Sony F35 Channel
2008 saw the release of the no-expenses-spared $250,000 tape-based digital cinema camera; The Sony F35. After spending years developing a digital motion picture camera with Panavision (which birthed the ground breaking Panavision Genesis, arguably the…
2008 saw the release of the no-expenses-spared $250,000 tape-based digital cinema camera; The Sony F35. After spending years developing a digital motion picture camera with Panavision (which birthed the ground breaking Panavision Genesis, arguably the first digital camera to make an image comparable to film), Sony decided to release their own version of the Genesis in PL mount with upgraded electronics that accepts Arri standard components- this time available for purchase instead of rental only like the Genesis. Unfortunately, the camera failed to take off as expected- possibly because of the high price, possibly because of the Red One, possibly because of the looming financial crisis during that time. One thing is for sure though, this forgotten camera was built to court the world's best Directors and DP's to take digital image acquisition seriously and replicate the look of analoge 35mm film. Weather or not Sony achieved an image that replicates the look of 35mm film is up to you.
What was unlucky for Sony ended up being lucky for us, as this global shutter 35mm CCD camera is now available used on the open market for a very small fraction of what it sold for new and many people are breathing new life into them by retro fitting them with various inexpensive solid state ProRes recorders. Join our F35 discussion and community here to learn more about this unique and "forgotten" digital cinema camera: dvxuser.com/V6/forumdisplay.php?284-Sony-F35
Quick camera specs:
Studio film-camera style body
Super 35mm RGB stripped "5K" CCD (global shutter) with film like color and noise
Arri PL mount (custom Nikon mounts are being made by some)
12-bit 444 1920x1080 recording up to 50fps (with appropriate recorder)
450 Base ISO in S-Log gamma
For a list of films shot on the F35, such as TRON, go here: dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?318660-Films-and-TV-Series-shot-with-the-Sony-F35
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