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Old November 2nd, 2019, 08:03 AM   #1
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PXW Z450 on the job.

A brand new Z450 arrived yesterday as a replacement for my deceased PMW500.

First impressions are that it has exactly the same form factor as most other XDCams which is a good thing. Buttons are in the correct spot for muscle memory and you don't need to 'rig it up with aftermarket sleds , handles and monitors to get it to work' (My Zacuto shod FS7 please take note) ....

But on a completely serious note i will report back with real life experiences both good and bad.. The sensor being a single Exmor R 4K CMOS sensor may cause some problems with flashbanding at big press events but time will tell.

While the Z750 looks very nice I couldn't wait till next year to get shooting. I also considered shopping in the FS7 as well and getting an F55 but in the end ease of operation and the bulletproof design kept me in the XDCAM type family. The Z450 starts earning its keep tomorrow night.

Have paired it with the HDVF- EL20 OLED VF which seems a cracker.

If any out there have any real world experience with the Z450 please feel free to share as there isn't a lot of info out there on this model.
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Old November 3rd, 2019, 01:17 AM   #2
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Re: PXW Z450 on the job.

Looking forward to what you find. And, Doug Jensen is pretty good with all cameras in addition to being an awesome part of this forum.


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Old November 3rd, 2019, 03:49 AM   #3
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Re: PXW Z450 on the job.

Thanks Andrew.

Have conversed a little with Doug before I purchased.

Not a lot of real world reviews or info on the camera. There is such a diverse mix of options these days.

On another note a question for any super techs out there.

I have purchased the HDVF-EL20 with the round lemo connector that sony has had on their cameras for years. Seems a cracker so far but my question is this.

Does anyone know if there is an adapter available to go from the round lemo sony plug to the flat plug found on the FS7? Would love to be able to use the EL20 on my FS7 if I could rig it up to work. The Z450 has both type connectors on the body so in theory it should be possible to make an adaption cable shouldn't it?

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Old November 6th, 2019, 05:39 PM   #4
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Re: PXW Z450 on the job.

So few days into the new run on the Z450. Been very happy with the viewfinder. For 5k it should be good and I'm happy to report it is.
Real world low light performance is impressive coming from the PMW500. I'm feeling at least a few stops better.
Was at Downing street (UK's Prime minister abode) tonight. Where as before with the 500 I had to light the door with a kicker tonight it was like someone had turned on the lights (literally)...
Depth of field was interesting. Pushing the Canon 14x4.3 HD wide lens fully open dropped the Door at NO.10 totally out of focus. Couldn't even see the number. Had to up the key light and iris down to ring it back in.
It's a bit like a halfway house between a traditional xdcam everything g in focus and a large sensor camera.
Finally very disappointed in the side screens colour. Having the OLED VF which is very true to reality the side screen has a strong green cast to it. My old 500 was much better and a new pXW X500 I used recently was also much better. May have a word with sony about it. Not the end of the world but for 20k I expect better.
Happy to report my SXS version 1 work fine in HD UDF 50mbs config. Will need PRO+ when stepping up to 4K and any slow motion stuff. .
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Don't forget to post some examples of the footage etc. Especially if you get the cat.

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