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#1 Vincent T Sharma

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:03 PM

Increased exposure latitude, more detailed colors and noticeably reduced grain (especially in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows) are just a few of the benefits cinematographers who have tested the first member of a new generation of motion picture films introduced by Kodak are buzzing about.

?This new emulsion has a much wider range of latitude in the overexposed areas,? says American Society of Cinematographers president Daryn Okada of KODAK VISION3 color negative film 5219/7219, available now in 35mm and 16mm formats. ?I found at least two more stops of range in the highlights, which enabled me to record more details? Also, there was an almost magical reduction in grain without affecting colors.?

Kodak scientists designed the new film, which retains the imaging characteristics of KODAK VISION2 500T Color Negative Film 5218/7218 when it is exposed normally, based on suggestions from cinematographers around the world.

?This new film is very DI-friendly,? Okada continues. ?I could isolate backgrounds and make them darker without introducing electronic noise. I chose to overexpose large parts of the frame in some shots, and it was transparent. That gave me a lot of freedom to fine tune looks.?

Other cinematographers who tested the new emulsion agree that it provides more creative flexibility and efficiencies during both production and post-production. ?When I timed the film in a DI suite, the images on the new stock seemed to have a lot more integrity through the process,? says Steve Poster, ASC (Donnie Darko).

?I believe this new stock will be a blessing for filmmakers shooting the Super 16 format for aesthetic or financial reasons,? adds James Chressanthis, ASC (Venus & Vegas).

?I think VISION3 widens the gap between film and digital imaging,? Okada concludes.
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:18 AM

?I think VISION3 widens the gap between film and digital imaging,? Okada concludes.


My favorite part of the article :)
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#3 Paul Bruening

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:33 AM

Excellent news for us Techniscopers as well as the S16 crowd. Now, if everyone will just start shooting the hell out of it, I can start buying short ends of it.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:29 PM

Oy vey! This is wonderful news. The differences shoud be astounding in Super 8.
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#5 Saba Mazloum

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:06 AM

This sounds exciting, i might be shooting a feature soon in China beijing.
You guys think i can buy vision 3 in China?
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#6 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 04:01 PM

This sounds exciting, i might be shooting a feature soon in China beijing.
You guys think i can buy vision 3 in China?


I suggest to click here to contact the local sales offices. I am certain they can ship it to should the market introduction to the PRC lag behind North America / Europe / MENA. Otherwise, depending on your budget, you can have it shipped to you via buying it outside of PRC. A problem might exist with your local/preferred processing lab which might or might not have made experiences yet with developing 5219/7219 according you your wishes or even in general.
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