Video: VariCam LT Infrared Footage, I.R. Filter Removed

One of the often overlooked hidden gems of the Panasonic Varicam LT is the user-removable IR filter.

As Panasonic puts it:
“The Cinema VariCam LT has an integrated, detachable IR cut filter. This feature allows 4K image capture in extremely dark unlit nightscapes. This is ideal for capturing nocturnal wildlife and other scenes with no illumination. Also, the IR filter can be used in daylight as a creative tool for achieving a unique look.”

I recently worked with an astral photographer here in Portland who explained to me the reasons why a removable IR filter is such a killer feature for that line of work. The ability for an owner/operator to remove the IR filter themselves for a specific shoot is a great feature that sets the VariCam LT apart. Its not something that everyone will use but for a select crowd it could be a clincher.

See all of the VariCam LT pre-made packages here. Or you can contact us for custom packs with custom prices.

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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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Sony Updates F5 with Lower Price Bundles

Hello, This isn’t breaking new news as these packages prices have been running since about May but I thought it was worth re-posting as it seems many people to have not heard of this. There are a couple of great bundles on Sony F5 running right now.

For $12,995 you get
Sony F5 camera w/ 4K firmware all updated
Sony LCD Viewfinder
Sony VCT baseplate/shoulder pad
Sony SxS card reader
Davinci Resolve 12 full copy
OR for $13,995 you swap out the Sony LCD viewfinder for the extremely nice OLED viewfinder.
We’ve had a version of these kits running since last fall but previously it included a Sony a7SII camera body, a $3,000 value, but the price of those kits was $16K and $17K respectively. In May they removed the a7SII body from the kit and simply added $3,000 of additional savings instead, bringing the prices to the current $13K and $14K respectively.

Additionally, we’re offering 0% $0 down financing for 24 months on all Sony F5 and F55 kits. The F5 kit w/ the LCD viewfinder would come to $542 a month over 24 months. Or you can chose 36 month financing at about 6.5% interest, which is about $389 a month over 36 months.

Depending on what you are looking for in a camera and how you are intending to use it there are several possible advantages when compared to the Fs7. Now that the price difference between the Fs7 and F5 is significantly less some may consider spending the extra money to move to the F5.

Apply for Sony Financing here, shop the F5 bundles here

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Info on C-Log3 Updated on Canon Digital Learning Center, Sample Video

Canon’s Digital Learning Center is a good resource to bookmark if you own or have interest in Canon products of any kind. Canon has updated it to include information on the latest firmware update for the C300mkII, including info on C-Log3. There are screen shots of some of the changes that have been made to the cameras systems. Take a look here.

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You can also watch a Canon-made C-Log3 sample video here.

As always let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to be a resource in any way that I can.

Eric Petrie
provideoandtape.com
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Sony Announces Firmware Updates for Fs5, RAW Coming Soon

The Sony Fs5 has received a new free firmware 2.0 update. One of the key features is an auto Neutral Density filter function changes the strength of the electronically controlled variable N.D. filter. This is an excellent use of Sony’s amazing new electronic N.D. By adjusting the N.D. the user is allowed to adjust exposure without affecting aperture, shutter speed, or gain values. This translates to all elements of the image such as depth of field, motion blur, and noise, being unchanged while simultaneously adjusting exposure values of the image. Other additions include expanded zebra functions as well as GPS capability.

Ever since the camera was announced Sony has alluded to the coming capability of RAW recording. For those who wish to record RAW with the FS5 you must acquire the newly announced RAW upgrade option for 600 dollars, model number CBKZ-FS5RIF. This then allows, though the 3G-SDI connector, continuous output of DCI 4K 60p and up to 240p RAW in 1080p. If you have right recorder you can then record 12-bit RAW video or you can also choose to convert this to Apple ProRes for recording. This workflow has proved popular with FS7 users who pair the camera with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+. Unlike the FS7 however, the FS5 has an extra trick. It can also record DCI 4K at up to 120 fps for up to 4 second bursts. It does this by using the internal cache recording function of the camera. The images are buffered in camera and then played out of the 3G-SDI port at a regular frame rate for recording, once image capture has finished. This system will be familiar to anyone who has the FS-Raw option on the FS700 which features the same ability. Both the free and the paid firmware updates will be available in June.

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New Canon 18-80mm Compact Servo Lens and ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera

Just announced are Canon’s new 18-80mm T4.4 EF Compact Servo lens and ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose camera.

