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#1 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:24 AM

Shot the first part of a low-budget short over the weekend. It's the first narrative piece I've shot on the F3 for quite a while, and a handy reminder that just because newer cameras arrive on the scene, it doesn't mean the old ones lose any of their mojo.

 

It was also my first outing with the new Sigma 18-35mm T/2 PL-mount zoom. And I'm definitely now a fan, great little lens.

 

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#2 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:27 AM

Looks good sir.. have you tried the 50-100.. the only negative I read was alot of breathing .. which isnt in the 18-35.. 


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:31 AM

Nice work. I keep counselling people to buy older, used cameras. They don't go bad!


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:59 AM

Looks very unique for the body used. How did you get that... rustic look? Not everyday you get a digital camera and a brand new lens producing a vintage vibe.


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#5 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:12 AM

Looks good sir.. have you tried the 50-100.. the only negative I read was alot of breathing .. which isnt in the 18-35.. 

As a one-two combo, they sound amazing on the surface, but I've seen tests of the breathing on the 50-100mm, and it's pretty extreme. I've used zooms on S16mm that have had similar intense breathing, and it drove me bonkers - so I don't think the 50-100mm has much interest for me.

That said, for sit down interview type shoots, where racking focus isn't really part of the equation, I think it could make an excellent pairing with the 18-35mm. To have all that range in two lightweight zooms with proper focus mechanics and a T/2(!) aperture is pretty amazing.

The 18-35mm wasn't parfocal when I received it though. Sent the first one back, and the second one had the same issue. Dom Jaeger at Panavision here in Melbourne was able to take it apart and shim it back into tolerance for me though, and now it's fine.

 

Looks very unique for the body used. How did you get that... rustic look? Not everyday you get a digital camera and a brand new lens producing a vintage vibe.

Lots of haze, promist and a factory filled with metric tonnes of birdshit and dust! :D


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:46 AM

promist

quarter? half? eighth?


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#7 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:54 AM

quarter? half? eighth?

Just a quarter on this one. I didn't want it too bloomy.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:24 AM

Kept it 70's and not 40's lol


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

Not par focal.. ! thats a shame.. are they sold as such.. ?


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:16 AM

Not par focal.. ! thats a shame.. are they sold as such.. ?

 

Sigma say they're 'not quite parfocal', but a number of high-profile bloggers have had them tested out by lens techs and received the 'okay'.

I figured on that basis, I'd probably be safe. The reality was that the lens was surprisingly far out of tolerance (it was okay at the long end of the zoom, but markings were out by almost a foot by the time you zoomed back to 18mm).

Fortunately, Zeiss shims fit the Sigmas (once you punch some fresh holes into them), and we were able to shim the lens back into tolerance (so it's near enough to parfocal now to make no difference).

But it's certainly something to test out if you get the lens. The good news is that it appears to be fixable (the sad news is that they're not fixing every lens before it leaves the factory).


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 09:54 AM

Not quite par focal.. nice one..its good they are not in the Aero industry.. this plane doesn't quite fly.. 


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:02 AM

I have huge faith in the F3...this looks great.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 09:28 AM

Mark, can you tell us about the picture profile...or slog ? ...grading etc.


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#14 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 09:10 PM

Hi Rob,

Shot this in SLOG 4:4:4, recording to ProRes4444 XQ on an Odyssey 7Q.

Graded in Davinci using SLOG > Cineon > Print LUTs, with some filmgrain overlaid to give it a little added texture.

It's a very simple grade really, hardly any tweaking needed, and no secondary correction.

I never bother recording internally on the F3, and only ever shoot in SLOG. I find applying a (modified for SLOG1) LC709a LUT to SLOG footage is much easier than mucking around with in-camera custom modes.
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#15 rob spence

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 06:06 AM

Thanks for the workflow Mark. great stuff.


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