- Sep 12, 2018
Hi Ray,I have yet to see anyone with these types of cameras. I was actually going to ask, who buy these.
These cameras are used extensively by run and gun style documentary shooters and also by news networks.
The XF305 was originally designed with heavy input from the BBC here in the UK and the camera became almost an industry standard in the UK for documentary production. Camera's such as Sony's FS7 and Canon's C300 and a whole generation of large sensor shallow DOF cameras have taken over much of this work BUT and it's a BIG BUT, for run and gun ob doc filming these cameras are tricky to shoot with and you see this on screen with a large amount of out of focus material.
We specialise in ob doc filming, mostly for the BBC and prefer to use smaller cameras that are less scary for the people we are filming and allow us to shoot for long periods to time using low cost media. The most important thing for us is the ability to capture footage as it happens and for this reason, we tend to avoid large sensor cameras and prefer to use small hand-held cameras such as the XF705 or the Sony Z280.
Our local news station for example has just purchased 25 Sony PXW-Z280's and the BBC in the UK will buy large quantities of the new Canon and Sony cameras.
That is the low answer - short answer is loads of folks )