 50Mbps, Hi Res viewfinder and the Yen will come pouring in.

F5 concept but who knows maybe Sony has this very model sitting in the wings waiting for the right moment in time to be announced.

Sony Professional cannot avoid producing FF35mm camcorders or Canon will trump them yet again with a FF version of the C300, as night turns to day this will happen…hopefully soon !

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C100 in action

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See the only Sony PMW-200 at Preston Media all next week

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H Preston Media are having an open day next Thursday the 20th September but Sony are giving them the only UK demo model of the PMW-200 all next week. Preston’s will also have the NEX-700 and the new NEX-EA50 on show at their open day.

If you are thinking of buying this camera take a trip to H Preston Media at 103 Worcester Road, Malvern, WR14 1EP or give John or Andy a phone on 01684 575486.

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Review of the A99 and VG900

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The NEW Sony NEX-VG900 with Full Frame 35mm sensor

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An HD video camera with interchangeable lenses the “NEX-VG900” top-end model of the “Handycam” Series with ※ 1 35mm full size CMOS image sensor for the first time, approximately 16.1 million effective pixels “Exmor (Exmore)” We will release two models “NEX-VG30” APS HD CMOS image sensor equipped.

In addition to Cinema Tone Gamma ™ and Cinema Tone Color ™ that can be represented with 24p recording, such as a movie,  is 1920 × 1080/60p high definition that conforms to the (progressive) AVCHD Ver.2.0 also supports the recording mode, a video camera that can give you a more creative visual expression.

“Exmor (Exmore)” chip with 24.3 million pixels with the addition of a 35mm full size new CMOS image sensor. It is an image pickup device as compared to the image sensor, with an area of approximately 2.3 times. By linking the large image sensor, the engine “(Bionzu) BIONZ” image processing optimized to process data at a high speed, high quality large capacity, this machine, in gradation with low noise and high sensitivity has an excellent image quality. By fully utilizing combination with a variety of lenses that are compatible with 35mm full-size, we have enabled a beautiful bokeh unique large-format image sensor, the image capturing is like a movie.

Zoom Lens Kit “NEX-VG30H” The zoom lens comes with a “18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS E PZ” newly developed high magnification of the standard electric E mount. The structure of proprietary small motors, for zoom and focus drives quiet and smooth, zoom lens system according to the present embodiment, it is possible to shoot high-quality more easily.

In addition to (up to 2 times magnification zoom) and digital zoom power zoom lens viewfinder “(true finder) XGA OLED Tru-Finder” electrons that have adopted the organic EL 100% field of view, high contrast and high resolution such as with a new zoom lever operation is possible, and a high operability is required in the field of film production. In addition, video enthusiasts also have the (Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone) stereo / 5.1ch surround sound microphone, the demand for video production that captures the sound field immersive by where you place the four microphone capsules.

My thanks to one of my readers Andrew for pointing me in the right direction and for Ed pointing out my Japanese to English translation.

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Sony VG900 with Full Frame 24MP Sensor

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Over at Sony Rumors is the first leaked picture of the Full Frame 24MP camcorder called the VG900 with rocker switch as seen on the new EA50.

This will be an interesting camera if the rumours are true for one reason it will take a huge amount of sales from the NEX-EA50 as no one is going to entertain an APS-C camcorder knowing Sony is about to release a full frame version.

Sony unfortunately have no one to blame but themselves if the VG900 is indeed legitimate as they are manufacturing camcorders like they are going out of fashion.

We have already seen three PMW cameras in the last four months so its not hard to imagine a full frame EA100 by the turn of the year.

Assuming Sony have done their maths and hopefully reduced moire on this 24MP chip it will start a new race beyond Super 35mm to get an F5 with a full frame sensor to the market before Canon.

Full Frame sensors will give us a whole new level of picture quality not to mention shallower depth of field as seen on the likes of the Canon 5D Mk11.

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The Sony Trio “Too many cameras, not enough output”

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For long enough Sony had one XDCAM camcorder the PMW-500 that produced the magical 50Mbps full broadcast spec HD but have been loosing a ton of Yen to Canon.

Canon produced the XF300/305 broadcast spec, 50Mbps, three 1/3″ chip HD handheld camcorder which has taken broadcasters, hire facilities and production houses by storm. Here is a full HD spec camcorder for a 1/3 of the price of a PMW-500. The one thing that lets the XF300/305 down is the 1/3″ chipset, it’s noisy in low light compared to a Sony EX3 (1/2″ chipset).

