well today i have a gear only post… well i did use FCP to make this lil clip … so there you go:
it was cinec time in Munich and after i missed IBC this year and i’m not able to go to photokina that was my only chance to see at least a few fancy “toys” in action. but i did not acpect what “happened”.
i pretty much went without any real plan … i knew that there would be a bunch of cool gear to see, so no worries on that side.
so i went straight in for a first “overview-round” … and after about 5 minutes i ran into Ted form RED (you can say by accident) with a RED EPIC in plain sight. well that was nice.
… so i not only shot some random stuff with my 550D i also had the chance to hold this thing in my hands … pretty awesome…
well it was the small config. like a big DSLR not out yet & i couldn’t (i was not able to) really record something to a CF-Card (wich will be relaced by a SSD Module / slot… but man it was a great feeling …if u ask me it was a nice weight.. not to light not too heavy… soon other people noticed the RED EPIC. i followed “EPIC” and shot some stuff not much cuz i was too curious how this thing worked and stuff … but that is what i “glued” together in FCP last night … with a lil color work done with magic Bullet Looks:
more cinec coverage soon (review & more film clips…) stay tuned!
i got a question on twitter “how long in live view are you getting per battery” … at first i really had no idea for sure…
but i did a lil test and here is my answer (click to read more)
UPDATED: now with some random daylight shots as well (indoor / outdoor) !
Well, i got an old Pentacon 29mm f/2.8 M42 mount … quit a nice lense … i think. So i did a lil test to compare it with / to my beloved Canon 50mm f/1.8 …well look for yourself :
BTW 1080p version downloadable on the vimeo side
The footage is looking nice… even the 50mm has more of a style to it (“more” sallow DOF). The focus barrel of the 29mm is longer and more detailed but harder to turn/pull ,so i have to get used to it. The 50mm focus is too imprecise though… but better for a rough stylish rack focus.
Of course its harder to find / see focus on the Display due to the wider angle of view, so objects are further away (look for example the letters on that XH-A1 lens i shot … well i did use the 10x focus zoom thingy.
Sharpness is quite good with/on both lenses as well as bokeh (for that price range)
In the end … it’s a matter of what you have / want to shoot … it alway is … so you pick your lens for that …
I will shoot something in daylight and outdoor as well … so stay tuned…
And yes i didn’t do my best job with focus pulling … i know … better use a Follow Focus next time … but beauty was not the goal here … just a quick test
the some random photos shot with the pentacon 29mm f/2.8 (550D RAW mode) … in /on max infinity focus it dent to get a bit soft around edges …
oh and the lenses shot each other : (oh and yeah it’s the wrong WB … but i liked that look with / on that glass background … so there you go )
Well there are some other post’s out there … this is nothing new … at least if you are not a 550D newbie
The most important settings (beside shutter speed >>> 180 degree rule) is picture style … it’s crucial to flatten your image so you have some “space” in post to style your look after shooting.
There are two kind of flat-settings-flawors known and recommendable: one by Philip Bloom and another by Vincent Laforet … well i tried both … and in my workflow / opinion Philip’s got the most usable as his is the most flatten style.
Vincent’s setting is a bit too contrasty especially in low light and indoor situations (in my opinion) … anyway both settings are workable.
So anyway i got asked several times now to “share” my 550D settings…
so here you go:
here you can see my “550D screens” of my “must set” settings:
that is how my “live view” screen looks like with my 50mm 1.8 (w/ Fader ND)
for PAL LAND 25fps shuttter is set to 1/50th – ISO 100-400 are quite OK … more than ISO 1600 not recommendable
BTW sometimes ISO is called ASA that is the “same” thing as it was called back in the Film days … (rating of film stock sensitivity)
make sure you set your style to “Neutral” instead of “Standard”
… that will be a difference
you should check if “exposure” is set to “manual”
… BTW: if i don’t need any sound i deactivate it
Some say “highlight tone priority” can help in certain situations … some others say it leads to a “more” noisy picture
well i didn’t use that mode at all yet. so i don’t like more “encroachments” than necessary so i leave it alone (disabled)
Anyway, you should check Philip Bloom’s tutorial DVD’s for 5D & 7D … as he has some more great information about DSLR shooting & post as well as ProLost by Stu Maschwitz
and a really great Workshop at creativelive.com by Vincent Laforet about HDDSLR Cinema
This was shot with this settings and graded with Magic Bullet Looks: