Sony F5/F55 simulator

Sony has released a menu simulator to the NewF cameras, the F5 and F55. The application will let you control the 6 basic menu buttons, much like the Arri Alexa simulator.
I would have liked to see the app extend into the deeper camera menu tree on the F5/F55 as well since you are very limited in the settings allowed by the 6 user buttons.

You’ll find the simulator here.
http://assets.pro.sony.eu/Web/menu-simulator/index.html

F55 – and accessories

I’ve spend some time playing with the Sony F55 in the last couple of days.  Wow! The latitude is amazing and the handling of this camera makes me feel like I am cheating on our F3. The Oled-viewfinder sets a new standard for color VF’s.  Very very nice indeed. The S-log2 is great and I look forward to shooting a proper project with this camera. I am working on posting some frame grabs in 4k.

One little thing though. The viewfinder connector: An oversight?

130312-F55_3This is such an amazingly well built camera that just feels so solid, but the VF connector is a flimsy plastic connector that sticks out of the side of the camera without any protection. But no need to worry, the third party manufacturers are in full swing.  Check out this seemingly great solution to this little issue. By www.Solidcamera.com

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Disclaimer: Please read my ethics statement.

More Canon 1DC

So today I got to spend another couple of hours with the 1DC.  I wish I could spend a whole week full time playing with this camera, but other things call on me as well… 🙂  My impression is still Wow.  This camera puts out a really nice image. I’ve shot mostly in daylight outside today but also some interior shots.

We’ll start outdoors. Everything shot in Canon Log.  Very nice dynamic range. Hard tough light and great test conditions.  Sunlit snow and shadows.  All images are shot with sharpening set to 0, unless otherwise noted in the caption.  There is some banding in the sky.  UPDATE:  Confirmed by several sources this is more apparent when shooting below 400 ISO.

Canon1Dc_08
Ungraded. Shot at iso100, f10, 0.9 ND. A foam core bounce.  The clear ice on the right is clipped and could’t be saved.
Some quick adjustments and a little sharpen.
Some quick adjustments and a little sharpen.

 

Canon1Dc_09
Hard sun, no diffusion, no fill on right side.
Canon1Dc_09_GR
Hard sun, no diffusion, no fill on right side. A quick contrast adjustment and slight post sharpen.

I also wanted to know what sharpen (in Canon Log meny) would do to the image.  A lot, it would show.  The +2 setting really made a big difference in sharpening, almost to the point that next to the image with no sharpening, it looked too sharp and electronic. +4 I can’t think of any use for and then the scale goes all the way up to +7…    I wish in retrospect I would have tried 0,1,2 instead of 0,2,4.

Sharpen 0
Sharpen 0
Sharpen +2
Sharpen +2
0 Sharpen
0 Sharpen
+2 Sharpen
+2 Sharpen
+4 Sharpen
+4 Sharpen

The camera really has a lot of latitude and plays really nice with the sun and the snow.

Interior shots.  1 light (2K openface through 216) no fill.

f4, ISO200, 0 Sharp
f4, ISO200, 0 Sharp

Here are 2 frames shot at ISO 6400.

0 sharpen, IOS6400
0 sharpen, IOS6400
+3 sharpen, IOS6400
+3 sharpen, IOS6400

I just really like the images this camera delivers. The Canon Log does a nice job of holding highlights outdoors and seeing into the shadows.  Will try and NR the 6400 footage above.  There is a little red creeping into some of the images but nothing that can’t be fixed.  With the ND could be a bit of IR pollution as well.  I would shoot with 0 sharpening and sharpen in post or perhaps try with +1.

As always when trying new gear: You want MORE time! 🙂

One more thing that impressed me were the 8megapixel still I was able to pull from the footage.  To be able to do frame grabs with that resolution will be a great new advantage of working with 4K.

Everyone is so quick to judge stuff nowadays.  Equipment especially and lots of judging simply by specs and whats on a piece of paper.  The 1DC.  Yes it is a Jpeg compressed 8 bit 422 image maker costing $12K.   Is there noise at higher ISO’s? Sure.  Does it have real audio connectors? No.   But seriously, does it all this matter if you are able to produce a really nice looking image using lights and a decent stop? No it doesn’t matter. It is funny but nowadays some people are almost disapointed when they can’t shoot a clean image without noise, with no lights at 25 600 ISO… 🙂

All images are exported as .DPX out of Premiere and the images above as saved as .JPG (Qual 12) in photoshop.

