Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sony NEX-FS100 News

BlackMagic Hypershuttle vs. FS100 AVCHD | Frank Glencairn | Vimeo
Should you use the AVCHD internal recording of the NEX-FS100, or should you send the signal out HDMI and record it using an external device? Frank does a test with the BlackMagic Shuttle and finds the difference very hard to see, he even says that he doubts he'll use the Shuttle very much at all:
As you can see, you can´t see barley any difference at all. Only in fast motion some minor differences are visible. Even with excessive grading to the material (much more than you would normally do) both material holds up about the same, before it falls apart.
Actually I´m shocked how good Sony´s implementation of AVCHD is.
One reason the difference doesn't appear to be that large may be because the NEX-FS100 is sending out an 8-bit signal rather than a 10-bit one.

SONY NEX FS 100 35mm Digital Video Camera [Updated] | Zane Egginton
| ZedSpace
Zane updates an earlier post with notes from playing with a camera. He adds some important reminders:
Check to make sure AGC (auto gain control) is switched off. I didn’t notice it at first until I was checking light levels and noticed things getting brighter and darker, also the gain selection switch wasn’t working. This can be changed using a button on the side of the camera labelled gain. I was looking in the menu system. Also the camera was set up with Cinegamma on by default (ie Picture profile was set to PP1), as this was a greenscreen shoot that was going to go through a lot of post work it’s best to set this to a standard gamma curve

New Music Video shot on FS100 | Gavin Fisher | DVXUser
Gavin posts two music videos shot with the same artist and director, but two different cameras; the RED MX and the Sony NEX-FS100.
At the end of the FS100 video, there is a night time exterior. We had no time to light this so I cranked the camera to 24db and went for it. The only light is coming from the windows of the building to the left. It was actually very dark, much darker than what appears in the video.

"Gimme Shelter"-Sony FS100 | Timothy Mollen | Vimeo
Shot on the NEX-FS100 with the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 and the Sony 17-200mm.

"Gimme Shelter"-Sony FS100 from Timothy Mollen on Vimeo.

Bower/Samyang/Rokinon 35mm f1.4 / Fenway Park | Boston Pixel | Vimeo
The Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 (used in the "Gimme Shelter" video above) is made by Samyang and sold under different names, including Bower. It sells for $499 and has received several favorable reviews, including this video review which was made using the Canon 7D:
But simply put, the Bower 35mm f1.4 is a fast, manual lens designed specifically for DSLR video shooters who don't have much of a use for autofocus. So if you don't need it, why pay for it? That's at least what this Korean company thinks, and I'm jumping on board.
B & H: Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon [$499.95]

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