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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All About the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+

Convergent Design has begun shipping the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI.

With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

The Sony FS RAW recording option will deBayer the RAW data and convert it to a 1920×1080 video signal for viewing on the Odyssey7Q’s OLED panel as well as output over the Odyssey7Q’s SDI and HDMI ports. The Odyssey7Q will also playback recorded Sony FS RAW files, and allow switching between Sony S-log, REC709 and REC709 (800%) images.

The Sony FS cameras can output Sony RAW in 4096×2160 (4K) or 2048×1080 (2K). Frame rates in 4K are up to 60p and in 2K up to 240p. On the FS700 there is also burst mode to allow brief 4K shooting at up to 120p. Sony RAW is recorded by the Odyssey7Q in 12-bit .DNG files and is readable in any post program capable of reading Cinema DNG files.

The Sony FS RAW record option also features a unique “4K2HD” mode. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered and converted to 4K video, then super-sampled to a high quality HD video signal, which is then recorded as Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in HD up to 60p.

The FS cameras will be compatible with 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered then the high quality RAW signal is compressed to Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in Ultra HD 3840×2160 up to 30p.

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Why Sony is Set to Take Over the Cinema World

Here’s an interesting editorial by Noam Kroll.

Since their release of the initial 5D MK II and continuing on until just a couple of years ago, Canon had the strongest foothold in the low-budget market. In 2011/2012, just about everyone I knew owned a 5D, and many of those shooters eventually moved on to Canon’s cinema lineup (namely the C100 and C300). Once Canon’s development and innovation started to plateau though, lots of shooters started looking for other solutions. Many went to smaller companies like Blackmagic/RED, others turned to Panasonic (in particular the GH4), and some have simply been hanging on to their Canon gear, waiting for something else to come along. For those that are in the latter category – it’s looking like Sony may be offering the exact tools that they have been waiting for.

My rationale behind that is pretty simple – Sony is covering every last corner of the camera market, and doing an exceptional job at it. They now have one of the best DSLRs (or DSLMs) out there – the A7s, the incredibly powerful and affordable FS7, numerous broadcast cameras, and their cinema lineup (F5/F55), just to name a few key highlights. The fact that they are not only covering the needs of such a wide spectrum of filmmakers, but also pushing ahead technology (by offering unmatched lowlight performance, high frame rates and more) is simply staggering.

Read the rest here. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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Special Offer: FREE Metabones Canon EF Lens Adapter w/ Sony FS7 Camera

I’m very excited to announce that I’m now able to offer you a free Metabones brand Canon EF lens to Sony E mount adapter with the purchase of the new Sony FS7 camera. This is a $300 value. The adapter provides full electronic communication between the Canon lenses and the Sony E-mount body of the camera. This retains image stabilization and electronic iris control. And it’s all yours for free with the new FS7.

I’ve been offering this promotion for quite a while on the FS100 and FS700 cameras, and it’s still continuing on those as well. The FS7 is Sony’s very highly anticipated addition to the CineAlta family. Using the same sensor as the F5, the FS7 offers S-Log3 color and gamma, 180fps internal recording, 4K internal recording in 10-bit, 4:2:2, I-Frame XAVC, and options for 12-bit RAW output and ProRes recording. The native E-mount of the camera makes it compatible with a wide range of Sony lenses, including their new 28-135mm f/4 budget cine-servo. The other advantage of the E-mount is how easy it is to adapt to PL, EF, F, or virtually any lens mount you can think of. The Metabones EF mount adapter is yours free when you purchase with me, Professional Video. 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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Odyssey 7Q Price Slash

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is the industries leading portable field recorder solution. We highly recommend it paired with the Canon C500, Sony FS700, and Sony FS7. We’re so darn excited about getting the Odyssey 7Q in the hands of as many customers as possible we’re slashing the price. Normally the Odyssey 7Q is a great price at $2,299. Right now we’re offering it for $1,799. Put the power of ProRes 1080p, ProRes 4K, RAW 4K, 240fps capture in your hands. Oh, by the way, have i mentioned that its one of the best field monitors on the market? We have it on the shelf ready for your to evaluate it. We’re also running a promotion where you can get a Sony FS700 for $5,999, you get a free EF-mount Canon lens adapter and Odyssey for $1,799. Your total would be $7,798, plus the FREE Canon EF lens adapter.

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Sony Introduces Low Cost Cine-Servo Zoom Lens

The struggle to get ENG-style lens flexibility on large sensor cameras came about as soon as people started shooting video on 5DmkII cameras. Traditional video shooters who shot before the large sensor revolution were very used to having huge magnification ratios. Video lenses with a 14x, 27x, or even 22x were common. These lenses also featured very bright apertures, usually holding near f/2.2 through the full zoom range. The feature that completed the package was powered servo motors with pressure sensitive rocker control. Usually the zoom, focus, and iris could all me motor controlled. Typically these were very precise motors that could go from a super slow crawl zoom to a turbo snap zoom just with the flick of the pressure rocker. These lenses were taken for granted as just being part of shooting video.

