If you have been following my ramblings of late, you have likely come to the belief that I like the Sony PMW-EX3 camera. And you’d be right – I like it a lot. It’s reasonably compact, it takes great pictures, the 1/2″ imagers give back a large part of the depth-of-field that 1/3″ chips took away, and to put the cherry on the sundae, it happily records 1080i pictures to ridiculously cheap media. And it possesses a wonderful feature it’s older brother the EX-1 lacks – a removable lens mount. But what good is a removable lens mount if there isn’t anything to replace the stock lens with? I wandered into the (very large) Sony booth at NAB 2009 to find out.
And I was rewarded doubly. The lens was mounted on an EX3 in the camera demo area, and shooting the models, toys and assorted props proved it to be quite usable both on the long end and the wide end. I can easily see it being my #1 lens when I get outfitted with an EX3. But that is just where the story started. Giving the demo was Doug Jensen, author of Vortex Media’s “PMW-EX3 Field Guide” and its companion DVD, “Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3.” He proved to be full of good information and good humor, and demonstrated the EX3 and its wide-angle lens with knowledge and aplomb. Both Doug and his book and DVD prove that many equipment manuals really aren’t very good, and a little additional information from people who take the time to figure out the details can be a real help.