BVE last day round up and competition winner

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Last day at BVE was a good look round the stands and some treats for myself, Holdan’s as usual had a great presence a smashing big stand and plenty of people to talk technical, Richard Payne who I interviewed was demonstrating the AF101 all day every day, there is so much interest it’s unreal.

This all in one mixer from Holdan’s has XLR audio inputs, HD SDI inputs and a talkback unit all output into a DataVideo HD SDI recorder.

The AJA stand had the Ki Pro mini a fantastic pro recorder that many DPs like myself will appreciate, real buttons and readouts plus Apple Pro Rez.

The Ki Pro mini is not available till March, records onto CF cards and will retail for about £1600 plus vat but hot on it’s heals is the Ninja priced at a mere £600 plus vat.

I had a good look at the NINJA and was more than impressed, the Ninja records onto 3.5″ laptop hard drives running at 7200RPM, it also records 4:2:2, 10bit Pro Rez and has two hot swappable batteries, once again not due till March.

I met a lovely man from Miller called Mike Lippmann who convinced me that their Compas 25 fluid head was the tripod head for me, it certainly felt very smooth both pan and tilt.

My other significant purchase was the Cineroid EVF for my AF101, although I can use the LCD with the DTL switched on sometimes it’s just not good enough and I find myself struggling to see critical focus so my only sensible option was the Cineroid which I had a play with about 3 weeks ago. CVP had a Sony viewfinder attached onto an AF101 but at £2500 it was a tad out of my budget.

Our man Nigel Cooper was doing a brisk trade with his how to light INTERVIEWS DVD in fact he gave me a copy for review so look out for that in the weeks to come.

I caught up with my old friend Mike Tapa who was selling plenty of adapters for all sorts of camera and camcorders, if Mike can’t adapt it, it can’t be adapted. Mikes lovely wife Elizangela pulled the name out of a camera bag for my competition which I filmed but not to keep you in suspense the winner of the AF101 Barry Green book was..Alessandro Villamira from Italy, congratulations to Alex.

So was it worth the hike to BVE in London…YES …if you go to no other video show in the UK, BVE is the show to attend especially if you are looking for new kit.

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BVE Show, London, Day Two

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Day two was even busier and I got a surprising phone call from Mike Tapa to come to his stand to see an interesting setup. On arriving at his stand I was greeted with an AF101 with a Canon HJ 11x broadcast lens.

Wow…an f1.9 zoom lens, through and through with an 18x magnification so how is this possible, Mike “This is one of my specials, this combination only works with HD lenses that have a 2x converter.” “It’s a B4 2/3″ to mFT adapter the 2x converter must be engaged for the lens to cover the sensor.” Very clever indeed, this almost begs Canon or Fuji to bring out a smaller zoom lens with the AF101 in mind.

Another interesting product at the show was to be found at CVPs stand the NINJA. This is similar to the NanoFlash but has a nice big screen that you can watch your footage back with. That was always my bug bear with the FS-4 by Focus Enhancements you had no way of monitoring your footage.

The Ninja records onto Apple ProRez and uses Sony type batteries it also records onto standard laptop hard drives (7200 rpm).

This was an interesting lash up by CVP, the blending of a Panasonic AF101 with a £2500 Hi Rez Sony Viewfinder using the HDMI output. There is a ton of interesting alternative add on’s for the AF101 and the marriage of Panasonic and Sony is a belter.

Here is a picture and a half  John Preston (2nd right) myself and two of Johns customers who are avid fans of HD Warrior.

Lastly from Day Two of BVE was the interest paid to the Sony F3 seen here on the Sony stand itself. This is a cracking camera and now ships as an optional extra with three Sony prime lenses all T2 or f.2 for the non film makers.

Today was an even busier show and has been a joy to attend I have been compiling some video footage mostly with the AF101 around the show and I hope to upload the edit after this weekend…more tomorrow, Day Three, the last day and find out who won the Barry Green book.