Most large sensor shooters use photo lenses. These lenses have zoom ratios of 2x, 3x, 4x, often have floating apertures as bad as f/6.3, and have no powered zoom. Lenses that combine the best of both worlds do exist but they are very expensive. Cine servo zooms from Fujinon, Canon, Zeiss, and more usually start around $35,000. Sony has attempted to provide low cost alternatives in the past. Previously the took their 18-200mm photo zoom and attached a small powered motor to the bottom of that. The results were less then impressive. The less drops to f/6.3 very quickly as you zoom and the motor has two speeds, slow and less slow. You can’t get a beautiful crawl nor can you get a snap zoom.

Sony’s taking another stab. This time they’re introducing a lens designed from the ground up to fit this niche. It is a 28-135mm f/4 constant zoom lens with powered zoom, focus, and iris. It has image stabilization and autofocus. It is an E-mount lens that will cover up to photo full frame sensor size. That means you could actually attach this to nearly any E-mount camera including the A7s. Since the lens has it’s own zoom nob on the side the camera itself doesn’t have to offer a rocker (though that is preferable). Only getting one in hand will let us know how the glass and motors actually perform. Sony says the lens will have 8-level variable speed control so that should help compared to the earlier attempts. The lens will be sold in a kit with the new FS7 camera or stand alone for about $2,500. It should ship before the end of 2014.

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Odyssey 7Q Gains ProRes 422 at 4K Resolution

Earlier this year Convergent Design added the hotly requested ability to record 1080p in ProRes to their extremely popular Odyssey 7Q recorder. Previously it did RAW in 4K, 2K, or 1080p. But for people wanting 4K resolution full RAW was still the only option, resulting in massive file sizes. Now C.D. has officially announced they will be adding 4K ProRes capture to the Odyssey 7Q. This will provide a huge boost in flexibility to the Odyssey workflow. You’ll have the ability to have ready-to-edit 4K clips come strait off of the recorder and into your NLE.

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has quickly become the go-to industry standard for portable high quality field recorder. We love to pair it with the Canon EOS C500 or the Sony FS700. Soon it will make a great companion for the forthcoming Sony FS7. Because its so light weight and double functions as a high quality LCD monitor it is very unobtrusive on the cameras footprint.

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Discounted: We’ve Cut the Price on the Sony FS700

The NEX-FS700 is an amazing camera. It was introduced about 2 years ago now and its very fair to day that, when it was introduced, it was ahead of its time. Sony had such a great concept when they debuted that camera. Their goal was to take the continuos upgradable path that the F5 & F55 had and make a lower cost, more streamline version. When it debuted the FS700 offered a newly designed Super35mm CMOS sensor, 1080p AVCHD, S-Log2, and internal 240fps full res recording. These were unheard of features for a camera at $8,000. But Sony new that those features wouldn’t cut it for long. They partnered with Convergent Design on the Odyssey 7Q to unlock the full 4K RAW potential the camera was designed for.

With the announcement of the new FS7 we’re excited to also announce that we’re cutting the price of the FS700 to $5,999. And we’re continuing to include a free EF Canon lens adapter with the camera. This makes it one of the best values on the market. No other professional camera offers what this camera does for under $6k. And thanks to the Odyssey 7Q you can expand your FS700 to be a 4K 12-bit RAW, 4K ProRes, 2K 240fps acquisition beast for under $8,500. The combination of Sony’s S-Log2 and 12-bit RAW give you unparalleled color and chroma range.

We have the FS700 and the Odyssey 7Q in-stock today. Schedule your evaluation. Take the whole rig out and try it. The best way to know if its the right set-up for you is to get your hands on the gear and shoot.

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Sony FS700+CD Odyssey 7Q: RAW 12-Bit 2K 240fps

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has started to ship. It’s still in the early days of this unit being on the market but it’s safe to say there is a lot of potential with this device. One of the most exciting aspects is the full realization of the potential of the Sony FS700 camera. You might be in a position where 4K acquisition doesn’t hold much appeal right now. Thats’ alright, we understand that. What about something that has a lot of practical use today: 12-bit RAW 2K up to 240fps. Thats right, by utilizing the Odyssey 7Q you’ve now made the FS700 an ultra high quality, high speed, beyond HD capture device. Professional Video is the only full-line Sony CineAlta dealer in the Northwest. Right now we have both the FS700 and Odyssey 7Q on our demo floor. Plus you can see Sony and Convergent Design in person and speak to factory reps at the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th. Register Now. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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