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Free Sony F5 and Sony F55 Master Class, March 5, NY

Sony is running a free DIT and Camera Operator Master Class in New York City on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Instructor Dhaendra Patel, head of Engineering and Training at Sony Digital Motion Picture Center, will go over the technical aspects of the Sony F5 and F55. Topics covered will include camera operations, dynamic range, sensitivity, 3D LUTs, frame image scan, data rate and more.

Read more here.

 

Sony CineAlta Forum with Alister Chapman, December 4, NY

Cinematographer Alister Chapman will be the guest speaker at Sony's December Cine Alta forum and he will be discussing the F5 and F55 cameras. Chapman has been using the cameras for both documentary style shooting and TV commercials. In this session he will focus on how to get the best out of the cameras.

The Forum is taking place on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC. Sign up here.

Canon C300 Vs. Sony F5 Vs. ARRI Amira

Sareesh Sudhakaran of Wolfcrow compares the features and prices of the new ARRI Amira with the Canon C300 and Sony F5.

He writes, "The Arri AMIRA is supposed to the ultimate high-end HD video camera for broadcast, corporate videos and documentaries. Is it?"

Read his full post here.

Shooting Documentaries with the Sony FS700, F5 and F55

In this 45-minute presentation from Cine Gear 2013, cinematographer David Leitner discusses shooting documentaries with the Sony NEX-FS700, PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, with particular focus on shooting handheld.

Watch below.

Storm Chasing with the Sony F5 and F55

In the below hour-long video documentary, filmmaker Alister Chapman discusses storm-chasing with the Sony F5 and Sony F55 and discusses the cameras' features and workflows.

Watch below.

Lighting and Shooting a One-Take Spot with the Sony F5

DP Art Adams relates his experiences shooting a one-take spot for La Crema Winery with the Sony F5. The shoot required three live set changes and two costume changes.

Writes Adams, "For my part I wanted to create lighting changes to help sell the set transitions, so I had to come up with a plan that afforded me both beautiful results and flexibility."

Read the full story here on DV Info. Watch the finished spot below.

A Workflow for Simultaneous Raw and HD Recording on the Sony F55

Andy Shipsides of AbelCine provides a video tutorial for recording simultaneously in raw and HD on the Sony F55 (which can also apply to the F5).

Says Shipsides, ""This is a great option because it means I can edit my HD material in a nice small format. And then when I'm done editing send that into a color grading application for high quality 4K output."

Watch the two-part tutorial below.

The Practicalities of Fast Run and Gun Shooting with a Large Sensor Camera

Alister Chapman of XDCAM-USER writes: Well I’ve just returned home from NAB and a week of Tornado Chasing in the USA. For the Tornado chasing I was shooting in 4K using my Sony F5. I’ve shot run and gun with my F3 and FS700 in the past when shooting air-shows and similar events. But this was very different. Tornado chasing is potentially dangerous. You often only have seconds  to grab a shot which involves leaping out of a car, quickly setting up a tripod and camera and then framing and exposing the shot. You often only have time for one 30 second shot before you have to jump back into the car and move on out ahead of the storm. All of this my be happening in very strong winds and rain. The storms I chased last week had inflow winds rushing into them at 50+ MPH.

Alister Chapman Delves into the Features of the Sony F5 and F55

In this presentation from NAB 2013, DP Alister Chapman talks about what he's learned about the features of the Sony F5 and F55 from the sensor to color grading. Watch below.

How to Import F5/F55 Footage in FCP, Avid and Premiere

Andy Shipsides of AbelCine writes: With every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. The term “workflow” can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at importing Sony F5/F55 footage into various non-linear editing systems (NLEs). Both the F5 & F55 can record in MPEG2 (XDCAM), XAVC and HDCAM SR formats internally. With the addition of the AXS-R5 recorder, they can also record in Sony Raw. This article is focused on MPEG2 and XAVC, but be sure to keep an eye out for future blogs on working with Sony Raw and HDCAM SR. The F5 & F55 workflows are similar to that of the F3 and XDCAM EX cameras, but with some significant changes.

Sony F5 & F55 Scene Files from AbelCine

Andy Shipsides of AbelCine writes: The Sony F5 & F55 cameras are shipping in quantity now, and we’ve gotten a lot of requests for some custom scene files. I’ve put together five files in our usual flavors. They are designed both to change the cameras’ look and make matching the two cameras easier. The cameras handle colors very differently due to their different Color Filter Arrays (to learn more, read Mitch’s article on CFAs), so you’ll see some obvious differences in the files. My focus on these files was to match skin tones and give a nice overall look.

Zacuto's First Look at the Sony F5 and Sony F55

This first look from Zacuto and AbelCine at the Sony F5 and Sony F55 looks at some of the differences between the two cameras as well as going through some handheld set-ups. Watch below.

