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Old April 6th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #16
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Re: Gemini 4:4:4 Photos

I think the built-in monitor is something to enter into the cost equation when considering TOTAL cost of ownership. With the Gemini you don't have to spend the money on an external monitor. That's about an $800 to $1200 cost advantage to the Gemini.

One suggestion if possible: some sort of sun hood accomodation. The SmallHD monitors do a very nice job of notching their case and a collapsable sun hood quickly mounts for use in high ambient light environments.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #17
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Dear John,

We are designing a Sun Hood as an extra cost accessory.

We will not have it ready for NAB.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #18
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Will you still be able to run the F3 and the Gemini with one on-board battery like the switronic 62?
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Old April 6th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #19
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Dear Michael,

Do you mean the Swit S-8U62 battery?

If so, yes.

Here is a source for the special cable needed to power the F3 from this battery.

nanoFlash.net - Batteries and Chargers

One also needs a P-Tap (also known as a D-Tap) cable for the Gemini 4:4:4.
We may include this cable with the Gemini 4:4:4.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 09:20 AM   #20
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Very excited Dan.

I noted Denis's comment that 8 bit is all most people need and while this is often true, you never know what your next project might be. 3 days ago I got an out of the blue phone call... "Can you shoot a 3D Cinema Commercial for us with your F3 in 2 days time?". So yesterday I was out shooting a big budget 3d commercial with a pair of F3's recording on my trusty Nano3D. I would have loved to have shot this recording on to the Gemini as we were doing a lot of overcranking and 1080 60P would have been preferable. For the standard speed stuff, for a cinema commercial 10 bit would have been very nice too. So while 8 bit is often sufficient, 10 bit is very nice to have.

I could have also done with that bright LCD, we were lighting on a bright sunny day with 3 x 18kw lamps as some shots were done with Phantom HD Golds running at 1000fps and my monitor was a job to see even with a sun shade.

There's a thread about the shoot here:
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-xdc...ot-2x-f3s.html
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