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#1 C.L. Washington Jr.

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 06:35 PM

Does anyone hav an idea which filter (make and model) is best for reducing the contrast in video camcoders? I plan to shoot with an XL2, and I want to reduce the contrast created with video. I read somewhere the Optima Black was good, but wondering if anyone else had ideas. Thanks in advance!!!

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 08:50 PM

Any light-scattering filter will reduce contrast; some also soften detail more than others, and some halate (glow) more than others. ProMists, Fogs, Low-Cons, Double-Fogs, UltraCons, DigiCons, SoftCons, etc.

If you don't want a diffusion effect as well, most people would use Tiffen UltraCons or the new Schneider DigiCons, which basically lift the blacks (you would keep highlights a little underexposed to control those, although the DigiCons have a slight darkening effect on highlights). If you want a little softening, then try Low-Cons. If you want more softening & halation, try ProMists or Fogs.

A camera with some sort of Knee, Gamma and Black Gamma (Black Stretch) controls would also help control contrast.
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#3 C.L. Washington Jr.

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:28 PM

Any light-scattering filter will reduce contrast; some also soften detail more than others, and some halate (glow) more than others.  ProMists, Fogs, Low-Cons, Double-Fogs, UltraCons, DigiCons, SoftCons, etc.

If you don't want a diffusion effect as well, most people would use Tiffen UltraCons or the new Schneider DigiCons, which basically lift the blacks (you would keep highlights a little underexposed to control those, although the DigiCons have a slight darkening effect on highlights). If you want a little softening, then try Low-Cons. If you want more softening & halation, try ProMists or Fogs.

A camera with some sort of Knee, Gamma and Black Gamma (Black Stretch) controls would also help control contrast.

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Thanks David.............you the man!!

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