NEW Flexible LED light by Fomex (£549 plus vat)

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Got a phone call from Production Gear to see if I wanted to review the new Flexible LED from Fomex and here it is.

Television Lighting Consistency Index or TLCI is the most accurate of all the lighting consistency standards, this figure tells you how pure your LED light is, 100 being the best.

It came as no surprise that this Flexible LED light from Fomex has a fantastic score in both daylight and tungsten lighting with 98D and 97T…it does not get any better.

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Quality is the first thing that strikes you when you unbox this light even down to the waterproof cable connectors. As with most Bi-colour lights you have a mixture of daylight and tungsten LEDs set into a waterproof rubber housing.

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The Flexible LED light is not only very lightweight but is also flexible, you can bend the light even into a cylinder.


You can order a soft box that fits on with 4 magnets and you just velcro the white cloth onto the front. I decided to use an acrylic diffuser with velcro.


The dimmer/colour temperature unit sits on a lighting stand and has a “V” lock connection on the back of it. The only problem this is not explained in the company’s leaflet, how to achieve this.


You will receive this bracket and two screws.

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You also need a Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp (£20) so make sure you order one with the light. You will see two holes on the Super Clamp as shown to attach the bracket to.

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On the dimmer controller you will see two silver screws, slot them into the bracket as shown…job done.

I love the Flexible LED light so much so I bought one, the TLCI rating of 98D-97T is fantastic, LED lighting has come of age. The light and supplied accessories has the word…quality… written all over it and the purity of the daylight is gorgeous. You can even dim the light to 2% with no colour change or flicker.

I will be doing a mini video review to show you just how flexible this LED light is.

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Rycote Super Softie mini video review

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The Rycote Softie was introduced a year ago at BVE and we filmed Head of UK Sales & Distribution at Rycote Microphone Windshields Ltd, Tim Constable.

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If fact Tim let us use the new 3D Tex windshield during the interview, the Super Softie is £96 plus vat from reputable video retailers like Production Gear and H Preston Media.

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The Rycote Super Softie is on a RODE NTG-4 with all switches on the off position. The sound was transmitted via the Sony UWP-D16 kit to the DJI Osmo.

Here are our findings on the new Super Softie…

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What’s happening to BVE 2016 ? (Updated with reply)

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23-25th February 2016 is this years date for BVE, ExCel, London so who’s going to be there ?

The list is getting bigger of the companies not attending BVE 2016 and is making me question the point of turning up. Two major players Sony and CVP won’t be there this year and speaking to another non attendee today it seems like BVE is becoming too dear to exhibit.


“We can get a bigger stand at IBC (Amsterdam) with far more traffic than we can at BVE, its just become too expensive, by the time you add the cost of staff staying in over priced London accommodation”

Some people have indicated the death nell for big production shows like BVE as an unnecessary cost due to the internet but I disagree, looking and feeling the product before you buy has a lot more benefits than browsing the internet.


I really enjoy my trip to BVE, the atmosphere and meeting many friends and followers of HD Warrior so not to be put off I will hopefully give it one more year and dip my toe in the water once again.


With no Sony you can’t learn from the guru of Sony’s editing platform…Mr Zulqar Cheema…the man who knows all about Sony Vegas.


A reply from BVE

“Hi Philip,

Thanks for the concern 😉 but no need to worry, the exhibitor list is growing daily, welcoming first time exhibitors such as Sky, HP, BBC, Pixit Media, Datavision and many more!
WTS will be presenting Sony this year amongst the huge range of products available from a highly diverse range of resellers, many of whom are returning to BVE yet again.

We have a new zone and theatre dedicated to the Pro AV & Live Entertainment Technology sectors for the first time.

Features include The Guardian hosting unique social media classes and a late night lock-in with comedians from TV and Radio.

Exclusive to this year is London Entertainment Week that even in its infancy has managed to partner NAB, Streaming Media and TPi.

Thanks for the preview Philip – get in-touch and we’ll happily shout you a coffee, even if it is all the way over in East London. Who knows, you could even write a review?”

HDW : Strange I thought I covered BVE for a few years on HD Warrior !

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14 CF cards for sale 32G £10 each

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These cards were used on one filming job with my Canon C300 and have sat in a plastic box since. You can have the benefit of buying them for £10 each plus £1.50 P&P UK only.

Send me an email to if you are interested. Note. A bulk purchase will be £10 each card plus £3.50 P&P UK only.

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Sony’s FS5 under investigation

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Today Sony has issued a statement about all the potential picture problems people are discussing on the internet, its probably halted sales and when this happens a company has to act fast.

