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Everything posted by ike007

  1. A medium format lens on a 35mm sensor does not give the medium format look. It will still look as 35mm. Eventually it may give the rendering typical of the brand of lens you are using, which will be less boring than any canon look, but that is still ar from the look of the MF. You do not get the typical MF look even on an Hasselblad or Phase system if you do not use some of the 50 or + megapixel backs, which have a quasi 645 sensor size. The rest of the bunch is just in between MF and 35mm. And precisely this new Sony sensor is of the smallish kind, which is just a bit larger than a 35mm sensor.
  2. He does not know. He is just trying to give credit to his educated guess (very likely right guess though).
  3. Not mentioning extracting the frames for the stills. I remember shooting an editorial for a fashion magazine in the early 2000. We used a video camera because I wanted the pixelate look on the images. I shot all together less than an hour of video footage and it took 2 long hours days to decide which frames to pick for 10 images. Shooting on a still camera would have required 2/3 hours of editing.
  4. Russians were not any better than the opponent.
  5. For 3 grands is plenty good. It offer a range of features that DSLR do not have. With the right adapter you can use the lenses that you already have, add the rig you use already on your dslr and you are all set. The skin tones on your test looks beautiful. On other tests that i saw, the dynamic range lacks a little and the highlights roll off leave a bit to be desired. Yet you can get a great look. For 3 grands, there is quite a lot to work with. Ergonomics are a good topic when you write a review, but on real life, you get on and get the job done.
  6. After watching Prometheus that as you said is clobbered with CGI, I also watched the Counselor and although it looks pretty good visually I am still wondering why Ridley Scott has not dumped those Red cameras and picked up Alexa. Especially for the landscapes, the interiors scenes in available light, not mentioning the night scenes in total dark in The Counselor, the Alexa should have been a no brainer.
  7. They are used in little bits here and there, when a smaller rig is needed. I guess EOS are the best crash cams of choice.
  8. On the last 18 months, I have been watching movies made with Alexa, Sony f55 and Red cameras. Over all the best productions are picking the Alexa, if we exclude David finch and Ridley Scott, most of the best looking movies are made with Alexa and sometime f65. The reason why the best movie making productions pick Alexa is because over all ARRI is a better and more reliable company than RED. Probably also because they are more familiar on dealing with ARRI from the film days. I do not think is just a matter of image quality from the camera, (personally I like Alexa the best) but it is the over all production package (including the post) that make the best looking movies. It happens that they pick the Alexa.
  9. The short answer should have been: Because is quickly becoming the new normal. And much quicker than even the host was imagining, since he could not realize that 4k TV were costing already 3/4000 usd when he was assuming they were 20k. 4k playback devices will be blooming all over the place on the next few months. The new Sony 4k player is costing only 700 USd like a good Blue ray player. The Koreans will do some cheaper version very soon. Fiber optics in Asian countries is almost a standard at home, in Tokyo cost only 30 dollars per month , including 2 phones lines. To deal with 4k footage all you need is a faster 2000 dollars PC, with one or two nvidia cards. Of course storage as well. Big deal.
  10. And you pulled this out of your... hat? reading some blogs  reporting the finding of some anti nuclear expert? Are you ready to migrate to Mars since we have already lost the "north emisphere" BS?   Outside of the locked down 20km zone of Fukushima, there is ZERO radiation. Embassies from around the world conduct daily indipendent tests of radiation on water and air on the major cities of japan the the results are "non detectable" level of radiation.   Sure there is a big problem in Fukushima, yet is a catastrophe only for those living in the area. It will take time but they will fix it, as they fixed Nagasaki and Hiroshima.   Japan sinking... sure. The culture may not be to everybody liking, but come over here and see the most flourishing and advanced civilization of the planet. Despite the problem of "aging population", which is the problem that all evolved countries of the world have anyway, this is the most efficient and safe place to live in the world.   I'm not Japanese BTW.
  11. By your above words it seems that you are simply making assumptions and do not have direct experience with Zeiss Alpha lenses. While I owned 2 of Contax 645 bodies with 4 lenses for 5 years and recently several Alpha Zeiss lenses. Any close observation and extensive use on the above products will prove me right and that you are wrong. In any case I was simply pointing out that the Alpha Zeiss are not plasticky as you stated and are professional grade equipment. Beside, Sony bodies like the a900 and a99 are not exactly consumer grade.
  12. "Why have Sony, with their huge 4K marketing push, not yet utilised their sensor to its full extent?" Well, they sell a few video cameras that already do it. They may like to keep selling them a little longer. I guess, they will start canibalizing that portion of their market only when really necessary. probably next year.
  13. It is a bit hard to tell from a youtube video, but the A7r film at the Parisian countryside looks quite good. Especially colors and dynamic range look more than satisfactory for many jobs like fashion films that will end on magazines web sites and iPads.   As for the lack of AA filter, I think for print use, it makes a little of difference, It may be worth or not it depends on the eye of the beholder. I had a few cameras lacking AA filter, including digital backs, and I can only praise the gimmick. Moiree occours only once every few thousands shots and you get that little extra crispiness, which helps to get a little more hyper realistic, if you need it. You can go through the whole post processing and retouching without ever applying any USM or smart sharpen and just deliver the image unsharpened. It just plain works and looks better. Plus Sony do not even overcharge for it.