These “tests” are totally unscientific and are just for me to get a sence of what this camera is capable of. There was no mattebox and filters were held up against lens. No monitor or view finder.   All views are my own and no one asked me to do this on their behalf.

For .DPX files and from-camera-video-clips go to link below. If you grade and repost please credit source:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s9f5pmnfi3rvoud/40OVBuP-6V

Thanks to Scandinavian Photo Malmö for your assistance.  Thanks also Fredric Tirheden for helping out today.

 

Canon 1DC

First look Canon 1DC
My first look at the Canon 1DC Photo: Martin Heleander

So today I got my hands on the 1DC from Canon. It is the newest flagship DSLR with 1080p as well as internal 4K video. All the specs on this beauty you’ll find here. It has clean 1080 HD out via the HDMI port for use with external recorders, but the real draw here, and what would justify the $12 000 price tag, is the internal Motion Jpeg compressed 4K files. The files are stored at a 500 mbit/s data rate (60MB/s) and this means you’ll need lots and lots of really fast CF cards. The Lexar 1000x is whats available right now to tame this beast.

Canon 1DC

Today was only a first initial hands-on, more playtime tomorrow but my first reaction is: Wow! I shot some side by side 1080 files, which in comparison to the 4K files, look like SD does to HD…

All images were shot with Canon Log, 0 detail, no hue or saturation adjustment. Camera set to aut white balance (no external monitor or mattebox used, ND was hand held to lens)

 

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24-70/2,8II, 24mm, ISO 100, f11
Canon1Dc_04
70-200/2,8II 200mm ISO 200 f4 with 0,9ND

 

Canon1Dc_02
24-70/2,8II, ISO200, 24mm, f11, 0.9ND

 

 

Canon1Dc_01
24-70/2,8II, 24mm, ISO200, f5,6, 0.9ND

 

24-80/2,8II,  24mm ISO 200, f8, 0.9ND
24-80/2,8II, 24mm ISO 200, f8, 0.9ND, Shot to preserve highlights of sun into clouds.

 

The images above are all shot using either a Canon 24-70 2.8II or the Canon 70-200 2.8II. They are compressed in Jpeg. All images are available as .DPX files exported directly out of Premiere Pro.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s9f5pmnfi3rvoud/40OVBuP-6V

More to come on this camera.  HERE IS MORE.

 

 

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

I’ve played a little with the Blackmagic design Cinema camera this week at our dealer. Unfortunately the weather has been terrible so no real shooting out and about.  I won’t give you all the specs on this camera, pop over to BMD if you want a refresher, but in short it is a 2,5K image sensor with a reported 13 stop DR range able to record 12bit RAW files. And ohhh yeah it only costs $3000!!

First impression is that the camera is very easy to use. Actually too easy in my opinion, it has less features and meny choices than any other camera I’ve seen including consumer ones.  I would have liked to see some more options there.  For example, I wasn’t able to see what stop my lens was at since there is no read out of this on the display…although I was using an EF lens.  But, you may ask, does this make the camera produce less of a beautiful picture?  Of course not! Just saying some more meny options might have been nice.

It stores video, on a removable SSD drive, in either the slightly compressed formats Apple ProRes or Avids DNxHD.  It also has the option of shooting the ohhh so talked about 2,5K RAW images.  Here we are talking some serious data streams at 5MB/frame or 120 MB/second of video. This will cost since you’ll need lots of SSD drives on location and storage once you off load and backup.

The camera stores the raw files as .DNG files and and accompanied WAV audio file. The use of the .DNG file is just like using a RAW file shot on any DSLR with all the great options of colortemp, exposure, sharpening and such.  And they look great!   It looks very sharp and there is lots of play with the image.  You can bring back so much detail in the highlights.  There is deep blacks and very little noise what I could see from the few images I got to look at. The visible noise at 1600 is a nice looking noise and very film like.

Ok here it is.  You can’t argue with the fact that for $3K you get a camera delivering video images in ProRes or DNxHD. This alone should be worth $3K since that is a leap away from the quality of any DSLR available today. On top of this you are able to shoot 12Bit RAW images for the ultimate options in post, again for $3000!!

What is really great I think  is that by BMD offering RAW acquisition at this price point, it will really force other manufactures to take a look at what codec is put into a future cameras.  $3000 for 8bit 420 in H264 in a DSLR or $3000 for ProRes/DNxHD AND 12bit RAW!??

To set my views in perspective I haven’t shot any real test footage just some takes indoors with available light.  I am eager to get a chance to shoot some more with this camera using lights and more time. 😉