Keeping an Sony PMW EX1 XD cool
Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:06 PM
I have a shoot scheduled for late summer in the middle of the desert and, while I am investigating the possibilities of using film instead of digital to minimise the risk of our camera failing in the extreme heat, due to our limited budget it may not be an option. The other option would be to use a Sony PMW EX1 XD, but our D.P. is very nervous about such a camera failing / shorting in such conditions.
I was wondering if anyone could possibly offer any advice about keeping an EX1 cool in such conditions to try to minimise the risk of it failing due to the heat?
For your information, the desert shoot will take place over six days.
Also, sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I assumed the EX1 was a prosumer camera due to the studio we would be hiring from, which seems to only stock prosumer cameras.
Thanks very much,
Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:21 PM
Posted 15 October 2008 - 05:56 PM
I shot a short with it a couple weeks ago, all exteriors, and the camera body itself kept quite cool, even when it was out in the sun for a considerable amount of time. Mind you, I'm in San Francisco where heat isn't really an issue most of the time.
So as long as you can manage to get a courtesy up (flag on a c-stand) for the camera & cam op, the camera should work perfectly fine in the desert.
And yes, the EX1 is technically "Prosumer". But it's part of the Sony Cinealta line, so they've made an effort to give it that professional quality as well...except for that damn microphone sticking out over the lens!!! It is a nice lens, though.
Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 15 October 2008 - 05:58 PM.
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:47 AM
We do intend to travel out there a month before the shoot to do some equipment tests so I guess that will be the perfect time to work it out.