Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

If you buy an FS5 or FS7 between 1st December 2017 and 31st March 2018, Sony will give you up to £400 cashback against a huge range of their accessories. This effectively means you get up to £400 worth of accessories for free, making it the most cost effective way to a) kit out your camera or b) buy everyone you know a memory card for Christmas (full disclosure: we tried this last year, responses were… not excellent). 

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What do I have to do?

All you have to is purchase an eligible camera and accessories at the same time, at some point before 31st March (the camera and accessories need to be on the same invoice). As a Sony authorised dealer, we keep a range of the eligible models in stock and ready to deliver, so you could be enjoying your new camera and accessories in days.

You’ll then need to send Sony a scan of your invoice and pictures of the serial numbers of the products you’ve bought, which you can do by filling out the participation form here. You’ll need to have submitted this by 30th April 2018 to claim your cash.

Which models are eligible?

More specifically, anyone buying the FS5 or FS5K can claim £220 cashback, while anyone buying a Sony FS7, FS7 Mk II, or FS7K Mk II can claim £400. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’re claiming cash back against the value of the accessories, not the camera, so if you buy an FS7 and £200 worth of accessories, you can only claim £200 back.

The full list of eligible accessories is available here, and includes batteries, chargers, lenses, adaptors, mics, media and mounts, so there’s something for everyone.

Any recommendations?

Official word from our Sony product specialist is as follows:

“The list of potential freebie accessories is huge, so there’s plenty to take your pick from, whether you want to treat yourself to an extra lens or cover off some essentials like spare batteries.

“If you’re going down the FS7 route, it might be useful to get a bit of money off the XDCA-FS7 extension unit, to allow a RAW data output to record 12-bit RAW footage to an external recorder.

“We’re also big fans of using the lenses Sony have collaborated with Zeiss on, so you could pair a ZEISS Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA wide angle Prime lens with the FS5. If you’re not sure how best to take advantage of this great offer, feel free to drop us a line for some further recommendations.”

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Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony have announced VENICE, their first full frame camera designed for high end film production. Pitched as a camera “created by and for the cinematographer”, VENICE has had a cracking reception so far, including a winning review from Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda.

 

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As NewsShooter point out, VENICE doesn’t feel like a traditional ‘filmmaker’s camera’, including as it does several of the popular features from the F55 and F5, chief among them the built-in variable ND filter. However, its most radical departure from tradition is that the entire front sensor block is user-removable. Sony plan to release different sensor blocks optimised for different types of shooting, which users will be able to swap in the field, without the need for a clean room or paid upgrade from the Sony team.

Image capture

The camera has a full frame 36 x 24mm sensor. It supports full frame, anamorphic and spherical Super35 framing, with additional modes slated to be added in future upgrades. Natively, VENICE uses E mount lenses, but is designed to work with adaptors to give you access to PL lenses – Sony’s end goal is to make a camera that’s lens and aspect ratio agnostic. You get 15-plus stops of latitude, and while the decision to limit the camera to ISO 500 has been slightly controversial, Sony insist that this limit gives you the best performance from the camera.

The camera captures footage in 16-bit Scene Linear RAW and X-OCN formats, and that NewsShooter interview reveals that ProRes is set to join the party either before shipping or slightly after as a free upgrade. It supports dual card recording, and will work with your existing R7 recorder.

Other nice touches include dual menus – one for you and one for your assistant, on each side of the camera – and an advanced cooling system that means the camera runs very little danger of overheating, despite its small form factor (133 x 159 x 172 mm and 3.9kg).

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Why 6K?

Sony say they chose to limit the camera to 6K rather than 8K because at 6K they can deliver better skin tones, richer colours which blend more smoothly, and more detail in the highlights of your shot. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already know our team’s feelings about shooting over 6K, but to reiterate: we support Sony’s decision to go with the wider colour gamut over the additional Ks.

Availability

While final pricing and a release date are yet to be 100% confirmed, the estimated release date is next February.

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Introducing the Canon Cinema EOS C200

Introducing the Canon Cinema EOS C200

Canon have added a new camera to their Cinema EOS range, the C200. The camera uses newly developed Canon Dual DIGIC DV6 processors to record 4k UHD 50p MP4, 4k DCI RAW and continuous 120 fps High Frame Rate in Full HD without crop, all internally.

