UPDATE: all NAB screenings are canceled on account of a technical problem discovered by Bruce Logan, ASC. Which means signing up here will be the first chance to see the screening...
I'm not at NAB this year, and one of the things I'm most bummed about missing is Zacuto's annual camera shootout. This year's installment features an impressive lineup: the Sony F65, ARRI Alexa, RED Epic, Sony FS100, Sony F3 w/ S-log, Canon C300, Canon 7D w/ Technicolor, and a hacked Panasonic GH2. They're screening the shootout 35 times at NAB, so don't miss it if you're there. The rest of us will just have to wait until it is released online on June 15th -- or register below if it's coming to your city:
The test was administered by Bruce Logan ASC and a specialist DP/DIT was brought to Chicago to assist with each camera. "Most camera tests these days are very careful to say that they are not 'shootouts,'" says Bruce Logan ASC. "The Zacuto test that I was asked to administrate is unashamedly a shootout. It was thus necessary for us to create the most level playing field possible. I think the test we devised did just that. It created a series of three shots with myriad challenges for each and every camera. Each camera was put through exactly the same tests, was shot at a T Stop, and approved by the camera DPs and the manufacturers when participating. All of the cameras used 4k rated zoom lenses to compensate for sensor size. The DPs were then given the opportunity to relight the set under strict perimeters to get the very best out of their cameras. The data from every camera was 'imported' into Baselight at native resolutions and color corrected to look as closely as possible to the original set. The resultant TIFF files were then resized on the Baselight and the resulting TIFF sequence was used to produce a 2K DCP package in jpeg 2000. I am excited to view the results of this very fair test."
If you're in any of the following cities/countries, sign up for an upcoming offline screening using the link below: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, India, Australia, Japan (and potentially more).