Sony in my opinion are three camcorders too late, it’s unprecedented for a video camera manufacturer to produce 3 similar spec cameras, let alone 3 cameras in four months.

It all started with the PMW-100 which was an MC50 single chip in a bigger body and the ability to record at 50Mbps, the chip size alone put a lot of people off this camera.

Then we were presented with the same body but different lens and chipset, the PMW-200, the 14x constant aperture lens along with the 3 chip 1/2″ Exmor chipset started to get a few of us excited. Having 50Mbps was also a major bonus but about 18 months too late to compete with XF305 sales !

At IBC 2012 Sony are also displaying the PMW-150 with three 1/3″ chipset and a 20x variable aperture lens also sporting the all important 50Mbps recording onto SxS or XQD.

My point is why are we getting 3 very similar 50 Mbps camcorders all within four months of each other when two cameras would suffice.

Who sat down in Sony Japan and made that decision ? ” Three new XDCAM camcorders in 4 months all running at 50Mbps” is this the reason why the NEX-FS700 is difficult to source because the production line is trying to manufacture far too many camcorders !

We love our cameras but we also hate disappointment, there are a lot of very disappointed resellers, end users looking for FS700s, please tell me that the PMW-100 is not interfering with the making of the FS700 !

Just in case you need some guidance we would prefer more FS700’s followed by PMW-200’s both big sellers, then NEX-EA50’s will sell well, followed by the PMW-150.

Personally the camera that I am looking forward to is the PMW-200, finally a no nonsense well spec update to the XDCAM family, having seen some early footage it looks to be a winner for Sony, it’s just a pity it took so long to produce giving Canon the lion share of sales.


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Samyang tilt and shift lens “Quality at affordable prices”

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Samyang Optics is about to release a new lens with the perspective control function — Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC. The official product presentation will take place on September 18th 2012, during international photographic Photokina fairs held in Cologne.

Very interesting, I bought a Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens last year to try out and keep as a testimony to the Korean lens company who make simple manual lenses at affordable prices.

This is my dog Flori taken with the Canon mount Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens, remember this is a totally manual lens, no auto focus and no auto aperture.

As a more impressive picture and showing the sheer quality of these cheap Korean lenses here is a 100% crop of Candys eye. 85mm f1.4 at f2.8

If the new 24mm tilt and shift lens is anywhere near the quality of the 85mm lens then it will be a snip depending on price compared to Canon at £1695.

I used the Canon 24mm f3.5 T-S lens down at BVE last year and found it to be great for interviews but with one warning, this lens can give you a “look” for interviews but once in the can is not reversible in post.

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IBC Round up 2012

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As the show goes into day two we now have a clear idea of whats new from the shop floor, BlackMagic Design again steel the show with a Micro Four Third mount for their new Cinema camera.

BlackMagic Cinema Camera Key Features:
• Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT is identical to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF model.
• High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing shots.
• Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
• Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video.
• Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats.
• Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
• Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and “slate” metadata entry.
• Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses and other mounts via adapters.
• Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
• Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software.
• Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 color grading software.

My man on the floor got this shot of the new camera…

Panasonic were rather disappointing this year, once again we all expected them to update the AF101, the first large sensor professional camera to hit the market running is now looking rather tired with the likes of the Sony NEX-FS700 and the updated BlackMagic Cinema Camera.

Sony had a new camera on offer the PMW-150

Sony Professional awarded 2014 FIFA World Cup Broadcast Production Contract

–          Sony’s partnership with global satellite operator SES/ Astra to explore 4K broadcasting to the home and the live stream of 4K content demonstrated at the Sony press conference

–          The launch of the PMW-150 handheld XDCAM, means Sony now has the most extensive range of broadcast quality HD422 50Mbps cameras from the PMW-100 to the PMW-200

–          New professional monitors – the PVM-741 OLED and LMD-941W HD LCD monitor – the first 9”monitor to have a Full HD LCD panel resolution – as Sony celebrates 15,000 global sales for its OLED monitors

–          A two year strategic technology partnership with SIS Live that sees Sony cameras and technology fitted across its 20 strong fleet of HD broadcast trucks

–          ITV chooses Sony camcorders for overhaul of regional news production using Sony HXC-100 cameras in studio, and PMW-500 and PMW-EX1 cameras for ENG

Canon show off the new C100

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