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When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR

Source: Filmaker IQ Blog

When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR


I started my career before you could capture video on DSLRs. Right out of business school, I started shooting local cable commercials first on a 1/3rd inch chip Sony PD150 at the tail end of the “DV revolution” before graduated to an HDV Sony Z100 and then making my way to full HD 1/2 inch chip Sony EX-1 camera. About the same time I took a deep dive into the 35mm adapter look – the idea was to simulate the look of a 35mm camera by projecting the light through a photography lens onto a spinning ground glass which you would then record with your small chip video camera.. Who the hell is that? Then I made my first “serious” narrative short film with this 35mm contraption. What a major headache! First of all it was really long, heavy and clumsy. My first adapters shot everything upside down so I would have to use a magnet on my viewfinder to reorient the picture and fix every shot in post just to preview it (which in those days was more taxing for computers than it would be for today) But the real kicker was you lost about 2-3 stops of light in the adapter – so that means you have to shoot everything wide open and pump a ton of light into your scene to get a decent exposure . Finally it seemed like whatever you did, you could never get the footage very sharp – it was always a little…Read more at: When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR


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