Here’s some more tests for a TV series I’m in early pre on.
Earlier, I looked at the Sony F55 and the Alexa.
Having now decided to shoot with the F55, mainly because of it’s global shutter and smaller size while offering nearly the same DR as the Alexa but at 4K, I had to choose my lenses.
I knew I wanted to look at the Cooke S4’s, the Ultraprimes and the Panavision Primos. I originally hoped to use the new V series Primos but they weren’t available despite some earlier tests I was able to do with them
I know it’s a particular favourite of the setup director that she loves out of focus lights, especially at night. We’ll hopefully have some elevated city office locations which should give us nice lights at night so I wanted to also look at how they compared when they were out of focus as well.
I used some xmas lights for this and also had a look at the lens breathing (image size change with focus) as the lens racked through a pretty big pull.
I also looked at these at T4 and at T2. I used a Tiffen regualr ND for this. My collegue HOOK did the initial grade for this based on the ultraprime. You’ll notice slight differences between the cookes and the primos and although they are small they are there. I could have balanced them out but left them with the same ultraprime “neutral” grade so you can see the differences.
You’ll ALSO notice the ND add’s its own colour cast as well. At T4 with the ND6 in place, you’ll notice there’s a colour difference.
I’ve made it possible to download the files so take a closer look.
What other differences can you see ?