The teaser trailer about a camera that may well be the most important slow motion release of the year is out, and in a word, its “inspiring”. The video is shot by the german video production house: https://www.vorzeigekind.de/ and it shows the process of making a hamburger dish along with some flying citrus and a flaming martini. Continue reading…
In what could be condensed into a mild refresh at best; the newly released Sony FS7 Mark II Super 35mm 4k Camera does little to entice owners of the Sony FS7 to upgrade. It seems to be a way to replace the camera and entice new buyers without actually offering anything really revolutionary.
To be fair there are a few improvements like the E Mount now has a PL like locking mechanism for easier lens detachment without twisting. This is ideal for lenses with filters and matte box attached. Also the integrated electronic Variable ND brings it in line with other cameras that offer this compelling option to avoid ND filters altogether while setting the camera for 1/180º shutter. Added also is BT.2020 color space for UHD recording at 10 and 12 bits, 10 assignable buttons vs 6 in the Mark 1 and a few new LEDs and ergonomic fixes from user feedback on the Mark 1.
Stiller Studios a motion control specialist based in Sweden has used the robot Bolt Cinebot computer controlled arm created by Mark Roberts Motion Control alongside the Vision Research Phantom Flex 4k camera to create some amazing slow motion footage.
While the equipment is daunting to the common man and probably the rental price is equivalent to the price of a mid size sedan; it should not deter you from taking a look. High speed is especially suited to this kind of robot as the quick and rock solid movements are ideal to control every angle during a slow motion shot that lasts a few hundreds of a second to few secs.
Ever since I got into digital imaging at the end of the 1990s I was very interested in Hi Speed Video Imaging. Over the years I have seen the price of these digital wonders go down in price considerably and are now close to what you would call affordable for the enthusiast.
I have produced a few footage videos for my stock videography work over the years with slow motion/hi speed cameras but have never been able to use, rent or own a truly professional hi speed camera.