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Old February 19th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #1
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LetusXL v1 (repaired at home), 75-200mm, sample video

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http://www.metrofilmclub.com/xl2_day1_girldog.wmv
http://www.metrofilmclub.com/xl2_day1_snow.wmv
http://www.metrofilmclub.com/xl2_day1_wii.wmv


This is my first time shooting with the XL2, and I'm using a repaired LetusXL v1. Everything was natural light and presets on the cam were just a little bit toward Cine, but close to stock. White balance preset #2, I think. All handheld -- err shoulderheld.

Nothing interesting was going on when I shot these clips. The three minutes or so of this video were literally the highlights of the day.

I would appreciate every criticism (beyond the obvious) as I am a newbie with this cam.

Is the softness of the image because of letusxl v1? Because I am pretty disappointed with this and with the absolutely ridiculous light loss.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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Is the softness of the image because of letusxl v1? Because I am pretty disappointed with this and with the absolutely ridiculous light loss.
One question: the letus eat a lot of light or only a bit?

Yes, i find the image too soft, but maybe someone like that way. I think that a custom preset that crush the dark zones can be enanche a bit the footage.

Can you post some pics of the XL2 + letus?
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Old February 20th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #3
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Yes, it eats a lot of light, probably close to a full stop more than the 20X lens (when a 50mm f1.8 is attached). The softness is fine for human faces, but it's too much for scenery and inorganic objects. Coupled with the light loss, these characteristics severely cripple this adapter's usability. This is the older version and the new one is supposed to be better.

Correction: this lens was f4.5, not f3.5. I will try again later this week with a f2.8 of the same focal range.

After viewing that footage on a computer, I went back and readjusted my preset to something with more crushed blacks.

I will post pics of the actual camera later tonight.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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The v2 loses much less light...



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Old February 20th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #5
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Well after seeing the build quality of this and a 35FE, I don't think I'm going to be purchasing a letus product anytime soon. I have spent 4 hours cleaning this and there are still specks with high fstop. So I can't shoot indoors because it's too dark and I can't shoot outdoors because it's too bright. Hmmm..
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Old February 21st, 2007, 01:50 AM   #7
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Jad:

To give it a fair chance, try shooting with non-zoom fixed lens, starting with a 50mm. I have heard that zooms can create issues.
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