The F3

I picked up my Sony PMW-F3 earlier this week. I still can’t quite believe the quality image this camera outputs, especially in it’s low noise characteristics. Pushed the furthest possible, 18db with shutter off giving an effective EI 12800, it can still produce a pleasing aesthetic. Noise does then appear in the shadows, but it’s not a fixed pattern, and similar to a film like grain. Quite amazing. Even the kit lenses produce a great image, sharp as you like, with very little flare and clean contrast.

I have three shorts over the next few months and a TV series to follow, so I will have some nice footage and stills coming soon I hope.

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Sony FS100 Rundown

Andy Shipsides has posted a complete rundown on the new FS100. This is probably the real reason Scarlet S35 was canned. It looks to be a nice b-cam for the F3.

Abelcine FS100 Blog

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More Solid State

FFV just announced their entry for onboard HD-SDI encoding. Looks like we will be spoiled for choice with these devices soon.

FFV Sidekick

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NEX-FS100

Sony have finally released the full details of their budget S35 camera. Using the same basic sensor as the F3, and interestingly the page lists the sensor pixel numbers, which Sony have never released for the F3. 3,530,000 total, 3,370,000 effective, which is not quite as high as the Alexa, but higher than many speculated.

NEX-FS100

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Convergent Design’s New Deck

This looks to be near perfect for my coming F3. Dual/3G 4:4:4 1080P/60 uncompressed or choice of compression, monitor, waveform, scope, S-Log, LUTs, proxy, the list is long. NDA is lifted and Alister Chapman has the details.

Convergent Design Gemini

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AF100 and F3 Mini Test

Adam Wilt has run the Panasonic AF100 and the Sony PMW-F3 through some testing. The results are interesting to say the least.

AF100 and the F3

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4:4:4 Solid State

The cost of high spec solid state recording is gradually coming down. Convergent Design will have a new device out at NAB, Sony’s SR-R1 will be shown, along with a few other rumoured devices. One of these will make an outstanding upgrade for my new F3.

Cinedeck have also announced their updated device firmware.

Cinedeck Extreme V2.0

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More Sony F3

Matthew Allard has put up a short hand on review of his new F3. The positive reviews seem to keep coming, I can’t wait to get mine on set.

F3 Review

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Sony 4K

We all knew it was coming, just not when or how. It’s no surprise really, as the new F3 with options comes near to replacing the F35 at near a tenth of the price. Sony have let a select few have a preview before NAB.

From FD Times – 8K sensor, 8768 x 2324 pixel single CMOS sensor, Super35 3-perf size, 16-bit RAW output, 16:8:8. A wider colour space than any other digital camera, and will include ACES Film Emulation. Shoot 1-72 fps. In HFR (High Frame Rate) mode, from 1-120 fps.

Not pictures sadly.

Sony 4K on FD Times

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