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Intro image for article Sony Cinematic Sensor Camera Lineup
Tools, Charts & Downloads
As with so many other brands in the past, AbelCine has compiled a new camera chart for easy comparison of the features and specifications of Sony's various camera models. For this reference guide, we have chosen to focus on the current generation of camera systems for the sake of clarity and brevity. While many of these camera bodies are in their second generation, the chart's list of features strives for inclusivity, making it unnecessary to recall details of old models that have carried over, as they are still listed here.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: Wireless Camera Control
Tutorials & Guides
The ALEXA Mini LF builds on ARRI's wireless control technology, which was introduced to the ALEXA line with the ALEXA SXT W. Each new ALEXA camera has advanced this capability, and the Mini LF is no exception. In this blog, I take a look at the various options available for wireless camera control and discuss the benefits of each.
Intro image for article Kitting the Sony FX9: Accessory Guide
Tutorials & Guides
Any time a new compact lightweight camera like Sony's PXW-FX9 comes out, camera assistants and operators have to spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to kit it out. To that end I recently spent some time myself evaluating and analyzing the different accessories on offer for the new camera. I also conferred with our rental department to get the perspective of a typical camera house environment and use that to compare against the more specialized needs of an owner-operator or low-budget filmmaker. Combining this insight with my own experience as a 1st AC and documentary camera operator helped me create this accessory guide, which, while not all-inclusive, should serve as a good starting point for any new FX9 owner.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: The Power of ARRI's LPL Mount
Tutorials & Guides
When ARRI debuted their “large format” camera series with the full-size ALEXA LF in 2018, it came with a new, and somewhat radical, lens mount dubbed LPL, for ‘Large Positive Lock’. LPL is similar to the classic PL-mount (itself also an ARRI invention) used on cinema cameras since the early 80s but with a couple of noteworthy differences.
Intro image for article Sony Firmware Roundup: New Features for VENICE and FX9
Tech News
Sony has announced the availability, this fall, of major new firmware versions for both of their full frame (aka full format) digital cinema cameras: the PXW-FX9 as well as the flagship CineAlta VENICE.
Intro image for article Petr Cikhart Talks about Versatility with Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
We had the opportunity to talk to Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer, Petr Cikhart, about how he got started in the industry and his use of Sony cameras on various projects. 
Intro image for article DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw Talks Inspiration, Empire, and Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw to discuss his career, his inspirations, and his most recent work with the Sony VENICE on Season 6 of FOX's Empire, and two seasons of FX's SnowFall.
Intro image for article Robert Hanna: A Lifetime of Documentaries
Client Profiles
Cinematographer Robert Hanna is an Emmy-award winning, veteran commerical, and documentary filmmaker, as well as a longtime customer and friend to AbelCine. Hanna's credits include Carrier, Circus, and A Portrait of Robert Frank. He has experienced several successive technological revolutions first-hand, going from 16mm to high-definition video to 4K digital cinema and beyond.
Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures Dan Soder for HBO
Client Profiles
Dan Soder: Son of a Gary debuted on HBO in December 2019. Cinematographer Andrew Wehde (Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago, Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh) captured the stand-up comedy special using five Sony VENICE cameras supplied by AbelCine. In this exclusive interview, Wehde describes his visual approach and workflow.