Will the NX70 compare with the Canon XF100 @ 4:2:2, 50MB/s

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Finally and not a day too soon I have my hands on the Canon XF100, build quality is very good in fact having a permanently attached handle does give me more confidence that my audio is not going to fail me some time in the future, more about that in my review.

Why the 100 and not the 105, having lived with the FS100 with HDMI you learn to live without SDI, I was not prepared to add a further £300 onto the price of a camcorder just to get one SDI, timecode and genlock socket that I would never use especially when the 100 and 105 are the same apart from those 3 connectors, I only wish all other manufacturers thought the same.

“The first thing that strikes you about the two cameras is the lens itself”…just a wee teaser for my review coming soon.

 

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Filming Sherlock…Interview with DP Fabian Wagner coming soon

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JVC KY-1900 “Back to the Future” 1984

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The JVC KY 1900 was an industrial camera in fact it was one of the few cameras to be produced with a plastic orange body making it very distinctive, JVC brought this camera out during 1982.

The KY-1900 had three saticon tubes which resolved around 400 lines of resolution in their day, price was around the £4700 mark.

Weighing less than 8 pounds, this super-compact three-tube camera is designed without compromising quality.

  • Three newly designed Saticon tubes
  • High performance dichroic multi-layer mirror optical system
  • Die cast aluminum frame
  • 52dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • 9dB gain available for really low light situations
  • Optional 6:1, 10:1 or 14:1 servo zoom lens
  • Automatic iris control with weighting detection circuit
  • Automatic Beam Control, knee compression and white clip circuits for highlight processing
  • Auto white balance with 8-bit memory
  • Built-in genlock and color bar generator

The 1980s saw the introduction of the Saticon tube industrial camera like the KY1900 but they suffered from “light scaring” in other words if you were filming in a steel factory you dare not point the camera at arc welding or you stood a high chance of permanently “brurning” a hole in the tube, this was known as “burn in”. Another anomaly with tube cameras was their propensity to “stick” while panning, once again it was a simple case of overloading the tube with pin points of light and you would get a smearing affect.

Early cameras were very basic indeed with most of your controls at the front, IRIS, WHITE BALANCE and VTR on and off switch, there was nothing else other than a gain switch 0 or 9Dbs and registration.

On the side of the KY1900 you have 4 yellow pots…Blue-Vertical, Blue-Horizontal, Red-Vertical, Red-Horizontal, by tweaking each pot pointing the lens at a registration chart you were able to align the red and the blue against the green gun. What you were doing was changing a magnetic field on each Saticon tube as they were prone to shift with temperature, the earths natural magnetic field and bumping the camera itself.

Manual registration lead cameramen to become paranoid as wo-betide you if you turned out to a shoot and forgot that all important jewellers screwdriver.

Later cameras came with auto registration where you pointed the camera at a chart and pressed a button.

This camera with lead acid battery attached would sit on your shoulder at around 12-14 pounds (5.44Kg-6.35Kg) no wonder we all suffer from back or shoulder problems.

Does it still work ? After 30 years I fed it a 12volt power supply switched it on and waited…no picture…then I blasted my “test dolly” with a 600W LED light and a glimmer of hope but very noisy and the viewfinder still showed no pictures.

Remembering these cameras need some time to heat up I left it for about 30 minutes and would you believe it…pictures.

These pictures were recorded onto a Sony GV-HD700 in DV mode via the composite video input then a still was taken via the PHOTO mode on the HD700.

My hat off to the Japanese video engineering department at JVC for producing a camera that can even today produce pictures after 30 years, not only that but very accurate pictures especially when looking at the colour rendition chart.

This has been a roller coaster of a ride for me to finally own my all time favourite camera from the past and that distinctive orange body is so sexy and distinctive even after 30 years, todays cameras are somewhat boring in the fashion department but I have it on good authority that black is defiantly the best colour for cameras and tripod legs as reflections are kept to a minimum.

As an aside my late Uncle Dick was partly responsible for the invention of the Vidicon tube made by RCA. America was a major player in video technology back in the 70s and 80s, the Vidicon tube was the core of many broadcast cameras during the late 80s, early 90s and my uncle was a pioneer in its development !

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A look back to the 1980s coming soon

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The Canon C300 Open Day at Malvern

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Yesterday I took a jaunt down to Malvern to H Preston Media a company I do consultancy work for, to see the new Canon C300 Super 35mm camera.

The pictures onto a Panasonic 65″ plasma TV were stunning, especially the macro shots of Andy Guests watch, I also tried out my Novoflex EOS to Nikon adapter which works a treat on the C300.

The adapter works really well on the C300 with the blue lever adjusting the iris itself, its a very smooth action but the fly in the ointment is the removal of the adapter itself from the lens you have to figure out how to do it as there is no clear instructions showing you what to do and its a tad fiddley to say the least.

John was pleased with the turn out and said “We have a healthy list of clients interested in the new Canon C300, the 50MB/s and Canon’s EF mount is capturing everyone imagination”.

The Canon reps were on hand to show clients every last detail with a lot of interest in the menu structure, Andrew Woodfin, Pro Video Account manager was on hand along with Nick Millen and Sundeep Sohal.

Peter Novell from the Vitec Group was also on hand with Manfrotto tripods and a GenusTec rig for one of Johns customers

I had a play with the new Canon EOS-1D X, it feels like a million dollars and that 12fps shutter is awesome.