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BVE Day One

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Start of the day did not go to well, driving up the A4 towards Earls Court we managed to get a flat tyre, £169 later we were parking at BVE, £25 per day !

The show is massive and very busy, I was on duty showing off the Panasonic AF101 and the Sony F3. The F3 with prime lenses is a lot heavier than I was expecting but theres no doubt it looks the part.

Andy Guest from H Preston Media took this flattering pic of me, John Preston seemed to be doing a thriving trade and from all accounts selling AF101 and F3 camcorders.

This is indeed the year of the shallow depth of field video camcorders, Sony and Panasonic still had their fare share of shoulder mounts and hand held camcorders but you can detect the tide is now firmly turning towards the larger sensor cameras.

Tomorrow I will see if their is anything new on offer, I bought some Rycote under covers and stickies today and a Rycote universal camera kit as I am a big fan of the Miniscreen Windshield which is now standard on all my camera mics.

My own DVD is selling like hot cakes from three outlets so don’t delay or be disappointed make sure you pick up a copy today.

On the subject of the AF101 a lot of interest on day one mainly from seasoned cameramen looking for that shallow depth of field.

With so many third party accessories coming on board for the AF101 it’s getting hard to keep up but I was playing with the new shoulder stabiliser system from IDX and I was more than impressed I will get some pics and prices for tomorrow.

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Set Up Day at BVE

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Today (Tuesday) is the first day of BVE at Earls Court in London. This is the video show worth attending as it’s the biggest show outside IBC, Amsterdam.

From what I gather Sony will have an updated version of their Super 35mm NXCAM film like camcorder due June-July 2011. I hope for Sony’s sake it looks far closer to a video camera than the strange conceptual camera seen at the F3 press launch.

I will be demonstrating the Panasonic AF101 and the Sony F3 throughout the day at H Preston Medias stand (K10) come and say hello and as an experiment the first person to come to the stand and tell me they read HD Warrior gets a free copy of my “Heads Up” DVD (SD DVD version).

So I hope to see a few of you over the next three days.

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75mm f1.9 Switar lens back after 20 years in an attic

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About two weeks ago I got a phone call from my friend Norrie who was very interested in my dealings with the Panasonic AF101. He told me he had some prime lenses up in the attic that were gathering dust “Old Bolex ‘C’ mount lenses”.

I got onto the internet to discover a chap in China had been using ‘C’ mount lenses with his Panasonic G2 mFT camera so I hunted down a ‘C’ mount to mFT lens adapter and it was with me by the end of the week.

Today I took a trip to Norrie’s house and we both had a look at the AF101 and the Bolex mount lenses, but could I find that ‘C’ mount adapter anywhere, I could have sworn it was in my CB200 KATA bag…but alas time got the better of me and Norrie told me to take the lenses away with me.

This chap above Yu-Lin-Chan is using the Switar 75mm lens and I note from his info that these lenses were not only made in Switzerland but around the 1950-1960s and is very good glass indeed as the picture of the wee girl proves.

I got home to discover that the adaptor was indeed in the KATA bag, in a front pouch that I forgot it had. I tried the 10 and 25mm lenses but they suffered very bad vignetting so my next try was the 50mm f1.8 lens and it worked a treat. The best of the lot was the 75mm f1.9 lens remembering that we have a 2x crop giving the lens a 150mm angle of view…fantastic.

Amazing prime lenses that were used in a different era (1960s) even back then they were top notch and after a long lie in Norries attic they have seen the light of day and will be cherished by myself and used frequently on the AF101 at the drop of a hat !

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“Heads Up” available in Blu-Ray or SD DVD

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I decided the DVD was going to be named “Heads Up” because it does what it says on the tin…If you buy a Panasonic AF101 there are some tweaks to various menus that would be daunting unless you get a “Heads Up” via the DVD.

