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Old March 12th, 2011, 08:50 AM   #16
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Re: Yet Another F3 Low Light Test

Cine 4 takes the same 460% dynamic range as the other CG's and squeezes it into 109IRE, it's just the distribution of the mid range that's modified from one gamma to the other. CG2 is only 100IRE so slightly fewer bits of data to play with in post and the image looks a bit darker on a monitor but still has same dynamic range.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #17
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Cine 1 and 2 put your grey point fairly far down the curve, great for highlights but not leaving that much info in the low light area. I suggest Cine 3 or 4 in low light spaces. Cine 4 puts the grey point around the same level as you get in 709 (Std5).
Hi Andy. My gamma setting was CINE3. I read the manual the first day I got the camera and CINE3 sounded like what I wanted. I didn't do any testing to see for sure.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #18
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Re: Yet Another F3 Low Light Test

Well said Alister, and thanks again for the class!

Cine 3 is a good setting in general still has that 460% range and 109 white clip. Really the only difference between 3 & 4 is the mid range area is pushed up higher in 4. This may give you a little more ability in post to make adjustments. Cine 1 is your best bet for highlights because it does the opposite, a lower mid range for more highlight space. Cine 3 is right in the middle.
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