FREE Metabones EF Adapter w/ Fs7 & Fs5 Is Back!

For a while Sony had been running a promo where you received a free Metabones EF lens adapter with an Fs series of camera. However, they discontinued the promo a few months ago. The good news is the promo has just been brought back. Now, when you purchase any Fs7 or Fs5 camera, as well as the Fs700 and EA50, you qualify to receive a FREE Metabones Mark IV EF adapter.

It is important to note that this is a MAIL-IN claim system…. the adapter is not in the camera box. This has tripped up some buyers who were planning on using the adapter with the camera immediately only to discover that it takes 4-8 weeks to receive the adapter.

However, we’ve been helping customers out with what i call the Metabones buy-back plan. If you need to use a Metabones adapter right away simply buy one at the time you buy the camera. Then, when you receive your free Metabones adapter via the mail in 4-8 weeks, i’ll buy it from you. That way you get to start shooting with the adapter right away and it doesn’t really cost you anything additional in the end.

You can buy take a look at the Sony Fs7 here and the Sony Fs5 here.

Also, for any customers who purchased a Sony Fs series camera between May 10th and July 31st when the Metabones promo was suspended, Sony is officially honoring your claims for the FREE Metabones adapter.

TO RECEIVE THE REBATE BY MAIL:
1) End User must purchase a Sony NEX-EA50M, NEX-FS700R, NEX-FS700RH, PXW-FS5, PXW-FS5K, PXW-FS7 or PXW-FS7K series professional camcorder during the promotion period from a Sony AuthorizedReseller. Eligible product must be ordered by and shipped to the end user withinthe promotion period in order to qualify for this rebate.
2) End User must fill out online rebate claim form at Sony
Complete the online claim form and hit the “Submit” button to process the submission.
Print your Online Rebate Submission Form.
3) End User must send printout of completed online form, entire ORIGINAL UPC product code label from thebox of the Sony eligible camcorder purchased (photocopies of UPC not accepted), and a copy ofpurchase invoice from the same Sony Authorized Reseller, Reseller of a Sony Authorized Distributor orSony to Sony End User Award Headquarters at the following address, postmarked no later than November30, 2016.

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Updated Breakdown of Sony CineAlta Camera Financing Options

With the announcement of the new Sony PXW-FS5 we’ve touched up our breakdown of the monthly payments and interest rates on the most popular Sony cameras via Sony Financial Solutions. All of these Sony CineAlta cameras have a 0% interest option. Our most popular financing term length is 36 months. At 36 months you can get one of the new FS5 cameras for only $171 a month. The FS7 comes in at only $245 a month. And the F5 is $491 a month.

We’ve been working with Sony Financial Solutions for over 5 years now. The low interest financing is a great solution for any one who is thinking about jumping into a new camera but is on the fence about price points. Perhaps you’d love an FS5 but you can only spring for an a7SII budget. Or you’re debating between an FS5 and an FS7? With around $70 a month difference it becomes a lot easier to justify moving up. Even if you have $10,000 in cash in the bank, why spend that all on front on a camera body when you could do the 0% financing and spread that out over 12 months.

The application process is simple. It takes about 3 minutes to Sony On-Line Credit Application. By simply filling out the application you’re not agreeing to anything, it is completely commitment free. If you chose not to keep going with the financing process the application simply is canceled after 90 days. Apply now and we’ll have your results back in less then 48 hours. And of course, let us know if you have any questions at all. That’s what we’re here for.

