So earlier in the summer, I had the opportunity to shoot a feature-length BTS film on the making of the feature I'm currently editing... if that makes any sense. It was a great opportunity to test somethings I hadn't tried before, including using real Super 16 cinema lenses with my pocket camera.
When I initially purchased the pocket, I couldn't afford real cine glass, so I bought Rokinon EF primes and an adaptor. These lenses work great and honestly, I have very little complaint with everything from the 24mm and up. It's the wider lenses which suck. So when I stumbled upon a Super 16 rig for sale, with a bunch of real cine glass, I bought it up and have recently started experimenting with the output.
Today's post is all about the Zeiss 10-100 zoom lens, modified with an Optex 1.2x extender so it will cover the S16 frame, making the lens a 12-120. I will post more videos as time goes on with different lenses as a comparison.
I was having trouble getting my rather large mattebox and filters to set on my motorcycle, so on days with direct sunlight where I needed the filters, I was using this lens and it's MUCH SMALLER mattebox that doesn't fit on the Rokinon's + 3x3 filter kit. Almost everything else was shot with the Rokinon primes, mainly because I could throw the camera around more and not worry about damaging them. The filters I use are a glass 3x3 .9 ND and on some shots with direct sun, a plastic gradient. You can see the grad very clearly on the shot of the guy with the hat talking. Usually I bring the grad up in the holder to prevent that, but I didn't in that particular take.
Most everything in this video is shot with the pocket camera @ 200ISO, 45 deg shutter, 6000k white point and 23.98. There is ONE SHOT of our lead actress pushing her face against a horse which was shot very early in the morning and it's more noisy, thanks to using 800 ISO and no filtration.
Using LOG recording in Pro Res HQ, this video was compiled from quick selects dragged into DaVinci, factory Blackmagic Pocket LUT applied (V2) and minor tweak to bring in more blue, as it always comes out overly warm thanks to the 6k white setting, which I personally prefer. There are no finishing tricks or filters applied in post. This is as direct from the camera you can get. Every shot under 100 and above 0 IRE.
Also, all of these shots are hand held, only using a mono pod for stability. Again, riding to work on my motorcycle, couldn't fit a tripod or shoulder rig.
Any shot with direct open sky, was underexposed by a stop to help preserve the sky and you can tell how well that trick works in the second shot with the blue sky and clouds.
Here is the drop box link for playback and remember, when you're done watching, please delete off your computer. You can also download the material to see it in full resolution. I did notice my computers are playing the file back in 8 bit on the displays, which is odd. In DaVinci or on the AJA card monitor output, it's 10 bit.
Here is the rig on set: