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  1. mercer

    Lenses

    Here's another one from the Carl Zeiss 85mm f/2.8... I just ordered a new monitor so I'm hoping my color work will get a lot easier since I wont be flying half blind with this MacBook Air screen I've been using.
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    Best way to shoot a lens comparison?

    That sounds like a good idea. No reason to test obvious lenses that you don’t like from your initial tests.
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    Best way to shoot a lens comparison?

    Haha, I know what you were referring to. Let me try again because I think our signals are crossed. People moving in the background is not a function of how the out of focus areas are rendered but each individual lens will render out of focus areas differently, so people moving in the background may look worse with some lenses than others.
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    Best way to shoot a lens comparison?

    Haha. I don’t think motion cadence is mythical but that’s an argument I don’t care to engage in. Lol. But, I wasn’t referring to motion cadence, I was referring to motion blur and how the out of focus areas may be impacted by people passing by, birds flying by, panning, etc...
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    Best way to shoot a lens comparison?

    Well, in some ways, this is subjective to which camera you have... right... in the end you are going to be shooting video with a GH5. But also remember that not all Raw is created equal. There is this misconception that all Raw is the same but you have to take into consideration the bit depth (only 12bit Raw with the GH5) the filter stack, and the sensor size. So although you may learn more about your lenses shooting Raw stills, your end goal is video, so I would think a video test is important? Also you probably should find someone to shoot to see movement and skin tones. I always liked how Nick Driftwood and Philip Bloom do their tests. They take a long ass lens into the public and get some footage. Obviously, this isn’t the same thing you’re after and in most cases they are testing cameras and not just lenses. So maybe if you do an elimination of your lenses, you can do a final round of tests with video at one of your favorite places to shoot the video tests?
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    Best way to shoot a lens comparison?

    Things change when you shoot video, so I would include a 3-5 second clip with every test shot. I’d also let the focal length speak for themselves by leaving the tripod in one locked down spot. Also try to do an interior and exterior version of your test. If you use a Variable ND, you can keep ur exposure similar by using the in camera meter. Obvious issues are the varying speeds of the lenses. To compare a wide open Voigtlander 17.5mm versus a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor wide open, the Nikkor will win every time. So it’s probably best to group your lenses by either focal length or speed... or both and have multiple groups.
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    What Camera Is He Using?

    Well I just had a chance to look at your videos @Mark Romero 2 and his videos and he can get away with a bunch more because he is selling a lifestyle and a story while you’re doing a walk through. Of course, he seems to be shooting videos for complexes as opposed to a lot of single family homes. But when you have actors or the realtors posing as homeowners, it’s easy not to notice any flaws or lack of DR. He’s also does shorter shots with more edits where your style seems to be more of a traditional walk through. And as a side note... his use of hyper lapses is a bit much. But I digress, I think your color looks okay. The real concern, if I were you, would be the YouTube compression. I think I remember reading somewhere that it is better to upload a 1080p video as 4K instead of an actual 4K video if you don’t get a ton of views because it denotes more bitrate to your videos that the algorithm wouldn’t normally give you. With that being said, maybe a GH5 with its 10bit would make more sense. As @Towd said, the CineLikeD Profile will give you most of the DR you’re after and that solid 1080p will give you more bitrate than the 4K you’re shooting with the a6500. Also, didn’t you say that these jobs are for medium pay and a quick turnaround? If you’re spending hours on the edit/grade, I’d assume you’re spending too much time?
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    What Camera Is He Using?

    I wonder if having the option to change so many parameters within Sony camera’s picture profiles, that it becomes a double edged sword. It seems like it may be a worth a test to just lower sharpening and then using the Color Space Transform in Resolve or one of Sony’s official LUTS to get the Log footage into Rec709.
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    The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread

    Yeah, I’m really just messing around with the footage after I back up my files and Resolve is great for that because I don’t have to save any timeline, so it’s good to test out different workflows. I don’t portend to be a great colorist or editor, so the simplest workflow will be go to for this project. I still have to buy a better monitor so I’m not flying blind over here. Thanks for your help.
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    Lenses

    @kye good eye, yeah they are hard to compare. Both were shot wide open and the Canon is about a stop and a half faster. The Zeiss definitely has less contrast and is only a single coated lens. The WB is definitely different so, that would probably lend to the greener tint with the Zeiss. Also the Canon “test” was shot right after the Summer, so my actor was tanner, lending to his darker skin, which was near impossible to lighten. Motion blur aside, the Zeiss is probably a sharper lens than the Canon, which is crazy considering the Zeiss is probably 30 years older but that Canon lens has character for days.
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    The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread

    @kye thanks for this. I may have to read a primer just to understand all of your references. Lol. The plug-in seems to work well but I will look into the other options. Btw, in the Raw Tab, there are only 3 options for color and gamma unlike the regular CST.
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    Lenses

    I think I may have posted this in my old “Midtone Detail” thread. I don’t really love the grade from either so it may be hard to tell any characteristics. But have it.
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    Lenses

    Haha, even the character in my film prefers Canon...
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    Lenses

    This shot is with the Zeiss 25mm 2.8. I posted a similar shot a while ago that was taken with my Canon 28mm 1.8...
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    Lenses

    Zeiss 85mm 2.8...
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