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Old June 8th, 2004, 07:52 AM   #1
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GL2 - Full Manual Control

I hate to bring this one up again but I have to...

OK I've gotten good at shooting full manaul on the GL2, atleast indoors. Outside presents a new challenge, gettting to the ND Filter fast enough to not kill my ccd's!

Anyway, I just need a bit of reassurance, I just shot a Bat-Mitzvah for a promo reel of a DJ company that I know. I was in full manual running 1/60; f1.6 and gained up 12db.

Now this is where the heat of the question comes in, even with my light on at about 25w - 30w, I had to gain up that much. The footage looks good (no real grain) due mostly to the "Barry Preset" and it's shifting the sharpness down a couple of notches. But even in that scenario, I never got to half way on my exposure meter, so I was running fairly underexposed the whole time.

Based on experience from the true "guru's" am I running everything the way it really should run, or should I be doing something else like playing with the AE Shift. Is there anything that I should be doing or trying to get more of a proper exposure?

Just trying to perfect this skill and all the help here just can't be beat. One thing that I should mention which is why I'm questioning my ability, the guy that actually video'd the event was running a Sony 250 and I asked if my light (NRG Varalux Pro @ 25w) was getting in his way, he was running without a light during most of the shoot and he responded with "his camera wasn't even seeing the need to gain up"...

Now I know that cam is similar to the PD150 and Sony has better low-light than the GL2, but a 12db difference? You see where I'm coming from... this makes me wonder if I'm suffering from equipment envy or if I'm doing something wrong.


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Old June 8th, 2004, 11:27 AM   #2
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ND filter saves your CCD's?

<<<-- ...gettting to the ND Filter fast enough to not kill my ccd's!...-->>>

Other than pointing directly at the Sun (which the manual warns against) can our GL2 CCDs be damaged by bright light?

Also, I don't think our ND filter will "save" our CCDs anyway. Isn't ND Filtering done electronically, after the light has already been captured by the CCDs?
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