Sony  “ We are aware of this perceived issue with the PXW-FS5 performance. Sony is investigating this matter as a matter of priority and will work with users to understand the specific issue they are facing. Any actual issue will then be addressed in the most appropriate manner by our engineers”

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Dan Chung “It should be noted that many prominent bloggers who have shot with the camera have not complained of having the same problems. Furthermore Sony Independent Certified Expert (ICE) Alister Chapman published an article questioning why some users are expecting an artifact free image when shooting at 3200 ISO and recording internally in 8-bit?

This has prompted an extremely long chain of comments and debate which you can read if you have the time. I think Alister’s technical analysis of why the issues occur is accurate – especially the part about not shooting S-Log in super low light, although I’m not convinced that the argument that we should not expect better from the camera will go down well with news and documentary shooters who often have no choice but to shoot in very dark conditions.”

HDW “I have not seen any picture problems with the FS5 to date, the only noted picture problem was 2 out of focus shots which were lens related and not the cameras fault. I set my FS5 at 0dB then creep up to 6 or 9dBs if needed. It matches the FS7 in HD 10bit 422 perfectly, I used both of them on a 2 camera shoot late December and the pictures from both cameras could not be better.

If I had seen a problem I would be one of the first to be banging on Sony’s door for a fix but we can only wait for Sony to get back to us with their findings ASAP.”

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Rycote Super Softie Review coming soon

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Using my Osmo recently with my older Rycote softie I noticed some wind noise which I was unaware of till I got back to base, I was using the new RODE NTG-4 short shotgun mic with the older softie.

I phoned Rycote and they were delighted to send me a sample of their new Super Softie for review…the results were…ahh now that would be telling.

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Sonys FS5 with mixed reactions…”its a very capable camera in the right hands”

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Only today I got another phone call from a disgruntled FS5 user complaining about its noisy picture. Part of the problem is caused by Sony themselves by not producing an E mount servo zoom lens fit for purpose. The other problem is the cameras style…it looks like a cut down FS7 and users are expecting the noise figures of the FS7 in the FS5 body.

A company looking to film 4K part exchanged their Canon C100 and are now regretting this deal as they claim their FS5 is noisy compared to their C100. These complaints are a small drop in the ocean compared to some forums on the internet.

The “kit” lens for the FS5 is an older Sony G lens the 18-105 f4, 6x servo zoom. This lens came out about August 2014 mainly to accommodate the likes of the FS700 but at f4 this lens is seriously lacking “F” stops compared to other lenses on the market.

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The kit lens does come with some advantages…

  1. Its a constant aperture lens at f4
  2. 6x servo zoom
  3. Holds its focus throughout the zoom range
  4. Sony have updated the autofocus in the FS5 giving you face detection which works extremely well

Starting at f4 gives this camera a serious disadvantage indoors as it promotes the use of extra gain or the need for extra lighting.

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People are telling me they are disappointed with the FS5s low light capabilities, now thats not surprising if you are stuck with the kit lens but add a Metabones adaptor and a Sigma 18-35mm ART manual zoom f1.8 Canon fit lens and things are a lot brighter.

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The Sigma covers a lot of bases apart from the tight end even with the s35mm sensors 1.5x crop factor, the field of view (35mm) is 27 x 52.5mm but with “Clear Image Zoom” you get a further 2x digital magnification so your 52.5mm becomes 105mm giving you the same throw as the kit lens but with one major advantage…f1.8 rather than f4.

One disadvantage of the Sigma is it does not hold focus from 18-35 but as its a photographic lens this is not a surprise.

To be fair the Sony FS5 will happily go up to 9dBs with little to no noise in the picture and further if needed but you have to be aware of the limitations, Sony have deliberately not given us a cut down FS7 for obvious reasons, compared to a Canon C100 once again they perform in their own unique ways and you don’t get 4K with a C100.

I keep pointing out the obvious but most cameras are noisy beyond 9dBs, I use 0dBs as much as possible because the camera produces the best pictures at 0dB/1000 ISO. I don’t bother with ISO as its the same thing but far more confusing.

Conclusion : I think some people think they are avoiding the cost of buying an FS7 by buying an FS5, while FS7 owners like myself have no expectations, they know they are buying a “B” camera and treat it as such.

I use the FS5 as a “B” camera or run and gun as the FS7 is quite heavy to hold compared to the FS5. There is a lot of sexy footage out there using the FS5 but I hark back to the demo footage produced by Den Lennie for Sony, …its a very capable camera in the right hands.

