I have my Sony XDCAM ex. It is incredibly impressive. I sold my Panasonic HVX 200, which I have owned for a year but used for just 36 hours. I liked it but had real issues with the picture, the P2 format and the way the camera operated.
Now I have a new solid state HD camera and it improves on the HVX in every way as far as I am concerned. The LCD screen is so sharp. The lens, is like a real pro lens, the picture quality is amazing and the workflow is very impressive. 60 minutes recording on one card in full HD is way better that the 16 minutes on the HVX with a similar size card.
My thanks to Den at Mitcorp for all his help and getting me serial number 3 (geek).
Tomorrow I hope to try it out using both my Letus Extreme 35mm adaptor and also shooting it “clean”.
At the weekend I am off on a five day trip which will take in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Mull in Scotland. It’s a series of five short films to run on Channel 5 and Sky over Christmas. It looks at five very different families, who follow five different religions from all over Britain. It’s not about religion but a glimpse into their family lives.
I shot the first part in Brighton a month or so ago on the XDCAM HD F350 and it looks beautiful!
I was going to shoot the rest on this camera but the crazy part of me has decided to see if the XDCAM EX can be more than just a B camera. Can it be a replacement for a full size camera when you want to travel light? Well I will find out! Armed with the camera, 5 cards, 4 batteries, a miller lightweight solo ds 20 tripod, 35mm adaptor with a few lenses and my macbook pro with 2 external hard drives. I will be really road testing this, with some stunning landscapes and lots of actuality.