Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


I got a phone call from the boys at 2000 Television, a national crew hiring company I do work for asking me if I could fill in for a crew member who had fallen ill. The job was down in Renfrew filming a conference with 2 cameras belonging to Slinky Productions from Birmingham.


Slinky have 2 of the latest Sony camcorders the PMW-200 and the PMW-300, I was filming with the PMW-300.


The new viewfinder on the 300 is superb as is the picture out of the camera, I was set to -3dBs and the camera still had “f” stops to play with. This camera must be one of the first production models to hit the UK and Slinky are delighted with their purchase.


The viewfinder can be angled in various positions with all the user controls on the front and back, a well thought out, usable sturdy viewfinder. My first look at the Sony PMW-300 was at IBC this year and it was a delight to use such a new camera in a real life situation.


The crew from Slinky Productions Charlie and Bob were a delight to work with, we filmed onto 32G SxS cards using 720 25p, and will be edited in Premiere Pro. PS. I hope Steve gets better soon.


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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