I walk you through various menus, AVCAM viewer tutorial, Final Cut Pro-7 tutorial on log and transfer, various lenses from mFT Lumix to Canon and Nikon using an MTF adapter. Show you how to calibrate a BeBob FOXI for the 14-140mm lens, producing a cooking program, sports interview and a low light showdown at 18dB of gain.

The Blu Ray contains two discs 1 Blu-Ray and one SD DVD for £40

An SD DVD for £20

These DVDs can be purchased by sending an email to hdwarrior@me.com and I will send you a PayPal payment request…remember you don’t have to have a PayPal account just a credit or debit card.

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Last shoot for the AF101 Blu-Ray DVD

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Here I am again this time up in Stirling filming a local football team that is now run by the fans themselves, my son Scott was doing a video blog on the club and I took the opportunity to get some extra footage for my “Heads Up” Blu-Ray DVD.

I have also decided to give you an SD copy in the same double case DVD holder as you would get with a Hollywood blockbuster title, this allows many of you to view the DVD and have the facility to watch the native HD Blu-Ray copy when you get a BR player.

I don’t think football sponsors would care for the shallow depth of field that the AF101 allows but personally I think it adds to the interviews, concentrating the viewing experience firmly on the subject.

I used the Nokton 25mm f0.95 for the first two interviews and the Canon 50mm f1.2 for the stadium interviews, wide shots were using the Lumix 7-14mm f4 lens and the training shots were done with the Lumix 14-140 f4.5-5.8 lens at 15dBs.

Once again I used the Ianiro “Minima” LED camera light to great effect with the mixed lighting you get in a football stadium.

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Sigma to make mFT lenses

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The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera system.

As demand for compact system cameras increase, we intend to meet the requirements of users and develop new lenses for these systems, utilizing our advanced interchangeable lens development technology.

Detailed information including specifications, product names, pricing and launch schedules will be announced in due course.

A mockup will be displayed at Sigma’s booth during CP+, a camera and photo imaging show, held in Pacifico Yokohama Japan from February 9th, 2011.

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AF101 excels at 18dB

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This is unreal, during my extra material for my 40min Blu Ray DVD I recorded myself at 18dB, I have never seen a cleaner picture at 18dB in my life it’s jaw dropping. Earlier on this evening I filmed my wife taking the dog round the park in almost darkness and once again the pictures are fantastic considering they were shot at 18dB gain !

Look at the clarity of this bus under natural orange street lighting… I was using a 25mm NOKTON f0.95 and a 50mm Canon f1.2 L glass with a Kipon adapter. I am glad that so many documentary makers are taking this camera onboard as this will become the de-facto for lo-light filming, mark my words.

Here is a shot from BBC Panoramas “Forgotten Heros” shown tonight, the use of Sony’s NightShot looks terrible but if the documentary maker had had an AF101 he could have shot all the evening footage at 18dBs with a 25mm NOKTON f0.95 lens which would have avoided this old-hat low light grotty green NightShot. I do take onboard that this was shot last year and the AF101 has just appeared within the last two weeks.

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Win a copy of Barry Green’s Book (£69)

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I have one extra copy of Barry Greens book retail £69 to give away. You need to answer the following questions plus tell my why you have or intend to purchase an AF101. The AF101 comes with the usual manual plus part two as a PDF on a disc…Barry’s book tells you everything you did not know about the AF101 and a lot more besides, it has been my bible over the last 3 weeks and comes thoroughly recommended as a de-facto purchase when you buy an AF101.

You will get all the answers in my User Review  http://www.hdwarrior.co.uk/video-reviews

1. How long does it take to format an SDHC card on the AF101.

2. What is the widest aperture of the Voigtlander NOKTON lens.

3. What is the name of the pull focus device from BeBob.

A name will be drawn next week by Mike Tapa live on camera at BVE so don’t delay. PS. You can email me direct at hdwarrior@me.com or leave the answers in the comments box.

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