Redrock Micro has released a new product that gives digital filmmaking a retro makeover. The RetroFlex-S is a cladding for your Sony Alpha Compact cameras that converts your boring digital camera into a hipsters dream. The RetroFlex-S takes on the old school Bolex form factor: a pistol grip and rear viewfinder that provides the users with quite an attractive looking handheld setup. Developing on The RetroFlex Pocket Cinema, the RetroFlex-S is compatible with compact mirrorless Sony cameras like the NEX-3, A5000 and A5100 (not the flagship mirrorless a7R II and a7S II). The RetroFlex-S adds a nice screen loupe to the back of the camera, as well as a record start/stop button on the handgrip. The viewfinder has a diopter and are detachable via magnet frame. The RetroFlex-S cages compatible Sony cameras, offering a snug fitting protective and trendy clad as well as a cold shoe up top. Further more are a handful of 1/4″ & 3/8″ thread on the side for additional accessories as well as optional cable protector for the side ports. Design aside, the RetroFlex-S provides a lovely handheld form factor for the smaller Sony mirrorless cameras, the large loupe looks like a solid third point of contact and there’s function to the cage and grip as much as there is retro design. You pay a premium for the aesthetic compared to a typical cage/loupe/handle, the justification of that premium is purely down to individual opinion.Read more
Sony was kind enough to send us an early sample camera from its latest Alpha range, the new A5000 (from that point on, all Sony cameras will be marked as “Alpha”. NEX no longer exists). Like its predecessors, this APS-C interchangeable E-mount lens photo camera, can shoot video in different frame rates. (region dependant: 24 to 60 fps in NTSC countries, 25-50 fps in PAL territories). As this is Sony’s most modestly priced Alpha camera, I was very curious to check “how well does it shoot video” and if there are any (significant) improvements when it comes to “video picture quality” with this new model. If you are in the rush and have no time to read on, the answer is no and yes…. There is no improvement regarding sharpness (soft image), codec (AVCHD) or aliasing/moire. Yes, camera will not shut off during recording because of overheating (at least during my extended indoor shooting day it did not happen – but it’s winter after all)! As this is an entry level model, Sony chose to leave out some of the features which are much needed for serious hobbyists and advanced users. Gone are the headphone/mic jacks, manual audio level controls and hot/cold shoe. Those are of course only significant if you are after serious creative work and better camera control (like we are). Personally, any camera that does not come with an EVF or the possibility to attach one, is already a “no go” for me as I find it nearly impossible to work outdoor with LCD only. An attempt to attach Zacuto’s Z-finder was not successful either as the magnified image on the LCD is very pixelated. As you can see on the photo below, I ended up building a “mini rig” that will help me work comfortably. Please note that interview audio was recorded externally. All other ambient audio was recorded in camera. All in all, let’s stay realistic with expectations as this camera is not targeted at advanced users. It will do JUST FINE as a “home video” camera and a fun compact travel companion to shoot video and stills with. Camera settings used for this short video: AVCHD 1080/25p Creative style: Portrait (-3 -3 -3) ISO: mostly 800 All was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro. 20% sharpness was added in post. Colour correction done with FilmConvert. Equipment used: Sony 18-105mm f/4 lens Sachtler ACE L Cineroid Retina EVF Sennheiser ew112 G3 Senal SMH-1000 Professional Headphones Tascam dr-60d Cineroid L2C-3K5K On-Camera LED Light SIX pro rig Wooden camera UVF mount V2 kit Music: http://www.themusicbed.com Highways of the Heart Tony Anderson Louder – Instrumental Secret Weapons Back to Where I’m From – Instrumental Joshua Radin Many thanks to: – Filius de la croix. If you want to learn more about his art work, please click here – cafe Korb for allowing me to film inside Johnnie Behiri is a freelance documentary cameraman/editor/producer working mostly for the BBC and other respected broadcasters. He is also co-owner of cinema5d.comRead more
Sony just launched the Alpha 5000, their low-end Compact Interchangeable Lens APS-C Camera which will be available from March for only EUR 500 (suggested retail price). Sony Alpha 5000 … the prototype really felt very nice in my hands!Read more
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