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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Night shots with EX1?

Shooting city skyline with EX1: looks fabulous at daytime, but at night...

I can try to best describe it as being "muddy".

Kinda slightly out of focus, dirty image.

Is there a recommended setting for telephoto night scenes with EX1 that'd make picture look better?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:45 PM   #2
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NYC Fireworks at night with EX1. Does this look muddy to you?
Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary Grucci Fireworks on Vimeo
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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the sample Craig. However I don't think there's a download link on your Vimeo page. Without it, I can't tell what the original footage looked like vs. what Vimeo compression did.

Maybe it's how EX1 represents shadows, I don't know. Looks greenish in both mine and yours footage. Lights (bridge, building windows) don't seem to be sharp. Kinda blooming.

Then again, I do that on the telephoto end, with wide open aperture...

I'm basically comparing with (35mm originated?) footage that I watch on the commercial Blu-ray movies vs what I get from EX1.

Latest was Ghost Rider - what a great picture quality.

Maybe it's unfair to make such comparison, but then again maybe I just don't know how to get the best out of EX1.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #4
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link is the bottom right where all download links are on Vimeo but that too is compressed from 1080p30 to 720p30 before uploading.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #5
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Beautiful/amazing footage Craig. We just ordered our EX3 today.....I can't wait. (maybe I'll get it in time to shoot some Christmas lights or something)
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