Sony NP-FW50 batteries for SALE (£50 the pair)

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Sony’s 4K PXW-Z150 paper review by Alister Chapman on XDCAM-USER

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Although it’s been on the market for a while now I have not yet had a chance to write a proper review of the PXW-Z150. I’ve played with it a few times and I’ve felt it offers good value (approx £3k/$4K). As it’s starting to gain some traction amongst corporate producers and those looking for a straight forward 4K camera with lot’s of bang for the buck I though it’s time to share my thoughts.

Cameras like the Z150 are often overlooked these days as they don’t have the “cool” factor that comes with the large sensor Super 35mm cameras that are all the rage, cameras like the PXW-FS5 or FS7.

Full HD

One more trick that the PXW-Z150 has is the ability to shoot continuously at up to 120fps (100fps when the camera is set to 50i area). The image is full HD but more highly compressed than the regular HD recordings, plus it’s interlaced, not progressive. In addition the inevitable faster shutter speeds mean that you do need plenty of light to get the very best results. I could definitely see a small drop in image quality when shooting at 100 or 120 fps, but the footage is perfectly useable and it is great to be able to slow down motion by 4 or 5 times. You do need to be a little careful if using the interlaced footage within a progressive production as very fast moving objects that travel through the frame may exhibit the combing artefact common in regular interlace material when show progressively. To get the full 5x slow down the camera needs to be set to 60i area to allow the selection of 120fps.


The PXW-Z150 is a compact jack of all trades camera that’s easy to work with, has a great zoom range and delivers a respectable looking image. The largeish 1″ sensor gives a greater degree of control over the depth of field than you will have with a camera with a 1/2″ or 1/3″ sensor.

To read the rest at XDCAM-USER…

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Olympus PRO micro 4/3 lenses…the best sharpest micro 4/3 lenses you can buy.

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The Olympus Pro micro4/3 lenses are a lot sharper and far better made than my Panasonic 12-35mm lens.


It shows big time on the 7-14mm f2.8 Olympus Pro lens, this beats the Panasonic 12-14mm f4 lens hands down in sheer quality of glass, they also weigh a lot more.


Both pictures taken with the Pansonic GH4 at the lens wide open f2.8, even at 12mm which has the equivalent 35mm FOV of a 24mm lens.



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One Roving Cook coming to a You Tube Channel near you.

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This is an idea I have had in my head for over five years now, teaching people how to cook from scratch using everyday ingredients bought from local supermarkets. There are a lot people who want to cook but think it’s too hard, especially those living alone and who may never have had the chance to learn.

I have two passions, filming and cooking and with my production skills I am combining both passions to produce a unique taste of Scotland, archiving the best locally produced family meals with a bit of humour added along the way.

How many times do you read a recipe book to discover you either don’t know what certain ingredients are or you can’t source them, this is where “One Roving Cook” delivers, all my recipes are simple and locally sourced in shops we all shop in.

Why “Roving”, simple I will take you to different kitchens throughout the series to meet and enjoy different characters and flavours from all round local Scottish family kitchens.

It will have a mixture of meals from healthy to the not so healthy.

I am not a professional cook as you all know but have been cooking the family meals for well over 25 years and have picked up a few ideas along the way, I got a great recipe from Doreen a professional catering cook while filming a child’s bar mitzvah many years ago.


As you can see it’s not a professional kitchen and it will be shot with three cameras, the main one being a JVC LS300 with a 12-40mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens, a Panasonic GH4 with a 7-14mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens for static wide shot and a static remote controlled Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 with a 24-400mm f2.8-4 Leica zoom lens from the roof, all shooting 1080 50p.

LS300 v2

I would like to thank JVC at this point for giving me such a great deal on the LS300 and for helping part sponsor this program. I am still looking for sponsors from kitchen utensils to a major food retail outlet,  If you can point me in the right direction I would be most appreciated email me at

Would you like to invite me into your kitchen email me with your recipe. I will show you the pilot when we have produced one, hopefully this week.

