October 1, 2014 at 11:25PM

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Medium format options

In the light of the reveal of Alexa 65, I was trying to remember other digital cameras with a medium format sensor (which is fully used for video, no cropped-in window of the full sensor like the Leica S type 007). So I am making this question: can someone list a medium format options for digital acquisition?

Even indie made cameras or hacks or Kickstarter projects are welcome. The intention is to know what is coming through too. This could help to see if this format can be accessible or not in near future (as 4K now, for lack of better example).

Thank you.

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Atomos it's for 2015 begin to distribute a 4k proress 4444 capturer.

October 2, 2014 at 2:47AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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Thanks! But I don't quite understand how this fit into medium format. It is an external recorder or a camera?

Rodrigo Molinsky

October 2, 2014 at 8:27AM

There's the Phantom Gold 65. That has a 65mm size 4k sensor. I believe Pentax was going to give HD video to one of their medium format photo cameras but I'm not sure if that ever went through.

October 3, 2014 at 1:16AM

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Peter Phillips
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I really didn't know about that Phantom one. Thanks! :D And I searched about the Pentax 645Z and I found this:

"Q: Could you clarify what portion of the sensor is used for HD video? Is it the full width of the sensor with the top and bottom cropped off?
A: Its not the full width. 10% area is cropped off from each right, left, top, and bottom of sensor."
http://wolfcrow.com/blog/the-pentax-645z-the-first-medium-format-camera-...

The cropping isn't extreme, so it's a good option indeed. I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks again!

Rodrigo Molinsky

October 3, 2014 at 7:49AM

Unfortunately the Phantom Gold 65 was discontinued a while ago. great camera thou.
But this topic is actually very interesting and its where the technology is heading.
From what I saw at the NFS post by Joe Marine I actually believe the Leica S (Type 007) shoots 1080p at the full sensor size. The 4K option is when the sensor get cropped.
Panavision confirmed recently their 65mm digital camera is on its final steps. Its hard to believe from such a delayed project but anyway, it shows that a major company is spending money in that direction.
I believe the Alexa 65 is a bigger deal than it seams actually. Another top company pointing in that direction with a product that in a couple years could be the standard acquisition for many major films.
I am currently working on a new feature project with director Tyler Shields that has some promising innovations on the hacked camera side. We'll be able to share the results of tests sometime soon..
I'm very curious if this topic gets more attention..

October 3, 2014 at 4:38PM

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Ivan Rodrigues
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Thank you very much for your thoughts. I'll be waiting the results. ;)

Rodrigo Molinsky

October 6, 2014 at 11:01PM

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