One of China’s most respected wedding cinematographers reveals his thoughts on a camcorder he helped design.
Interview with Tang Chi
I’ve been shooting wedding videos for over a decade and I’m still greatly touched by every wedding. I aim to make every wedding video the best I've ever done. So I really enjoy the challenge of each shoot and the reaction of my customers when they see my work. I was recently honoured to be consulted in the development of the PXW-FS5.
Getting ready for a bright future
When time is limited, I can quickly get the camera ready to shoot. No need to worry about camera weight and size. Two batteries, U30 and U60, provided enough power for the whole day's shooting. I used third-party and Sony lenses, both performed really well.
As for memory, I used two 128GB Sony SD cards, and also simultaneously recorded a back-up to be safe.
Another new function of the PXW-FS5 that really amazed me is variable ND, which is a revolutionary way to control exposure without sacrificing DoF. This ND filter not only features traditional 4 stops ND of clear, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 It also enables you to finely tune exposure without changing DoF by adjusting ND.
Another special function is Clear Image Zoom, which gives your prime lens a 2X zoom effect without visible picture quality loss. When I use 50mm lens and my movement is limited due to space, I always use this function to adjust framing. Then without changing lens, I can easily get perfect framing.
I used several Picture Profiles, switching between them according to the situation.
It's easy to adjust colour tone, contrast and other detail. With PP and other settings, I can easily get closer to the look I want on site. PP presets also leave you enough space for post-production and colour grading. I think everyone should use customised Picture Profile settings.
PXW-FS5 is amazing. It perfectly combines both professional features and mobility.
Its variable ND, super slow motion and PP, have all given me incredible experiences.