NEX-FS700r Body Only $123/month at 6.2% 36mo
NEX-FS700rh 18-200 Lens Kit $141/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS5 Body Only $171/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS5K 18-105 Lens Kit $187/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS7 Body Only $245/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS7K 28-135 Lens Kit $321/month at 6.2% 36mo
PMW-F5 Body Only $491/month at 6.2% 36mo
PMW-F55 Body Only $864/month at 6.2% 36mo

NEX-FS700r Body Only $334/month at 0.0% 12mo
NEX-FS700rh 18-200 Lens Kit $384/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS5 Body Only $467/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS5K 18-105 Lens Kit $509/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS7 Body Only $667/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS7K 28-135 Lens Kit $875/month at 0.0% 12mo
PMW-F5 Body Only $688/month at 0.0% 24mo
PMW-F55 Body Only $1,208/month at 0.0% 24mo

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Sony PMW-F5 Now Features Internal 4K Recording

Sony’s part number CBKZ-55FX is an optional license key that activates XAVC 4K/QFHD recording and playback, 4K SDI and 4K HDMI Playback Output as well as simultaneous recording of XAVC 4K/QFHD, and MPEG HD in the PMW-F5. The license key is $998. v5.0 firmware is required on the PMW-F5 prior to installing the license key. The CBKZ-55FZ is installed by the end user. The customer can place an order for CBKZ-55FX with their Sony Authorized Reseller and the Reseller will ship the envelope to their end user customer. The end user customer must follow the instructions provided in the envelope to download/install the license key.

You might be asking, with this upgrade what are the remaining key differences between the F5 and the F55? The F55 has some upgraded hardware and offers a much more advanced  image sensor and Color Filter Array, including the global shutter. Additionally, the F55 features live 4K signal output for live 4K production work, which the F5 will not.

As of this writing the F5 bodies currently sell for $16,490. Factoring in the internal 4K upgrade and this puts the camera body total at $17,488.

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All About the Sony XDCA-FS7 Expansion Module

The Sony XDCA-FS7 is perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the new FS7 camera. By building certain key features into an optional expansion dock Sony is able to offer the FS7 camera body at a lower price with out cannibalizing their other cameras. The FS7 camera sells for $7,999, the expansion module sells for $1,999. Together this puts the camera system at about $10,000, in between the $6000 FS700 and the $16,500 F5.

But what does the XDCA-FS7 module do? And, most importantly, do you need to buy one? The module is wonderfully designed fitting seamless onto the back of the camera, only adding a couple of inches and about a pound to the overall size of the camera. It attaches the the camera via a custom multi-pin connector that transfers all data and power. It is not some ungainly “rig” that needs another 4 pounds of rods and rails to hold it together.

The module enables several key features. It upgrades the cameras battery system from the BP-U series batteries to V-Lock brick batteries. This will allow you to use full size batteries capable of delivering true all-day runtimes. It also ads 4-pin DC power input and 4-pin Hirose power output for expanding the power options of the FS7 even further.

Probably the biggest feature that will draw most people to the XDCA-FS7 is the enabling of 12-bit RAW output of the camera. With out the module the camera can output uncompressed video via SDI but the module allows for 4K RAW to be output at 12-bit sampling up to 60fps. It also allows for 2K 12-bit output up to 240fps. When combined with the Odyssey 7Q recorder/monitor this becomes a very powerful acquisition tool. The FS700 can natively output 12-bit RAW to external recorders, the F5 can natively output 16-bit RAW to be recorded. By making the RAW output an optional module for the FS7 it allows people who won’t use it to skip it and save some money at the same time.

The XDCA-FS7 also contains a codec board for Apple ProRes 1080p encoding. By attaching the module to the back of the camera the camera now has the ability to record ProRes in-camera, natively, to the same XQD cards that you would normally record XAVC to. It’s very similar to what Sony has done with the F5 & F55, selling optional ProRes boards that, when installed, provide fully native ProRes recording in-camera.

Finally, the XDCA-FS7 provides studio-style connectivity for multi-camera live switching productions. This includes Gen-lock, Reference, & Timecode in and output. This completes the true “broadcast” feature set of the camera, putting it on par with larger, more expensive broadcast camera connectivity.

