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Old September 14th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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How to achieve Shallowest Depth of Field

Without going to Letus Extreme, how do I achieve the shallowest depth of field for interviews and such with an XHA1 or an XLHI or an HV30?. Can I combine a simple technique of Zoom In to the max, subject close up, ND engaged, f stop at around 2.8, WITH some plug in that works with Final Cut Pro Suite 2. I have looked at a lot of plug ins and there seems nothing out there that comes in even closed to the Letus Extreme, but I suspect it won't be too long before there is or the camera manufacturers start doing something!


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Old September 14th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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It's unlikely that you'll get a plug-in that accurately replicates the optical characteristics of shallow DOF.

The other things you mentioned are about the best you can do from the camera standpoint without going to a DOF adapter.

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Old September 17th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #3
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You got the right idea. You're going to need a lot of light and ND so you can crank the iris wide open. You already know pretty much what you can do with the lens you have.
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You can also dial in some shutter (up to 1/250th if it's a talking head with next to no motion in the background) to force the iris open more, if you run out of ND.
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