New camera tests and what people use to look at them

I uploaded my new camera tests a couple of days ago and looking at the stats I can’t help but me puzzled. The tests are at https://www.cmltests.net and for the first time I’ve uploaded the original raw files from the cameras as well as 4K h264 versions. I make it very clear that these are very large […]

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Full res evaluation images, not that anyone cares

OK, I’ve now uploaded all the cameras at full res and full colour depth. Digital Cinema Cameras Full resolution EXR files These are links to ZIP folders of one EXR frame per exposure +/- 4 stops The EXR’s were generated by the manufacturers own software, with the exception of the Varicam which was done in […]

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UHD camera evaluations

Now that I’ve got the files uploaded to Vimeo in all the forms that are going to be there it’s fun to sit back and watch the stats. http://www.cinematography.net/UHD-Digital%20Cinema%20Camera%20Evaluations%202017.html I shoot everything at the highest resolution, RAW and uncompressed as much as possible and 327 pillocks have watched the results on a smartphone! Why do […]

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Lots of Lens Tests!

I’ve finally got around to finishing all the lens tests, I was kinda delayed by events last year! So here they all are… Angeniuex Optimo 15 to 40 Arri Alura 15.5 to 45 Arri Master Primes Arri Ultra Primes Canon 15.5 to 47 Canon 17 to 120 TLS Cooke S3 Cooke S4 Mini Cooke S4 […]

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Is it possible to use autofocus for an entire movie?

In my pre-occupation with other things in my life at the moment I’ve forgotten to publish the results here of trying to shoot an entire movie with autofocus. Another movie with Dominic Brunt and he agreed to me using the Canon C300-2 with stills lenses for the entire film. Although I had an AC he […]

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CML and image quality – chickenshit’s

CML was set up for high end pro’s and those who aspire to be in that class. I’ve never worried about offending anyone else. There are lots of places on the net for cinematographers who don’t care about or maybe just don’t recognise a high quality image. I never wanted CML to be one of […]

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Devastated 3

So, I’ve finally got a version of The Taking that I’m happy with, I certainly didn’t think that this was going to be possible after the C&C showing in Leeds on the 5th November! It’s taken a lot of work to clean up the mess and in the process I’ve learned a huge amount. I’ve […]

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Devasted 2

Wow! Well that’s got to be the fastest and biggest response I’ve had to a post. So let me clarify… People don’t walk out of a showing saying that post screwed up the skin-tones, they say what a useless DP. People don’t walk out of a showing saying that the editor zoomed too far into […]

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Devastated

I’ve delayed writing this since I was at the cast and crew showing of The Taking. I needed time to calm down and stop screaming. The incredibly hard work of all the camera, lighting and grip crew has been devastated by incompetent uncaring post. The DCP had obviously been made by a blind man who […]

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The Taking – The Grade…

Well, I’ve started the grade, first at home and later at UWE. An initial problem, that I was aware of as we shot, is that we used in camera looks and they don’t translate to Resolve or any “real” grading system. Both RED and ARRI have used their own format of “look” files in the […]

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