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#1 Paul Korver

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:13 AM

Thought you all would be interested in this. When transferring to HD Ultra 16mm (native 1.85) should theoretically have more resolution that Regular 16mm as I've outlined in the chart here: http://www.cinelicious.tv/?page_id=39

In the past few months I've had some questions about what the difference actually looks like from camera owners considering the modification so we we ran a little test.


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To me the difference is subtle in terms of gained resolution but very noticeable in terms of horizontal real-estate. Still not as good as Super 16mm but for a $600 mod it certainly adds new life to old 16mm cameras.

By the way we have 4 Ultra 16mm Scoopics we're renting if anyone wants to try out Ultra on a project.

Enjoy!

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#2 Elliot Rudmann

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for taking the time to do those tests Paul, like you said the differences are marginal and I notice a slight increase in sharpness from the Ultra 16 footage when viewed at those aspect ratios.
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#3 Paul Korver

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 01:02 PM

Thanks for taking the time to do those tests Paul, like you said the differences are marginal and I notice a slight increase in sharpness from the Ultra 16 footage when viewed at those aspect ratios.


No problem Elliot. Glad you liked it.
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#4 Cary Lee

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 06:06 AM

No problem Elliot. Glad you liked it.


Where did you get your camera modified? I am thinking of going to Bernie O and have my old REX-4 modified to Ultra 16 with the laserbrighten.
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#5 Paul Korver

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 12:53 PM

Where did you get your camera modified? I am thinking of going to Bernie O and have my old REX-4 modified to Ultra 16 with the laserbrighten.


Hi Cary,
Bernie did all our mods. He does great work!

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