I took my replacement Letus Extreme out on Thursday with my Sony XDCAM EX for another fun afternoon filming.
I needed a few wintry shots for my a series I am making for Channel 5 but I really wanted to spend a few hours in the lovely Kew Gardens near my home in Richmond, Surrey with the two lovely bits of kit and see what I could get.
I was there for about 3 and a half hours and was even given a driver and golf buggy to scoot me around, which was superb. Although I like to take my time on things like this to wait for the right moment. With a minder I felt far more pressured.
The combo performed very well again, but I have noticed a few things that I need to work on.
Edge to edge sharpness…I noticed it was slightly harder to achieve it with the EX1 than the Z1. Not sure why but it you focused too far the centre became in the focus but the edges lost their focus. So I really need to tape down the focus once I get that sharpness and not touch it. Edge to edge is easily attainable, just a little fiddy with the EX1. Also I tended to notice the lens offset was pretty bad, as bad as the HVX200 and I had to zoom in further than I would do with the Z1 ot HD201e. I easily caught a vignette off of the EX1 lens unless I really zoomed in.
I need to find a solution to this, although I make it sound worse than it is. The Letus Extreme is not a 4×4 filter you stick in your matte box to make everything look all shallow and filmic. It’s a precision tool that you MUST set up properly to get the very best results. Once you do you won’t regret it!
I am missing the 1080p overcrank of my XDCAM HD F350. The 720p overcrank is nowhere near as sharp or as good. Oh well, there will always be compromises at this price point!
Anyway here is the short. I will put it on my website properly soon. Also when .mac stop barring my account on Sunday from high traffic the blog will move back to it’s .mac home where you can resume posting comments and subscribe to the RSS feed.
I hope you enjoy it. I spent a fair amount of time making it look as good as possible. It’s very different to “Piccadilly Furs” but it shows the combo off very well.
View it here.