Super Speeds vs Ultra Primes and Cooke Primes
Posted 13 October 2005 - 10:03 AM
Posted 13 October 2005 - 10:35 AM
The longer answer is that for an SD finish, it probably doesn't matter a tremendous amount. The Quality of the Super Speed MK III is very high, so, while you'll probably notice more visual distortion on the 18mm Super Speed than you would on a Ultra Prime (or especially the Master Prime), they are still high quality Zeiss cinema lens's capable of delivering professional grade images.
The look is less "creamy" than Cooke, more crisp, but if that fits the look you are going for, then you are gold.
My only personal warning would be avoiding shooting all the way open at T1.4, since I have noticed a slight decrease in image quality, even at SD resolution, all the way open, and generally try and shoot those lens's at a T1.4/2 split at minimum or a T2 to be safe. This has been more apparent to me in Super16 work than 35, but I think it's a safe bet for 35 as well.
If you really think you'll be living in the T2/4 range, have you thought about standard speeds? The rental might be slightly less, and their look is slightly softer than the Super Speeds (almost intercuttable with the Cooke's, in my experience).
Posted 13 October 2005 - 12:03 PM
Posted 13 October 2005 - 05:22 PM
don't get me wrong, I love s4's if they're right for the job - ive shot a bunch on them and think they're lovely, but if you can't always afford a 435xtreme and s4's, it doesn't mean that your work won't stand up. and remember - its all about the lighting anyways!
best of luck!
Posted 13 October 2005 - 08:04 PM
I've been ask about the SuperSpeeds MK III because I have this set available 24/7 with ARRI 35-III with very good price. I can also use Cooke S4's but I have very small budget and trying to fit in everything we need. If Cookes gives noticable difference I will use them.