podcast #26 den lennie and the sony NEX FS100 digital super 35mm camera

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Yesterday we had a conversation with Den Lennie from F-Stop Academy about the just announced Sony NEX-FS100E (see our announcement post).

Of course, you're wondering why we care since it isn't an HDSLR? well, that's because we want to let you know about the world surrounding the HDSLRs as well. It never hurts to be aware of your choices! This is a video camera (camcorder) that is looking to be a much smaller form factor to be like an HDSLR? much like the RED Scarlet. Of course, it doesn't shoot stills. And, we wonder if it will be as “stealthy” as an HDSLR.

Oh, and Sony says they won?t be available until somewhere between July and September.

So tune in and find out Den's experiences with the camera and what it will do to the HDSLR revolution!

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So, what do you think? Will the FS100 unseat some of the big players in the business?

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  1. Great video — but he’s dead wrong on the HDSDI or HDMI output from the AF100. The output from the AF100 is uncompressed 4:2:2. The compressed files recorded to SD cards is 4:2:0 — exactly the same as it is on this FS100.

  2. Sorry, but I’m not on board with this gentleman’s cheerleading for Sony. If it were up to Sony, we’d still be shooting crappy HDV. It’s because of the DSLRs (and the particular use that shooters discovered, not that Canon anticipated what was going to happen) and RED that Sony was forced to react and bring this product to the market. And even this is a product not born out of a desire to bring innovation to the market. It’s consistent with Sony’s rationing technology to maximize profits. I mean look at the F3, it essentially has the same sensor and it costs what 15k? Sony was forced to make this product being squeezed by the DSLRs from the bottom and RED from the top so as to not completely lose the market. And $6k is a lot of money for what this camera offers. God bless the Canon accident that forced Sony and Panasonic to bring better products to the market, still expensive though. Come on Jim Jannard, get the freakin’ Scarlet into the assembly line already!

  3. I presume, since this man was involved in the design process, he has a vested interest in promoting the product. So, although this appears to be a review, one really ought to take his recommendations with a pinch of salt.

    1. It’s no brain surgery really. Think of the facts. Around the time Sony called Den Lennie to “brainstorm about what shooters want,” they were offering two options, HDV/AVCHD cameras and the EX3. The EX3 at about 10k (if you factor in the cost of a couple of those ridiculously priced SxS cards). But they didn’t call him in because they were “listening to their customers,” they called him in to tell them what they needed to do for shooters in his market segment to give up their DSLRs, because DSLRs were killing them, And with Sony’s resources and manufacturing capability they were able to announce it to the market within a few months, and certainly before say the RED Scarlet hits the market. That FS-100 looks like a decent product and I’m actually considering it, but it’s still overpriced. It should be under 3k for what it offers. I’m waiting to see Panasonic’s response at NAB (really 60p at 1080 was that difficult Panasonic?) and what Canon does with the 5dmk3. And last but not least what Canon may offer as far as video cameras go, which at this point is baffling to me.

  4. I have noticed a lot of people are selling the AF 100 after a few shoots? I wonder why, and the folks selling them are not weekend vididots or wedding video wanna bees.

  5. While living and working in NYC, I made my living behing a motion picture camera for many years. Some 35mm, but mostly 16mm – shooting documentary style. When portable video cameras came on the market (early 70s) they were all designed to used as “news” cameras – hand held, run and gun – and the controls were on the camera.

    If you’re an industrial or documentary cameraperson, most of your work will be on a tripod (hopefully). Your right hand is usually on the pan head handle. Within easy access by the thumb and forefinger of your right hand you’ll have the on/off switch and full control of the zoom mechanism. You’ll be using your left hand on the focus ring.

    Any setup that requires you to move your right hand from the pan head handle is a HUGE inconvenience. If you’re shooting in a controlled environment, like a movie set, this isn’t such a big deal because you have a crew, and you have time to settle in. But if you’re shooting weddings, wildlife, or other events it’s a drag to have to make those moves. Currently, with the Canon 5d you have to use both your right and left hands on the camera to start your shot. And…. every time you touch the camera to engage live-view and to start video you can see camera-shake in the dailies. One would think that Canon and Sony, with all their experience in designing professional video cameras would see the awkwardness in their DSLR designs. Now Sony is coming out with this new model and as far as I can see it still has the same problems. It’s as if none of these people have ever had to make a living with one of their own products.

  6. I don’t know I just can’t see how a sony product would match up with a Canon. It took me awhile to move from a Nikon to a Canon. I love my Canon 5d for certain shots and my Mark II for others. Just don’t see myself using a sony. Interesting though

  7. you are really comparing this camera to a Scarlet? that camera isn’t out yet, you don’t know the final specs, you haven’t seen any of the footage. this seems foolish to me.

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