Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


The big news from IBC 2015 has to be cameras, Sony threw a large spanner in the works with their PXW-FS5 announcement.

pana ball

Panasonic are celebrating their new DVX-200 sexy red 4K camcorder with a fixed 13x Leica lens recording onto SDXC class 10 speed 3 media.

sony fs5

Sony have managed to cut down the FS-7 into a smaller body, adding 250fps slow motion and recording onto SDHC cards, the FS-5 with far smaller form factor is a welcome addition to the XDCAM range of super 35mm camcorders. Not so welcome is its lack of 10 bit 422 in UHD.

A7s 2

Also announced is the long awaited Sony A7s Mk11 with 4K internal recording, 5 axis SteadyShot and the ability to use any user preset button as the record button. Sadly yet again Sony has omitted to allow the main on/off button on the front of the main hand grip as one of the obvious positions.

ZEISS Milvus Objektivfamilie

They do come up with some strange names for their lenses…the new Milvus range from Zeiss.

21mm f2.8   £1049

35mm f2      £865

50mm f1.4   £880

50mm f2     £740

85mm f1.4  £1321

100mm f2  £1048 all pricing excludes vat.

DJI v2

Drone maker DJI has announced a pair of Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras including a model that can shoot lossless 4K Raw footage. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are built around 16MP Four Thirds sensors and are compatible with a handful of small, wide Micro Four Thirds lenses and can be flown on the company’s Inspire 1 drones.


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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