Weighing in at only 2.65 lbs the 18-80mm was designed for video and is as versatile as it is compact and lightweight. It was developed with full external servo control to control zoom, focus, and iris/aperture and there is also a new optional ZSG-C10 grip to help support different shooting styles. Other features include high level 4K performance, a no step iris mechanism, accessory support, and is parfocal. There is also additional support for use with Canon Cinema EOS cameras. It supports dual pixel autofocus and the dual pixel focus guide, image stabilization, and EF communication functions. This compact servo lens will be priced at $5225.

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The other announcement Canon made is for the release of their new multi-purpose camera. Built in the same vein as Canon’s 4,000,000 ISO ME20, the ME200 can be configured to tackle just about any pro video scenario such as cinema, television, surveillance, and documentary work. It weighs 2.2 lbs and has dimensions of 4”x4.6”x4.4” (LHW) which allows for numerous builds and use with various camera systems.

– Features include
Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
Dual Pixel Auto Focus
12 Stops of Dynamic Range
1080p/720p Video to 60fps
3G/HD-SDI and HDMI Terminals
Locking EF Mount
One Shot Auto Focus
Built-in Motorized ND Filters
Motorized IR Cut Filter for Infrared
Push Auto Iris
Compatible w/ Select EF-mount Lenses
Auto Exposure
RS-422 Remote Control Terminal

The ME200 will be priced at $4999.00

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Fujinon Announces Lower Priced Super35mm Cine Servo Motor Zoom 20-120mm T3.5 Cabrio Lens

Fuji has announced that they will introduce the Super35mm Fujinon Premier 20-120mm Cabrio XK powered servo motor zoom lens at NAB. The new lens features a constant T3.5 aperture throughout the entire zoom range and, like other Cabrio lenses, comes with a detachable servo drive unit similar to those seen on traditional ENG broadcast lenses. It also has a 200 degree focus rotation, 9 iris blades and a minimum focus distance of 1.1 m, 3′ 7″. The 20-120mm weighs in at 6.39lb. Fujinon are aiming the lens squarely at the growing number of owner/operators who are making the transition from ENG 2/3″ sensor based cameras to Super 35mm digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F5/55, Canon C300 Mark II, Panasonic Varicam LT and the ARRI Amira. With a lot of broadcast television series making the move to digital cinema cameras there has been a growing need for ENG style Super 35mm lenses that feel more familiar to operators making the transition and are quick to operate. LDS and /i Tech metadata compatibility are very useful when you need to record the position information of zoom, iris, and focus for computer animation and similar post production operations. The digital servo on this lens has 16-bit encoding, so operators can be assured that the lens data outputs are extremely accurate. The lens is set to start shipping in June of this year.

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Panasonic VariCam LT Financing Options Now Available, 0% 90 Days No Payments

I’m excited to announce details on the Panasonic Financing options for the VariCam LT. This financing is through Panasonic’s own promotional financing program, ensuring that you’ll get very good rates. The financing options include:

12 months, 0% interest, 90 days payment deferred
With this program you will make 12 equal monthly payments but your first payment isn’t due for over 90 days. This is a great option to give yourself some time to put the camera to work before making that first payment.

24 months, 0% interest
24 equal monthly payments interest free.

36 months, 3.9% interest
Spread your payments out over 36 months to make that bill a little lower. 3.9% interest is still very competitive rate, even if its not as low as 0%.

Other details:
Any Panasonic brand item thats deemed an accessory to the camera can be bundled in at the same special low interest rate that the camera is on. If its Panasonic brand but not deemed an accessory, or if its another brand product you can still add it on to the financing but those items will be at the standard interest rate, averaging arpund 10% interest. This will not impact the VariCams promotional rate.

Some quick examples:
The body only, $16,500, over 24 months at 0% interest would be $687.50 per month.
The body only, $16,500, over 12 months (90 days payment free), at 0% interest would be $1,375 per month.
The body only, $16,500, over 36 months at 3.9% interest would be about $487 per month

I don’t have the Panasonic application up on my website yet but i will soon and will update this post as soon as it is. In the meantime, if you’re interested in applying, i can email you a .pdf of the application.

This is all very new and more details are coming every day. If you have any questions on VariCam packages, Panasonic Financing, or any video equipment please reach out and contact me. I’m still expecting my first batch of cameras sometime around the end of this month (March ’16) or the beginning of next (April ’16). I’m also taking $0 down pre-orders as well. Throw your name in the hat and be one of the first to receive this exciting new camera.

