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Sample footage - Minolta XL Sound 64 and 100D without exoposure correction


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#1 Jamie Frazer Noakes

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:19 PM

Some 100D shot with a camera that does not recognise it as 100ASA but 160ASA.

Uncorrected exposures - full auto.



Hope this is of use or interest to some of you! B)
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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:07 AM

Your colors are very nice and the grain is not noticeable.

Unfortunately, the gamma curve of the digital camera being used to transfer the footage is not as forgiving as the film it is trying to capture to digital video. I think it would be extremely helpful to mention what transfer device is being used. The blacks are slightly crushed resulting in lost detail in the darker parts of the film.

Over the past 15 years many Digital cameras tried to emulate the look of film by pushing the darker part of the gray scale to black. A HUGE MISTAKE by camera manufacturers yet one they made anyways because it made the camera image look better when the salesperson hooked the raw camera signal up directly to a video monitor.

The reality is, shooting real life and real contrast requires a flatter tonal curve. The flatter the brights and darks are when shot in natural settings, the MORE the contrast can be effectively changed during the editing process. By increasing contrast in the first step, precious gray scale detail instead comes out as unadjustable black.

Sad to say but people who use digital cameras with incorrect contrast settings are simply dumbing down their film to the inferior quality of the digital camera that has been incorrectly set from the factory.
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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:13 AM

If you want more "proof", it's right there in the youtube freeze frame up above. The cheekbone area is overexposed, yet the black jacket is underexposed with no detail, that's actually impossible to do with film. Either the cheekbone can be overexposed, or the black jacket can be underexposed, but not both!

Only if one increases the contrast by specially processing the film can the above contrast be created on the actual film at the time of shooting.
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