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2-Perf and 3-Perf 35mm Motion Picture Film Demo

Director and Cinematographer, James Chressanthis, ASC

KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207
KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219

Cameras were donated by Panavision, and mounted side by side on a single dolly, donated by JL Fisher, to capture the scenes simultaneously.

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NEW Kodak Vision 3 Film Stock 1000T????

Kodak is about to announce a new film stock and there is some speculation as to what it will be. It would be truly interesting it Kodak came out with a fantastic 1000T?! film stock. With the ever increasing quality high ISO performance of digital cinema cameras it would makes sense that if Kodak wanted to make a big competitive splash that introducing a new high speed film stock would be a good way to do it. Stayed tuned to the Kodak site here for more details as they are announced.

Lomo LC-A spotted in Japanese anime series K-ON!

Lomo LC-A
spotted in Japanese anime series K-ON!

Kodak 5230 Film Stock Test

Source:James Neihouse

Here are a couple of takes from a test roll of Kodak 5230 that I shot last week. Both scenes are with the same lighting set up and are at the same exposure, they were shot back to back, I even left the flash frame in to prove it;)

I really like the skin tones and the way the stock falls off in the dark areas. The highlights seem to hold up very well. There is some noise and some blocking induced by the H264 compression for Vimeo. :(

Comments welcome.

Zacuto The Great Camera Shootout 2011: SCCE ~ Episode Three

The Great Camera Shootout 2011: Episode 3 ~ “It’s Not So Black & White” from Steve Weiss on Vimeo.

Arri Alexa
Sony F35
Sony PMW-F3
Panasonic AF-100
Weisscam HS2 Mk2
Phantom FLEX
Canon 5D MkII
Canon 1D MkIV
Canon 7D
Nikon D7000
Kodak 5219 and Kodak 5213.

Episode 3, It’s Not So Black & White, completes the three part Great Camera Shootout 2011 series but also has an unexpected announcement that will leave you salivating for more! In this episode, the cameras are tested on motion artifacts, color and skin tone. The tests were administered by Robert Primes, ASC and conducted as an unbiased test through the SCCE (Single Chip Camera Evaluation). Some updates to certain cameras such as “S Log” on the Sony F3 and “CineStyle” for the Canon cameras were not available at the time of these tests.

For more info check out the Zacuto site.

*NEW* Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm F2 ZE and ZF.2 (Canon EOS and Nikon F Mount) €1217 (excluding VAT)

Zeiss has just announced the new Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm F2 ZE(Canon EOS) and ZF.2(Nikon). This looks to be a fantastic wide and fast lens, now only if they can make one in an m-mount! I would love a Zeiss 25mm F2 for my 35mm rangefinder, a stop makes a big difference when shooting film!

Official Release:
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 27.10.2011.
Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lenses. The large image angle allows photographers to capture exciting perspectives. With its excellent imaging quality at all aperture settings, the lens flexes its muscles particularly for photo documentaries in interior rooms where space is at a premium, as well as for pictures of objects, architecture and landscapes. In many situations, a flash is an unwelcome feature — at family gatherings, in a museum or in a church for example. To capture the mood in such places, photographers gladly do without aggressive lighting and instead work with particularly high-speed lenses that enable short exposure times even under difficult lighting conditions.

The optical experts have now virtually eliminated the chromatic aberrations on these lenses through a special design and selection of materials. Selected types of glass and two aspheric surfaces prevent color fringes from appearing on high-contrast edges. “The Distagon T* 2/25 elegantly combines a compact design with a large initial aperture,” explains Christian Bannert, Senior Director of Product Development in the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss AG.

Lens elements meticulously crafted to minimize stray light and reflections in the lens, and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to increase light transmission enable high-contrast image rendition and color saturation.

The previously available Distagon T* 2,8/25 ZF.2 will continue to be on stock and supplements the new Distagon T* 2/25.Therefore, this new lens is also the first 25-mm lens of Carl Zeiss for the EF-bayonet.

The Distagon T* 2/25 will be available end of 2011 at a recommended retail price of €1217 (excluding VAT)*.

Technical Data

Focal length 25 mm
Aperture range f/2 to f/22
Number of lens elements/groups 11/10
Focusing range 0.25 m – infinity
Angular field**
(diag./horiz./vert.) 81° / 71° / 51°
Coverage at close range** 219 × 144 mm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range 1 : 5.9 (close-up)
Filter thread M67 × 0,75
Length with caps 95 mm (ZF.2)
98 mm (ZE)
Diameter 71 mm (ZF.2)
73 mm (ZE)
Weight 570 g (ZF.2)
600 g (ZE)
Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)

Official Zeiss site and blog.

Arri Alexa, RED MX, Super 16 comparison footage test (VIDEO)

Dynamic Range Camera Test from John Brawley on Vimeo.

A dynamic range test between Alexa, RED MX and Super 16.

Four Scenes shot with three cameras to test the dynamic range of each camera in a real world situation. Lighting was very simple in each case, only involving a single fixture and available or practical lighting otherwise.

All lenses were cooke S4′s.
Simple balancing grade done in Lustre from grey card for each setup.
Alexa was shot in LOG mode, recorded to PRO RES 4:4:4.
RED MX processed via R3D’s natively in Lustre.
Super 16 was transferred to 2K DPX via Spirit. First setup was KODAK 250D and subsequent setups were KODAK 500T. NO noise reduction was used (though this would normally be applied)

Check the original topic and discussion on DVXUSER.COM

Fujifilm Sticking With Instax(Instant Photography) + new site

“The market for instant photography has grown considerably in recent years and we felt the time was right to re-launch and re-brand our Instax range,” explains Gabriel Da Costa, product manager from Fujifilm.

Fujifilm is targeting 15-25 year old females and has already announced that it will take out advertisements in relevant magazines to promote the range. “We’ve also launched together with a Facebook page to really help push instant photography.”

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They are doing a great job at targeting the young female market as my kid sister owns an Instax!

Official Fuji Instax site

BBC: Camera That Changed the World, documentary about hand held cameras.

Source: BBC

The BBC has produced an amazing documentary about the development of documentaries! 1960 the year the world change and went hand held! It is only available on the BBC for UK viewers but it is widely available on torrent for all the rest of us. For sure a must see!

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Steve McCurry is the recipient of the 2011 Leica Hall of Fame award (VIDEO)

Source: Magnum

Legendary photographer Steve McCurry is the recent recipient of the 2011 Leica Hall of Fame Award.

Steve McCurry: A Retrospective from leica camera on Vimeo.

Steve McCurry is the recipient of the 2011 Leica Hall of Fame award.
The prize is awarded to photographers who have rendered outstanding service to the Leica brand and to the genre of photography.
For more than three decades, 61-year-old McCurry has been on the road as a documentary photographer at the world’s trouble spots and has obtained many awards for his work. Since 1986, Steve McCurry has been a member of Magnum Photos, the renowned photographic agency.

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