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New PT-XF3 cable for Sony F3 Camcorders

New PT-XF3 cable, which allows the EX-L96 battery to power Sony F3 camcorders


New PT-XF3 cable, which allows the EX-L96 battery to power Sony F3 camcorders.  The 8″ PT-XF3 converts the powertap from male to female and adds a 4-pin XLR female, which plugs into the F3. The EX-L96 offers 50% more power than the Sony OEM BP-U60 battery (or up to four hours) making it a solution for those seeking extended runtime. This 96-watt battery also features a 4-LED gauge and an on-board powertap to power any 12-volt accessory (ie. an onboard light, monitor, recorder, HD converter, etc.).  Photo of the cable and battery below:

Press release http://www.switronix.com/news/

Buy EX-L96 at Amazon

Sony F3 vs Canon 5D Mark II Low Light Test

by Matthew Allard

Low light comparison test between Sony F3 and canon 5D Mark II. Sony F3 with a Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lens and the Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 70-200 IS f2.8 lens. Both set at f2.8, 1/60th shutter. Im currently on assignment in Japan so this was done in 10 minutes through a hotel window. Neither camera was white balanced and the 5D was on a make shift tripod.

At ISO 1600 and 3200 the F3 was too bright and had to be stopped down to f4. The F3’s low light ability can be further enhanced by taking the shutter out completely.

Sony F3 vision was recorded on a SxS card at 35mb/s and the Canon 5D vision was converted into Apple ProRes. 422.

I apologize as i didn’t do the test of the F3 at ISO 6400 (18DB)

Sony F3 Video by Phlip Bloom

http://philipbloom.net/?p=12216

Little Christmas film of my sister being all gorgeous. Read the above blog for loads of info about the shoot, what I used, the grading etc… and my thoughts on the camara.

Everything is shot at 24p overcranked to 30fps and shot reversed to give a more ethereal quality to it. Read the linked blog post for loads more info!

Music by her favourite fella Michael Buble.

Sony PMW F3 Camera Test

Camera Test with Sony’s new F3 Camera. See more on the camera here: http://www.stargatestudios.net/channel/?p=948

Sony PMW-F3 Video compulsion - teaser

This is a teaser for a short shot entirely with the Sony PMW-F3. It will form part of Sea Pool. http://vimeo.com/channels/seapool A documentary currently in production on the Australian ocean pool culture in Sydney and shot early morning at North Narrabeen on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Lenses were Zeiss 40mm UltraPrime, Super Speeds, & 135mm prime.

I’ve done a subtle preliminary grade using Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks but we can already see the footage has great possibilities in the grade.

For more on the shoot & our experiences with the camera go to www.fxguide.com and listen to our podcast, Red Centre. www.fxguide.com/redcentre

The full version can be seen at Sony live events in Australia & NZ very soon, go to www.sony.com.au/pmwf3 to register. Thanks for dropping by.

Director/Cinematographer: Jason Wingrove

Cinematographer: Tom Gleeson www.gleeson.net.au/

Talent: Bel Delia www.deliafilms.com.au/

Sound: Mario Pellegrino

Music: Jozef Vilk
Jason Wingrove

Freelance TVC /Film Director, Cinematographer.

www.jasonwingrove.com

twitter.com/​wingrove

Sony New 35mm Professional Camcorder

pmwf3K

PMW-F3K

The new Sony PRO PMW-F3 Camcorder with 35mm Sensor (first ever CMOS image sensor in its Exmor series), the PMW-F3 is Designed for television, commercials, music promos and budget features, the new camcorder is offered at a price point that will bring Super 35mm shooting within reach of a wider audience. The camcorder accepts PL mount lenses. Two configurations of the PMW-F3 will be available (PMW-F3L body only and PMW-F3K with PL lens kit). First deliveries of are scheduled for January 2011. PMW-F3K comes supplied with three high quality Sony lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm, T2.0).

Press Release
Basingstoke November 8th, 2010:- Representing a breakthrough for filmmakers in terms of features, performance and price, Sony Professional is adding to its line-up of Super 35mm digital motion picture camera technologies. The family, which includes the legendary F35 and the recently announced SRW-9000PL, is now joined by the all new PMW-F3 camcorder.

Each camera in the line-up is based on a Super 35mm sensor and PL mount technology, and illustrates Sony’s unique ability to offer filmmakers access to the highest-quality imaging tools and most complete digital production workflows.

The new PMW-F3 is the latest example of Sony’s efforts to combine performance and price into a powerful and affordable production tool. Designed for television, commercials, music promos and budget features, the new camcorder is offered at a price point that will bring Super 35mm shooting within reach of a wider audience.

That, and the availability of a low-cost PL lens kit model which includes 35/50/85mm T2.0 fixed focal length lenses, makes it ideal for use as a 2nd unit 35mm camera or as a B camera to the SRW-9000PL.

“Sony has a long and successful track record of developing digital motion production technologies,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “Our cameras have shot everything from documentaries to big-budget blockbusters, totaling many billions of Euros at the box office. With the new PMW-F3, we’re putting the full power of our expertise to work, to bring precise control over depth of field, and access to the huge range of cinematic lenses available to a wider range of users.”

The new PMW-F3 camcorder is based on Sony’s XDCAM EX workflow (codec is MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:0 8bit, 35 Mbps), and uses Sony’s SxS™ ExpressCard-based recording media format. Its Super 35mm CMOS imager delivers shallow depth of field, with high sensitivity and low noise levels (ISO 800, F11; and S/N ratio of 63dB in 1920×1080/59.94i mode), as well as wide dynamic range.

The camcorder offers a wide range of image creation options, as well as the ability to seamlessly inter-cut PMW-F3 footage with content shot on Sony’s F35 or SRW-9000PL cameras – through the use of an HD-SDI dual-link output for external recording (4:2:2 1080 50/59.94P as standard; and RGB 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF as an option).

Additionally, “S-LOG” and “Hyper Gamma” can be selected. This can allow users to take full advantage of the CMOS imager’s wide dynamic range, giving them the ability to tailor their images during post-production in the same way they would in a film based workflow.

Recording formats include 1920×1080, 1440×1080, and 1280×720 at 23.98/25/29.97p, 50/59.94i and, in DVCAM mode, 25/29.97PsF and 50/59.94i. Filmmakers can also take advantage of ‘slow’ and ‘quick’ recording, also known as “overcranking” and “undercranking” from 1 to 30 fps at 1920×1080 (17 to 30 fps in dual-link mode) and 1 to 60 fps at 1280×720 (17 to 60 fps in dual-link mode).

The PMW-F3’s PL mount adapter can accommodate both PL and zoom lenses, and will offer compatibility with a variety of cine lenses such as Cooke, Arri, Fujinon and Zeiss.

Sony is also announcing its plan to introduce a compatible SR Memory Portable Recorder for the PMW-F3 camcorder. This will add a high-end workflow option as well as full RGB capability providing native recoding in HDCAM SR codec.

“We demonstrated a prototype PMW-F3 on our stand at IBC and have been inundated with requests for more information ever since. It’s great to be able to unveil the full list of features, and announce that first deliveries will be made well in advance of what many customers may have been expecting,” concluded Drummond.

Two configurations of the PMW-F3 will be available (PMW-F3L body only and PMW-F3K with PL lens kit). First deliveries of are scheduled for January 2011.