December 3, 2015 at 9:30PM

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Can you guess the camera?

So a friend of mine who lives in Reykjavik just shot and stitched together a lovely little series of scenes highlighting the Winter Wonderland that it's become.

I guessed which camera he shot it with and was totally off a few times (he has access to a few). That started me thinking about all the technical detail and subtle nuance I think/pretend to detect in an image when I know what it was shot with, and how that is probably colored by already knowing. So how about a little blind test - can you guess the camera?

https://vimeo.com/147689088

Obviously this is graded and finessed, making it harder to suss out base characteristics, but then so is all published imagery these days.

(PS: it would be unsportsmanlike to research the rest of his Vimeo for clues - there is nothing to "win" here but faith in your own eyes).

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Hmm. The dynamic range is reallllly high at least from what I can tell. I'd have to see ungraded and be there but from what I can tell its pretty high, however the colors don't look "RED" to me so I would say C300-C500. I've seen the same type of thing coming out of those cameras but again without the raw stuff it's hard to tell. Who knows it could be a BM camera.

December 4, 2015 at 3:56PM

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Clark McCauley
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6D + Magic Lantern, shot in RAW.

December 5, 2015 at 8:01AM

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Andy Tokarski
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That's a very specific answer :) care to tell us why that's your guess?

December 5, 2015 at 6:51PM

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Because you were surprised, so it's kinda obvious it wasn't a very expensive camera. I know how great image you can achieve with ML. Why 6D? It felt to me that it was not the cheapest canon, but it also wasn't 5d mark iii, so I picked 6D.

December 7, 2015 at 6:04PM

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Andy Tokarski
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My reaction is very circumstantial evidence for you to go on :) It was a C300 - my surprise wasn't at how an underdog camera had punched above its weight (the C300 is one of the most notoriously overpriced cameras), it was more at the C300's underwhelming specs, it's age and at my own bias, semi-consciously thinking that certain kind of images need certain specs to be possible (4K and 10 bit, in this instance).

December 8, 2015 at 6:04AM

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First of all, beautiful landscapes

My guess would be a black magic (cinema cam?). Based on the vibrant colors and sharp, detailed image. I never shoot in the snow so I find it difficult to judge, fun though :D

December 7, 2015 at 11:20AM

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Filmdudezero
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I would guess either Black Magic (any of them) or C300

December 7, 2015 at 11:55AM

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Gareth Ng
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Looks a lot like a Canon DSLR to me...can't tell very easily if it's compression or what but it just looks kind of mushy. I did think it might be ML raw based on what looks like color noise (again, hard to tell with compression) but it could also be pushing the colors too far in colorgrading. I'm gonna go with 5D I guess.

December 7, 2015 at 2:51PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
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(The download option is there if you want to see past Vimeo compression - though I have a hard time detecting any color noise to evaluate in these high-key snowscapes).

December 7, 2015 at 5:32PM

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So what is the answer?

December 7, 2015 at 3:57PM

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Scott Cassidy
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Obviously a Blackmagic with Cooke lenses or leica, very easy

December 7, 2015 at 4:30PM

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Obviously lol. Except that it's not...

December 8, 2015 at 7:28PM

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Clark McCauley
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Good guesses ya'll. I'll post the answer when I wake up tomorrow morning (I'm on GMT -1), so in about 12 hours.

December 7, 2015 at 5:22PM

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I call a few DSLR shots (not sure which one), a couple of BM shots either cinema or pocket, and a C series canon.

December 7, 2015 at 7:38PM, Edited December 7, 7:38PM

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Charles C.
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December 7, 2015 at 7:59PM

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It was indeed a Canon C300 (with canon photo glass), which many of you mentioned. Good on'ya!

What I guess threw me off was the perceived resolution (all those tiny branches on shots 2 and 3, for instance), so I thought it had to be 4K something (then again the C300 is 4k internally, just a HD output...). The colors also seemed punchier and more naturally saturated than an 8bit, DSLR-derived camera could muster (the passing snowplow, for instance). I guessed Black Magic, then RED MX, then C500.

Most likely I just have a skewed view of the C300 as primarily a documentary tool and an allrounder, with a very competent but fairly unremarkable image. I also didn't realize how big the gulf from Canon DSLR to the C-line is.

December 8, 2015 at 5:57AM, Edited December 8, 5:57AM

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December 10, 2015 at 12:57AM

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Alfred Cox
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I was so convinced that was a canon XH-A1, oh well!

December 10, 2015 at 9:35AM

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