How could Zacuto do a "proper" test next year, with credible results?
1. Same lighting for every camera on each test run
2. Same lens / tripod / filters for each camera on each test run
3. Same ISO setting
4. Three different ASC DPs who all have experience with all the cameras (preparation prior to test if needed)
5. Each DP gets a test run using all the cameras under identical conditions, point being to get identical exposure
6. Multiple professional colorists, with each giving their best, matched, version of footage
7. Result would be each of three DP's take on all the cameras processed through two or three colorist's takes so that each camera gets a similar processing and chance at showing its characteristics
Trouble is that each camera isn't necessarily the same sensitivity nor can they always take the same lens. And if you don't time them closely to match, people assume that the differences are intrinsic to the cameras ("oh, that camera is warmer than the other camera").
I personally would like to see something more arranged on testing camera configs against a film's spec/art requirements ... it would be more of a "learning" tool for people like me and not a "shoot out" between manufacturers. In this last ?shoutout?, I couldn't learn much, since I would have re-arranged the set to avoid most of those light problems (it was more like viewing of a phd thesis defense then a learning experience). I would also like to see a lot more with natural light, and complex textures (i.e. paintings, cloth, fruit ) with more "found" lighting.
Wow. So many of you are completely missing the point of this test.
It purposely WASN'T a shootout of all the cameras under identical conditions.
It was a comparison of all cameras against each other when each camera is handled by a passionate, experienced expert with that camera - and that expert could guide and tune the results in a variety of ways during the process. That's what this first part was about.
It was: "Hey person who is an acknowledged expert in your respective camera "community" - light this deliberately difficult scene as best you can and shoot it with the tool you know best - then grade this scene as best you can. Now let's compare THOSE results".
It WASN'T to show which camera was "best"; this time, it was to show that there are a lot of really great cameras out there that can give surprising results that are more similar than you might expect....and to show that good results AREN'T just about "my camera's the best" arguments.
It was a different kind of test. On purpose.
But that purpose wasn't to "do evil" to anyone. There was NO conspiracy. And those who created it aren't stupid, crazy, foolish, uninformed or misguided. Just stop with this bullsh*t. It just makes you look petty and, well, insecure.
You may not agree with the direction they decided to take this year (at least in Part 1) - but they knew what they were doing. And there was a positive spirit, intent and message behind it all.
And one other thing: I wish a lot more people here had the balls to actually rank the footage. DPs, shooters, and owners in other communities are happily doing it: Debating, giving interesting and rational supporting arguments about why they like which clip.
But too many here at REDUSER seem, quite frankly, SCARED to do it. It feels like some are scared to say they actually like the results of one of the cameras (and decisions of the associated "Master"), if, God forbid, it turns out to not be the camera they own.
And stop the lame excuses about "But it's Youtube!" - and download the full 1080p version. Watch it at 1080p (like how....Oh, I don't know....EVERYONE ultimately watches what 99% of us produce, at best).
Have the balls/guts/lack-of-insecurity to participate.
It's actually an interesting experiment. Something a little different. And it has merit.
Last edited by S. Rudolf; 06-24-2012 at 10:44 PM.
Anyone know when part 2 comes out? That first part was boring and not at all like last years shoot out.
I want to see the tests, not a bunch of dudes talking.
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