I went out to Bexhill-on-sea on the English south coast, just west of Hastings and just south of Battle (Famous that!) to test out the SGBlade with RR2.
I had planned to be there by lunchtime but a few things delayed me. First off switching from Roto Razor 1 on the Shoot 35 SGBlade to the Roto Razor 2. This took me some time as it was my first attempt. Am sure with practice I can get the time down. Make sure you are doing it in a cat free/ dust free environment or like me you will get specks of dust everywhere…like I did!
Secondly I tried to use the tube rather than the flip on the EX3. I couldn’t get focus but Wayne Kinney assures me you can. I didn’t try further, because to be honest, you should always use a flip these days. Redrock, Cinevate, Letus and Shoot 35 make high quality flips than lose next to no light. There is no excuse anymore and the days of painful flipping in post and using magnet tricks to fool the in camera LCD or mount your monitor upside down on it are long gone.
I used three lenses on this shoot. My Nikon 17-35mm f2.8, 80-200mm f2.8 Nikon and Hartblei shift tilt 85mm f2.8. I def can see CA in some shots. Though my biggest problems were my own incompetence! First off the dust got into the Blade when switching elements. So I had to hide that as much as I could. Secondly I knocked the speed down to minimum accidently and couldn’t tell until I got home and ingested into my mac. On my EX1 LCD, I couldn’t see any problems. What I got was visible patterning of the GG and some godawful flickering. All my fault and it meant I had to junk 90% of my footage.
I prefer the Bokeh of the RR2, it’s more filmic, but the RR1 is def sharper. So it’s a toss up. The Blade is a very nice unit and it is capable of delivering some really high quality images when used properly (!)
Here is the resulting short made of the little usable footage I could salvage… Bexhill-on-Sea