News replaced their Philips LDKs in a number of their studios (like N6
) with Sony E30s (SD) as the previous Philips (now GVG) LDK100s (the original cameras put in to N6 and also used by EastEnders) had mechanical shutters that didn't cope with the Barco projector cube walls. ISTR that some of them went to Nations and Regions when News moved from TVC
to NBH (as did some of the other relatively new gear like the Sony vision mixers). This kit wasn't HD, wasn't brand new, but still had life in it, and was a lot newer than a lot of the kit elsewhere. Similar things happened with some of the Oxford Road kit when the move to Salford happened.
Some regions have also replaced their first gen Thomson TTV1707s (a truly dreadful camera) with Sony HSC300s or similar (HD cameras running in SD) as buying SD cameras in this day and age would be ridiculous.
The HSC300 was also the NBH standard camera (in the original Triax-only variant) but AIUI HDC3100s (or the triax HDC3170) may now be being bought (I have a feeling the HD-upgraded Arabic and Persian studios got them).
I would expect the regions will have a procurement - and there may well be an argument for a mix of brick cameras and full-function models (as many other European broadcasters have used in news studios with remote PTZ cameras)
(Incidentally - EastEnders and News often buy the same camera models for some reason. I think partially because Elstree is very triad-dependent still, and partially because they have to be cost-effective, without needing all the facilities that an entertainment camera might need)
Last edited by noggin on 19 September 2020 11:38am