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All About the Sony PXW-FS7

Physical Design

The FS7 has a unique new compact design meant to be used on the shoulder “out of the box” with a built-in adjustable grip and handle which features zoom control (for compatible lenses). No rig required. The camera has 4 built-in ND’s which are mechanically switchable with a dial similar to the one on the F5 and F55. The LCD viewfinder comes with a newly designed attachable loupe. The camera has been purpose-built to provide a versatile range of creative shot options while sitting comfortably on the shoulder, even after hours of operation. The supplied grip, easily adjustable viewfinder and fully-sealed, die-cast magnesium chassis have been designed to provide robust usability in dusty or humid environments and for ‘run and gun’ applications.

The FS7 grip, designed for easy handling and oper- ability, is the result of exhaustive consultation with vid- eographers and cinematographers, as well as the pro- duction of various prototypes.The shape supports long periods of camera use and flexibly accommodates subtle differences among various users’ gripping styles. The angle of the grip can be easily adjusted with the press of a button. In addition to a zoom button and Rec Start/Stop, the grip also has several programmable buttons that can be customized for easy access to any other functions such as the focus magnifier function.

The length of the arm section of the FS7 can be ad- justed just by turning a knob. Another knob at the joint makes it easy to adjust the angle of the camera. So a user can choose a comfortable style that suits his or her physique and shooting position. The FS7 is equipped with a shoulder pad for stable shoulder-style shooting. Users can also choose oth- er supported shooting styles including handy style, chest style (using the curved rear part of the FS7), tripod shooting, etc. depending on conditions.

What it Records

It can shoot 4K in XAVC (up to 600Mbit/s in 60p, 300Mbit/s in 30p) in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame in up to 60 frames per second. It can shoot slow motion in up to 180fps in proper 1080p resolution, also in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame 100Mbit/s compression . Support for QFHD 3840 x 2160 resolution is available now but 4096 x 2160 resolution support will be provided by firmware update scheduled for early 2015. The camera can or will support for a variety of recording formats including XAVC Intra, Long GOP, MPEG HD422 (XDCam422) and Apple ProRes 422 (some codecs available early 2015 by firmware update).

SlowMotion up to 180fps or even Full High Definition with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. By using the optional extension unit FS7 is capable of natively recording in Apple ProRes 422 codec, planned to be available in early 2015 by firmware update. In addition the optional extension features optional RAW interface, meaning the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K 12-bit RAW recording up to a maximum 240fps with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q.

Sensor, Media, Lens Mount

The FS7 features the same image sensor that is found in the much more expensive PMW-F5. The PXW-FS7 is able to capture great image quality without needing significant lighting support. It has high-speed image readout characteristics, such as 240 fps while recording 2K RAW on an external recorder, responsive sensitivity (ISO 2000) and a high signal-to-noise ratio. The PXW-FS7 supports QFHD up to 60 fps with an upgrade to 4K 4,096 x 2,160 resolution due to be made available in early 2015.

The FS7 uses Sony’s Alpha E-mount system. There is a wide variety (and growing number) of high quality light weight lenses that are natively design for the E-mount system. The E-mount features a very shallow flange. When this is combined with the nearly universal compatibility of the Super35mm size image sensor the camera can be adapted to nearly any lens mount in the world. It is very common, and easy, to adapt the E-mount to Canon EF, Nikon F, Arri PL, or even Sony’s Alpha A-mount lens lines.

The FS7 uses a media called XQD. This is not a proprietary media card. Rather, it was developed in conjunction with the Compactflash Association to be the Next Generation media that takes over as Compactflash reaches its final limitations. XQD gives the necessary read and write speed to handle the very high bit rate XAVC codec at the high frame rates that todays media professionals require. The FS7 features two internal XQD memory card slots.

