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Old January 31st, 2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Big announcement coming for PMWF3???

Just saw this tweet from CineAltaNews. Any idea what's up?

https://twitter.com/#!/CineAltaNews/...18234102562817
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Old February 1st, 2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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I know! (but it's my own conspiracy theory.) After reviewing the feedback of suggestions for 1.4 firmware, Sony will release 'optional' $$$$ software allowing 4:2:2 and 50Mbps straight out of the camera.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 03:15 AM   #3
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My guess: Free S-Log 4:2:2 Output.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 03:28 AM   #4
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That would be great for me, but jeez, if you paid four grand for it... :(
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Old February 1st, 2012, 04:39 AM   #5
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Free s-log would make sense, although it would only demonstrate Sony's concerns over the Canon C300, which comes with its own log. A big announcement should be something that the Canon can't match.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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Well it is the S-Log for FREE.

Actually it's for 899$, but as it comes on a 32GB SxS card (worth 899$)
it's actually for free now.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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Hmmmm. I brought S-Log at full price about 4 weeks ago. It has been on back order, so I still don't have it yet. I think I will have words with the dealer about a refund...
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Old February 1st, 2012, 09:39 AM   #8
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Yea, not good for those of us that paid full price.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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Yea, not good for those of us that paid full price.
I am with you on that.. *grabs pitchfork and heads to Sony*
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Old February 1st, 2012, 12:07 PM   #10
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Word is that the S-Log is $899, but you may have to send the camera into Sony. If that is true (and it is not confirmed) I wonder if the "remove" option is disabled. If someone removed it, then you wouldn't have a way to re-install. Let's see how this plays out. With the features on the C300 they should make S-Log and 50Mbps low cost or no cost. Refunds for previous purchases. Sony is bleeding money anyways, they ought to light a fire under the F3 before C300s saturate the market.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 12:39 PM   #11
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I hope I get some money back. I was already very irked by the $3680, and now I'm doubly so.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 02:39 PM   #12
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You will have to send it in to Sony for the upgrade. No card is included. I'm happy for everyone that can take advantage of the lower price but p***ed that I paid full price for it. I am looking for the best way to express my dissatisfaction with Sony. And NO, a rebate on other Sony products that I don't need or want isn't going to make me feel any better about it.


From @CineAltaNews Peter Crithary on Twitter:
#F3, #PMWF3 owners that wish to purchase #SLog RGB444 option $899.00 call #Sony service & book it NJ 201-833-5300 or LA 323-352-5000
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I am looking for the best way to express my dissatisfaction with Sony. And NO, a rebate on other Sony products that I don't need or want isn't going to make me feel any better about it.
You took the words out of my mouth. $2000 is about my threshold these days for "not a big deal" in camera gear land, and the S-Log upgrade crossed that line by a fair margin. I essentially paid a $2700 premium to use it on 3 jobs since I bought it in September, that's $900 per job.

And to repeat, discounts on gear I don't want, let alone don't need is not going to make it better. If it was a discount on ANY Sony gear, I might be ok. But I already bought that 17" OLED monitor too.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 04:11 PM   #14
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I keep seeing (USA Only) in relation to this. It looks like yet another painful Sony market segmentation exercise for us in Australia. We never get these promotions extended down here.

So here I am, having just paid over $4000AU, and now having been waiting a month for it on back order and not even having it yet, I see it offered to US users for around 80% less.

Thanks Sony :(
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Old February 1st, 2012, 05:34 PM   #15
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I was just about to pull the trigger on a F3. This would have sent me over the edge. I love my EX3, but an almost 3K mistake would have been major. Sony needs to make this right.
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