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#1 MattGrover

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 08:30 AM

Hey all,

I've read a few posts on the sensitivity of the Z1 with regards low light. I'm going to be working on a short in a couple of months that will be a Film Noir style piece, which is obviously charcterised by the shadows more than the light (looking to shoot colour and desaturate in post), so after reading the posts I'm concerened that our current choice of Z1E for this may not be that great.

I'm organising some tests in the new year but would like some hear some thought on this.

Bear in mind the budget is uber-low, the light kit may only consist of 4x 800W redheads and after reading on one of the posts (By Bob (forgotten surname sorry!)) "...two 5k for backlight and still not enough...", I'm starting to wonder!!

Cheers

Matt :)
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#2 Matt Sandstrom

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 10:02 AM

well, you'll have enough light to get an exposure for sure. the problem i've had is that the hdv codec compresses the shadows a lot causing lots of mpeg artifacts, thus you have to light the shadows to a higher f-stop and take them down in post. use one of the redheads for overall fill in each scene and you'll be fine.

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