Sony PMW-F3 Toolkit - PMW-F3L Super 35mm XDCAM EX Camcorder Package


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About Sony PMW-F3

Sony created this special Kit to create a high quality, cost effective HD Super 35mm large sensor shooting system. This package provides a comprehensive toolset that will allow the owner to tackle productions with the very cost efficient MPEG 2 35Mbs through to uncompressed 1080P 4:4:4. The package is an "out of the box" shooting solution. Just mount a lens and you are ready to shoot great looking HD.

The PMW-F3 was a breakthrough in cost performance. In this package, Sony increases the value with the inclusion of key accessories that vastly broaden the scope of applications for the camera system. It has a true Super 35mm image sensor designed from the ground up to create great moving pictures. You'll get gorgeous images with a wide color gamut, low noise and high dyncamic range. The PL mount works directly with 35mm PL mount cinema lenses. In the PMW-F3G444 Kit, Sony's added an Optitec adapter to increase the range of applicable lenses to include the Canon EF series. The RGB output and S-LOG Gamma module, previously an option, are now standard equipment. The on-board XDCAM takes advantage of Sony's well-established post workflow. However, Sony's also included the Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 recorder in this package. The Gemini 444 offers several recording options that takes the PMW-F3 all the way to uncompressed RGB recording. This packa g e has what it takes to tackle the most challenging of projects.

The PMW-F3G444 Kit is packaged with the following high quality and flexible shooting components:

1) The PMW-F3RGB is the foundation of this package and makes a tremendous image. The RGB output and S-LOG Gamma module are now standard equipment. The camera includes the power supply and battery

2) High quality recording is enabled by the inclusion of the Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4. The Gemini 4:4:4 comes complete with 2x (two) 512GB memory cards to allow long duration or high bit rate recording. The Gemini 4:4:4 is a professional, high-definition video recorder that is very compact. The Gemini 4:4:4 functions as a high-quality monitor, a recorder and a playback device. As a recorder, the Gemini 4:4:4 can record up to the HD highest quality possible uncompressed which can easily be incorporated into many workflows

3) The Sony PMW-F3 camera is designed to accept a tremendous range of lenses. In this package, a Sony PL adapter is supplied. The supplied Sony PL mount features both the Arri LDS and Cooke "i" interface capability. To vastly increase the range of available lenses, Sony also included an Optitek CPL-i EF mount adapter. The Optitek CPL-i EF Lens adapter provides Iris with a fine Aperture control in 1/4 stop increments. Unlike DSLR based camera systems, the PMW-F3 doesn't lock you into a particular lens mount or brand. The two adapters will allow interchangeable use of lenses from ZEISS, Arri, Cooke and many others.

4) The Kit is protected with the LCF3KTH Hard Case. It has compartments designed to perfectly accomodate the PMW-F3 and the Gemini 444. The LCF3KTH also allows "room to grow". Make sure you fill up the remaining space with Sony gear!

The Sony PMW-F3G444 Kit is designed to to take advantage of a wonderful camera platform, a versatile recording system, a vast array of legacy lenses all at an affordable price. Get the versatility and ergonomics of a camcorder at a great value.

Sony PMW-F3 Specifications

Imaging Device
Super 35mm Exmor CMOS Image Sensor (23.6 x 13.3 mm)
Picture Elements
1920 x 1080 (Effective)
LCD Monitor
3.5" Hybrid-type 16:9 Color LCD Monitor
Approx. 921,000 effective pixels
0.45", Aspect Ratio 16:9
Built-in Optical Filters
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND
-3, 0, 3,6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
S/N Ratio
63dB (Y) (Typical)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
T11 ISO800 (Typical)
Shutter Speed (Time)
1/32 to 1/2000 sec.
Slow Shutter
2 to 8 frames
White Balance
Preset (3,200 K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Recording Format
Video: HD HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps / VBR
HD SP Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14,25 Mbps / CBR
Audio: LPCM (16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels)
Recording Frame Rate
NTSC area:
HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p
1440 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p
1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 23.98p
SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97p
Recording/Playback Time
HQ Mode:
Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card
SP Mode:
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output
RCA phono jacks (x2), -10 dBu (47kOhms load, reference level)
Composite Output
BNC type (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ohms, HD-Y or analog composite signal
DC Input
XLR-type 4-pin
Genlock Input
BNC (x1)
HDMI Output
A-type (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack (x1), -18 dBu (reference level output, 16Ohms load)
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
SDI Output
Timecode Input
BNC (x1)
Timecode Output
BNC (x1)
Mini-B/USB2.0 Hi-Speed (x1)
i.LINK, IEEE1394, 4-pin connector (x1), S400
Filter Diameter
All included Sony PL lenses = 95mm
Focal Length
PMW-F3K includes a 35, 50 and 85mm fixed focal length lens
Manual, T2.0 to C (close) (All PMW-F3K Sony PL Lenses)
Lens Mount
PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 130 min (HD-SDI Dual Link ON, with BP-U60)
Approx. 170 min (HD-SDI Dual Link OFF, with BP-U60
Built-in Microphone
Operating Temperature
0 deg.C to 40 deg.C (32 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Storage Temperature
-20 deg.C to +60 deg.C (-4deg.F to +140 deg.F)
Power Consumption
Approx. 18 W (Typical) (HD-SDI Dual-Link OFF, VF ON, LCD monitor OFF
Max. 24 W (Typical) (HD-SDI Dual-Link ON, VF ON, LCD monitor ON)
Power Requirements
DC 12 V (11.0 V to 17.0 V)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
151 x 189 x 210 mm (5.9 x 7.44 x 8.26")
Approx. 2.4 kg (5.29lbs) without accessories
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