The Sony F3 with the S-LOG option uses its 35mm chip to shoot 4:4:4 RGB with 13.5 stops, for a picture so good it's scary. Here's a report from the very first feature shot with it, as told by Jonny Revolt: "I had just gotten back from SXSW in 2010, where I saw Elektra Luxx, a film by Sebastian Gutierrez. It looked great, and in the Q&A Sebastian discussed shooting the feature with a Canon 5D DSLR for around $12,000. Sign me up for a 5D! I'm ready, let's shoot.
"But after I got my hands on one, my friend Alin did some tests with it, and was not satisfied that this would be the right camera for shooting out particular feature. He did some additional research and came across the Sony PMW-F3, an affordable video camera with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor. At around $24K, the F3 already sounded like a more affordable solution than RED or ARRI Alexa, especially because the price includes PL adaptor, and three Sony PL Primes: 35, 50 and 85 mm, T2.0. (The F3 without a lens lists for $16,800.)
"I've shot a lot of film, both 16mm and 35mm, so when I saw that out of the box the F3 shoots XDCAM at 4:2:0 at around 35mb/s, my first reaction was, 'Really? Like an EX3?' The EX3 is a great camera, but this was frustrating. It was clear that the F3 had much more brain sensor power than it was using, and we wanted to tap into that brain. The potential was clearly there, though, so Alin decided to go for it."
You can read the article online at magazine.creativecow.net/article/sony-f3-with-slog-shoots-ghost-of-goodnight-lane
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