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Incredible New Sony F5 Package Includes a7SII Camera, Viewfinder, and More.

We’ve partnered with Sony and unveiled one of the most aggressive and interesting packages on the F5 CineAlta camera, ever. The going price on the PMW-F5 camera body has always been $16,490…. until now! We’re excited to announced a promo called the “Production Crew” bundle.

The “Production Crew” bundle sells for $15,995, or can be financed for $0 down and 0% interest over 24 months for $667 a month. Included in this bundle is the F5 camera body with the internal 4K recording firmware. Also included is an NEW a7SII camera body, the LCD viewfinder for the F5, the shoulder pad/VCT tripod mount for the F5, an SxS card reader, and a full copy of Davinci Resolve 12.

We’re essentially providing the viewfinder, the shoulder pad, the a7SII camera, and the rest for $500 less then the camera body before. This all adds up to thousands of dollars of savings.

The price of $15,995 is surely no coincidence (hello C300mkII). If you prefer to upgrade the viewfinder to the amazing OLED viewfinder its only an additional $1000, making it $16,995.

This is truly the best time to be looking into a Sony 4K camera, specifically the F5. For more details on financing options please contact me. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Thank you very much.

Here’s a quick breakdown with a bit more detail.

The previous pricing of the individual components would have gone as follows:

PMW-F5 camera body $16,490
VCT-FSA5 ENG shoulder pad/VCT baseplate $975
DVF-L350 LCD viewfinder $3,230
CBK-Z55FX 4K recording ‘upgrade’ key $998
SBAC-US30 SxS USB reader $319
TOTAL: $22,012

NEW F5 ‘Production Crew’ package price: $15,995, ($6,017 less then above total)
Also includes an a7SII camera body and a full Davinci Resolve 12 copy worth, $2999 and $949 respectively. Combine the savings on the F5 package components, the a7SII, and Davinci and you’re looking at about $9,965 less then the same individual components would have run you prior to this package. If you add the OLED viewfinder the dollars saved actually increases as you’re only paying an extra $1,000 for the upgrade but the regular price of the OLED is $4,930, normally a $1,700 upgrade over the standard LCD.

With nearly $10,000 in total package savings the F5 is now positioned to be one of the greatest sub-$20K cinema cameras options on the market. You can finance the F5 over 24 months at 0% for only $667 or $479 over 36 months. Apply for Sony Financial Services here. Buy the F5 + a7SII combo bundle on-line now.

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Cascade Mt. Video Show ’15 & The Northwest Filmmakers Expo

The Cascade Mt. Video Show is back! for the last 14 years Professional Video has hosted CMVS in February of each year. CMVS showcased equipment from as many as 40 different manufacturers and hosted as many as 600 customers. This year, however, we elected to not host CMVS in February. It was a busy time for us with hot new products launching and we were feeling like the old equipment trade show was a little tired.

Instead, we’ve entered a new partnership with the Northwest Film Center. For over 41 years the Northwest Filmmakers Festival has been a premier event focused on the local filmmaking community. Since our focus on Pro Video has shifted to cinema gear, as the Northwest’s only full-line Canon Cinema EOS and Sony CineAlta dealers, it made sense to combine these events to add another filmmaker focused dimension.

The whole Festival itself is a mutli-day event that kicks off with the equipment trade show, followed by the opening night party. There is also the Filmmakers Un-Conference, and an event titled What’s Wrong With This Picture. There is also dozens of independent films that will be screened.

Come out speak with and see equipment from Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Blackmagic, Zeiss, Fujinon, Zacuto, Atomos, and more! We’ll have the new C300mkII, the new FS5, the new URSA Mini, the new DVX200, the LS300, the Shogun & Assassin, the Milvus lenses. There will also be hands-on technology workshops hosted by manufacturers that will run all day.

Tickets are $10 but you can get in for FREE by registering with the promo code nwffvip. You can read more about the Northwest Filmmakers Expo here. To register for the show and get your FREE ticket (with promo code nwffvip) please visit us here. You can buy tickets for $10 at the door on the day of the show. The event is at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday, November 12th. It will be in the Sunken Ballroom at 1119 SW Park Ave. The show will be from 10am-5pm and then will transition into the opening night party.

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