How times change over 7 years at IBC

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Will this be the new cover of IBC 2017, seven years to the day I visited IBC for the first time and this was the news of the day. Panasonic’s AF101 was to be the DSLR killer yet seven years later we now have a mirrorless camera thats sweeping the country with its 4K 10bit 422 internal recording, the Panasonic GH5.

The talk back in 2010 was the Panasonic AF101 with its micro4/3 sensor.

Now in 2017 the talk of the steamie is the Panasonic EVA-1 with all the footage to watch and hopefully be uploaded during IBC.

This is Panasonic’s year of the 10bit 422 large sensor video cameras with the GH5 already a class leader in both performance and price followed by the Super 35mm Canon fit EVA-1.

I don’t think we are in for any further surprises during IBC but if we get any I will report it here. I did think there may have been a chance of the v2 firmware for the GH5 being released this week leading up to IBC.

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WEX demonstrate the GH5 V2 firmware on a loan camera

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WEX got their hands on a GH5 with FW v2 loaded and had a look at some of the new features. I have to be honest here in stating I don’t see a lot of difference between LGOP and All Intra, or not enough to convince me to use faster, dearer cards.

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New Canon camcorder lineup with the XF range 4K 50p 420 8bit

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Canon are sticking to their guns by revamping the XF and XA camcorders

XF405 and XF400 – versatile, compact 4K quality

The XF405 and XF400 are equipped with a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 25.5 mm–382.5 mm), a 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and a Dual DIGIC DV 6 image-processing platform to achieve high-quality 4K/50p images across the entire zoom range. They also offer continuous 100fps recording in Full HD in order to deliver slow motion footage. These advanced features are all integrated in a compact and lightweight body. Thanks to built-in Neutral Density (ND) filters, the XF405 and XF400 can capture stunning images with a shallow depth of field – even in adverse lighting conditions. Relay and simultaneous recording are provided via Dual SD card slots, which helps to expand recording times and to create an immediate backup. A range of interface options are featured in the XF405 and XF400, including HDMI, an XLR Professional audio terminal, LAN and Remote. The XF405 also features a 3G-SDI terminal. Built-in WiFi capability enables FTP file transfer and allows the camcorders to be controlled with a mobile device via Browser Remote.

4K UHD/50P high frame rate recording to SD cards

The XF405 and XF400 support UHD/50P MP4 and XF-AVC* format (150Mbps) recording and 100fps continuous slow motion shooting. Low noise and high sensitivity are managed by the combination of a 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors, which deliver high-quality footage with great clarity and detail. Additionally, Wide Dynamic Range (DR) mode enables the user to shoot with 800% wide dynamic range, providing greater detail in the mid to high tones.

High-quality 4K 15x zoom lens

A newly developed 4K lens, 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and Super UD elements combine in the XF405 and XF400 to minimise chromatic aberration and to provide stunning image clarity. Both camcorders comprise an ultra-wide 25.5mm, high magnification, 15x optical zoom in 4K. Moreover, 30x Advanced Zoom capability is offered in Full HD mode, without any image deterioration. An advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilizer (IS) ensures stable images are captured in any scenario which involves camera movement. A 0.8x Wide angle and 1.5x tele-converter deliver additional flexibility and coverage in 4K and Full HD.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is featured in both the XF405 and XF400 for fast and accurate autofocusing in approximately 80% of the image. A touch screen allows further focus control and intuitive camera operation. Various AF options are offered including Face Priority AF and Face Only AF, alongside the innovative Dual Pixel Focus Guide. This feature supports manual focus shooting by visually indicating the focus position.

XF405/0 key features:

  • 4K UHD/50P recording on SD cards with high frame rates
  • High-quality 4K lens with 15x zoom
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus
  • Network capability with FTP transfer and remote control
  • Compact and lightweight body, professional operability

XA15 and XA11 – professional performance and functionality

The XA15 and XA11 are Full HD camcorders which feature stunning 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lenses to flexibly capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. A Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 image processing platform deliver great performance in low light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 50P at 35Mbps. Wide DR mode supports the smooth compression of high luminance areas to achieve 600% DR. This makes it possible to shoot with smooth colour gradation and suppressed overexposure. This is applicable to any shooting environment where the difference between light and dark areas is prone to causing overexposure. Flexible image expression is supported by a Slow/Fast Segment function that enables users to select shooting speeds from 0.4x to a maximum of 1,200x.

Both camcorders are capable of recording in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, simultaneously, to Dual SD card slots. The XA15 and XA11 offer a range of various interfaces including HDMI, XLR professional audio terminals, headphone jack and optional GPS support. The XA15 also features an SDI output. Comprising compact and lightweight bodies, the XA11 and X15 are ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential. Dynamic Mode provides 5-Axis image stabilization – roll axis, horizontal roll, vertical roll, up-down and left-right – to ensure smooth image capture in various styles of fast-paced shoots.

*XF-AVC will be supported in a future firmware update in 1H 2018

XA15/11 key features:

  • High optical performance
  • Stunning Full HD image quality
  • Professional recording options
  • Professional interfaces
  • Easy operability and compact design


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Being the scenes of the new Panasonic EVA-1

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Two years ago almost to the day Panasonic invited us to London’s Groucho club to meet their new baby the DVX-200 and have a hands on afternoon with the new gear. Strangely while looking back on those JPEGs I discover the very same Director of Photography involved in the new EVA-1, Filippo Chiesa.

Bio…I’m a professional filmmaker. It’s difficult to summarise my expertise in just a few lines. I’m a traveller for choice.

