My name is Juan Carlos and I love film!
I bought my first Super 8 camera at the tender age of 43 (never too late, huh?) and I shot my first Ektachrome 100D a couple months ago.
The movie is mostly dark and I'd like to find out why with your precious help.
When the reel and the DVD with the movie came back from the lab (Blue Cine Tech, UK) it had a note from the technician that says like this:
There appears to be a significant problem with the lightmeter on this camera, whenever it is pointed towards something bright the aperture seems to stop down far too much, making the image really dark. Possibly it is something else, but the metering and aperture seems really far too erratic throughout.
You can view the full movie here:
I shot the movie without any ND filter since it was a very bright sunny day, and the exposure needle was always at the end of the scale (iris almost close), which at the moment made me think it was quite a problem.
In the last part of the movie I was at home with very low artificial light and a blue filter: The result is all black.
The camera manual says to use a ND filter in case of excessive light and use additional light in case of low ambient light.
The camera is in almost mint conditions, with barely visible signs of use, very strange for a 40+ years old camera.
My question is this: Is the lack of use of ND filters the reason why the images are dark?
I'd like to use the camera for wedding films and I have to know if it's the case for buying another camera.
I'll be posting this thread on other forums, so pleas excuse if you will find it elsewhere.
Thanks for your help!
Juan Carlos Montero Tudose
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Edited by Juan Carlos Montero Tudose, 01 December 2012 - 07:08 AM.