We had the chance to get some hands-on experience with Sony’s new and long-awaited FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cine lens and talked directly to Sony’s cine product manager Sadanobu Ueda who explained all the details about the new lens on (see above) and off camera. Why is this lens important? Many users of large sensor cameras, be it dslr video users or those who use larger cinema cameras, have had to resort to photo lenses for large sensor video use. The new Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cine lens is the first dedicated video lens for large sensor cameras. Here’s a list of the most important features: It has an ideal zoom range for most applications ranging from wide angle to close-up focal lengths. It has a continuous aperture of F/4.0. The lens can be controlled with accessories like motors or manual follow focus units due to it’s geared design, yet the focus rings are rubberised for easy handheld use. The focal length can be controlled with a built-in zoom rocker (zoom). The built in motors can also be controlled remotely from cameras with a zoom rocker (Sony FS7). With the flip of a switch the aperture can be clicked or de-cllicked for smooth operation. The lens features an optical image stabiliser. Hands-On Experience We had some hands-on time with a prototype of the lovely new lens and we can tell you that it truly is a lovely and sharp lens. Unfortunately we are not allowed to publish the footage we shot, but will reveiew the lens more in-depth in the future. The aperture F/4.0 seems to go all the way through, unlike Canon’s own and frequently used Canon 24-105mm that gets darker at the far end. The images appear very sharp and clear and we couldn’t see any obvious chromatic abberation or softening at F/4.0. We were told it is made for 4K applications. The optical image stabiliser behaved very nicely and smoothly and a lot like the one we know from the Canon 24-105mm, probably even a little better. We could use the 135mm focal length and get an extremely stable image from a handheld A7S. A very very welcome feature is the fact that you don’t lose focus when you change the focal length. So you can zoom all the way in to focus and zoom out again to retain a focused image, just like on a proper ENG lens. The declicked aperture is a wonderful feature to have. Overall the lens feels very well manufactured and strong. What we didn’t like so much was its size and weight. The Canon in comparison is definitely a more compact lens. Also we realised that the zoom was always motor-controlled. So even if you change the focal length with the zoom ring on the lens itself, it’s always a motor inside that actually controls it resulting in less precise and slower focusing possibilities. The lens will be available early next year and cost $2.499. It is already available for pre-order.Read more
During IBC 2014 this weekend Sony once again showed their increasing commitment to produce valuable tools for filmmakers.Read more
As anticipated, Sony got us off to a flying start at IBC. They have many new announcements, with everything from a new monitor, to two new cameras to a firmware update for the F5, all sharing the same theme – 4K. Lets have a look at what they brought us. Sony PXW-FS7 We have an exclusive hands on video of this camera. It’s everything a previous Sony camera wasn’t – an ergonomic dream. The FS7 is a super35mm 4K camera, capable of shooting 10-bit 4:2:2 60p in 4K, and up to 180fps in 1080p. The camera will sit between the FS700 and F5, replacing no camera in Sonys current line up. Check out our dedicated exclusive article here. Sony 28-135mm F4 G OOS lens This lens came in conjunction with the PXW-FS7 release. This is a professional e-mount zoom lens, with a constant aperture of f/4. The lens features optical image stabilization, hard stop focus ring, proper aperture ring, and zoom rocker. check out our dedicated article here. Sony F5 Firmware Update I must admit, when I first heard of the Sony FS7, it sounded like they could’ve closed the door of the F5, leaving the new camera to sit directly under the F55. But no, Sony has provided a firmware update to the F5 which will enable 4K recording internal. We knew the camera could do this, so it’s great to see Sony embracing the technology rather than just closing the loop hole others found! Below is Sony press on the upgrade, which will cost around $1000. Sony CBK-55BK Shoulder Mount Dock for F5/55 Further more on F5/55 news, Sony announced a new shoulder mount dock for the super35mm duo. The dock requires no cables, and adds ENG ergonomics by offering white balance, gain and shutter controls on the front block. The rear block provides balanced XLR audio in, headphone out and wireless audio. Sony are pushing this product alongside their B4 to PL lens mount to provide the ultimate 35mm ENG setup for news and documentaries. Sony PXW-X200 The Sony PXW-X200 is an update to the current workhorse PMW-200 that further embeds Sonys new XAVC codec across its entire line. This means the camera will record XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording in 4:2:2 10-bit. Also is a longer 17x zoom lens, providing 29.3mm to 499mm 35mm equivalent. The new 1/2″ 3CMOS camera will also feature a host of wireless connectivity including NFC (near field communication) and live streaming. The latter will work with a firmware update and additional USB dongle; Sony displayed this feature during their conference streaming to a presenter in Amsterdam centre; watching this stream through a stream left no grounds for judgement however. Sony BVM-X300 4K monitor Sony also released a new 30″ 4K monitor. The BVM-X300 is an OLED RGB 10 bit reference monitor, utilizing TRIMASTER™ technology. “Sony’s exclusive TRIMASTER™ technology architecture, achieving excellent colour and picture quality reproduction, which makes this monitor ideal for 4K cinema production (onset monitoring, dailies and editing), 4K live production (camera control, program preview) and real-time 4K presentation.” If you’re attending IBC, be sure to check out the Sony booth with their latest releases (if you can get to it through the crowds of people!). If you’re not, don’t worry we’ll be bringing you all the latest and most exciting news along with another series of our On The Couch show.Read more
Call me “naive”, call me a “dreamer” (thank you)!, but for the last 4 year I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to realise a small dream and bring to the market an affordable small size, large sensor zoom lens, one that will serve us, documentary film makers best, instead of the “de facto” photo lenses we are currently using. In this long journey I’ve learned how frustrating in can be to show and explain respected companies in our industry the need for such a lens. I was surprised to see how little belief there is in such a product and further more, acknowledgement in the simple fact that what one needs for basic filming is a camera plus lens. THAT’S IT, no more. All other “accessories” be it lights, bags, tripod etc. can be considered as “luxury”… Fast forward to present time and I am delighted to see that Sony might give us what we wished for, a true good range 2 zoom lenses. Considered to be a”rumor” for now, those E-mount, full frame, 16-35, 28-135mm f4 lenses will cost according to the leaked publication €1350 and €2500 respectively. Both lenses will utilise Optical Steady Shot and will be announced during IBC and Photokina exhibitions taking place later this month. Shipping is due during the last quarter of 2014. info Via Sonyalpharumors Cinema5d will be covering IBC and Photokina to bring you the latest news when it happens.Read more
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