Sony PXW-FS5 Launch film “Free Spirit” from Den Lennie on Vimeo.

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FOMEX Flexible LED light from Production Gear…Video Review coming soon

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I saw this being demonstrated at NAB last year and have kept a close eye on it, finally Production Gear announced it on their web site yesterday and phoned me to see if I would like a demo kit to do a review.

This is no ordinary LED light as we have seen before the sheer flexibility alone makes this light unique. With a CRI score of 96 it has a fantastic colour purity.

Only a video can show you how good this product is, I hope to get the light later on this week and as soon as its here I will be on the case.

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The Kodak Super 8 Challenge @ $75 per 3 minute film !

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Kodak may be experiencing a revival but in my days of Super 8mm film it cost about £7 per film which included processing and delivery from Hemel Hempstead. The 2016 version will be between $50 – $75 (£35 – £52).

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This is me back in the 1970s with my Chinon Super 8mm sound camera running at 18fps. Remember your sound was 18 frames ahead of your picture making it very difficult to edit. I ran my camera deliberately at 18fps to gain extra time (About 1 minute) which gave me about 3.5 minutes. A switch on the camera went from 18 to 24fps but unless you were filming for broadcast no one used their Super 8mm cameras at 24fps.

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The above film is one of the new stock and is Tri-X which is black and white. We used to get our film marked as ASA but Kodak seem to have gone over to Exposure Index alongside DIN. In daylight with no filter the EI is 200 or 24 DIN while indoors is EI 160 or 23 DIN.

I do question the very high cost of todays version at least seven times dearer, that locks out the biggest market…students. I think Kodak are indeed setting out a challenge by charging at least £35 for the new Super 8 film and process, especially as memory today is relatively cheap and video has no cost beyond its initial purchase.

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I do hope the new Super 8 mm cameras are less basic and clinical as seen here especially if they are charging the best part of £550 for the pleasure. It seems todays Super 8mm cameras will take a lot of the guesswork out of exposure with an electronic viewfinder.

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Now this was the dogs bollocks of Super 8mm cameras a Beaulieu 5008.S (1974), Super 8 sound film professional movie SLR camera with C-mount interchangeable lens Schneider-Kreuznach-Optivaron 1,8/6-66mm. I do hope Kodak have not been stupid to exclude the use of these older Super 8mm cameras ?

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Kodak are also looking at a sound version which will be far more appealing to users who have grown up with video cameras, it also takes C mount lenses which might just start a craze for what has been a lens system fit for security cameras to date.

Technical specs…
FILM…SUPER 8 ( extended max-8 gate ) with 50FT (15M) cartridges

SPEED…variable speeds (9, 12, 18, 24, 25 FPS) all with crystal sync


FOCAL LENGTH…fixed  6 MM, 1:1.2 – ricoh lens (optional zoom 6-48 mm lens )

FOCUS / APERTURE…manual focus & iris

VIEWFINDER…3.5″ display that has a standard definition video input and supports swivel +/- 45 degrees

EXPOSURE…Manual exposure built-in light meter for supported speeds of all kodak film types. Manual speed / manual iris setting

Integrated battery and charger via standard USB wall adapter

Control panel via viewfinder 3,5″ TFT LCD

SETTINGS…Via jog wheel as user interface

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So there you have it will Kodak revive Super 8mm film or will this be a damp squib, theres no doubt that a few “creatives” and the odd music “video” will be made with the new look Super 8mm cameras but the cost of the film, processing, telecine and cloud storage has made this new Super 8mm price prohibitive. Remember you still have to send it away so that might be 2 weeks ! The “cine camera” prototype leaves a lot to be desired, almost deliberately amateur by design as for its longevity only time will tell.

On a more positive note it will be interesting to see Super 8mm film as we have never seen it before, professionally telecine without the flickering !

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More Osmo X3 Footage

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One of my contacts on Linkedin, Paul Bunyard has made a show reel using the DJI Osmo with X3 camera head.

Paul “In November DJI released its much anticipated handheld 4K camera gimbal system, called the DJI Osmo. I was one of the first to preorder and take delivery of it and since then I’ve used it on my freelance shoots.

It obviously won’t replace its big brother the Ronin that I use for the larger cameras but its a handy tool for shooting in public places and out of the bag quick shoots !

I’ve put together a few clips that I’ve shot with the Osmo, its a fantastic tool for the money.”

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My only disagreement with Paul is the Ronin, I hardly used my Ronin due to its cumbersome size and weight on your arms. I can’t see what advantage the Ronin has over the Osmo especially since the Osmo can use the alternative X5 camera.


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