Film stock to be discontinued thanks to upsurge in digital

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Fujifilm has mainly provided negative films for shooting and positive films for projection in its motion picture film business operations. However, in order to adapt to the recent rapid transition of digitalization in the shooting, producing, projecting and archiving processes of motion pictures Fujifilm has decided to shift its business operations to provide products and services designed for digital workflow of motion picture production and projection.

Digital cinema camera shooting has been gaining momentum, and digital editing that heavily uses CG composition and VFX processing has now become common in motion picture production. There is also an increase in the number of movie theaters that converted to digital projection, following the increase of 3D motion pictures, implying the dramatically advancing digitalization in the motion picture industry. In such trend, Fujifilm has strived to reduce the costs of the production process for its existing negative films and positive films and continued to supply such films. However, the dramatic decrease of demand in the last few years has become far too great a burden to be covered by corporate efforts. Therefore, it has been decided to discontinue the sales of negative films, positive films, and some other products of motion picture in a prospect of March 2013.

Fujifilm will continue to provide films suitable for long-term archiving, high-performance lens for motion pictures, and other products and services designed for digital workflow of motion picture production and exhibition. Fujifilm will strive harder than ever to provide such products and services in its continuous contribution to the motion picture industry.

However, professional and amateur photographic still film will continue to be manufactured.

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The NEW Sony A99 DSLR with Full Frame sensor

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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.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/first-pictures-of-the-fulll-frame-e-mount-vg-900/

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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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