(1) I forget sometimes that 35mm 1.85 projection is slightly soft & grainy, even with 50 ASA stocks... you keep hoping that when you shoot some mountain landscape in full sunlight, as they did in the demo, with 50 ASA film it would leap out at you with clarity... now some people would say that if the image was grainless, it would look like video (not me.) I'm ready to start shooting in 65mm I'm afraid...
The cameras were from CSC, so I assume Arricams -- did they use Cooke S4's or Zeiss Master Primes? The slight softness could be a Cooke S4 look.
(2) When you're talking about 50 ASA stock, there isn't much room for improvement... so I was mainly struck by how similar the two stocks were, '45 being just slightly more contrasty and having more red saturation. '01 was more neutral in color response with cleaner whites / grays.
(3) The blow-up from Super-16 of 7201 vs. 7245 was probably the best argument for the improved grain structure of the new stock. In this case, you could more clearly see that '01 was less grainy, even though '45 isn't bad.
(4) It was interesting that in the +2 stops overexposure test, there wasn't really any change in grain structure. I guess either 50 ASA film doesn't have a "slower" layer where overexposure helps, or basically it can't get much finer-grained than it already is rated normally.
(5) The comparison to the new 250D 5205 stock really shows you how good the 250D stock is, close enough to 50D to make you question needing the 50D stock. I'll probably still use 50D when I can, but it's nice to know that if I need to switch to 250D in an emergency, the look & quality will be very close.
(6) The change in look from 5245 to 5201 was not as radical as I had feared. Yes, '01 is slightly less punchy, less saturated, than '45 but not by a lot.
(7) Why did Kodak shoot mainly in shaded or overcast light -- I mean, in comparing how the two stocks handle a black man and a white woman in the same shot, it's not particularly impressive when the shot was done in heavy shade! In that soft of light, I would hope any color neg stock could handle that.
Anyway, I look forward to shooting a feature with the new 50D.
Edited by David Mullen, 17 November 2005 - 08:49 PM.