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#1 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:32 PM

Got an F3 again at a steal of a price, but only has Slog 422. I've seen tons of listings reading "with 444 upgrade" on these cameras.

 

Google wasn't exactly giving the clearest of answers, just irrelevant advertisements and articles.

What precise link do I visit to take care of this upgrade? Is it impossible to do in the current year?

 

Thanks for any input.


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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 06:05 PM

I seem to recall that was a paid hardware upgrade with new boards, but I could be wrong about that.

Maybe check the Sony forums? http://community.son...r-camera-F5-F55
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#3 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 06:29 PM

It's a software licence key that comes on an SxS card. They're pretty impossible to find these days. Might be better to sell the camera you have, and buy one with the upgrade. So long as you can make the switch for $500 or less, you'll have come out ahead (over purchasing an upgrade licence by itself).


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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 06:57 PM

Lol, I was way off base then...
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#5 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 07:04 PM

Macks.. alot of second hand F5,s for sale these days.. buying off the forum that Satsuki mentioned would be a safe route I think.. check to see how long they have actually been a member .. also quite  few Fs7 Mk1,s seem to be coming up and  being sold off cheaply by dealers .. 


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:20 AM

I use two F3s...and very good HD cameras they are. I've also looked into the 444 upgrade but come to a dead end, a shame as there must be hundreds of them about somewhere gathering dust. Does anyone know a Sony tech that might know the whereabouts of any?


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#7 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:26 AM

I use two F3s...and very good HD cameras they are. I've also looked into the 444 upgrade but come to a dead end, a shame as there must be hundreds of them about somewhere gathering dust. Does anyone know a Sony tech that might know the whereabouts of any?

 

 

Have you tried topteks in the UK.. they have very good and experienced Sony techs.. Im sure they would know..


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#8 rob spence

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:33 AM

It's a shame a hack isn't available as Sony probably considers the F3 as obsolite now. Any software geniuses out there?


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:35 AM

Robin. I'll give Topteks a ring and let you know.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:58 AM

I would guess Sony are not providing the up grade anymore.. unless some of the actual SxS cards are still kicking around.. if anyone will know I would think Topteks would.. or at least give you a good price on a Fs7 Mk II.. :)


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#11 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 07:31 AM

I had heard a rumor somewhere; and i can't verify it was true, that the upgrade was rolled into the last firmware for the F3. But perhaps try to track that down and install it?


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#12 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:30 PM

After reading all the replies, you think a magic lantern homebrew thing will start arising for the F3? 4K mod, Raw mod, etc?

 

The price of the body for what it offers leaves endless possibility, or at least should.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

I could be mistaken but I thought that they included s-log and possibly 444 in a free firmware update before they stopped updating it. The only thing that you will for sure loose with the free firmware compared to the paid one is 3G over a single sdi, without you are stuck with 1.5G over 2 sdi's, limiting external recorder options with 444. 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:43 AM

Unfortunately  the last free upgrade didn't include the 444...but the last models came with 444 for free ( presumably on an SxS card like the paid upgrade is on ).


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:01 AM

Presumably someone, somewhere must have one of these fabled SD cards.
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:03 AM

From memory, when you activated the 444 licence, it moved the file over to the camera. You'd have to uninstall the licence to return it to an SxS card to then transfer it to another camera.


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#17 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:24 AM

Not that I want to promote anything of dubious legality, but there must be some sort of... solution...

 

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#18 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:52 AM

Honestly, given how cheaply the cameras are selling these days, I find it hard to believe that searching for a workaround/hack wouldn't cost you more in time, than buying a 4:4:4 equipped F3 would in money.

You can get a body armoured, 4:4:4 version for around $3,000, and a stock version for $1500-2000.

It's basically silly not to own a camera, when you can get that level of image quality for such an incredible price.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:00 AM

Tried Topteks , cvp and Preston Media here in the UK and no upgrade possible from them. The upgrade code by the way is CBK-RGB01.


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#20 rob spence

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:49 PM

I was advised to contact Sony Prime Support regarding the upgrade but this is their answer:

 

I regret to inform you that we do not have such upgrade.

Please, contact an Authorised Sony Center as they might be able 
to help you:
 
 
Kind regards
Prime Support Team

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