Test Drive the New Sony F5, March 21, NY

Join Adorama for a free in-depth tour and hands-on demo of the new Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta camera; food and drink will be served.

What: Adorama Presents: Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camcorder
When: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6 PM
Where: Adorama’s new event space at 55 West 17th Street, between 5th and 6th avenue, NY, NY
Cost: FREE

A Camera Test Between the RED Scarlet, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Sony F5

522 Productions set up some camera tests between the RED Scarlet, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Sony F5 and present some of the results along with with comparisons of set-ups and more. Watch below.

Test Footage from the Sony F5 and F55

Cinematographer Ben Allan of the Film Bakery has gotten his hands on prototypes of the Sony F5 and F55 and shot some test footage (that he's graciously offered up for free download too.) He writes, "Personally, I find [the] results to be quite remarkable and beyond what I would expect from any other camera I’ve tested – including film. To be 4 stops over exposed and have it not only useable, but really quite normal is astonishing.

The Sony F5: A Camera That Is Everything to Everybody?

Sony F3 user Adam Shanker takes a first look at the Sony F5, writing, "Many DPs, myself included, talked to Sony about a camera that would be everything to everybody. A camera that not only looked good on the sketchboard and on scopes, but was a camera that an operator had no limits with. The F5 looks to have taken a lot of those issues into consideration."

Read his full post here on Crews Control.

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Sony Announces Pricing for F55 and F5 CineAlta 4K Cameras

Sony Electronics has announced suggested list pricing for its newest CineAlta 4K cameras – the PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 – as well as their related 4K accessories. These new technologies, announced in late October to tremendous industry response, are designed to meet the growing demand for HD, 2K and 4K content creation across a wide range of professional applications.

The suggested U.S. list pricing for the new products, planned to be available in February, are:

•PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Camera $19,400
•PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camera $34,900
•AXR-R5 RAW Recorder $6,300

Sony's Juan Martinez and Rob Willox Consider the F Series Camera

Sony Electronics recently introduced two new 4K cameras, the PMW-F55 and PMW-F5, that can shoot HD, 2K and 4K. TV Technology’s Craig Johnston spoke to Sony Electronics senior product manager Juan Martinez and director of marketing for large image sensor cameras Rob Willox about the new cameras.

Where do these two new CineAlta cameras fit into the Sony 4K camera lineup?

Cameras, Codecs, Cards, CineAlta: A First Look at Sony’s Expanded and Evolved F Series

After weeks of teasing, Sony finally revealed its expanded F Series ecosystem of products at the end of October. Sony’s expanded CineAlta ecosystem centers around two new 4K cameras, the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55. They share an identical modular form factor differentiated only by the silver PL locking ring on the F55. The shape of the cameras very much resembles an Aaton film camera or even an ARRI Alexa, except smaller, shorter and lighter.

Cameras, Codecs, Cards, CineAlta: A First Look at Sony’s Expanded and Evolved F Series

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<p>After weeks of teasing, Sony finally revealed its expanded F Series ecosystem of products at the end of October. Sony&rsquo;s expanded CineAlta ecosystem centers around two new 4K cameras, the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55. They share an identical modular form factor differentiated only by the silver PL locking ring on the F55. The shape of the cameras very much resembles an Aaton film camera or even an ARRI Alexa, except smaller, shorter and lighter.</p>

After weeks of teasing, Sony finally revealed its expanded F Series ecosystem of products at the end of October. Sony’s expanded CineAlta ecosystem centers around two new 4K cameras, the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55. They share an identical modular form factor differentiated only by the silver PL locking ring on the F55. The shape of the cameras very much resembles an Aaton film camera or even an ARRI Alexa, except smaller, shorter and lighter.

Sony's #TheNewF Live-Chat, December 4

Sony Europe will be running a live-chat on December 4th all about their new F-series of cameras. The chat will feature Sony experts as well as the key crew behind two short films recently shot with the Sony F5 and F55.

The chat is taking place on Sony Europe's Facebook page at 6 PM GMT (1 PM ET). Register for a reminder here.

Download the Free Sony F5 and F55 96-Page Booklet

Download Film and Digital Times' extensive 96-page booklet going over both the Sony F55 and F5. The free PDF includes comparison charts, a thorough road map of each cameras' features and much more calling itself "“The Official Biography of the F5 and F55 at its Launch."

Download it here.

Sony Adds Dedicated F5 and F55 Support and Community Forum

Sony has added a forum dedicated to its new F5 and F55 cameras to its Sony Support Community Boards. Moderated by Peter Crithary, Marketing Manager, Large Sensor Acquisition, the forum provides an opportunity for prospective users of these newly-announced cameras to interact with each other and with Sony.

Will the Sony F5 and F55 Be Game Changers?

Alister Chapman believes that the Sony F55 and F5 could truly be game-changers and here's why:

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