At NAB 2015, Sony didn’t have any big camera news – the FS7 had their US premiere but it has already been in the market for a while since it was introduced about 6 months ago.
However, we discovered something really interesting, an easy oversight, when Sony’s Bill Drummond was giving us a walk-through at their booth: the Sony X180, a semi-shoulder camcorder similar to the dated EX3, features an extremely intriguing feature that we have never seen in another camera before:
It’s a unique kind of combination of an electronically controlled fader ND that automatically adjusts to the exposure set by the aperture that can be adjusted manually. The effect is an image that seemingly keeps the same exposure but the depth of field changes as the aperture is adjusted.
This kind of combination is something we haven’t seen before in a camera and it allows creators to make shots that we truly haven’t seen before. For now, this is only in the X180 camera but we can clearly see this being implemented into future Sony cameras down the line. How and if this can be integrated into interchangeable lens cameras remains to be seen though.
Check out Syrp’s latest product, a variable neutral density filter. The New Zealand based company are best known for their successful Kickstarter campaign – the Genie timelapse device. They’ve now entered the filter market with an affordable fader ND.
The filter comes in only two sizes, 67mm (small) and 82mm (large). Included with both filters are step up rings to expand compatibility with other thread sizes; the 82mm ships with 72mm & 77mm step ups, and the 67mm ships with 58mm & 52mm step ups.
What I like about the Syrp ND filter (which of course will be the most important aspect to all filmmakers) is the very smart leather pouch it ships with; nice.
Syrp claim the filter has an effective range of 1-8.5 stops adjustment.
Priced at $139 & $189 for the small and large filters respectively, it comes in at the middle range to others I’ve tested; I’ll be keen to try this one out against the Heliopan and the Tiffen filters.