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In episode 25 of ON THE COUCH, I was happy to welcome filmmaker O’Connor Hartnett and Mark-André Voss from F&V Lighting.
In this final part of this episode, we talked about other products by F&V’s other than lighting.
We talked about the fact that getting a decent viewfinder for modern cameras was one of the most difficult and most expensive tasks until recently.
But now, for example there’s the new Spectra 4 HD Viewfinder, a 1080p 4.3 inch LCD monitor with attached loupe. It comes with HDMI and SDI input and loupe through, and also conversion between the two.
F&V also makes shoulder rigs with various handles, also wooden handles and much more. Mark mentions how hard it is to make accessories nowadays as there are so many different cameras that are constantly being replaced, which didn’t use to be the case as much as it is now.
We moved on to industry trends in general, and at the end thought about how close low-end cameras are to high-end cameras nowadays, if you compare the industry of now to the industry 5 or even 10 years ago.
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Back in April at NAB we caught up with lighting and camera gear specialists F&V to check out their new EVF. They’ve just announced that the Spectra HD4 is now shipping.
For those who didn’t see it, here’s our interview with F&V on the Spectra HD4 EVF.
It’s a 720X1280 HD panel (a very popular resolution with all these small EVFs) with a viewing angle of 170° and contrast ratio of 800:1.
It can be used as a 4.3″ monitor or a viewfinder; simply snap down or raise the loupe according to your preference.
The menu hosts a collection of features and focus & exposure aids such as waveform, vectorscope, focus assist, zebra pattern, image flip, range error, OSD time display and time code.
It receives and outputs both HDMI and SDI, a neat feature is that it will also cross convert the signal (for example HDMI in, SDI out and vice versa), we’re starting to see more of this in products (SmallHD DP7-PRO, Zacuto EVF etc) lets keep this up, and make multiple versions per peripheral a thing of the past!
The Spectra HD4 is 1/4 20″ threaded with the addition of a rosette on the side for additional mounting, for power it takes Sony NPF batteries.