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Old July 6th, 2006, 12:00 AM   #1
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Letus Flip + DVX100a test footage inline skating

Letus flip footage shot with a Nikon 50mm 2.0 and a Nikon 28mm 2.8http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/In...35mm_H.264.mov

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MORE TEST FOOTAGE WITH MUCH BETTER LENSES - Nikon 14mm Fisheye and Nikon 85mm
I'm not sure of anyone else using a fisheye with the Letus, atleast not with ugly vignetting - the results are incredible!

http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/footage2_H.264.mov
http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/1_fisheye.png
http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/2_fisheye.png
http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/3_fisheye.png

I also have footage using a Nikon 60mm Macro and a Nikon 10mm fisheye (the fisheye vignettes way too much). I still need to capture and upload. Will post when I have time.
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Old July 6th, 2006, 04:44 AM   #2
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You've got guts

I would never carry a cmaer with skates on, Of course, I've never learned to stop.

Is it possible the first file, shot with the 28mm seemed out of focus? Wides are sually pretty sharp, but are tougher to focus.
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Old July 6th, 2006, 05:07 AM   #3
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Wow, that is some seriously crisp stuff, especially the footage2.mov. I'm surprised.
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Old July 6th, 2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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The first footage was using some very cheap lenses which made focusing alot harder so the majority of the images are very very soft. Also those frame grabs really arent that great (for the first clip). I was very pleasantly surprised when I was using the higher quality glass, since I then realized the true potential of the letus flip. Thanks for the comments

Also, filming on skates is a great dolly!
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Old July 6th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #5
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The first footage was using some very cheap lenses which made focusing alot harder so the majority of the images are very very soft. Also those frame grabs really arent that great (for the first clip). I was very pleasantly surprised when I was using the higher quality glass, since I then realized the true potential of the letus flip. Thanks for the comments

Also, filming on skates is a great dolly!
Hi Michael

So what were the 'cheap' lenses you used and what were the 'higher quality' ones?

Cheap ones come with more light loss as well?

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Old July 6th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #6
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I bought the letus flip used off of dvxuser.com. The seller threw in a Nikon 50mm 2.0 and a Vivitar 28mm 2.5. I shot the first test footage with those lenses and was initially very pleased with them. Then I was able to get my hands on a Nikon 14mm fisheye (I believe that was 2.0) a Nikon 50mm 1.4 and a Nikon 85mm 2.0, which I used to shoot the second test footage. The results are clear as night and day and I will not be using the former lenses anytime soon. I am going to see about Canon lenses as well, since the letus has both mounts. Thanks guys md
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Old July 6th, 2006, 02:44 PM   #7
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Nice! And nicely done. What settings did you use on your camera? Detail, V detail, Chroma, CineGamma, etc...
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Old July 6th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #8
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http://www.rit.edu/~msd6154/media/IP...STER_H.264.mov

Test footage with the 60mm macro. The 10mm fisheye had so much barrel distortion that it was totally unusable. The 60mm macro also has some problems with it, specifically a glare or some sort of deflection of light which looks pretty ugly. There is a tiny piece of dust inside my letus flip which is really magnified with the lens as well. The dust has always been there but never been noticable until now. Do you guys think a can of condensed air should do the trick? I don't really want to (but will) take apart my letus too much.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 02:28 AM   #9
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Looks good. What settings did you use on your camera? Detail, V detail, Chroma, CineGamma, etc...



p.s., I love the original version of Girl From Ipanema, but hate the "helicopter/motorcycle passing by" choppy remix song, LOL
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Old July 7th, 2006, 03:21 AM   #10
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Taking the letus apart

Guys,

the Letus is a little marvel that you will only appreciate if you take it to bits. Don't fear this -it's not that complicated. About three screws and it's done. OK, you are now staring at 3 or 4 pieces of 'stuff' that gets a good clean and viola! It really made a difference to mine (I did get one of the Handyman units though). Anyway, if you count up you are looking at about 10 glass surfaces between the lens front and your camera...

If you can clean a lens you can clean a Letus.


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