After 3 years of shooting on DSLRs I’m glad that production companys have the chance to use an amazing yet affordable alternative with a camera like the Sony F3. Shooting an ad on it last week was a major positive experience for me and I can only join in to the praises that come from everywhere about this baby. What a great picture and how convenient to use it is. I’d prefer it over a RED any day and at $14k this one is a nobrainer for me. If you wanna buy it try here.
For another $3,680 Sony gives you a firmware upgrade that will activate s-log recording and HD-SDI 4:4:4 output. It kind of sucks that this feature is hidden in an expensive firmeware unlock, doesn’t it? But hey, this camera really is affordable for what it does. The firmware upgrade is available here.
Many have asked if that upgrade is really worth the extra cash and Abel Cine, the New York based rental giant has finally put their meters on it to check out the real potential of this hack. The result: 13.5 stops of dynamic range with some nice LUT options that can also be recorded over HD-SDI.
See the video below where Andy Shipsides explains and shows the additional menu options:
via AbelCine, via nofilmschool.
The new $5k 4:4:4 8bit hdmi-out Sony NEX-FS100 was tested by the pros at AbelCineTech (they rent and sell all the pro moviemaking cameras in New York City).
And 11.5 stops is actually a lot more than some of us expected! If you look at the findings of the SCCE that was published last week (thumbnail on the left), you will see that our favourite HDSLR cameras share the same dynamic range.
And you might not remember that in comparison to many other video cameras dslr is actually doing quite good in terms of dynamic range (brightest and darkest the camera sensor will capture).
The above video is also a very good tutorial and reference point on how to set your FS100 “picture styles” correctly. If you’re not an ultrapro and when you don’t have a testing environment like Abel Cine at hand it’s not easy to guess your best knee settings.
The FS100 shares the same sensor as the much more expensive Sony F3 and it seems like it’s providing the same dynamic range as well.
[UPDATE]: Apparently the F3 has a dynamic range closer to 12 stops according to the same test guy from Abel Cine. See this video for reference.
Thanks to user Daniel Villiers for the hint.