DP Peter Beeh in Sydney is the first independent user to take delivery of Sony’s new
F65 camera system in Australia, and is now using it to shoot commercial, aerial and
|The complete system, which Sony has developed to produce very high quality video for television and feature film production, comprises the F65 body with mechanical shutter plus SR-R4 recorder, HDVF-C30WR viewfinder, SR-PC4 data management unit and Sony SRMemory cards.|
Peter Beeh bought the system through local dealer and supplier Videocraft, and said he has been interested for some time in the development of equipment for digital cinematography. He specialises in commercial, aerial, documentary and factual programming and received information from Sony and Videocraft while considering the options for production and characteristics of the F65 in relation to his work. Since taking delivery of the F65, has used the camera on several TVCs, to shoot background plates for an overseas production and for fashion and lifestyle shoots.
Regarding the camera’s capabilities, among the first qualities he noticed was its low light performance, which is important to him for indoor and dusk shoots, with a dynamic range extending up to outdoor sunny conditions. The high resolution is another major factor, plus its ability to capture subtlety in colour to maintain natural skin tones and accurately record colours in clothing.
According to Peter the F65’s sensor generates very little noise due to the high pixel count and the mechanical shutter helps overcome rolling shutter artefacts. The shutter assembly also incorporates several ND filters, which he appreciates because many modern cameras are very sensitive to light and heavy amounts of ND in front of the lens can compromise the digital sensors. With this camera he can shoot outdoors with three, four, five or six stops of IR-corrected ND with one function, which saves time.
|On workflow, he remarked that Sony’s overall support of post production software helps him meet the requirements of both image quality and the post teams. Also, the F65 is so far the only digital cinema camera he has found that can immediately switch between 4K RAW and high quality 10-bit HD recording with frame rate ranging from 1 to 60 fps. The ability to shoot RAW at up to 120 fps is due to for availability shortly. Peter admitted he is now a firm supporter of 4K capture and said, “When I look at the pictures I am producing, it’s amazing to see images that are taking a huge step away from looking ‘electronic’.” pro.sony.com.au|