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#1 Rob Wilton

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 01:30 PM

Dear all,
Im shooting with two sets of lenses on a shoot, the other set going to the second unit. Does this happen often? I understand lenses differ in sharpness from brand to brand, but
apart from the flares, will there be any other obvious difference in look (i.e heavy colour cast) or anything? I think we'll be shooting with Cooke lenses and Zeiss lenses.
thanks!
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#2 Dan Goulder

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 03:14 PM

Dear all,
Im shooting with two sets of lenses on a shoot, the other set going to the second unit. Does this happen often? I understand lenses differ in sharpness from brand to brand, but
apart from the flares, will there be any other obvious difference in look (i.e heavy colour cast) or anything? I think we'll be shooting with Cooke lenses and Zeiss lenses.
thanks!
Rob Wilton

Zeiss and Cooke definitely have different characteristics. I guess if they're being used for different scenes, there's no reason why you couldn't use both. I would normally advise against intercutting them within the same scene. However, this was successfully done in "I, Robot", which actually used Zeiss Ultra Primes for wide shots, and Cooke S4s on closeups. I would guess this made extra work for the D.I. colorist to make everything match. (There are exceptions to every rule.)

p.s. I probably wouldn't consider this if you're using any Cooke primes prior to the S4 series.
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