Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

This is the “look” we all associate with a Lada, a metal box on wheels, my sister had one of these cars and loved it, very basic but got you from “A” to “B”.

My friend Alexander is filming with his Canon C300 at the Moscow motor show, he finds the C300 excellent in low light conditions but a bit of a pain not having a servo zoom.

It’s the major downfall with most large sensor camcorders is the lack of a servo zoom making then very clumsy and limiting compared to an ENG camcorder, rigs like the Zacuto C300 Recoil help but lack of zoom control seriously limits your creativity. Sony are the only company to date to have addressed this issue putting a servo zoom on the PMW-F3 , NEX-FS700 and the new NEX-EA50, the 14x Sony zoom for the F3 the Sony SCL-Z18X140 (SCLZ18X140) 18-252mm / T3.8 is £7,680.

A lot of us are pinning our hopes on the Sony PMW-200 to fill this gaping hole, a camcorder that will be good in low light with it’s larger 1/2″ Exmor sensors and constant aperture 14x lens.

I hope to have my very own PMW-200 by the 14th of September where I will put it through it’s paces alongside the Canon C300, this will finally give me the best of both worlds.



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.

One thought on “Ugly duckling to Swan in 40 years

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *