I have a few questions after months of testing in prep for a feature. I have an Arri SR3, a few Zeiss superspeeds, and an illumina lens in PL. I've had the camera overhauled and the lenses worked over by Ablecine. Have done many tests with fresh Kodak 200T, test shots w/ controlled lighting, etc. Have tried several 2k transfers at various facilities but convinced the Scanity has produced the best results for us so far. 2k timeline in Premiere/AE to bluray.
However, still really disappointed in the footage even after extensive colouring and even some sharpening. None of the footage is coming close to the sharpness I'm seeing in Super-16 originated shows. The Walking Dead, for example. I know that they use an Arri 416 with a Canon 10.6-180 zoom as the workhorse. Moonrise kingdom used Superspeeds, and was still much sharper than what we're working with. I'm closer to super-8 with sheets of grain compared to these incredible films.
Would the much newer Arri 416 produce a sharper image than an older SR3 IF the SR3 is adjusted properly?
Could a late model Canon zoom be that much sharper than MKIII superspeeds or Illuminas in top condition?
Are the scanner settings monitored more precisely for bigger ($) clients?
Any help or suggestions would be really helpful.
Thanks so much