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#1 john spader

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:30 PM

LEE 201 (based on their samples) seems lighter (in hue) than Rosco's full CTB. 

In the past I've used LEE 201 for bringing my 1k pars up to daylight, but

I ran into a killer deal on some Rosco rolls and am wondering about

their color accuracy compared to LEE gels?

 

any thoughts?


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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

Compared to LEE 201, Rosco CTB appears to have a more mauve tint. I doubt very much that it is noticeable, unless you were mixing gels on a color critical application


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 05:03 PM

so in other words, don't mix. probly sound advice.

 

any other thoughts out there regarding ROSCO's purplish difference.

and if LEE is more accurate when it comes to true tungsten->daylight?


Edited by john spader, 18 June 2014 - 05:03 PM.

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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:25 PM

Accuracy is not necessarily what you're chasing. It's more about whether you like the effect you're getting. I've used all kinds of blue gels to 'correct' tungsten, and all kinds of warm gels to take HMIs the other way. In the film days, many DPs used Coral, Straw, Chocolate, Sepia or Suede instead of an 85 filter on the lens. There are many ways of 'correcting' a lamp, it's all down to taste.


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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:30 AM

Personally I stick with Lee. I have no other reason for that aside from sharing a middle name with them. But yes, I wouldn't want to really mix Rosco and Lee at the same time because, while no one will probably notice it, it would likely drive me mad.


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#6 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:37 AM

The huge difference is in the CTS range. Definitely try not to mix rosco and lee as they come nowhere near matching.

As others have said Between the brands the CTB and CTO are different but in most circumstances not critically so.
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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:36 PM

Lee is British and the gel is color dipped, while Rosco is American and the dye is baked in, which is why Rosco gels last longer. The color differences are usually attributed to the different tastes between the US and England. Rosco makes a Euro color collection, which is closer to Lee and also dipped. I prefer Lee for CTB and CTO but Rocso for theatrical colors.  As mentioned earlier, its best not to mix the Rosco and Lee versions of the CTB, but they are only off by a little. The CTO is also a bit different. They both work just fine however.

 

David Landau

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