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First Look: Sony PXW-X70 Compact 4K-Ready Camcorder

I recently had the new Sony PXW-X70 camcorder here in the office for a few days. It’s a very interesting little camera. It’s very small, weighing in at only 2.9 pounds. It offers a unique combination of a larder sensor and a built-in 12x powered servo zoom lens. The sensor is 1” in size. That means its bigger then a 2/3” broadcast camera sensor and even bigger then a Super16mm film frame. It’s still a fair amount smaller then a Super35mm motion picture film frame or a Photo Full Frame sensor. The result is that you are able to create a shallow depth of field much easier with this camera then most traditional 1/3” or 2/3” camcorders, and you still get the benefit of using a 12x powered zoom.

The camera shoots 1080p up to 60fps in the XAVC format. The sensor is a 4K-ready sensor. Beginning in 2015 Sony will be offering a paid upgrade for the camera to enable the 4K recording capability. At this point there is no price point set for the paid upgrade. Currently the camera is selling for $2,299.

Local shooter Jeff Kastner (website) took the camera out for one of his “Grants Getaways” packages. The results looked great. The 60p slow motion was very clear and retained lots of detail. He also performed some low light tests compared to the Sony EX3. The X70 held up very well. The noise levels were low and were mostly in the luminance range. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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CineAlta Trade In: Upgrade Your FS700

UPDATE: November 17th. We will be including a FREE Metabones Canon EF lens adapter with the purchase of the Sony FS7 cinema camera. Thats a $300 value, absolutely FREE.

Do you currently have a Sony FS700 camera? Are you interested in a Sony CineAlta camera valued at $7,999 or higher? We’re offering you a trade in opportunity. If you purchased your FS700 from us and want to upgrade to a CineAlta camera valued at $7,999 or higher we’ll give you $3,570 for your used FS700. Didn’t buy your FS700 from us? No problem, we want to build a relationship with you. We’ll offer you $2,900 for your FS700. Of course non of this is set in stone. If you have some interesting accessories you want to package with the FS700 we’d love to take a look and see what we can do with them.

Of course this is subject to our inspection of the FS700 camera and confirming that it is in working condition and in a resellable state. Compared to the FS700 other CineAlta camera valued at $7,999 or higher offer a more ergonomic form factor, a high resolution side-mounted viewfinder, internal 4K recording in XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2 I-frame codec, internal 180 frames per second 1080p recording, and more. It also has options to support 12-bit RAW, 240fps 2K RAW, ProRes, and more.

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We Go Brief Hands-On with Sony FS7 Cinema Camera

UPDATE: November 17th. We will be including a FREE Metabones Canon EF lens adapter with the purchase of the Sony FS7 cinema camera. Thats a $300 value, absolutely FREE.

It was an exciting day at Professional Video world headquarters. Our Sony technical rep made a bit of a surprise stop by our office to show us what he had in his special box. Drum roll….. the brand new Sony FS7! He managed to get his hands on one of only three pre-production models in the United States. These were the same units that were on the IBC floor just a few weeks ago. He also had the new 28-135mm f/4 cine-servo zoom lens with it. Alas, he didn’t have the expansion module for the FS7. We’ll have to wait till December to see that.

Getting a chance to handle the camera for about an hour was great. Here are some of my quick, off the cuff, impressions. Its small and big. It’s small for a shoulder mount camera. When its stripped down to just the body it’s about 4 pounds. Physically it’s bigger then a Canon C300, perhaps 20% bigger. So if your goal is to get the smallest, lightest, cinema camera on the market this isn’t quite it. On the other hand if your looking for a good balance of- big enough to put on your shoulder but still very light- this will be perfect. The side mounted viewfinder was extremely nice to have after years of screaming at manufacturers to stop putting viewfinders in the rear of cameras that can’t really be hand-held any way Sony’s finally addressed this properly. Speaking of the viewfinder the LCD screen is nice. Sony’s finally upgraded the quality of the LCD their putting on this level of camera. The image was very smooth and clear. The contrast was good and the text was high resolution. The handgrip felt nice, it wasn’t perfect but the rep mentioned that was going to be refined in the final production model. Another aspect that i’m hoping gets refined is the viewfinder mount. It was very limited in what you could do with it in terms of positions. Thankfully it is completely removable which means that some 3rd party companies are probably already drawing up viewfinder mount replacements with added flexibility.

