Thursday, June 06, 2013

Sony updates software & special deals

Sony have announced some firmware updates and some special camera bundles.

Special PMW-F3 Toolkit available now through August 26th!
Sony doesn't say how you get the packages; contact your dealer I guess...
In the PMW-F3G444 Kit, we've added an Optitec adapter to increase the range of applicable lenses to include the Canon EF series. The RGB output and S-LOG Gamma module, previously an option, are now standard equipment. The on-board XDCAM takes advantage of Sony's well-established post workflow. However, we've also included the Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 recorder in this package. The Gemini 444 offers several recording options that takes the PMW-F3 all the way to uncompressed RGB recording. This package has what it takes to tackle the most challenging of projects.

Special PMW-F5 Package available now through August 26th!
1) The PMWF5KCLCD Kit features the PMW-F5 with the DVF-L350 3.5" LCD viewfinder. The second Kit, the PMWF5KCEL features the DVF-EL100 OLED viewfinder. Both Kits are packaged with a range of high quality and flexible accessories:
2) To enable the use of EF mount lenses with the F5 camcorder, we have included the highly stable "Optitek" EF to Sony F mounts lens adapter with both kits. 

NEW Firmware AXS-R5 v1.20
A bit of confusion about the 2.0 software for the NEX-FS700 announced today (listed below); does it do anything? is it actually new or has it been out for a while?
It appears that what Sony has released is this new firmware that will let the HXR-IFR5 work with the AXS-R5 and NEX-FS700, which means you'll be able to record 4K from the NEX-FS700 to the AXS-R5 recorder - for a sizable chunk of change. You have to upgrade the NEX-FS700 too.
The only problem; the HXR-IFR5 isn't shipping yet.
We have released new firmware for the AXS-R5 recorder. v1.20. This update fixes an issue where Life indication for some AXS memory cards was displayed incorrectly on the media status display. For details about the Life indication, refer to the operating instructions of the connected device. Recording reliability has also been improved.
HXR-IFR5 is the new interface unit for the NEX-FS700 camcorder allowing the 2K / 4K RAW signal from the FS700 to be recorded to the AXS-R5 RAW recorder. This firmware update for the AXS-R5 RAW recorder adds support for the HXR-IFR5 unit. Pictures of the interface unit connected to the AXS-R5 recorder are below. 

Firmware v2.0 for Sony NEX-FS700
v2.0 firmware is available for download

Workflow white paper
new workflow white paper for the F5, F55 and F65

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