As always when I visit another country, I immediately try to enter the local reality and to “steal” with a glance everything that’s around me.

My profession role tries to cover both the artistic aspects and the highly technical aspects.
I diligently probe the market and I’m a tireless researcher.

I don’t necessarily love technology for its own sake, but I think it is quite important to know as much as possible what the market offers in order to communicate my personal view of things in the best way possible and to be able to give first-rate advice to my clients.

I own 4K cameras for all needs, PrimeCircle Zeiss cinema lenses and equipment to fully cover the majority of the work that I am asked to carry out.

I offer my passion and my wide-ranging experience.

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Advert…Panasonic EVA-1 at H. Preston Media Open Day… 28th September 2017

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Why not make a date to see the first UK sighting of the Panasonic EVA-1 Super 35mm camcorder.

From 10am on the 28th of Spptember 2017, John and Andy will be on hand along with a rep from Holdan to show off the new 10bit camcorder.

Address…103 Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1EP or phone 01684 575486

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Advert…Panasonic EVA-1 Open Day at Production Gear (27th September 2017)

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Panasonic EVE-1 Open Day…12.30 till 4pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

Just North of London… Unit 12 & 13, Wrotham Business Park, Barnet EN5 4SZ or phone 020 8275 1070

Simon, Stevie and the lads will be on hand to let you see the new Panasonic EVA-1 camcorder.

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VENICE from SONY a new 6K full frame sensor camera €37,000 body only

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36x24mm Full-Frame Sensor for cinema

VENICE is equipped with a 36x24mm full-frame image sensor, designed specifically for the demands and performance of high end cinematography, and can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032*. By switching imager modes, VENICE can natively support Super35 24.9×18.7mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film) and Super35 24.9×14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film). In other words, VENICE’s new full-frame sensor can capture in almost any format, including full 18mm-height Super35 Anamorphic and spherical and full-frame 24mm-height Anamorphic and spherical*. Almost any aspect ratio can be conjured up: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 17:9, the list goes on in full-frame* or Super35.

With VENICE, Sony is giving users the option to customize their camera by only enabling the features needed, according to their individual production requirements. Licenses will be available to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and full-frame*.

* Firmware update required

Full-Frame Full width 36 mm 6K*

In full-frame, you can use the full 6048 pixel width of the sensor for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways – for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of field or super-wide shooting.

* Firmware update required

VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE’s real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

VENICE comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount. It is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke/i Technology. Lens information is recorded as metadata frame by frame.

E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with Sony lenses. E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saves time during a production.VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 colour space. This means the colour range is wider than DCI-P3 and can beautifully reproduce the true colour of the scene in front of your lens. This also provides the broad palette in the grading suite using the established workflow of Sony’s third generation LOG gamma encoding (S-Log3), and Ultra-wide colour space.

Jello effect is something that we don’t need when filming. VENICE has high speed readout sensor which minimizes the jello effect that are typical in the CMOS sensors. For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

As the sensor size gets larger, depth of field becomes shallower. VENICE’s wide 36 mm full-frame sensor can capture images that have the equivalent of 1-2 stops shallower depth of field compared to Super35.*

* Firmware update required.

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New tripod from Sachtler..FlowTech 75…£810 plus vat

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Sachtler have produced a new set of carbon fibre legs called the Flowtech 75 at a reasonable price of £810 plus vat.

The Sachtler 1017 System Ace XL fluid head with flowtech™75 tripod legs offers a tripod system for videographers who use cameras weighing up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs). The Ace XL system enables broadcast-style performance while using lightweight components more suited to HDSLRs and compact camcorders.

The Ace XL fluid head features fiberglass-reinforced composite construction and weighs only 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs). The two-stage carbon fiber legs weigh only 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs). This makes the system lightweight at only 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs).

The Ace XL Fluid Head has a fiberglass-reinforced composite construction that is both lightweight and strong, a counterbalance system with eight stepped settings for up to 17.6 lbs of counterbalance, Sachtler’s Synchronized Actuated Drag (SA-drag) fluid drag system for both pan and tilt.

The SA-drag system provides three drag grades, plus a zero setting for no drag and a panning range of 360° and tilt range of +90 to – 75° +. The ACE 5.5″ long camera balance plate allows 4.1″ of sliding balance adjustment, there is a 75mm ball for fast levelling, and an illuminated bubble level built into the head plus one mounting point for the pan bar on the right side of the head.

The flowtech™75 tripod legs are unique with quick release brakes which deploy and enable you to adjust your tripod in an instant.  New ergonomic carbon fibre leg design means it is easy to transport and has exceptional torsional stiffness.  The versatile hinge lock mechanism enables you to capture extremely low and high shots.

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Panasonic EVA-1 increased by £329 thanks to BREXIT

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Shocking news… Panasonic are to increase the EVA-1 camera by £329 and its not even out yet..once again BREXIT is to blame for our very poor exchange rate.

Will be interesting to see if Sony, Canon, Blackmagic and JVC do the same.

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ADVERT…H Preston Media’s Sony FS5 Raw Deal

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Buy a Sony FS5 during September from H Preston Media and get a FREE RAW upgrade CBKZ-FS5RIF worth £500 for £3899 incl vat this also includes a £300 cash back when you buy a lens adapter.

PLUS 12 Months 0% Interest on every order over £500.00. Some people have been questioning this deal as being too good, phone John Preston and he will explain the deal to you.

Call John or Andy on 01684 575486 or email

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