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2012 marked a monumental year for Sony. Not one, not two, but three full frame video or video-capable cameras were announced, and on the same day, no less. One of these constitutes the only full frame camcorder to date, the NEX-VG900, so the historicity really can’t be discounted. Doubtlessly responding to consumer and industry feedback, and before the models the company has announced have even been released yet, Sony isn’t content to let the waves they’ve made in our cozy little pond merely ripple back. Instead, they’ve all but confirmed yet another stills/video camera in production, targeting even more pieces of the market share they’ve aggressively sought to carve out. In this case, Sony’s bringing all the more good news for full frame enthusiasts — especially those looking past the A99 — and those DSLR users with positive mirrorless shooting experiences. More »

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I own an Audio-Technica AT-897 shotgun microphone, and I’m not particularly pleased with it. The shoddy sound quality of the dialogue on The West Side is one example of a microphone that was asked to perform is some non-ideal conditions, and did not deliver. Ever since I bought the AT897, I’ve found myself wishing that I had just gone with the industry standard (at a similar price point), the Sennheiser K6/ME66 combo. But you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have. That said, I’ve been eyeballing shotgun microphones that would be a significant step up from the AT897 for a good while, and the Rode NTG-3 has long been the top contender. Now Jim Feeley at ProVideo Coalition has written up a full review of the NTG-3, and here’s what he has to say about it: More »

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It’s the last day of 2010 and the time of year when film critics release their “best of” lists. My own favorite films released (in the U.S.) in 2010 were (in no particular order) Exit Through the Gift Shop, Mother, Inception, The Social Network, Black Swan, Prince of Broadway, Winter’s Bone, The Tillman Story, Restrepo, El Secreto de sus Ojos, I Am Love, and True Grit. I haven’t seen yet, but am looking forward to, The Oath, Blue Valentine, Catfish, Carlos, Inside Job, Somewhere, You Won’t Miss Me, Enter the Void, Monsters, Tiny Furniture, The American, Machete, Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, and, um, Toy Story 3. What were your favorite films of the year? More »