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New Sony FS7 II with Lever Lock E-Mount

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Sony introduces the new cinéma vérité PXW-FS7 II. The successful FS7 will remain in Sony’s lineup. However, the FS7 II is the model you’ll want for its new Lever Lock E-mount, In-Camera Electronic Variable ND, versatile viewfinder, smarter SmartGrip, and improved interface. Imagine the familiar E-mount of previous FS or a7 series cameras. Now, instead of twisting the lens clockwise to secure it within the mount, the new Lever Lock E-mount works like an industry-standard PL, PV or Mitchell style breech lock. read more…

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Sony RX100 Mark V

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It’s been said the best camera is one that’s always with you. I’ve had a Sony RX100 dangling from my belt in a small Lowepro pouch since the original one was introduced in 2012. I’ve upgraded to every subsequent model. The latest one is the Cybershot DSC-RX100 Mark V, and there are compelling reasons to order one. The main reason… read more…

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Sony SEL PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS

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Sony’s newest E-Mount lens is a Super 35mm lens with power servo-zoom capability specifically designed for motion picture taking. The new lens, the E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS, covers both Super 35mm & APSC sensors. For a 6x zoom lens (18 to 110 focal range) it is surprisingly compact and lightweight coming in at only 2.4 lb (1.1 kg) –with a… read more…

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“A Beautiful Planet” – Canon, IMAX

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Three Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Cameras and two EOS-1D C cameras were sent to the International Space Station for the IMAX production A Beautiful Planet. FDTimes discussed the technique and technology of this production with James Neihouse, ASC and Marsha Ivins, along with Tim Smith and Leigh Nofi of Canon. As Variety wrote, “Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through Astronaut training, it’s difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet, the latest collaboration between IMAX and NASA.” read more…

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Sony AXS-R7 X-OCN (Original Camera Negative)

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As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5? The big news is X-OCN.     In addition to 16-bit linear RAW, the AXS-R7 will record Sony’s new 16-bit X-OCN format. X-OCN stands for eXtended… read more…

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Meeting Sony Designers and Planners in Tokyo

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Meeting the Designers and Planners Shinagawa sits on the southeastern shore of Tokyo, just before you hit Tokyo Bay. It’s a collection of modern highrise office towers housing many of the area’s major corporations. The large building with the diamond patterned exoskeleton (above) is Sony’s Shinagawa Headquarters in Sony City. Peter Crithary, Sony’s Manager for large sensor cameras (below, far… read more…

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Sony Full Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

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Sony Electronics has just introduced a new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens with an E-mount. It’s part of the Sony/ZEISS strategic partnership that includes the 16-35mm F4, 24-70 F4, 16-70mm F4, 135mm F1.8, 55mm F1.8, 35mm F1.4, 35mm F2.8, 24mm F2, and 24mm F1.8 lenses. read more…

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Sony Thailand Lens & Camera Factory

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Chonburi. An hour south of Bangkok. Sony’s a7 Series cameras, e-mount lenses, and the new G Master lenses are assembled in this massive, high-tech factory. Full report coming in NAB April FDTimes.

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Sony RX1R2 Palm-Size Full Frame Camera

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Sony unveiled the new palm-sized full-frame RX1R2 Camera.  It’s a 35mm full-frame format (24x36mm) digital still camera with a 42.4 Megapixel sensor, attached ZEISS Sonnar 35mm f/2 lens, variable optical low pass filter, and pop-up EVF. The variable OPLF of the Sony RX1R2 lets you adjust the amount of moiré and artifact reduction. read more…

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Sony a7R II – 4K FF, 4K S35

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  At a penthouse press conference and demo in the Parker Meridien Hotel overlooking midtown and Central Park, Sony gave us the camera I was wishing for: The α7R II (model ILCE-7RM2). It does everything I was whining about at Cine Gear: Full Frame 24×36 mm sensor that shoots 4K video (beautifully). Windowed S35 format that also shoots 4K video (also truly… read more…

