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Nizo Pro stop motion animation

Mario Zorzi

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Hello guys!!! 

I've came here with a question. We are planning to shoot a stop motion film using the single frame mode on our Nizo Pro, so the question is, does anyone know the shutter speed for the single frame mode? I know people saying it should be 1/30, is this correct?

thank you very much!!


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If the NIZO is set at the Single Frame setting, the exposure is 1/43 second.

This information is from the Manual.  This is identical across all of the NIZO S-xx and S-xxx models, including the Pro versions.  Except for the extra features on the Pro version, all other similar functions are virtually identical, as are the electronics and mechanical internal functions.  So if you used a 1/30 second exposure rating on a light meter, you'd get some slight over exposure. If using a Negative film, that would would be fine....if Reversal film, it might be fine also, relative to what you're filming, as it would be slightly over-exposed.  Only a test would show/compare your accuracy. 

Keep in mind that the onboard camera light meter already factors in any light loss from the viewing prism and lens optics.  So a direct comparison between a hand held light meter and the camera meter might not match up.   Meter an 18% Gray Card and compare the camera's meter reading to that of a hand held light meter (if using a hand held light meter), then you'll see the offset difference.  Factor this difference into your exposure setting of the camera.

For example:    If the camera shows a reading of F/4 off the Gray Card with its internal meter, yet you get a reading of F/5.6, you'll know to factor in an adjustment of 1-Stop (or whatever adjustment you would need to make, 1/3 Stop, 1/2 Stop etc).  So, everytime you use the hand held light meter, you would then adjust the camera aperture in Manual Mode to compensate.   You can also synch up the two Light Meters, by adjusting the exposure calibration or filmspeed adjustment on the Hand Held Light Meter until the reading you get matches the camera's reading exactly.  Then you just read off the hand held meter and set the camera to the same F-Stop setting.  But truly, if density of art work material changes, the reflective reading will change.  So to maintain consistent exposure use an 18% Gray Card for correct exposure, and any adjustment, based on your initial exposure tests, to either lighten or darken the filmed material to your desire liking. 

Hope this helps.

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