Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

I wrote an article during July last year called “Sionara DSLR, Time is running out” at the end of it I made a prediction …

“A prediction for the future…

My money is on Mr Bloom the GURU of the DSLR, he will have a passing look at the Sony VG10 but it’s domestic feel will not entice him…the Panasonic VF100 will ring a lot of bells being a more pro calibre, prime lenses etc but I think he will plum for the Pro Sony FilmLike camera. Philip Bloom is a film maker at heart and is looking for a camera that suits his style of filming, the DSLR in my opinion is not an ENG cameraman’s natural choice ergonomically, Philip has adapted to suit his needs.

Philip has been an ENG cameraman for many years and used 35mm adapters to give him that SDoF but his cameraman’s sore back I suspect gave him jip lugging around such heavy gear which is why he took to the DSLR…great low light pictures, SDoF and 100 times lighter.

Philip is too much the gentleman to drop the DSLR so he will run in tandem for a while but my bet is that he will be persuaded by the FilmLike Pro camcorder for it is closer to what a cameraman is naturally used to using.”

Philip Bloom “The image this camera is capable of as it is is superb. Seeing it in the Zacuto Shootout 2011 literally blew me away. It performed amazingly. But this takes it to a whole new level. So much so that I took the plunge. I went in with Eric Kessler of Kessler Crane and bought a Sony F3 from Rule Boston Camera and I also personally  treated myself to something I have been desiring for over a year now…a set of Zeiss Cp.2 s. I have the 35, 50 and 85mm…Don’t worry I am NOT abandoning DSLRs. Far from it. Cannot wait until the 5DmkIII or whatever it will be called and still will be shooting a huge amount on them. This is a different tool for different jobs and with the S-log bang for buck that is unheard of!!”

S-Log is a gamma function applied to Sony digital cameras, so that digitally originated images can be post-processed in a similar manner as film originated materials. Since S-Log can reproduce the entire tonal range of what the CCD imager can capture, S-Log image can be described as the “Digital Negative”. Shooting in S-Log will enable the cinematographer to decide the exposure value by using a light meter, and offer a smooth transition from film acquisition to digital acquisition.

There you have it, yes I know Philip has an AF101 but that was obviously a passing fancy, Philip at heart is a Sony man you can tell by his camera list, in the end he has bought a mean looking kit and his Zacuto EVF will come in very handy for critical focus, especially with those Zeiss prime lenses, as predicted he has not abandoned the DSLR but would you if it takes you round the world, teaching and earning enough to buy an F3 and three Zeiss Prime lenses…fantastic.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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