Television studio cameras are massive when compared with any DSLR photography setup and are even bigger than most cinematography rigs. Check out this video for a fantastic breakdown of why they tend to be so large and cumbersome.
Have you ever seen behind the scenes of a TV studio and been amazed at the sheer size of these camera systems? I know that I have, but that's as far as my curiosity has taken me — until now. Coming to you from the YouTube channel Zebra Zone is a superbly produced video, which lifts the veil on these monstrous machines.
Costing a whopping $250,000 for the whole kit, and considering that the actual camera body is Black Magic's relatively affordable URSA Broadcast Camera, it's no surprise that it's the lens which eats up most of the budget. In this video, we are being shown one of Fujifilm's Fujinon 4K zoom lenses, designed especially for broadcasting. The reason for its size becomes apparent when you consider the limitations that the camera operators have while shooting live events.
As for all the other parts, YouTube creator, video production whizz, and filmmaker Thibaud, takes us through the whole shebang with engaging graphics, cinematic example footage, and well-written material, so I think it's best that you just watch the video, because the guy is a pro.
Have any of our readers ever been involved in broadcast productions? Could you see yourself behind one of these beasts? Let us know in the comments below.