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  1. I'm really interested in this Richard. (Thanks for the piece Andrew). I've got a Nex-5N and I love it but hardly use it because of the overheating. What happens to the controls at the back? Is the other screen still there so you can slim it down without the extra LCD. Would love to see it in action. Perhaps I can help make a review piece for one / try it in the field (I'm also based in the UK). Whats the price going to be?  Thanks for the info.
  2. As for who will win, definitely the Black Magic. That price point will kick the others into touch. Looks amazing for the price and capabilities. If the image is half decent and the workflow not too killer on lower end machines we could be about to see the true democratisation of 'film' quality cinema cameras.
  3. I think Shawn hit the nail on the head. The Blackmagic does not look like a camera you'll be able to use in the field or for many documentary applications, It certainly does not look rugged enough and the power and memory situation I think would make it very difficult to use for some conditions. It's amazing invention though and I'm sure for a lot of applications will kick the ass of the more expensive Canon's. I've got myself a 5D Mk3 and to be honest I'm fed up of hearing how 'disappointing' a camera it is. It's amazing. I'm cutting toget
  4. Thanks Amro! Really appreciate your comment. I've got a Manfrotto tripod (I think it's the 190 legs with a cheap pan head on it) it's not great for video (bit too light) but it is great for running around with because it's so light. For my handheld shots I just pull the legs out and hold the tripod! I'd love to have the time to get a steadicam up and running but most of the time you'd miss too much I think. It's not an ideal solution but the 5N is so light I find it's pretty easy to hold the camera for a while like this. You should definitely shoot somet
  5. I shot a documentary last week about a Polish, Sussex based Landscape Photographer, Sławek Staszczuk here in the UK. I'd read Andrew's great blogs about the Nex-5N and really liked what I read but this was the first shoot I'd really used it outside on location. And it was brilliant. I got the amazing 35mm SLR Magic F1.7 (which is simply magical) and it was perfect for capturing shots at dawn as we walked to the amazing white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters. I took my 550D along (and it fell in the sea, smashing a Tokina 11-16mm in HALF!) which was a blow, but by t
  6. I think what people have lost proportion with is just what you are getting for that money. About 2 years ago I was regularly hiring a Sony XDCAM HD camera the PDW-700, they cost something like £30-40K to buy! You couldn't buy one! In fact you could only afford cameras like the EX1 and EX3 (wow they disappeared fast didn't they!) The image was not as good as my 7D (although the workflow was far better). 2 years is not a lot of time to now be able to buy a camera far far better (the C300) for what is about a third or a quarter of that price. And that's the comparison that should
  7. I've invested a lot in both gear and creativity. Though I have to say that gear is far more satisfying. It rarely lets you down, it will not ignore your calls and you aren't dependant on other people for your gear to be successful. I find being a film maker incredibly frustrating, especially when you are working from your own pocket because people are often unreliable and lack the commitment that you have yourself. I never find my camera frustrating. And I think this might go a long way to explaining why these pages are more popular with people. We want to know about technology t
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