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    Well, itís happened. The window has started to close. It was a good run.

    I had my first request for the FX9 along with the directive that the Fs7 is NO LONGER acceptable. It was Netflix, contacting me for EPK / BTS on a film.

    So I guess I am going to have to pull the trigger on the FX9. The Netflix job will essentially pay for it. And I knew this day would come. But needless to say I am not thrilled about spending $16k in order to maintain clients. I figure around $16k when all is said and done. Shoulder plate, thingy to replace the poorly designed VF arm that Sony refuses to get right, camera case, rain cover, and at least one if not two Sony zooms in order to properly take advantage of AF.

    The guy from Netflix was harsh in regard to my trusty fs7. ďTHAT camera is 6 years old now and I never want anything shot for me on that camera again. FX9, yes. FX6, okay, yes. Iíd even consider Komodo but NO Fs7! It isnít Netflix compliant. It isnít true 4k. ď

    Seeing as he was open to the FX6, I ruminated on just getting an FX6. But I know I would not be happy with it. No VF, along with other sacrifices. I know I would end up just wishing Iíd bought the FX9. I know I will get the FX9 eventually. So why bother with an intermediate step and not just go straight to the FX9? I am sure as heck not getting a Komodo or any RED camera. Thatís an entirely different eco-system. Staying in the Sony family makes much more sense for me. I can still use the Fs7 as a b-cam on jobs where the client has not blacklisted it.

    So, anyone got an FX9 they are looking to sell?

    I went most of my career not owning a camera and now I am about to own 3 full-size cameras. Unbelievably my 2/3Ē Sony 400 keeps getting work, because I do News / Sportsnews. I have one major client demanding ďtrue 4KĒ while another major client wants nothing over 720.

    And FYI, the same client that wants the FX9 is hot on the FX3 as well, saying he is about to buy one for personal use and would like to move to using an FX3 where GoProís serve now. So, dear lord, I may be buying an FX3 soon as well.
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    Just buy a Venice and blacklist him.

    "I apologize in advance, but you're no longer acceptable as a client."


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    Wow, sounds like a really open minded producer...
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    Although this guy sounds a bit on the bombastic side ,he's doing you a favor .. you will love the fx9 , it a great camera to work with ,and your right dont get the fx6 , .. if you need to shoot on your shoulder , attach teradeks etc ,fx9 is the way better camera .. fx6 s35 mode is only HD too and one SDI only .. Vocus do good fx9 accessories .. for the EVF and VCT /shoulder rig.. and the much maligned 28-135 is a very decent workhorse lens when you get used to it .. and a very cheap price .. FF is great for interviews with a fast prime , AF, dual ISO and the variable ND ..there is no going back .. Im getting alot of requests for the fx9 now..


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    I've done two jobs as sound that rolled on an FX9. It was pretty nice...and I generally at best tolerate Sony.

    So sorry for the expense, but it's a good choice IMO.
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    Thanks for the info! I hope the gig and your new camera work out. I feel like the FX9 is a better camera than the FX6... but it is irksome that the FX6 has better framerates and AF in slow mo. probably not a priority for you?


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    It all depends on the market/clients you serve. Funny enough, a few days ago my buddy in Chicago sent me the 2021 1st Qtr camera breakdown from one of the big crewing companies:
    #1 Fs7 (31.23%)
    #2 Fs7 mkII (11.59%)
    #3 Fx9 (10.33%)

    Five out of the top six cameras were all Sony. C300 mkII was #4 and F55 & F5 were #5 and #6, respectively. Which tells me that this speaks more to the budgets of the shoots than the capabilities of most of the cams.


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    I'm curious what kind of content you're shooting for a client that wants nothing over 720p?


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    Quote Originally Posted by junct View Post
    I'm curious what kind of content you're shooting for a client that wants nothing over 720p?
    "Unbelievably my 2/3” Sony 400 keeps getting work, because I do News / Sportsnews"


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    Quote Originally Posted by junct View Post
    I'm curious what kind of content you're shooting for a client that wants nothing over 720p?
    ABC/GMA/Disney was requesting 720 the last few times I shot for them.


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