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    New Ikegami to challenge the AF100?
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    Hope it has a real viewfinder...

    From Ikegami:

    Ikegami also addresses HD cinema production with the introduction of the new Four-Thirds GFCAM™. Based on the workflow-efficient tapeless GFCAM™ HD Flash camcorder, the new camera is equipped with a 4/3-inch optical format Aptina 4K CMOS sensor for high resolution digital filmmaking. Providing excellent MTF both horizontally and vertically with over-sampling and 24p/25p/30p native recording, the camera uses lower-cost 64/128 GB Flash media that employs MLC (Multi Level Cell) technology with 10,000 times rewrite capacity. The new Four-Thirds GFCAM™ is designed to accept large format PL-Mount lenses for film-style high-aperture, shallow depth-of-focus cinematography.


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    Okay.

    Another high-end MFT camera is always good news, especially for people who have made a decision to go for MFT - more lenses, more competition. Great.

    Above that, a 4k camera hardly will be a competition to the AG-AF as it will most probably play in a completely different price range - more ALEXA or RED style.

    I really welcome every new "sensor in a box = camera" in the MFT-Family because it will stabilse the system even more and allows us to invest in the more long-lived equipment surrounding the camera ..... and then throw the camera away or sell it, when a better alternative comes around.

    So, if true, good news but hardly a challenge.


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    Probably very expensive...and look something like this (this is the 2/3rd inch GFcam):
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    Wonder what codec it will use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter richards View Post
    Probably very expensive...
    Depends how you define expensive.

    A large-sensor shoulder mounted camera with a real VF thats comes in at half the price of an Alexa could be considered a good value for a lot of freelancers...especially ones like me that have been on the fence about the AF/F3 cameras. Also, if it indeed is an ENG-style body, it could save you thousands in accessories like mounting, power, HQ recording and VF add-ons.

    I used Ikegami cameras for years and they were top notch back in the day. This camera will only be interesting to me if it's not an AF/F3 knock-off.


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    Agreed. Ikegami made the best tube cameras, lost their way when Betacam one-piece cameras came out, as well as CCD, but they had the best circuit design, tank like construction, and the worst marketing ever--even worse than JVC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    lost their way when Betacam one-piece cameras came out,.
    Not so much lost their way, as de-railed. Sony would not license them to make a one piece digibeta camcorder, so once Beta SP died as an aacquisition format, that was it for Ikegami camcorders. They quickly had out their editcam, but Digibeta still had a long way to run


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    Yes, Sony had them over a barrel, although ultimately allowed licensing, hence the V55, too expensive, too late. They were ahead of their time with the Avid Editcam models, a product that people weren't ready for in a tape centric world. They didn't make their own CCD's, so were at the mercy of other vendors. I had HL-79D's and E's, tried the HL-95, but it had issues, so went to the Sony BVP-30, then BVW-400, D600's. Hope they can get some traction again. A corporate client of mine just redid their studio with Ikegami HD cameras.

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    And in 30 years you can sell it.
    Remember this?

    Ikegami 79E Video Camera Studio Package

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Ikegami-79E-Vide...c#ht_614wt_898


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    Haha! Maybe I should bid on it!! Make a great prop. Spent a lot of hours of my life registering those cameras--the E had "left linearity" controls! 1% of this forum would know what that meant.....

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