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CAME TV Optimus 3-axis gimbal $1388

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Here is a brief overview of the new features/accessories added to the new CAME TV Optimus:

  • Battery unit now attached to the gimbal rather than the hand grip.
  • Wireless joystick remote is now added to the package.
  • Dual handle.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Device can be mounted and adjusted tool-less onto a double grip gimbal, jib or suction mount.
  • Additional battery included in the package.
  • 360 degree rotation on all axis.
  • Full inverted mode is now possible.

For more info on the CAME TV Optimus, follow the link. It is now available on B&H for $1388.00.

New CAME OPTIMUS Gimbal – Upgrade to The CAME SINGLE from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Sourced from CINEMA 5D

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Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder…full specs now avaliable

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Sonys RAW recorder

As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5?

I would rather direct you to this web site than pretend its my own work as I am truly not into this spec of camera or recorder, no point writing a blog if you are not honest with your readership.

Read the rest on Film & Digital Times here…


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The master of lighting Dedo Weigert let’s us into some cinematic secrets.

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Another fascinating documentary, looking into professional lighting by Rick Young on Movie Machine. Dedolight have been referred to as the most innovative lighting system ever developed for motion picture and television. These lights are rugged, dimmable, can be dropped without destroying the lamp, many are bi-colour and many feature an internal focussing system – allowing for a strong clean beam without stray light.

The dedolight system has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award in 1990; a Cinec award in 2002, and an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award and Emmy Award in 2003.

Simply put, for the cinematographer the tools offered by dedolight are a must. These lights have been used widely for feature film production, commercials, documentaries, in television studios, and for still and DSLR work. Dedolights are used wherever quality images are required.

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8K transmission from Japanese Television NHK at the Rio Olympic Games 2016

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I was informed two years ago at IBC that 8K TV was fifteen years away and now NHK are filming the Rio Olympic games on 8K cameras and streaming the pictures live to Japan.


Live streaming of 8K material is no mean feat , remembering the BBC R&D were streaming the Glasgow Commonwealth games 2 years ago.

BBC R&D from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.



Big centre stage events like the Olympic Games have always been a good test bed for future developments in television.



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Osmo Pro X5 camera… “Ongoing First Thoughts”

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Having shelled out a good few bob for a DJI Osmo Pro X5 camera, lens and handle plus batteries I was less than impressed with the fan noise during filming. Especially when they have fixed this on the X3 camera.

Osmo pro

The noise during filming makes the camera unless in an open mic situation on a film set. I do hope DJI are onto this and can come up with a solution ASAP.

I do like the ability to focus a lot closer with the X5 and the shallow depth of field compared to the X3 (closest focus = 1.5m)  but was hoping for more control over the cameras ISO, rather than the usual 100-200-400 etc. some steps in-between would be nice.

Another urgent issue that needs addressing is the ability to switch off the front red LED tally light, this is not an issue with the X3 as it has no tally light.

Where the OSMO Pro strikes in my opinion is in low light, that micro 4/3rd sensor gives you a fantastic advantage over the X3 in low light quality.


NOTE : I asked DJI if they could reduce or stop the fan during record mode ?  REPLY…”We’re very sorry. The reason is that X5 generates more heat than X3,  so the fan cannot be stopped or it will overheat.”

I will experiment with a radio mic today.

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NEW Firmware for the Canon C300 Mk11

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C300 FW

Firmware Version incorporates the following update:

  1. Adds Canon Log 3.
  2. Reduces Canon Log 2 noise in dark areas.
  3. Enables magnification to be used even during recording.
  4. The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1*3, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1:
    • Enables autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function. (Not applicable to the CN20x50 IAS H/E1 lens)
    • Enables the joystick on the camera’s grip unit to be set to operate the zoom.
    • Enables control of iris to be set to manual operation, and control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Enables automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Enables retrieval of metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached, and display of metadata on the camera.
  5. Enables Dual Pixel Function when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1 lens, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens or any of the EF cinema prime lenses.
  6. Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:
    • COMPACT-SERVO lenses: CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
    • CINE-SERVO lenses: CN20x50 IAS H/E1
    • EF lenses: EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
  7. Enhances menu operations so that settings related to resolution/color sampling, etc. are retained to the extent possible when changing recording settings such as the frame rate.
  8. Supports ACESproxy (ACES 1.0).
  9. Alleviates the black-dot phenomenon that appears in the periphery of high-brightness light sources

Get the UK software here…

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