One of Johns lady customers looking for various add ons for her Panasonic AF101, we tried Panasonics 25mm f1.4 lens though I have to say the Nokton f0.95 is still the best shallow depth of field lens next only to the Canon f1.2 lens.

It was a long drive down from Glasgow over two days but as usual Mrs Preston, John and the two Andy’s are so welcoming and my favourite member of the Preston team is Bella.

Many of you may not be aware that H Preston Media has a large shop on the main Worcester Road in Malvern and its an Aladdin’s cave for everyone who loves to see cameras both new and secondhand, tripods, lenses, camera bags and the small items that you won’t see anywhere else cables, adapters, filters, video lights and glossy brochures, thats my pet hate when you go into so called camera stores these days is the total lack of glossy brochures.

Remember John was the first shop in the UK to offer trade-ins against professional video equipment and is still the fairest second hand pro video dealer today in my opinion.

Why not give John a phone on 01684 575486 or look at the web store at www.hpreston.co.uk

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New Rode Mic with built in audio recorder

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  • Integrated digital recorder (microSDHC)
  • RF-bias, true condenser shotgun microphone
    (based on RØDE NTG3 technology)
  • Line and Mic (mixer) inputs (with ‘plug-in’ power)
  • High level headphone amplifier for monitoring
  • Three-level High Pass Filter (0, 75Hz, 150Hz)
  • Integrated Blimp wind protection and shock mounting
  • Multi mode outputs
    (Dual mono/split 0db and -10db for auto safety/dual mono + 20dB)
  • High frequency ‘boost’ switch for increased intelligibility at distance miking
  • Utra-lightweight metal casing
  • Quick release mounting system

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Come and see the Canon EOS C300 at H Preston Media

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The metabones adapter for Canon EF to Sony E mount with full electronic control $399

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A little known company from Canada has been hard at work developing this amazing Canon EF to Sony E adapter that allows the NEX range of cameras to control the iris and the image stabilisation on the Canon EF mount lenses.

Metabones forms a strategic partnership with Conurus of Vancouver, Canada to jointly develop, manufacture and market a new Smart Adapter(TM) series of products featuring electronic interfacing with the lens.

The partnership is shipping its first fruition of collaboration today, a Smart Adapter that integrates a Canon EF mount lens to a Sony NEX camera body. Electronic aperture is directly controlled by the camera body and all exposure modes are available. Image stabilization (if the Canon EF lens supports it) and EXIF are supported, but there is no autofocus. This new smart adapter is marketed under the Metabones brand name and may be ordered directly from conurus.com or from a Metabones distributor in Japan, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong or China for US$399.

Metabones is known for mechanical design that is already significantly ahead of the competition, as can be seen with the Contax G lens adapters for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX with ultra-wide focusing rings and smooth manual focus action, and the ALPA lens to Leica M adapter with rangefinder coupling. Now, incorporating leading-edge electronic technology from Canada brings forth a new breed of adapters that not only truly integrates the lens with the camera body but offers the best workmanship, accuracy and reliability as well.

The adapter is manual focus-only but allows control of aperture and the use of the image stabilization on Canon IS lenses. Full lens information, including focal length, aperture and lens IS is reported back to the camera for EXIF, allowing the use of all P,A,S and M modes. The adapter also features a ‘Wide Open’ button that opens the aperture up for fine focusing, with the lens otherwise stopped-down to the chosen aperture, giving accurate depth-of-field in live view. It will cost $399.

The big question is will it work with the Sony FS100 there is no reason why not but if metabones care to send me a sample I will gladly test it for them.

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New Nikon D4 multimedia features

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From Nikon, here are the main video features of the D4:

Full HD video recording – Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 20 minutes per clip. This format also allows for more accurate video data to be transferred requiring less memory capacity. The sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion.

Full manual control of exposure – Shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be changed while recording to adapt to lighting and alter depth of field for professional cinematic results that help realize a creative vision.

Uncompressed output: simultaneous Live View – By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera. This footage can be ported into an LCD display or appropriate external recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections.

Audio recording for professionals – The Nikon D4 features a stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Output can be adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. The D4 offers high-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. The microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can also be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction.

Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode at 1080p video modes – Whether shooting for depth of field in FX format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D4 allows videographers to retain full 1080P HD resolution no matter what mode they choose. With the 2.7x crop, users can experience ultra-telephoto benefits in full HD resolution all at 16:9 aspect ratio.

Simultaneous live view output without display / simultaneous monitor – Shooters have the option to send the display signal directly to an attached monitor via the HDMI port. This signal can be viewed on the camera’s LCD screen and external monitor simultaneously. Additionally, the image data display can be cleared from the screen, to remove distracting data or when feeding a live signal.

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JVC showcase another 4K camcorder at CES 2012

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JVC have gone 4K mad, not happy with the newly announced GY-HMQ10 4K camcorder JVC showcase a new un-named removable lens 4K camcorder. Dan Carr posted this interesting interview on Vimeo 4 days ago with JVCs Craig Yanagi.

The camera has a Nikon G mount allowing Nikon G lenses to be used because of their manual compatibility with the iris mechanism, using an even larger 4K sensor than the HMQ10.

This is incredible in fact only last year at BVE 2010 I spoke to the late Kevin O Malley who told me that JVC were not interested in large sensor cameras, I suspect Kevin was having a wee giggle at my expense, Kevin had a great sense of humour.

The word from JVC is that this is a technology preview at the moment and certainly not a product, JVC are showing some of their future potential.

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