Jump to content
Max Field

Anyone Have A Thomson Viper?

Recommended Posts

This camera intrigues me. I wonder what it's going for in 2018...

 

I also wonder about the dynamic range.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

About eleven stops, although they clip in a reasonably nice, analogue-CCD sort of way. If you overlook the weird black-pixel overflow errors, which are fixable.

 

I, too, have a certain romantic recollection of the thing, since much good work was done with it and it'd be a lot easier to use now. The sad reality is that it's greatly outperformed by even quite basic modern cameras, in terms of dynamic range, resolution, frame rate and sensitivity. And probably power consumption, I haven't checked. And size and weight. And compatibility with easily-available lenses, though the option to use Digiprimes is an attractive one.

 

Honestly, you might just as well shoot on something like the original Blackmagic 4K for global shutter and rely on downscaling to reduce noise.

 

Part of me wishes that Grass Valley would do something similar with one of their modern studio cameras, which often have extremely high performance in terms of sensitivity and frame rate. I couldn't encourage them to do that with any idea that it'd make money, though.

 

P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Gamma Ray Digital Inc



    Wooden Camera



    New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment



    Broadcast Solutions Inc



    Metropolis Post



    Paralinx LLC



    Visual Products



    Ritter Battery



    Tai Audio



    Rig Wheels Passport



    Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS



    Abel Cine



    CineLab



    Glidecam



    Serious Gear


×
×
  • Create New...