Sony EX3 on “The Unusuals”

The digital revolution is trying to take a serious shape. I was watching this brand new TV cop show “The unusuals” and I was thinking that it looked “different”. There is almost no shallow depth of field in it. I kept thinking that they used a cheap(er) camera, and they did: the $10,000 Sony EX3, with its 1/2.0″ sensor. They also use the much more expensive F23 sometimes, but the EX3 seems to be the camera used mostly. The CC and lighting is minimal and that makes the show look cheap, but I guess this is part of the idea behind the show to make it look like a documentary. Still, it’s cool to see a digital camera used for a TV show, because on most of the rest of the primetime shows, they use film.


Scott Quillin wrote on April 17th, 2009 at 11:13 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia!

I use a Sony EX-3 exclusively and I was wondering if you could explain what you meant about the “shallow depth of field” on “The Unusuals” show.

Is this a lens issue? If so, the EX-3 accommodates that need!

I love your work so I’m eager to get clarity from you!



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Eugenia wrote on April 17th, 2009 at 3:10 PM PST:

I don’t know what the issue is, it’s just that the show has very little shallow DoF. Maybe they do that on purpose. The color grading is also very video-ish too, maybe on purpose again.

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