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Part two is here…I think it’s an improvement on part one, which I very much enjoyed though. Less talk and more substance! It’s fascinating to see how all the cameras fared against each other when lit. Let me know in the comments what you thought looked best. I have my top three in the blind test, the Alexa, Epic and F3…what were yours? Did the plucky GH2 blow you away? They all looked totally usable…well the iPhone looked like the iPhone but still a usable tool.
This is SUCH a subjective thing, what we see in part 2 is how the DPs relit the scene to their tastes and to the cameras’ strengths and weaknesses. You may not like how they made things look. Sometimes a worse camera looked better than better cameras…it’s all down to how you see things. Utterly subjective but utterly fascinating! In a way you are really rating the skills of the DPs and their ability to work within the limitations. For example, the F65 had no lighting tweaks done to it – had it had tweaks, it would have been better. All the other cameras were, sometimes, heavily relit to make the most out of the respective cameras dynamic range. For example the iPhone 4s was lit to account for account for very limited DR. Much like the GH2 was relit to account for the lack of really flat profile so you could capture the highlights and shadows. A different DP could easily have made the GH2 the worst of the bunch or the best. It’s harder to screw up a camera with a terrific DR but very easy to screw up cameras with the limited DR. You really need to nail it!