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Having just got a recorder, I've written an entire blog post about my decision process to buy a recorder/monitor as I've been debating which to get for a long while: http://ironfilm.co.nz/which-recorder-monitor-is-best-for-the-sony-pmw-f3/ Basically my logic process then went, if: a) you have a bit more cash, get the PIX-E5 Because aside from its price (which is pricey relative to a Samurai Blade or Video Assist, however PIX-E5 is cheap compared to any of its direct competitors!) it is practically almost flawless! Especially as I feel 5 inches is the “sweet spot” for an operator’s monitor while shooting, but if you disagree there is always the PIX-E7 instead with its 7 inch screen. b) don’t mind focus peaking / waveforms / vector scopes / etc are missing, get the BMD VA! Some people don’t mind living without these and don’t see what is the big deal, others would shudder at the thought of being without them…. c) otherwise…. am left with the last choice of the three :-P Get a Samurai Blade Or at least, that is how my thought process went. Thus personally I went for the Atomos Samurai Blade, which I’ll use with my PMW-F3. It arrives next week! (it just arrived today at my reshipper service in the USA) You can now rip into me for making the wrong choice :-P Or give me tips on using them together. For instance, I think the tagging (thumbs up/down) on set feature in the Atomos recorders only can be used with Final Cut?? (even though Atomos promised it would work with other NLEs) If there is any way to make it work with Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas (or even DaVinci Resolve's editing?! Just I can't use Final Cut, as using a PC, as does everybody else I work with) please let me know.
Sony PMW-F3 price drop.
David Peterson posted a topic in SonyThe current price for a new F3 is only US$3,995 now, a huge reduction from its original price: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848144-REG/Sony_PMW_F3L_RGB_PMW_F3L_Super_35mm_Full_HD.html I can tell it dropped from US$4,995 sometime in the last 48hrs based on Google's cache: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:f3DRVKbhbYQJ:www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848144-REG/Sony_PMW_F3L_RGB_PMW_F3L_Super_35mm_Full_HD.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz I was hoping Archive.org could give me insight into the price history over the past year. But sadly the most recent copy it shares at the moment is from October 2014 when it was $14,995: https://web.archive.org/web/20141006031730/http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/848144-REG/Sony_PMW_F3L_RGB_PMW_F3L_Super_35mm_Full_HD.html Adorama sadly doesn't sell it currently, just a kit for $13,800: http://www.adorama.com/SOPMWF3G444.html But it does have three in used condition (V condition $2,100, E- condition $2,400, E condition $2,575): http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=recommend&sku=US_VDCSOPMWF3 And on eBay I can see sold listings for US$2K. I believe if people look around at their local private sales they'll find it even cheaper, I picked up one myself three weeks ago for US$1.2K via that. Incredible price drop from 2011 when the Sony PMW-F3 first came out and it was nearly $20,000! ($16K for the body plus initially US$3,800 for the firmware upgrade) It has had a far faster price drop than similar cameras of that era (give or take a year) which were priced similar (or even cheaper than the F3 was), such as: Canon C300, RED Scarlet, RED One, Sony FS700, BMCC. They've all seen big price drops, falling half in price, or even more. But none have seen the price fall to a tenth of the original cost! (or even less!) I wonder why. I've got a few theories, it is was a rather popular enough camera in its niche (TV / documentaries / etc). Thus lots of F3 cameras were sold, which is causing mismatch in supply vs demand. As there is low demand because it never caught on amongst amateur/indie filmmakers (because they too quickly got distracted by the next shiny item, such as RED or BMD), who'd be the people who could soak up the supply of F3 cameras on the second hand market. As professional TV crews wouldn't be buying up F3 cameras in large numbers, they'd instead be moving on to an F5/F55. So why are there not more indies picking up these cheap F3 bodies? I'd say there are a few reasons: its bulk, it is "only 1080", no raw, PL mount (too pricey for many indies), and SxS cards are pricey. (last two reasons are non issues, as under that PL mount you've got the FZ mount, and there are dirt cheap adapters for SxS to use standard SD cards. But many people won't realise this initially, and just be put off from getting an F3) Makes you wonder what camera now which are priced way outside our reach will then be very affordable by 2019? Alexa Mini? Doubt it, it will still hold onto its popularity and prestige for a long time. Sony F5? Well... is the one directly after the F3, kinda makes it the obvious candidate to keep an eye on. The F5 after all is already feeling pricing pressure from Sony's own cheaper FS7, URSA Mini and other cameras will keep up the pressure. KineFinity KineMAX 6K? Doubt it will sell enough to create a future large supply vs demand in balance. Sony FS7? Perhaps this is the one to watch for 2019 deals, but it is already starting from a very affordable point. So it surely will fall to a similar price point by 2019 I guess, but it certainly won't fall to being a tenth of its original price. AJA Cion? Eh, I suppose it might... but I doubt I'd pick it over my own F3! Other candidates? Thoughts?
Open to all reasonable offers. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281271306523
Hi, I'm listing this item here before auctioning it off on eBay. Up for sale is the 15mm LW support base made by Denz in Germany for the Sony F3. This is a well made and thought out item that I recommend to anyone using the ARRI studio bridge plate standard, although it also comes with 1/4" and 3/8" mounting options. The riser also comes with Hirth rosettes (ARRI compatible) on either side for mounting handle systems. You can find it on the Denz website for more details: http://www.denz-deniz.com/en/premium-products/support-sony-pmw-f3/ Pictures are below. Make me an offer.