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As well as this advanced capture technology, the C200 boasts Canon’s best ever Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus technology and a new touch screen LCD monitor, providing smooth autofocus operation and effective tracking. All this is packed into a lightweight body of just 1.4kg, making the C200 ideal for long handheld shoots, or drone or gimbal mounting.

Key features include:

– Internal 4k 50p recording with Cinema RAW Light and MP4.

– Continuous 120 fps (maximum) High Frame Rate with no cropping at Full HD.

– 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3).

– ISO range of 100 to 102,400.

– New dual DIGIC 6 processors.

– Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus with touch control and face detection, face priority and face only focus options.

– New 4” touch panel with touch autofocus capability.

– Single CFast 2.0 and dual SD card slots.

– XF-AVC video format will be available as a future firmware upgrade in 2018.

Cinema RAW Light workflows

Canon’s Cinema RAW Light codec enables the camera to process RAW image quality, but with the flexibility of a smaller file size – you can fit about 15 minutes of Cinema RAW Light footage on a 128 GB Cfast 2.0.

Canon has worked with several partners to ensure Cinema RAW Light is integrated with various software programs. As a result, editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. Editing will be possible in Avid Media Composer, using the Canon RAW plug-in for Avid Media Access. This format can also be processed using Canon’s Cinema RAW Development application,.

Availability and pricing

The C200 can be pre-ordered now and will be shipping from late July. You can choose between a body-only model for £6415 ex VAT or one with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit for £7150 ex VAT.

Canon also plan to release a single unit CG-A20 charger with an RRP of £325 ex VAT and a new CL-V2 Clamp base with an RRP of £358.35 ex VAT.

Looking for something similar?

This camera is on the same level as Sony’s FS5 and FS7, and comparable to the UA-EVA1 that Panasonic announced at Cine Gear Expo (200g lighter with a 5.7K Super 35mm size sensor; no current RAW support but Panasonic have confirmed it will arrive in a future update.)

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NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

From products, to workflow and format, Sony offers users end-to-end HDR production capabilities from acquisition to display, for cinema, live production, online video and event production. These solutions meet the industry’s growing demand for a wider colour gamut and increased dynamic range that creates more realistic viewing experiences with enhanced levels of detail.

As previously announced, Sony’s expansion of HDR production includes the addition of HD HDR Live broadcasting and instant HDR workflow in products ranging from live camera systems, servers, monitors and camcorders, via updates to software or firmware.

Along with the accelerated trend of HDR content, series of Sony 4K/HD live cameras, including the HDC-4800, HDC-4300 and HDC-P43 with HDR capability, are widely adopted by broadcasters world-wide. To enhance its Live HDR production offering further, Sony added a new XAVC recording mode to optimise encoding for HDR into its PWS-4500 4K/HD live server, available to users through a software upgrade. This new recording mode improves HDR image quality in XAVC with detailed complexity, bright skin tone, colour reproduction and more. It enables the PWS-4500 to record and replay superior HDR images at the same time maintaining the smooth XAVC file workflow that is already well known in the production industry.

Furthermore, Sony offers RAW and X-OCN recording formats. RAW is recommended for premium productions and high-end cinema, where large volumes of data can be managed and supported. X-OCN (eXtended Tonal Range Original Camera Negative) is an optimised format with a fine balance between the picture quality and data size. It can be recorded using the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder, together with PMW-F55 and F5 motion picture cameras. The X-OCN format retains everything the sensor sees, delivering tonal gradation with 16-bit precision ideal for HDR image grading. To help extend the use of X-OCN beyond Sony solutions, Sony is working with other companies to develop X-OCN supporting products.

The X-OCN supporting companies have risen to 10, as of April, 2017: ASSIMILATE, Inc. , Autodesk , Avid Technology, Inc., Blackmagic Design , Colorfront , Filmlight Ltd. , Grass Valley , nablet , Pomfort , SGO.

Sony offers systems, workflows and flexible recording formats that deliver unprecedented flexibility in every HDR production, bringing added-value to broadcasters.

*PWS-4500 version 2.3 software is planned for release in June, 2017.

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