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"Digital S-8" - lenses to create a S8 look?


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#1 trinityroots

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:22 AM

I am completely new to this - everything I have shot prior has been on a workhorse Panasonic DV100X. However, I am hoping to achieve some kind of "digital super 8" effect on a small, unobtrusive camera that I won't overwhelm people with its size and easy for me to travel with. For example, I was thinking the Canon Vixia HF11 or 10 (second hand) with a letus adaptor and then just picking up some still camera lenses to get the s-8 effect.

Would this work as a setup? What lenses would be goodie's to try and pick up? The first use will be shoot some interviews (which I want to look artful, not sterile - shallow depth of field fine).

Any help greatly, greatly appreciated!
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#2 Scot McPhie

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:21 AM

Well here's my HF11 with a DOF adaptor test



Not quite a Super 8 look I guess, but pretty cool though

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:03 AM

That's really nice! Much more "cinematic" and exactly the kind of thing I am trying to do!

Unfortunately that degree of vignetting might get a little overwhelming on a feature doc though. Do you think a diff adapter would allow more light in and reduce that?
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:35 AM

When I am thirsty I drink water, not a Coca-Cola with water taste.

Save your time and shoot real Super8...
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#5 Geoff Howell

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:25 AM

although I'd normally be a the head of the line of people telling you to "just shoot real super8, it's not that expensive; bla bla bla"

You might want to consider looking at these iphone apps

To my eye it doesn't look 100% like actual film; but having said that the results look no worse than applying cine grunge style plugins to digital footage in post.
Also you did mention wanting to use a small unobtrusive camera.
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#6 Scot McPhie

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:28 AM

Do you think a diff adapter would allow more light in and reduce that?

I'm not sure there's actually any vinjetting going on there - this adaptor didn't have a rotating screen - and I think that tends to add to the "hot spot" look in the middle which is probably what you are noticing. I don't know much about these - if you look around on youtube for clips made with a rotating screen you should hopefully spot the difference.

This DOF adaptor is pretty much the same as the one described here:




Doing focus pulls on this kind of rig for a doco might get tricky
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