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Old September 15th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #1
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XHA1/SGPRO 35mm adapter/17-40mm more footage

Just some random footage I shot around the Isle of Man SGPRO/XHA1/17-40 on Vimeo

I'm in week 2 with the adapter,so there's still a few teething troubles!
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Old September 16th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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I liked the look of your footage.
I read on the messages in Vimeo that you didn't apply any CC to the footage -other than desaturate- Which preset did you use?
My compliments

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Old September 16th, 2008, 08:29 AM   #3
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Great video Phil. How far can you stop down the 17-40 for max depth of field before you start having image quality issues with the adaptor?

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Old September 16th, 2008, 09:48 AM   #4
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Thanks guys.

I didn't use a preset Pietro. I take a white balance off a card that is ever so slightly blue (it's actually a piece of thick card painted with Dulux 'a touch of barley flower white'!)
You can recreate the card by mixing 90% white paint with 10% sky blue. This gives the footage a more 'film look' even without an adapter. Desaturate it a bit and add a bit of contrast to finish off.

Pat,Ive only had the SGPRO for about two weeks and haven't really had much time to use it,but when I have it's always wide open at f4. I can see vignetting being a problem though past f8,maybe less.....? I'll experiment and let you know.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #5
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Phil,

good to know. The XH A1 is said to produce flat and not particularly appealing footage but watching yours is a pleasure for my eyes. The "no presets" choice might turn out to be the best one if one wants to do a bit of CC in post..
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #6
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Yeah Pietro,I think you are totally correct. People get hung-up on presets all the time and I don't understand why? I see the standard setting as a base to work from,everything you see in presets can be done in post,even in FCE.
Like in stills RAW format the image is always dull and flat,but it's just a start,like a negative.

Thanks for the comments anyway Pietro,let me know how your experiments go.....
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