The servo lens didn’t disappoint. Sony’s first attempt at a hybrid photo-servo lens wasn’t that great. The 18-200mm f/6.3 wasn’t that great optically but the servo motor was very weak. Slow, noisy, and lacked much variation in speed, i wouldn’t recommend it. And that old lens sells for about $1200. This new lens is about $2500 and it’s worlds better. Although the servo zoom speeds still aren’t as varied or as powerful as a real ENG lens they’re much improved. the physical build felt nice. The “manual” zoom was still electronic servo but it was responsive. Overall i would say this is finally a kit lens that i would comfortably endorse as a good starter lens. The only noticeable drag is that its limited to f/4.

Check out all of our photos from out time with the camera on our Flickr page.

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Buy the Sony A7s From Us & Get the Best Price

Even though we like DSLRs and we know a lot of our customers use them we don’t normally sell a lot of DSLR equipment. This is typically because most DSLRs are sold through their respective companies consumer photo divisions, not through their broadcast and industrial divisions. It’s harder then you would think to get two different divisions with in Panasonic or Sony to talk to each other.

Luckily, Sony had the foresight to know that the A7s was being targeted at a more niche group, mostly of professional video acquisition people. Sony has partnered with their CineAlta dealers and has requested that we distribute this camera as part of their CineAlta line. And if you’ve ever played with the camera you would know why. The A7s features S-Log2 dynamic range, 120fps over-crank, XAVC-s 50mbps codec, and a photo-size Full Frame sensor. These are incredibly powerful tools, most of which you would typically find in a true professional camcorder.

We have the A7s in-stock today. We sell the Sony A7s and a lot of the higher end Sony lenses in both the E & A-mount series. We’re very familiar with the advanced video features and deep video menus in this camera because their so similar to what we know from the FS700. And we know the 4K workflow. We’ll be selling the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder that has been designed specifically with this camera in mind. We’ve been working with 4K ProRes capture for years now, beginning with the Canon C500+AJA Ki-Pro Quad. We have a demo model of the A7s. Come on in and try it out.

Other then our knowledge and experience why else would you buy a Sony A7s from us? We also sell the Atomos Shogun and Odyssey 7Q 4K recorders We’re familiar with how they will work together and we always guarantee the best price on these 4K recorders.

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Sony Adds Internal XAVC 4K Recording to F5

Several weeks a go an F5 owner discovered that it was fairly simple, from a technical standpoint, to reprogram the F5 to record internally in 4K, the same as the F55 can do strait out of the box. There were problems of course. Chiefly the camera couldn’t play back any of the 4K footage. And of course it voided the warranty.

The ease that this was accomplished lead many people to speculate that this was something Sony intended to unlock all along, it was just a matter of when. This theory does make sense. When the F5 was introduced 2+ years ago there was no high quality sub $20,000 4K cinema cameras. At this point though that is becoming more common. So Sony has decided to officially offer an XAVC 4K internal recording software key. This brings the F5 back to the front of the conversation of highest quality sub $20K cinema cameras.

Regardless of if you already own an F5 or if you plan on buying one new it will a $999 download key from Sony. This will be made available in December. The F5 body only sells for $16,490 so tacking on another $999 for the 4K still keeps the body well under $20K. There are several kits that package the F5 with viewfinder & shoulder pad options for right around $20k making this one of the highest quality bang-for-the-buck digital cinema cameras out there.

If you want to evaluate the Sony F5 contact us. We’ll put it in your hands. You can shoot some 4K XAVC and take the media back to your edit machine for a more detailed evaluation. And we GUARANTEE our price on the F5 will not be beat.

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