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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:31 AM   #1
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My firts wedding last night with the SONY-Z5

PRO-wow, nice lense 20x and very wide,20% more then pd-170 factory lens
lcd(3.2) excellent,real video view,and far away, nice if you are over 40 years old(ha,ha,ha)
Iris,gain, exposure aperture at the lens VERY EASY
Focus,excellent,you go auto(only one time whent out of focus during the wedding) and you can still control it like manual
zoom very SMOOTH in booth places, hand held and top control
OK LOW LIGHT remember de pd-150? ....VERY GOOD !!!!!(6db gain) I use the micro panels with warm filter
Audio:you can control internal mike separate from the shot gun mike and of course the wireless mike
Using a mono pod, It's fill like you are using a STEADY CAM
Out door shot AMAZING !!
The camera looks very professional

NOT PRO-Heavy front,bottons a little confuse(a takes time).Battery life(using sony 570)not so good,but acceptable.
Rolling shutter ??? let my go to this week to post and my coments will come,of course I got TWIXTOR ,good bye flash !!!
When you hit record at takes 2 seconds to START, in pause same situation(sometimes)

Whant more? let me do a few more weddings(in my country are during the nigth),and I will kepp posting


Thanks for your time............Franklin !!!
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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Thanks Franklin for sharing this with us. I always thought that my FX7 was good in low lights situations despite what most people think here(was my first pro camera) so I can't wait for my Z5 to arrive next week. I have a christening next Saturday and it will my first event with the Z5.

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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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Franklin, how does the Z5 lens compare to the Z1?
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:38 PM   #4
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Hey Blake !!

I never had the z1,but coming from pd-150,and pd-170,since my weddings are during
the night,the low light(6db at 60i HD) is very close to the pd-150.
A few times I whent to 9db the video was clear and no grainy.The focus is very nice
and I never had to use the focus assistant.

Hope this help....Franklin
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:24 AM   #5
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NOT PRO-Heavy front,bottons a little confuse(a takes time).Battery life(using sony 570)not so good,but acceptable.
Rolling shutter ??? let my go to this week to post and my coments will come,of course I got TWIXTOR ,good bye flash !!!
Hi Franklin,
I haven't understood if rolling shutter was an issue or not at the wedding...?
What is TWIXTOR?
Let me know
Thanks!
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Old February 9th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #6
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RE:Vision Effects, Inc. : Products: Twixtor
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Old February 9th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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Hey Blake !!

I never had the z1,but coming from pd-150,and pd-170,since my weddings are during
the night,the low light(6db at 60i HD) is very close to the pd-150.
A few times I whent to 9db the video was clear and no grainy.The focus is very nice
and I never had to use the focus assistant.

Hope this help....Franklin
Couldn't agree more. The low light of the Z5 is just amazing. To think that an HD camera can behave like the best of the SD cameras in low light, was simply unheard of just 1 year ago.

I continue to be stunned by the picture quality on my 60" Pioneer Kuro. I'm also pleasantly surprised by how good an SD performer the cam is.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 12:04 PM   #8
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Ernesto !!

What is TWIXTOR? A sofware that makes excelent slow motion(render takes time)with
the ability to take of those flashes during any part from the video.
For the Rolling shutter problem(Sony CMOS) helps a lot !!


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Old February 9th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #9
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One more coments !!! about the Z5:

Since was my first time with this camera I decide to use Auto White Balance
Gess what !! the Z5 did a EXCELENT JOB during out door and in door !!

Hope helps !!
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:22 AM   #10
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Hi Franklin,

Thanks for sharing with us. I really want to upgrade to a z5. I'm also coming from the
Pd-170 and was concerned about the low-light performance in HD.

Your thread has added a touch of light to my HD....ooops head. :)

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Old February 11th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #11
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Franklin... what about the manual zoom on the lens? Can I do a 'snap-zoom' or is the lens like the Z1?
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Old February 12th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #12
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Hey Blake !! never tried the Z1,but coming from pd-170 let me tell you the focus ring from
Z5 is very easy an smooth,kind of getting used to it !!

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Old February 13th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #13
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When you use the manual zoom on the Z1, it isn't attached to the lens... meaning if I wanted to do a 'snap zoom' it takes a half-second (or longer) for the camera to actually 'zoom in' as well.

You can't instantly go from wide to tight (or vice versa) under manual.

Is the Z5 the same way?
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Old February 13th, 2009, 01:25 PM   #14
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Well if you are meaning response time of the zoom ring then I can say it is instantaneous, nice quick feedback and is very smooth.

However, the speed of the zoom is good overall, especially if you increase it in the menu settings (but have the risk of zoom noise being audible if recording audio nearby) making a wide to close shot a nice quick transition.

It is certainly not a "snap" from wide to ECU though!
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Old February 13th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #15
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Instant like the EX1 lens?

I know I'm sounding so dramatic with this question... it's just something itching at me!
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