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Francisco Bech Gómez
significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 7, 2011 at 7:22:12 am

Hi guys

I am planning to but a F3 or a AF100, to move a little inte the digital film world, I am a panasonic user , so I am amaking a desition here. The F3 cost double price, besides more professional ports, is there a significant advantage in the image to pay this double price? I know the sensor is differren super 25 vs. Micro 4/3 (something like that) what´s the thing with this? and then I heard about the crop thing in the AF100, is this an issue?

Thanks a lot!

cheers


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Uli Plank
Re: significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 7, 2011 at 8:49:35 am

I wouldn't say that the crop factor (check the wonderful online simulator at Abel Cine) is the most important difference.
Sony is using a sensor made for HDTV, while Panasonic is scaling down from a photographic sensor. While they are doing it much better than any DSLR, it's still a bit weaker in resolution, aliasing and sensitivity. BTW, wouldn't the FS100 rather be the contender? It's much closer in price and has the same sensor.

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Guy McLoughlin
Re: significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 7, 2011 at 3:42:21 pm

[Francisco Bech Gómez] "The F3 cost double price, besides more professional ports, is there a significant advantage in the image to pay this double price?"

The main advantages of the Sony F3 are:

1- Better low-light ( very noise free at high ISO ratings )
2- Better color ( 10-bit external output and $3,000 S-Log Upgrade Option )
3- Larger sensor ( but not that big a difference )

The main disadvantage is simply cost. You could almost buy three AF-100 cameras for the price of just one F3 camera.

If your total budget allows for the cost of the Sony F3 + Lenses + External Recorder, then the F3 might be a good fit for you.

Myself, I have to live with a much small equipment budget, so the F3 is just far too expensive. If I needed it for a job I would just rent it.

I've seen great results achieved with the AF-100 with the right lenses and lighting, and I doubt that the AF-100 would hold you back from shooting just about anything.


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Erik Naso
Re: significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 8, 2011 at 4:30:47 pm

I don't see how the two cameras can be compared as a which is better. The F3 is so much more expensive and in a different class than the AF-100. To take full advantage of the F3 you would need to pony up for S-Log and that will cost about $20k, the AF100 is less than $5k.
The FS100 is the camera to compare to the AF-100 and if I had a choice I would take the AF-100. The neutral density wheel is a big one. The sensor is so close in size that I don't think it matters.
As Guy stated I would rent one if I needed 10 bit.

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David Speace
Re: significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 14, 2011 at 4:09:06 pm

If you are considering buying the AF-100 like I am... you should read this review... it may help convince you that the AF-100 is the better choice over the F3. http://www.dvuser.co.uk/content.php?CID=246

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John Fishback
Re: significant advantages on the F3 over AF100 to justify the cost
on Jun 19, 2011 at 3:05:50 pm

We love our AF-100. We're using a Ki Pro Mini to record and the images are wonderful.

John

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