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
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
From the “better late then never” department I now officially have the DJI Ronin stabilization system in-stock. The Ronin offers an impressive payload capacity to the dollar ratio. It can handle weights up to about 15 pounds and only costs $2,999. You can rent it today for $300 a day or $300 for a Friday-Monday weekend. Plus I’ll credit the $300 towards a future purchase of a similar item.
I’m also the Northwest’s only MoVI dealer. The MoVI M5 was recently lowered in price to $3,995 and the M10 is only $7,995. The MoVI M10 rents for $500 for 1 day, including set-up and tutorial, and $400 for each day after that. As always, a days rental can be 100% credited towards a future purchase of a similar item. Post by Eric C. Petrie
I had my first look at the new Panasonic HC-X1000 camcorder over the last few days. It’s a fantastic little machine. This might be the most exciting Panasonic camcorder in several years. The camera is very small and light yet still gives you all of the hard button control you would want in a true broadcast hand-held camcorder. There are 3 separate rings on the lens for zoom, focus, and iris control, hard buttons for gain, shutter speed, white balance, and true glass neutral density filters.
The huge feature of the camcorder is the ability to record 4K resolution mpeg4 video in camera to SD memory cards. The camera uses a 1/2” CMOS sensor to make this possible. It features a 20x zoom lens. Notably the camera can also record mpeg4 1080p images up to 60fps in an I-Frame format. I-Frame recording retains better motion detail in your images and also is easier for computers to work with because they don’t have to decode the GOP structure simultaneously.
I was really impressed. The camera offers the most innovative hands-on experience from any Panasonic broadcast camera in years. Having the 4 blank, user assignable buttons right there in a row on the side also was very handy. Although some old-school pros might scoff at the touch screen at first i felt that the way Panasonic has implemented it was great. Nothing really requires the touch screen control but the touch screen can be used to accomplish certain tasks much faster then the buttons can. I liked the touch screen auto-focus. I also thought using the touch screen for “bonus” user buttons was very smart, even creative. Overall i really liked it. I haven’t been able to do any image quality tests yet. But comparing to comparable cameras like the Canon XF200 or Sony Z100 should happen soon.
This little beauty weighs in at only 3.4lbs. It is currently selling for $3,498. Do you want to check it out? Arrange a demonstration time. Rent it and have 100% of your rental go towards a potential purchase. Post by Eric C. Petrie