Part 2 of the fascinating documentary of the SCCE is now up. It’s a compelling watch. Way more entertaining than the SCCE itself and actually really educational, packed with a lot of technical info as to why and how these cameras do the things they do.
Shootouts are funny old things. I think they should be viewed a bit like Top Gear. When you’re racing different cars against each other, of course someone will always say “why didn’t you use that car?” or “why didn’t you use that turbo charged upgrade for that car?” Neither of which were available of the time of the test. It’s a bit of no win situation because there will always be something newer out and someone will always complain about something.
First off…how valuable is something like this? Honestly? It’s of more value to some than others. For the vast majority, it’s rather like camera porn (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!) as most of the cameras we are watching in this documentary are just fantasy anyway and something we just aspire to!! Actually it can be kind of depressing when you see your little baby beaten the crap out of by a camera that costs 70 times as much! What do you expect? Of course there are always surprises. The performance of the F3 in the SCCE blew me away. It did so well considering it’s price, now of course with the S-LOG for the F3, which was not out at the time of shooting of the SCCE, it would have been mind blowing, but we can’t dwell on that too much because that sort of thing will always happen. Much like it will be fascinating to see how the FS100 would perform here. That’s why making a shootout sucks. Especially something as massive as this. That’s why I will just still stick to doing my little unscientific ones!
As I am sure many of you who read my blog will know I am not the most technical person in the world. I learnt so much by going freelance 4 and a half years ago. 17 years of being a staff cameraman left me very uneducated. Becoming freelance forced me to learn much more about how cameras work, and writing this blog even more so. I still have a huge amount to learn and just watching this documentary I still realise I have much to learn…the documentary is very educational in that respect and actually very entertaining. It flew by. Not sure my mum would sit through it though!
What stood out for you? For me, the Alexa looked incredible, especially in the shadow detail. Actually I thought the AF100 looked damn good too. I know this camera has taken a bit of battering recently but I still think that, handled correctly, it’s capable of some cracking images. The F3 looked good. Film sucked in the low light test, but then that is not where film shines. It was in the highlights, shown in part 1, where film showed what it can do. Also as Nino pointed out in the doc, it had zero noise reduction done in the transfer, which it would have had if used on a job. DSLR wise, the D7000 actually looked pretty nice in places. WISH WISH WISH the GH2 was in here. Such a shame it was not included. Really love to have seen how it would have stood up to these tests, as it’s a powerful little beast!
Charts? Well. As expected. No surprises there.
Colour rendition? Film and the F35 maybe…but it’s SO subjective.
Dress detail. Again not that surprising that the DSLRs failed miserably here. All that line skipping, or polka dot skipping! GH2 would have shone here I think! The D7000 is doing weird things there….The Alexa, F3, AF, F35, Red all looked good. In the screen grab below, that noise in the film gets in the way.
Honestly I am just overly picking through things here, and that’s not healthy. I am doing something I am totally against! Pixel peeping! Over analysing shots when that is not what is important!!
The thing is, a shootout like this is a double edged sword. Not the documentary – the SCCE itself. The documentary made by Steve and the Zacuto team is terrific, brilliantly made. Taking the painfully dry SCCE edit and making something very compelling from it. It’s fantastic to see all these cameras compared and it can be very useful in helping you make a purchase for a camera, or in deciding which camera to use for a project…BUT, It can make you think your camera is inferior and not up to the task of making a film. Nonsense. Every single one of the cameras in here can be used to make a film. It all depends on what you can get your hands on. Just because your 5D looks shitty on a chart here (and my god I hate charts as you may already know) doesn’t mean you cannot make your footage look good. There is a quote by someone in the documentary saying the DSLR stuff just looked bad on the big screen. That’s because it is being shown up against way superior cameras. Of course it is going to look bad! It’s not fair! Take it on it’s own. Show the footage without the others, and it will impress. Stick it with everything else, and then it falls apart. That’s the problem with something like this! Oh well!
Still. A great watch. A great production and part 3 in much anticipated.
Special mention must go to the awesome Karen Abad for the amazing edit, Daniel “Skubes” Skubal and Chris Voelz for the graphics and Scott Lynch for the pulling it all together. Immense job by all three…Anyway, those are my rambling thoughts…please share your thoughts below!
LOW LIGHT FRAME GRABS
STILL LIFE BLOW UP
DRESS BLOW UP