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Sony Starts NAB

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For many of us, NAB traditionally begins on Sunday afternoon with Sony’s annual Press Event at the Mirage. Monday morning kicks off with AJA, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and ARRI press conferences. There’s usually an unveiling–and Mr. Hiroshi Kiriyamadidn’t disappoint, as he whisked away the duvetyne drape to reveal: Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD Camera System The HDC-4300  has 3  2/3 inch 4K sensors, B4 lens mount, and… read more…

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EMMY for Sony Multi-Format Camera

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On January 8, Hiroshi Kiriyama was awarded a Technology & Engineering EMMY. Mr. Kiriyama is General Manager of Sony’s Content Creation Professional Design Team, responsible for professional camera development, including the F55. read more…

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Sony F55 Doc Dock

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Updates from InterBEE in Tokyo. Sony showed the latest improvements on their “Doc Dock” (also known as Build Up Kit) that turns the F55 into a comfortable, shoulder-resting Documentary/ENG style cameras system. Introduced a few months as a prototype, the designers listened to suggestions from camera operators and the Dock will ship in a month or two with a much greater… read more…

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Sony 28-135mm f/4 FF Zoom

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Meet Masahiro Hosoi, Sony Designer of the 28-135mm f/4 Full Frame (24x36mm) Zoom Lens. It could be what you would call “disruptive technology.” How can a 35mm cine zoom have a suggested price of a mere $2,500 when it ships in December? Admittedly, it comes in Sony E-mount only (18mm flange focal depth.) It will be the “kit lens” for the new Super35mm format… read more…

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Sony F55 Doc Dock

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The Doc Dock for Sony’s F55 Camera is officially named “CBK-55BK build-up kit.” It bolts to the base and turns the F55 into a single-operator, documentary/ENG-style, shoulder-resting camera. A working prototype of the Doc Dock (CBK-55BK) will spend an evening in Los Angeles at the Digital Motion Picture Center in Sony’s Culver City Studios on October 9 at 6 pm.  A full line-up of Fujinon lenses will… read more…

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Sony 28-135 Zoom

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At Photokina, Sony’s new 28-135 mm f/4 E-mount zoom is another hint of where I think things are heading for motion picture cameras and lenses. It’s a full-frame still format (24x36mm) zoom. And it has optical image stabilization. I had not realized that it was full-frame when I was at IBC. And I’m not yet sure if the price is a misprint…. read more…

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Sony F55 ENG & Doc Dock

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  Sony introduced a totally new F5/F55 shoulder dock. From the people who brought you many shoulder-resting ENG camcorders—this kit provides familiar camcorder functions to the F5/F55. Basically, it’s a base and rear that attaches to the bottom of the camera. It gets power and signals through the rear multi-pin connector where the AXS-R5 Recorder previously plugged in. The top… read more…

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Sony α7s 4K Camera

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My favorite part of Sony’s annual NAB press conference is the new product  unveiling. This year, it was Mr. Shigeki Ishizuka, Sony Deputy President of Imaging Products (he’s in charge of still and motion picture cameras) who announced the new Sony α7s camera. Saying that the two worlds of consumer and professional imaging are merging, he introduced this third member of… read more…

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Sony α7R and α7 full-frame cameras

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I think I accidentally stumbled onto a clue as to the direction we’re headed in motion picture cameras. It comes, once again, from the digital still world. Full-frame, format-agnostic sensors. Comfortable with B4, Super16, Super35, Anamorphic, Full frame and many other lenses and aspect ratios. The first hint of this was Leica’s new M camera, with CMOS sensor, live view,… read more…

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Sony PXW-Z100 4K under $6.5K

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Sony’s latest  4K camera, PXW-Z100 XDCAM camcorder, shoots HD, QFHD and 4K. With a list price of less than $6,500 (street price probably $5,500), jaws were dropping at a press briefing. “This new camcorder puts professional 4K capabilities in your hand,” said Takahiro Kagawa, Product Manager at Sony Electronics. With the familiar “Handycam” shape (viewfinder in back, hand inserted between… read more…

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