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    Anyone still using an EX1 or EX3? I was pleasantly surprised using mine recently
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    I was recently hired to do video and editing for a small concert recording. My initial plan was to rent an FS7 to pair with my Fs5 and GH5S, but by the time the job details were finalized it was too late to rent anything. I knew I'd be adequately covered with two angles just running the Fs5 and GH5S (it was 3-4 people in a small recording studio) but a third angle would be nice to have. So I brought out my Sony EX1 on a bit of a whim, as I'd never used it on a paid job (I purchased it just to play around with on personal projects when I found one for a crazy price a little over a year ago).

    To my great surprise and pleasure, this 13-year-old camera worked flawlessly for the entire 4-hour shoot (on a single battery, no less). My only issue was running out of SxS cards for the last few minutes. And even though the footage doesn't match the quality of the GH5S or the Fs5 it is absolutely fine for a third angle, just to add some variety to the edit. I know the codec is a very weak 35Mbps, but it stood up to some light grading in Resolve without any issues. Most importantly, the client was very happy with how the video turned out.

    I wouldn't want to make a habit of relying on the EX1 (the power switch on mine is hair-trigger sensitive to being turned off), but it's great to see that quality tools have this kind of life in them.

    Anyone else still bringing out their EX1/EX3 or similarly "outdated" cameras for work these days? As excited as I am by some of Sony's latest offerings (the FX6 in particular) I have to wonder if they'll be as durable and long-lived as workhorses like the EX series (I certainly hope so).


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    I remember wishing I could own an EX1. While I don't use out of date cameras, I do still film with camcorders for events. Often I shake my head when I hear people trying to use dslr/mirrorless cameras. They're not the right tools despite their angry protestations.


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    'Polaris' has been patrolling the UK for a decade without being used. aka .. I usually have my EX1 in my van as a ND XLR long roll time, reasonable zoom backup camera in case the FS7 goes bad.

    WHile I sold my FS100 and F3 as trades up to the FS7 the EX1 stayed.

    As for using it .. yep I do BTS videos with it very much around my studio - the XLRs zoom and long roll time just make it something you dont have to think about while ones main concentration is doing the job with the A camera.

    As for a commercial A camera.. for our army work (running around, jumping in Land Rovers) we now find the z90 to be more compact and basically better in every way. For some other 'walkabout' jobs.. more the artisan food fair stuff.. rather than telephoto stuff Ive been moving moving to the Nikon Z6 and 17-80 zoom lens. THe lack of ND and XLR are painful. (Not that weve done army or food fair this summer )

    For the back of a concert (remember them?) .. plug the EX1 into the mains.. and get sound from the mixer board and you have a hell of a tool for that third camera with sound collected.

    Ive also left it on sticks rolling and getting ambient sound and a wide while doing DUMB S+Q on my FS7.
    Both athletics cheeing and airshow (two more things I didnt do this summer )

    Mine will only go when used Z90s become (very) affordable or I get rich enough to buy a fleet of FX6. Yep if I had 3 or 4 FX6 and 2 or 3 28-135s I really would no longer need it.

    I still dont like it for 'A' as - codec too thin, lens too narrow, too heavy to be stealth.

    Last year with did a 'mock doc' where we specifically chose it as part of creating the look of a cheap doc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULJu8P1LTl4 ()paired with z90 and recorded into atmos via SDI
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    Yep, the above points you both mentioned made the EX1 perfect (aside from its age): no messing with lenses, no worries about tiny batteries, and I got sound (and pretty good sound) via XLR from the studio.

    I had a Z90 for a little while but the lack of fully manual controls (i.e., separate iris/zoom/focus rings) bothered me. But it was a great "set it and forget it" camera paired with my Fs5. From what I've seen from people like Doug Jensen and others the Z190 and Z280 are nice successors to the EX line, although I can't justify that expense for a B cam for my work.


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    I'm not a big fan of the Z190 because if it's poor performance in low light, but the Z280 a killer camera. It blows the EX1 out of water in every way you want to compare them. If you like the EX1 you would live the Z280. In fact, I'll choose my Z280 over my FS7 almost every time when DoF isn't going to be a factor. The Z90 is a great little camera too but I just sold mine to my brother in Madrid. It was painful to pack it up and say goodbye, but i wasn't using it enough any more to justify keeping it.


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    The Z280 looks really tempting, Doug, based on your videos in particular. For my work the FX6 makes more sense at the moment, but at some point I'd love to add a used Z280 to my setup.


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    A Z280 and a FX6 would make a nice combo. Like owning a pickup truck and sports car. Both good, but for different stuff.


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    Just pulled out the EX-3 for a balcony camera hard XLR-wired to the audio board for a Christmas service. Set it up on a master wide shot, worked quite nicely with an F55, F3, A7S3 and two gopros in the mix. (poor colorist)

    Still use it now and for ABC news Sat truck shots, since they only want 720 anyway.


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    Used three of them last night with ACM21's and 18 x B4 2/3" lenses on a Christmas concert. With a finely tuned Chroma du Monde 709 preset and most importantly, very importantly decent knee / slope settings the results out of the old EX3 can continue to surprise... considering these cameras came out in, what 2008? Using three of them again next week for another Chrissy job. Used with Atomos recorders you get very nice 10-bit 422 Prores out of these cameras as they have true 10-bit SDI output.

    Chris Young

    Edit: There you go! I was just packing away all last night's junk and they were close to hand. Shown with the ACM-21, 18 x 2/3" and DM reinforced base plate and a Genustech VCT-14 Tripod Plate (GAP). Also adapted for 'V' Loc power.

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    was on a CNN live shoot last year and they were still rocking EX3's
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