  14. Well you have imagined it wrong. The Zeiss in Alpha mount are all metal, even the focusing ring and they feel like Rolex.  Optically speaking, they are about the same design as the Contax with an improved coating. So I let you figure that out.
  15. I think the Adobe package is the over all best solution for most productions needs. It is affordable and offers a lot of powerful tools with an easy learning curve. As david fincher once said about it: It  just works, it is a no brainer.
  16. I'm very happy that they will support DNG and especially for my needs, Sony Raw, since the F55, is the new Alexa at half the price and 1/3 the rental price per day. I guess a Nvidia Titan is the optimal solution for raw playback in real time at 24fps. Or eventually, if it works with the mercury engine, 2 of gtx 670 cards used in SLI configuration.
  17. You may be right! Why not loosing a bit of money that otherwise would go to the tax man, with a movie, that within few weeks from its release, it will be for ever forgotten and no harm will be done.   First, we may know that Lone Ranger is a comic, but who the heck is Lone Ranger to make a movie about? It is DOA. Second, i can hardly see how this movie could cost 250 millions, unless they gave a big chunk to Johnny and did not bother to revise any of the estimates from the suppliers, just for the sake of spending a sizable budget.   On a different note. Does the possibility of watching the movie few weeks/months later on those 50/60 inches flat screen TV, with amazing sounds system, in a living room with an Italian sofa (or similar) has something to do with people being less bothered to go to the theater? I know I'am. there are quite a few things that annoys me about watching a movie at the theater, that make me enjoy more watching it at home when it will be available. It use to be the theater experience and for some may still be, but some of our home sofa experience can be quite something. It use to be the fact that there were just a few "must see now" movies per season in the past and now we have plenty them. if we miss one or watch it few months later, it is not the end of the world.   I think it must be cool to take the kids to the movies, the earliest times can be one of those unforgettable experiences when you are so young. yet in 2013 they are so overwhelmed with incredible experiences from all over the places, that even that it may not matter anymore.
  18. If you have to look or deal with something every day of your life, that being your partner in life or something you have to use for work, beauty has an immense value.
  19. BTW, this thing is portable. to me this is one of its major breakthroughs. it will fit in a carry on, even a shopping bag, or in a suitcase between your T-shirts and dirty laundry.   They may still be able to sell a stripped down version starting at 2499, as they always did with their Pro.    For Apple as a company, since when they became a "mobile" company, one of the major problems with the old Mac Pro, which was probably raised by analysts and share holders, it is the profit margin decreased by the foot print  occupied by the large boxes they ship with, or they sit on the expensive real estate of the Apple stores at the exclusive location they are normally in. At the apple store in Soho NY, one of those large boxes may cost about 30 to 50$ of rent per month and it takes the same space of about 20 ipad or 60/80 iPhones, that may be sold in few hours.
  20. This kine camera although it may be more than usable, it has the build quality of a cheap black & decker drill.  just look at the buttons, seams and decals. we do not need to know how it is made inside... To put this product in the same sentence with an Alexa is an insult.   If the colors of the BM production camera will be spot on, unlike the current BM cinema camera, I would buy the BM over the Chinese one at anytime. But BM colors are a concern. Everybody seems to be concern about BMPC dynamic range, but what is more concerning are the colors of the current camera. Skin tones and saturated colors of the current BM are not acceptable , reminiscent of the quality of early 2000 DSLR.   We tested one BMCC before shooting a commercial for skin care product and decided to give it up, because of the issue with the skin tones. it would have made us waste time (money and time of our life that will never get back) on post to fix  colors and never get satisfactory results. It was a pity that we could not use this camera that otherwise was good. So we decided go with a Sony F55 which in Tokyo is only 500 usd per day with the 4k recorder and the viewfinder, (vs 150 of the BMCC). the cost of renting rigs and lenses would have been the same for both cameras. at the end we spent an extra 350$ per day and we saved a lot of time and money. You normally get what you pay for.
  21. The "blogger" part left a sour taste in somebody mouth, but made me laugh since it was written by one. I'm sorry man, I have respect for your work as a "researcher" in this domain, but too often you criticize way too far, people that have a different view from yours and your followers. I know for certain that you have a very low level for tolerating criticism toward yourself.   I'm not a fan of Laforet at all, but he is a quite good photographer of international level and became a pretty decent cinematographer. Is carrier at this point is at level well past "Reverie" (which, BTW was a video that any decent fashion photographer would have been able to do blind folded).  He has access to other kind of pro gear and he cannot waste time at the 1 dollar store anymore. What is he supposed to say?   you did a lot of good work the past few days on testing this RAW thingy on the 5D. You did not need of making fun of anybody else that does not share your enthusiasm.
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